US adds 530 MW of new solar capacity in OctoberSolar energy projects provided all of the United States’ new energy capacity in October. The First Solar-built 139 MW Campo Verde in California was the biggest solar farm to go online. November 27, 2013 Edgar Meza Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The United States added a total of 530 MW of new capacity in October, all of it generated entirely by solar energy projects. According to a report published this week by SNL Energy, 510 MW of the total 530 MW of capacity that came online in October were installed in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) region. The WECC oversees the bulk electric system in the geographic area known as the Western Interconnection, which includes all or parts of the 14 western U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico. The SNL Energy report does not include capacity from the installation of rooftop photovoltaic systems on homes and businesses, however. (In California, for example, residential and non-residential rooftop solar installations backed by the California Solar Initiative accounted for an added 19.5 MW in October.) The largest new project to go online in the U.S. was the 139 MW (AC) Campo Verde Solar PV 1 array in Imperial County, California. First Solar, which constructed the Campo Verde Solar farm, sold the project to Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy in April. Sempra Energy subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric Co. will buy the entire capacity of the facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). Abengoa SA subsidiary Arizona Solar One’s solar thermal units at Solana Generating Station in Maricopa County, Arizona, were the second and third-largest units completed in October. With a combined 250 MW (125 MW each) of capacity, the plants accounted for most of the total completed capacity during the month, according to the SNL Energy analysis. The facility, built at an estimated cost of $2 billion, is the first U.S. plant to use a thermal energy storage system, allowing it to store energy and dispatch electricity when needed over a six-hour period. Arizona Public Service Co. has contracted for its entire output under a 30-year PPA. Commenting on the new capacity installed in October, an article in the U.S. magazine The Atlantic wrote that while completion dates for power plants can be random, the fact that solar supplanted coal and natural gas in October was noteworthy. While the article points out that 530 MW is not a huge amount of power at peak output 530 MW is what a medium-sized natural gas-fired power plant would generate,” writer Todd Woody adds that it is “a clear sign that solar is no longer a niche play especially when you consider that the Octobers numbers don’t include the installation of roof photovoltaic panels on homes and businesses.” Citing a recent report by NPD Solarbuzz indicating planned PV installations in the United States have increased 7% to 43 GW over the past year, Woody says October’s solar statistics are likely to become typical.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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The all-party meet may have helped to further national interest in an exceedingly way that none of the leaders may have intended. The PM wanted it to be a show of his support; his own statement and its inevitable fallout resulted in showcasing the critics. The non-Congress opposition said the correct thing for the incorrect reasons: They were either keen to court favour with the central government or happy to let it cook its own goose. In the end, the “hidden hand” of democratic politics ensured that a collision of those petty designs produced a collective good: The Narendra Modi regime received a much-needed breather without a ringing endorsement.This has to be built upon. The stand-off with China has exposed that this regime has compromised national interest. allow us to not compound the damage by trying to specialize in its failures within the midst of a national slump and health emergency. The only thing worse than what this government has already done would be a knee-jerk try to undo the damage via some gimmick that’s absolute to boomerang and inflict deeper injury to the national interest.Let there be no confusion on this score. We don’t seem to be gazing at one error of judgment. this mess could be a result of a minimum of five failures. Lack of long-term policy foresight combined with intelligence failure to anticipate the Chinese incursion, refusal to reply once it absolutely was discovered, loss of nerve in backing the bottom troops and at last economy of truth in facing up to and sharing the tough