PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has decided to reverse plans to halt mining in a key black coal region to help the country safeguard its power supply amid high demand and the energy crunch prompted by the Russia's war in Ukraine. Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura said Thursday that the state-owned OKD company will extend its mining activities in north-eastern Czech Republic until at least the end of next year, with an analysis to be made on a possible further extension until 2025. The original plans called for mining to be halted there this year, but “demand for black coal is enormous,” Stanjura said. Some other European Union countries are turning back to coal as a replacement for reduced deliveries of Russian natural gas, threatening climate goals in Europe. Russia has trimmed gas flows to EU countries like Germany, Italy and Austria on top of its gas cutoffs to France, Poland, Bulgaria and others. OKD's chief executive, Roman Sikora, said the Czech company was planning to … [Read more...] about Czech Republic to extend coal mining amid high demand
WASHINGTON — The most intriguing politician in the Republican Party is an uncharismatic governor who’s trying to make the GOP’s culture war appealing to suburban mothers. Ron DeSantis, the 43-year-old governor of Florida, has been on a tear. Originally a tea party-style fiscal conservative, he’s embraced a series of hard-edged positions that have boosted him into second place in early — OK, way-too-early — polls for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. (First place is still occupied by former President Donald Trump.) “He’s taken on the left more aggressively than any U.S. governor in modern history,” Fox News pundit Laura Ingraham enthused last month when she devoted an entire hour of her prime-time program to DeSantis. Politics Essential Politics: Conspiracy theories and fear of immigrants — a toxic mix Conspiracy-minded Americans provide powerful support for some pernicious ideas. The political establishment has lost its ability to keep such ideas at … [Read more...] about Column: Ron DeSantis is setting the agenda for the GOP, and Democrats should worry
WASHINGTON — For more than two decades, American presidents have invested high hopes in a deepening U.S. relationship with India, the world’s largest democracy — as they almost invariably mention. And at first glance, India looks like a natural U.S. ally, not only an electoral democracy but a rapidly growing economy that fears the expanding power of China. Last year, President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in Washington and declared a “global strategic partnership” — not quite a formal alliance, but the next best thing. Politics Essential Politics: The one word that best describes California How did California become the most populous, diverse, economically dynamic and confounding state in the union? A new book takes a stab at examining that question. Then Russia invaded Ukraine, and suddenly all those promises of partnership began to appear shaky. Advertisement Biden helped organize an international coalition to … [Read more...] about India has become a U.S. partner in countering China — a limited partner, that is
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 2 KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The remains of Congo’s independence hero and first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba will be laid to rest in Kinshasa Thursday. The interment in a specially-built mausoleum will be marked by a speech by Congo’s President Felix Tshisikedi. The ceremony is being held on Congo’s Independence Day holiday marking the day in 1960 when the country became independent from Belgium. Lumumba is widely hailed as the nationalist activist who helped to end colonial rule. He became the country’s first prime minister and was assassinated within a year in 1961. The ceremony for the interment of Lumumba's remains — a gold-capped tooth — comes after Belgium returned them to Congo earlier this month. A casket holding the tooth was taken around the country to allow citizens to pay their respects, including at his birthplace in Onalua village in Sankuru province. For many in Congo, … [Read more...] about Remains of Congo’s independence hero interred amid honors
17 Community Corner The news comes just one day after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged President Joe Biden to work with Congress on passing the proposal. Dylan Siwicki , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Replies MICHIGAN — President Joe Biden proposed a three-month federal gas tax holiday Wednesday that would dent historically high gas prices in Michigan by 18.4 cents per gallon, providing some immediate relief at the pumps. The news comes just one day after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to work with Congress in an effort to temporarily pause the federal gas tax. Nationally, Americans were paying an average of $4.96 a gallon for gas Wednesday, according to AAA. In Michigan, the average price was $5.13 a gallon Wednesday. The move could be more psychological than effective in an economy battered by the highest inflation in 40 years , saving motorists a couple of … [Read more...] about Biden’s Federal Gas Tax Holiday: Would It Help Or Hurt Michigan?
156 Politics & Government Federal agents confirmed GOP candidate Ryan Kelley, 40, was arrested Thursday after his home was raided. Dylan Siwicki , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Replies MICHIGAN — The FBI raided the Michigan home of Republican candidate for governor Ryan Kelley and arrested him Thursday morning , FBI Detroit spokeswoman Mara Schneider confirmed. Ryan is charged with several misdemeanors, including disorderly and disruptive conduct, injuring public property and unlawfully entering restricted space. Federal agents told Patch that Kelley, 40, was arrested in connection to the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol breach after a tipster gave federal agents photos of a person they believe is Kelley at the riot. Kelley was charged with a misdemeanor and was set to make his initial appearance Thursday afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The information provided by the tipster … [Read more...] about Capitol Riot Charges For Michigan Republican Governor Candidate