December 4, 2012

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IOC to Suspend India From Olympics

Announcement expected later today

The IOC suspended India’s Olympic Committee earlier today after government interference with its election process, according to two anonymous officials. Despite warnings from the IOC, a New Delhi court declared that the Indian committee should follow the country’s sports code rather than the IOC code in Wednesday’s planned elections for various top spots in the committee. Suspension means that India won’t receive Olympic funding and officials will not be allowed to attend Olympic events and meetings. Athletes will not be allowed to compete for India, but the IOC, which also recently warned Brazilian officials about the slow pace of preparations for the 2016 Games, could allow them to participate under the Olympic flag. The official decision is expected to be announced later today at the end of today’s IOC executive meetings. 

Via AP


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Ghana to Build Africa's Largest Solar Power Plant

Would be the fourth-biggest in the world

The largest solar power plant in Africa will be built in Ghana, according to Blue Energy, the British renewable energy developer behind the planned plant. The project is expected to cost around $400 million, and it should be finished October 15, developers say. The plant, which will be built in Western Ghana, near the village of Aiwiaso, is predicted to increase the country’s electricity capacity by six percent, while also creating 500 construction jobs and 200 permanent, plant-related jobs. At the time of planning, the Aiwiaso plant would be the fourth-largest solar power plant in the world. Ghana has set a target of increasing renewable energy capacity to 10 percent by 2020.

Via The Guardian


Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher in April, 2011, in D.C.     Photo: Linh Do/Flickr

DeChristopher Can't Do Social Justice Work

Gets job at bookstore instead

Climate activist and newly-released prisoner Tim DeChristopher has given up his job at a Salt Lake City Unitarian church after the Federal Bureau of Prisons barred him from social justice work. DeChristopher, who is serving out the remainder of his two-year sentence in a halfway house, had planned on working in the church's social justice ministry. "The Bureau of Prisons official who interviewed Tim indicated he would not be allowed to work at the Unitarian church because it involved social justice and that was what part of what his crime was," said Patrick Shea, DeChristopher's attorney. Instead, he's taken a job as a clerk at a rare books store. DeChristopher, 31, was convicted of violating the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act and making false statements for placing false bids at a federal oil and gas lease auction in 2008.

Via TreeHugger


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Police Catch Christmas Tree Thieves

Three charged with petty larceny, reckless endangerment

State police in western New York have arrested a man and two women wanted in connection with multiple Christmas tree thefts. 911 dispatchers received a call at 2:30 a.m. Sunday from a seller reporting the theft of a tree from his shop in the town of Andover. Angiline M. Palmiter, 28, and Victoria R. Greene, 36, both from nearby Wellsville, were found by police as they were attempting to escape with the tree in their vehicle and the tree seller in pursuit. At one point, the women dislodged the tree from their vehicle and attempted to throw it at the tree seller. They were pulled over and taken into custody without further incident. A third person, 27-year-old Derek J. Hodgkins, was arrested later after police learned that he was wanted along with the other two women for a separate Christmas tree theft earlier in the night. They are charged with petty larceny and reckless endangerment.

Via Fox NY