ground reality with the state — all this has led us to the embarrassing mess that we discover ourselves in. True, facing up to determined assault from China isn’t easy and the other government might not have made a dramatic difference. But the chasm between claims and reality might not are as big.The prime minister’s desire for global approbation and an awesome have to be seen on the global stage is simply matched by his lack of understanding of how international politics operates. The failure is astonishingly consistent, from his aborted attempt at cultivating Nawaz Sharif to imagining that he’s a detailed buddy of the US President to pretending that he enjoys a special personal rapport with Xi Jinping. The PM cannot tell personal-publicity gains for himself from policy-political gains for the country. While he could escape with the u-turn on Pakistan and therefore the country is yet to determine the value of Trump’s repeated snubs, the dearth of foresight in making sense of the Chinese designs is now painfully evident and lies at the underside of this fiasco.This was reinforced by a series of operational failures. Clearly, the government didn’t anticipate the seriousness of the Chinese incursion now because of a Kargil-like goof-up in using the available military and electronic intelligence. Once the incursion passed off and was known, the government’s entire focus was on perception management instead of the management of the borders. Oddly, the government’s success with the pliant media was its undoing because it couldn’t leverage domestic democratic noise to its advantage. Through the charade of de-escalation and disengagement, China could see that the govt. of India was under little domestic pressure to regain the territories freshly captured by the PLA, that everything was negotiable. And when it came to actual confrontation, the political leadership showed a loss of nerve. The “no escalation at any cost” message from political leaders meant that China was unengaged to escalate costs for India.The worst failure, and also the one at the basis of all alternative failures, is that failure to face and state the reality. Ever since news of the incursion started filtering in, the govt. went on a drive to hide up the facts concerning the Chinese occupation, culminating within the PM’s lie (“no one entered”) within the all-party meet. This wasn’t simply a fake past at odds with the well-known facts and also the official position of the MEA. This statement was ready, maybe rehearsed then broadcast to the globe, while not AN appreciation of its diplomatic consequences. There’s very little surprise that the Chinese information machine is joyously translating and spreading our PM’s message for its own purpose. In the other country, such a press release by the top of the govt. may endanger his political career.Yet this can be not the time to focus national energy on his blunder. we want to recollect that this mess isn’t simply of his creating. Any government would need to trot out the large and tough inheritance on the Chinese border. Besides, during a democracy, there’s a time for everything. There’s time for national unity and there’s time for the political difference. Anyone United Nations agency puts national interest on top of transient political gains wouldn’t like to pin the govt. down at this stage for its failure and positively to not push it into a mishap either on the military or economic front. flag-waving nationalism is the very last thing we want these days.National target external security at this stage would be an enormous distraction from the continued medical emergency and economic condition, one thing we have a tendency to merely cannot afford. Even a partial diversion of national resources for a military engagement would bleed our economy and extinguish no matter very little hopes we’ve got of a timely recovery from this economic condition. Besides, albeit we have a tendency to weren’t face this twin challenge, getting even isn’t a wise move. The sole issue worse than simple-minded pacifism is hot-headed hawkishness. Still, the bravery of our soldiers, any try at military getting even might be counter-productive. we have a tendency to cannot afford a flat-footed economic boycott either.So, this can be an instant to require a deep breath, think about the long strategic, diplomatic and economic choices accessible to recover what we’ve got lost. The country wants a reduction of rhetoric. the govt. wants some space to make a decision on its strategy. Mature nations don’t react once angry, they respond after they like better too. He might not be it or perhaps acknowledge it, however, this can be the time to assist the PM to retrieve things.
