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Unprecedented pact on spill in Columbia and Snake rivers draws skepticism, praise

“Spill in comparative survival analysis has shown to help boost survival of salmon in their travel through the hydropower system” writes Lynda V for seattletimes.com. The three-year agreement, reached after months of negotiations, enables increased spill for fish to swoosh over dams (instead of going through powerhouses) during hours when power prices are low.The signing of the agreement does not end controversy over spilling water to help salmon. Guy Norman, a member of the Northwest Power and Planning Conservation Council representing Washington state, said that NOAA Fisheries has yet to conduct…

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Gaming Giant Atari to Launch ‘Blockchain Versions’ of Two Popular Games

“Major gaming company Atari has entered into a license agreement with blockchain startup Animoca Brands to make blockchain versions of two popular mobile games” writes Marie Huillet for cointelegraph.com. Based on the terms of the license agreement — which extends through to March 31, 2022 —  Animoca’s blockchain versions of both Atari games will also feature integrated non-fungible tokens (NFT).Atari — famous for being the developer of video games such as Tetris and Pac Man — says the rights agreement allows Animoca to produce and publish blockchain versions of Atari…

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Changes to dams on Columbia, Snake rivers to benefit salmon, hydropower and orcas

“Spilling water to help salmon move past the Columbia River Basin dams began back in the late 1970s and has resulted in a long battle over management of the Columbia River hydropower system” writes Lynda V for seattletimes.com. A landmark agreement supported by states, tribes and federal agencies is expected to change how water is spilled at Columbia and Lower Snake River dams to boost the survival of young salmon while limiting the financial hit to hydropower.For the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which markets public power from Columbia River Basin dams,…

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Trump Foundation to shut down under agreement with New York attorney general

“President Donald Trump’s personal charity will shut down and disperse whatever funds it still has under a new agreement announced Tuesday by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood” writes Laura Nahmias for politico.com. The agreement to shut down the Trump Foundation is a significant victory for the attorney general’s office, which sued the charity in June, alleging the president and several of his children used it for their own political benefit.The agreement, which still must be approved by a judge, requires the Trump Foundation to submit a list of not-for-profit…

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Cash-strapped South African Airways expands Emirates code sharing

“JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African Airways (SAA) said on Tuesday that it had signed a deal with Emirates [EMIRA.UL] to expand an existing codeshare agreement, in a rare bright spot for the cash-strapped airline” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The state-owned carrier, which has not made a profit since 2011 and survives on government handouts, said the agreement would see the two airlines leverage each other’s route networks, cargo services and flight schedules to boost passenger flows.South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been at pains to stabilize ailing firms…

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21 deals worth $22.8bn signed during Cairo’s IATF

“The 2018 IATF Conference is taking place in parallel to the trade fair” writes Daily News Egypt for dailynewsegypt.com. Afreximbank also agreed on the Nigeria-Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme worth $1bn, and the CDC’s $100m Master Risk Participation Facility, as well as the Trade Confirmation Guarantee Programmes with Access Bank UK, worth $333m.Moreover, Afreximbank signed several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Nigerian federal ministry of industry, trade, and investment to jointly develop the industrial park and the special economic zones in Nigeria for $1.235bn.The IATF, organised by Afreximbank…

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Theresa May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14

“May’s authority also has been shaken after a no-confidence vote from her own party on Wednesday that saw more than a third of Conservative lawmakers vote against her” writes Danica Kirka for sun-sentinel.com. May told lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday that they would resume debate on the deal when Parliament comes back after its Christmas break the week of Jan. 7, with the vote held the following week.The British government and the EU sealed a divorce deal last month, but May postponed a parliamentary vote intended to…

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The latest global climate negotiations just finished. Here’s what happened.

“The latest round of global climate negotiations just concluded in the coal city of Katowice, Poland” writes Joshua Busby for washingtonpost.com. The Paris agreement ushered in a different approach to reducing greenhouse gases, after previous false starts.The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency (and his declared intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement) has emboldened others.With the mechanics of the Paris agreement now largely fleshed out, country implementation remains the most important issue. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal

“KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions late on Saturday to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Some countries and green groups criticized the outcome for failing to urge increased ambitions on emissions cuts sufficiently to curb rising temperatures. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Egypt welcomes Yemeni rivals’ ceasefire agreement

“Egypt welcomed the agreements reached between the Yemeni rivals, concluding the political discussions which took place in Sweden during the past week” writes Mohammed El-said for dailynewsegypt.com. The statement also stressed on the importance of the Yemeni parties’ commitment to the agreement in order to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people. Source: dailynewsegypt.com Share This:

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