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Japan to develop offshore wind farms at 30 sites in 10 years, Nikkei says

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will craft new rules and support infrastructure in a drive that aims to build offshore wind farms at 30 sites during the next decade, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday.

Industry Minister, Hiroshi Kajiyama, is expected to announce policy measures soon to target the goal, the paper said, without identifying sources.

The new policy aims for three or four projects each year with total generation capacity of one gigawatt (GW), from the financial year starting in April 2021 until fiscal 2030/2031, for an accumulated total of 10 GW.

To speed the expansion, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) plans to build storage facilities nationwide for the parts required for construction, as well as reinforce some ports.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) plans to revise power grid rules to scrap restrictions on greener power suppliers, the paper added.

Japan now allows large traditional utilities that control its transmission grids, to limit renewable energy supplies, such as those from solar and wind farms, if necessary, to ensure grid stability, a measure that limits renewable energy expansion.

A METI official, handling renewable energy, declined to comment on the report.

A MLIT official said the ministry had already started work on some ports to benefit offshore wind farms, but declined comment on the rest of the report.

Each plant usually takes five to 10 years to build.

Japan’s offshore wind power market is set to grow after a law, the Offshore Wind Promotion Act, enforced last year to assist development.

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Tanzania plans to renovate livestock markets nationwide to boost output

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Dar es Salaam, Aug. 2, 2020 The Government of Tanzania has set aside 681 million Tanzanian shillings (about $292,800) for renovation of livestock markets across the country.

The renovation is in a move aimed at boosting output, an official said on Sunday.

Felix Nandonde, the Director of Production and Marketing Department in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, announced the renovation of the livestock markets when he inspected a livestock market in Tabora region.

He said the renovation of the livestock markets was aimed at improving output and collection of government revenue from the markets.

Nandonde said the renovation would focus on construction of wells along with feeding and drinking stations in the markets.

“The renovation will also entail improving the handling of animals in the markets as well as the provision of food, water, shelters and veterinary care,’’ he said.

According to the ministry’s statistics, Tanzania has about 33 million cattle, 21 million goats and 5.6 million sheep.

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Three dead in attack on Afghan jail, scores of prisoners flee

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An attack, claimed by Islamic State on a jail compound in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, killed at least three persons and injured dozens.


The attack triggers heavy fighting, in which scores of prisoners escaped, an official said.

Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member, said a huge car bomb explosion was followed by at least two smaller blasts, outside the government-run prison, and that Police then fought attackers who had taken up positions nearby.

Islamic State’s Amaq news agency quoted a military source as saying its fighters had carried out Sunday’s attack but gave no further details.

There was no independent confirmation that the militant group was responsible.

“At least three people were dead and 25 injured in the ongoing clashes,’’ Qaderi said.

“More than 50 prisoner escaped and the death toll could rise, he added.

The assault happened on the third and final day of a ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban, when hundreds of Taliban prisoners were released in an attempt to make a final push for intra-Afghan peace talks.

The Taliban was not responsible for the attack, a spokesman for the Islamist group said.

President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban have both indicated that long-delayed negotiations could begin immediately after the Eid al-Adha festival, which took place in Kabul on Thursday.

The Taliban says it has freed all 1,000 Afghan prisoners it had pledged to release in a deal with the United States.

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France to push for rights sanctions in EU recovery plan – Minister

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France will push for financial sanctions under the EU’s 750 billion euro ($880 billion) coronavirus recovery fund against states that undermine fundamental human rights, its junior European Affairs Minister told the Financial Times newspaper.


“We can’t tell (French, Polish, Hungarian and European) citizens that (we) can have financial solidarity in Europe and not care how the basic rules of democracy, free media and equal rights are respected,’’ Clement Beaune said in an interview published late on Sunday.

The European Union is struggling to respond to what many in Western Europe see as creeping authoritarianism on its eastern flank.

The European Commission, EU lawmakers and activists have said freedoms are notably under threat in Poland and Hungary.

Beaune told the newspaper that the EU must be tougher on breaches by those countries.

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2 aircraft collide in United States Alaska, state legislator among 7 killed

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Two aircraft collided in mid-air on Friday near the Soldotna Airport on Kenai Peninsula in the United States state of Alaska, killing seven people, including Alaska House Representative Gary Knopp, Anchorage Daily News report updated on Saturday.


One of the aircraft involved in the crash was a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The other twin-engine plane had been later confirmed as a Piper PA-12.

Alaska Department of Public Safety said in a statement that one plane carried six people.

Gary Knopp was the only occupant in the other plane.

All were confirmed deceased on the scene except for one person that succumbed to injuries during transport to the local hospital, the statement said.

It added that positive identity has been made on all occupants of both aircraft and next of kin notifications have been made.

Knopp was a certified flight instructor and registered pilot.

He was elected to the Alaska Legislature in 2016 after serving on the Kenai Borough Assembly.

He was a candidate in this year’s Republican primary for House District 30, according to the ADN report.

Alaska Governor, Mike Dunleavy, has ordered the United States flag and Alaska state flag to be flown at half-staff in honour of Knopp, beginning mid-day Friday and ending at sunset on Monday.

“Throughout his 42 years on the Kenai Peninsula, Gary became well known as an avid outdoorsman, a skilled pilot, and a dedicated public servant.

His presence will no doubt be missed by those he faithfully served,’’ Dunleavy said.

The Alaska legislative leaders, on both sides of the political aisle, also expressed their grief over Knopp’s death and extended condolences to his wife and family.

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