Bayonne Bhalla, 3 council allies, endorse ‘Hoboken Together’ BOE slate that’s running unopposed Previous article5 out of 16 Hudson County law enforcement agencies have tasers, AG survey saysNext articlePascrell: USPS Inspector General report shows ‘destruction & corruption’ by Trump admin John Heinis TAGSemily jabbourHoboken Board of Educationhoboken togetherjim doylephil cohenravi bhallasharyn angley SHARE CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network EducationElectionsHobokenNewsPolitics & Policy Facebook Twitter By John Heinis – October 23, 2020 6:57 pm 0 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his three allies on the city council have endorsed the “Hoboken Together” Board of Education slate that is running unopposed in the November 3rd race.From left to right: Hoboken Board of Education President Sharyn Angley, Trustee Chetali Khanna, and Trustee Melania Tekirian are running as the “Hoboken Together” slate. Twitter photo.By John Heinis/Hudson County View“When casting your ballot, I hope you’ll vote in our school board elections for 3 strong voices for our schools: Sharyn Angley, Chetali Khanna & Melanie Tekirian. During their terms, all three have worked tirelessly to improve the educational experience for our children,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla tweeted yesterday.“Their efforts speak for themselves – upgraded curriculum for students with Project Lead the Way, 98.9% graduation rate at Hoboken High School, improvements to our popular childhood education programming, investments in Special Education Services, and so much more.”In their own separate statement this afternoon, Council members-at-Large Emily Jabbour and Jim Doyle, along with 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen, also threw their support behind the three incumbent school board members.“Whether it is dramatically increasing enrollment numbers in the Hoboken Public School District, managing the challenges of COVID-19, supporting our innovative Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christine Johnson, or working as responsive, responsible volunteers who selflessly give their time and talents to our community, Sharyn, Chetali and Melanie have earned our respect with a track record of proven accomplishment, and they deserve your support for re-election,” the trio said in a joint statement.Angley, the board president, Khanna, and Tekirian are seeking three, three-year terms on the board after being elected in 2017.The BOE has recently made local headlines due to a 770 Jackson St. payment in lieu of taxes agreement (PILOT) with the city that would now enable $243,000 to be allocated to the schools.However, what exactly that means has been heavily debated, with the charter schools pushing to be included in the direct PILOT allocation and the BOE advocating for the opposite.Ultimately, the council decided to do neither after nearly three hours of public comment at Wednesday’s meeting, instead opting to pull the resolution that would’ve split the revenue roughly 80/20 between the BOE and the charters, as HCV first reported. Bayonne Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops
We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and the 10-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Valegro, double Olympic gold medallists at London 2012, have taken over as world number one in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings and are the first British combination ever to top the world rankings.With 2,867 points, the combination have moved up from second place to claim the top spot, seven points clear of former world number one and London silver medallists Adelinde Cornelissen (NED) and Jerich Parzival, the Dutch pair that have led the rankings since July 2011.The British combination moved up from fourth to second in the rankings list published just before the Olympic Dressage Grand Prix, the first team qualifier on 2 August, and it was their performances at the London Games that have boosted them to the top of the rankings.The 27-year-old Dujardin and Valegro led the British to a historic Olympic team gold in London’s Greenwich Park arena and then came out to produce an unforgettable Grand Prix Freestyle, performing to music from The Great Escape and the James Bond film Live And Let Die for the winning mark of 90.089. Dujardin, who competed in her first Grand Prix only last year, has been teamed up with Valegro since she joined team-mate Carl Hester’s stable as a groom in 2007.“It is fantastic to see Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro leading the Dressage Rankings after their incredible performance in Greenwich Park,” said Trond Asmyr, FEI Director Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage.“The pair have been key to helping Great Britain re-write Dressage history and have highlighted the fact that the sport is in an exciting period of change, with lots of new faces now in the mix.“Charlotte’s natural talent and her partnership with the hugely successful Carl Hester mean that she is a valuable driving force for future generations of Dressage riders.”Germany continues to dominate the FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking, with Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW now the highest-placed of the five German pairs occupying slots in the coveted top ten 10. With 2,626 points, they have taken third place from Great Britain’s London bronze medallists Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris, who are now in fourth with 2,591 points.Biggest movers in the latest FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings are Steffen Peters (USA) and Ravel, who have moved up from 192nd to 16th, and Edward Gal (NED) and Glock’s Undercover, who have gone up from to 198th place to 17th.View the latest FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings here. Tags: Adelinde Cornelissen, Charlotte Dujardin, Jerich Parzival, Valegro, FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings,
noblige/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Visitors to national parks and other public lands could soon see a new form of transportation on many trails: electric bicycles.A new memo from the Department of Interior, which oversees the National Park Service and other federal lands, says that bicycles that include a motor that either propels the bicycle or assists a rider with pedaling up to 20 miles per hour should be allowed on trails or in areas where traditional bicycles are allowed.The National Park Service announced Friday that low-speed electric bicycles will be allowed on park roads, paved or hardened trails, and areas designated for off-road vehicles.Park superintendents have a month to create rules and guidance for the use of e-bikes in specific parks over the next month and can block use in certain areas to protect resources.“As more Americans are using e-bikes to enjoy the great outdoors, national parks should be responsive to visitors’ interest in using this new technology wherever it is safe and appropriate to do so,” National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said in a statement.“They make bicycle travel easier and more efficient, and they provide an option for people who want to ride a bicycle but might not otherwise do so because of physical fitness, age, disability, or convenience, especially at high altitudes or in hilly or strenuous terrain,” he continued.A pro-biking advocacy group called People for Bikes has been pushing to include e-bikes in various government rules, saying e-bikes make it easier for people with physical limitations to enjoy the benefits of biking.But the National Parks Conservation Association, a group that advocates for preservation of public lands, raised concern the policy skirted public input and doesn’t consider the impact to other people on the trail.“E-bikes have a place on national parks’ roads and motorized trails. But this announcement disregards well-established policies for how visitors can enjoyably and safely experience the backcountry in national parks,” Kristen Brengel, Senior Vice President at the National Parks Conservation Association, said in a statement.“For generations we’ve agreed that there are some places so special that they should be protected for visitors to enjoy away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This new policy carelessly ignores those longstanding protections for backcountry areas,” she continued.Interior Secretary David Bernhardt asked agencies like the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service to develop rules to formalize the policy.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Iveco’s growing relevance in the small coach sector comes largely thanks to its Busmaster programme, which has accredited various bodybuilders. UNVI is among them, with its 7,200kg GVW Compa modelCompa is built in 7,200kg GVW Daily and it has UNVI’s distinctive lookAnother bodybuilder with high hopes for an Iveco Daily-based small coach is UNVI, which offers its Compa through a network of UK and Irish dealers.The Compa was initially targeted at applications where luxury and luggage space, rather than capacity, are the principal concerns. 25 seats was the maximum available at launch in right-hand-drive form.Since then, customer demand has led to a rethink. 29 is now the highest capacity available, while a productive niche has also been carved in the high-specification sector, where 16 seats are offered in a 2+1 layout.“25 seats is the Compa’s mainstay, but other variants have their own markets,” says Gordon Robertson, Director of Whitburn, West Lothian-based Coachtraders. It services the Scottish and Northern Irish markets, along with much of northern England.At 8.5m, the Compa is longer than coachbuilt Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based models, but it is a worthy and long-awaited replacement for the UNVI Riada, Gordon adds.In little more than three years, 110 Riadas on Sprinter 616 chassis were placed into the UK and Ireland. The Riada is long-gone, but it was particularly popular in VIP form, hence UNVI’s decision to market the Compa to that layout.One major difference between VIP and standard Compas is the aisle layout. In the latter, the gangway is sunken. Those with 2+1 seating have a flat floor unless specified otherwise, which permits up-seating later in life and enhances versatility.Iveco’s contribution to the Compa is already well proven. The Daily at Euro 6 is powered by the F1C engine rated at 180bhp coupled to an eight-speed Hi-Matic automatic gearbox; buyers report that up to 20mpg is an achievable fuel figure in real-life operation.“Through its Busmaster programme, of which UNVI is part, Iveco has shown that it is keen to do business in the passenger sector. In Abdi Ali it has a proactive project leader in the UK. Many bodybuilders are pushing Daily-based products hard, and for good reason,” says Gordon.Compa in stock with Coachtraders fitted with 25 Vogel half-leather seatsUNVI as standardAlthough the Compa is a new model, it displays some similarities with the other UNVI products. Its slightly bowed sides are reminiscent of the Riada, and they are very obvious from the driver’s seat when viewed in the mirrors.At the rear, there is a lot of commonality appearance-wise with the Sprinter-based coachbuilt Vega GT.Courier provision is identical to that of the Atego-mounted Voyager GT; the seat is mounted at floor level ahead of the door. While adjacent to a microphone plug, it is also certified for passenger use, and it comes with its own overhead service unit.Coachtraders currently has a 25-passenger Compa in stock. Vogel seats are standard for the 2018 model year; in this midicoach, they are to a half-leather blue and dark grey finish.Blue curtains, and blue LED gangway lighting, complement those colours, but other schemes are available. Where a 2+1 layout is specified, the Brusa Extend VIP seat is standard.All Compas have a roof-mounted air-conditioning unit and perimeter radiators. The latter uses waste engine warmth. No auxiliary heater is fitted; it has proved not to be required.USB charging points within the side walls are fitted to all stock Compas, as is the Bosch Professional Line entertainment system. A flip-down front monitor is standard; VIP models are pre-wired for a second at the rear. They can also come with an inverter and 240v sockets.Rear air suspension is fitted, and a top-loading fridge is adjacent to the single front seat.The external elementIveco provides the Daily 72C18 for bodying by UNVI. It has a GVW of 7,200kg; unladen weight of the stock vehicle is 5,260kg.There is a good amount of luggage storage on the Compa. On each side is an identically-sized locker accessed via a top-hinged hatch; the opening on the nearside is smaller than that on the offside to prevent the former being fouled by the door.Side lockers complement a large rear boot to give good luggage spaceAt the rear is a boot that is more than sufficient to accommodate the luggage generated by 25 passengers. It is enormous, and on 29-seat Compas, the driver will thus need to be careful not to overload the rear axle in some circumstances.The boot door is very light in operation, and that will be welcomed by drivers. It has an emergency release from the inside that can be accessed by removing a small ‘cap’ within the saloon.However, drivers may be tempted to use the emergency release cable to close the door under normal operation, because there is no specific handle for that purpose otherwise.From the cabThe cab is well laid-out and the driver’s seat is air suspended. In the demonstrator it is all-black, but UNVI can trim it to match the passenger positions should the buyer require.Storage for the crew is ample, and a top-loading lockable compartment is below the signalling window. Two cup holders and various trays are also within the cab, although room for a bag is lacking.Controls are simple. Buttons govern most functions, but the saloon heating and air-conditioning use a temperature dial and aftermarket console respectively. Cab climate control uses Iveco’s dials and buttons.The signalling window is heated and has a sliding opening. Over the windscreen are two manual sunblinds; their various cords and guide rails create a degree of clutter within the glazing.The handbrake is to the right of the driver’s seat. While it is not quite as easy to reach as it would be were it on the left, it is well out of the way and there is no danger of the driver’s clothes becoming caught on it when accessing or leaving the cab. Single-pane mirrors are fitted on each side. They are adjusted and heated electrically.Dash is extended on both sides by UNVI and cab has reasonable storageIn the hot seatThe Euro 6 Daily has earned excellent reviews and that positivity continues in the Compa. Access to the cab is good and the engine is refined. It has a slightly coarser note during the warm-up stage, but once that is complete it is almost inaudible under normal driving conditions.The Hi-Matic gearbox is the gold standard in the small PCV sector. It is superbly smooth when shifting, and remains so when the Compa is pushed very hard.During a recent test drive the opportunity to put it to the test was presented on two occasions. One, when climbing a long 15% gradient, saw the throttle fully open for a prolonged period and engine speed taken to well over 3,000rpm. The other, joining the M8 motorway, was similar.In those situations, the engine makes itself much more known that when under part throttle. While it certainly conveys an impression of being worked, audible intrusion into the saloon is not as severe as it could be.180bhp as installed is enough for the Compa application, and its performance when pushed is little different to that of a Sprinter with the four-cylinder engine. At the single carriageway limit of 50mph, the Hi-Matic often switches between seventh and eighth gears. When it does so depends entirely on the driver’s use of the accelerator; a flat road allows around 1,600rpm to be held in top gear, but climbing sees a drop to seventh to sustain momentum.An unusual aspect of the Hi-Matic is its holding of gears on downhill stretches. That is no doubt for braking purposes, but the engine speed is sometimes taken very high under such circumstances; doing so is understandable, as it reduces reliance on the foundation brakes Despite a large body on comparatively small 16-inch wheels, the Compa holds the road well and there is no evident roll in corners.Compa is a legitimate challenger in the mid-sized, Iveco-based sectorCompa: A contender?The Compa shares many things with a larger coach. It is a pleasant vehicle both to drive and to travel in, and UNVI fits many items that are found on its bigger brothers, including a capable climate control system, comfortable seats, and others.Its windows are large and passenger acceptance will be high. Additionally, operating costs are set to be low thanks to meagre fuel consumption; on a 44-mile drive, including two stiff climbs and a degree of idling, the figure returned was 19.4mpg.An accessible variant in conjunction with a flat floor is in the pipeline, and UNVI has already shown its willingness to adapt to demand by the introduction of a 29-seat option. Coachtraders has also supplied a toilet-equipped Compa and it is open to discussions on other customised examples.The Whitburn dealer and its fellow UK and Irish suppliers have good availability of Compas. Coachtraders has supplied VIP-specification examples from stock, while more 25- and 29-seat examples will arrive from the factory throughout 2018.The Compa is a serious contender in this area of the market. It further strengthens a strong push by Iveco, which will surely be rewarded by a continuing increase in market share of the 20-something seat sector.www.unvibusandcoach.co.uk
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Sunday that the United States would regret a decision to leave the nuclear pact.“If America leaves the nuclear accord, this will entail historic remorse for it,” Rouhani said in a televised speech, according to Reuters. He added that Iran has a plan to “resist any decision” by U.S. President Donald Trump on the deal, which offers Iran sanctions relief in exchange for halting its nuclear weapons program.Rouhani’s comments coincide with the U.K.’s stepped-up efforts to persuade Trump to stay in the accord. On Saturday, Trump reiterated his determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon in a call with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, a backer of the agreement, the White House said. Meanwhile, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is traveling to Washington on Sunday for two days of talks with top Trump officials, in a last-ditch offensive to save the accord.According to a statement from the Foreign Office, Johnson will meet with Vice President Mike Pence and other senior Trump administration figures, including National Security Advisor John Bolton. North Korea and Syria will also be on the agenda, the British government said.Ahead of the trip, Johnson said: “On so many of the world’s foreign policy challenges the U.K. and U.S. are in lockstep. We’ve seen this recently with the response to the poisonings in Salisbury, our strong response to Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the effort to denuclearize North Korea.“The U.K., U.S., and European partners are also united in our effort to tackle the kind of Iranian behavior that makes the Middle East region less secure.”The U.K. remains supportive of the nuclear deal struck with Iran, signed while Barack Obama was president, but Trump has been critical of the pact. In January, he issued an ultimatum to “either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw” when it comes up for renewal on May 12.Other European allies, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, lobbied Trump to stick to the agreement in recent weeks. Russia and China are also part of the 2015 pact.
Mysteryland‘s daily set times are here! The EDM-heavy festival run by Tomorrowland’s ID&T is set to take place at the original site of Woodstock in Bethel Woods, NY over Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25.The weekend will feature performances from Empire of the Sun, Porter Robinson, Kygo, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Robin Schulz, Madeon, Netsky (live), Classixx (DJ), The M Machine, Goldfish, Bob Moses, Oliver, Gramatik, GRiZ, Beats Antique, Bro Safari, Moon Boots and many more. Check out the full lineup here.In addition to top notch musical acts, attendees can look forward to interactive art installations, workshops, food from Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg and more.Limited tickets are still available here.
Former members of Kung Fu, Particle, Dopapod and Gramatik have formed a supergroup dubbed the Ex-Presidents. The ex-members — Todd Stoops (ex-Kung Fu), Eric Gould (ex-Particle), Neal Evans (ex-Dopapod) and Andrew Block (ex-Gramatik) will play together at Backwoods Pondfest in Peru, NY, August 7-8.Backwoods Pondfest will also see sets from Lucid, Particle, Spiritual Rez, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Sophistafunk, Normal Instruments and more. Get tickets and more info here.
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