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Beijing shuts last coal power plant in switch to natural gas

Source: Phys.org

The shuttering of the Huaneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant comes on the heels of China's annual legislative sessions, where Premier Li Keqiang promised to "make our skies blue again" in his state-of-the-nation speech.

According to Xinhua, Beijing has become the country's first city to have all its power plants fuelled by natural gas, an objective laid out in 2013 in the capital's five-year clean air action plan.

The Huangneng plant is the fourth to be closed and replaced by gas thermal power centres between 2013 and 2017, cutting nearly 10 million tonnes in coal emissions annually.

Since last Wednesday' closing of the National People's Congress, the annual meeting of China's rubber-stamp parliament, PM2.5 (harmful particulate) levels have remained between 200 and 330 micrograms per cubic metrewell above the World Health Organization's recommended maximum average exposure of 25 micrograms per cubic metre in a 24-hour period

Read more: https://phys.org/news/2017-03-beijing-coal-power-natural-gas.amp

This clip is very on topic.

I changed the link as this one is more neutral and has more info. I expect more news sites to pick this up. Hopefully.

Live Feed: President Trump and Chancellor Merkel Hold a Joint Press Conference

Oh Snap! Did McDonald's really tweet this about Trump!?!


Yahoos New Male CEO Will Get Twice Marissa Mayers Salary

Source: NBC

The guy hired to run what's left of Yahoo after it imploded under Marissa Mayer will get twice her salary, according to a new filing.

The company named board member Thomas McInerney, 52, as the head of its new spinoff company, Altaba. McInerney, former CFO at IAC media company - which owns brands such as Tinder, OKCupid, and the Princeton Review - is to get a $2 million base pay, the company announced in an SEC filing Monday.

Mayer isn't going entirely gently into the good night, she'll get a $23 million golden parachute, as well as around $57 million in stock options.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/yahoo-s-new-male-ceo-will-get-twice-marissa-mayer-n733231?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

I wish I could say I'm surprised but I'm not.

BREAKING: 'Man armed with axe goes on rampage' in Dusseldorf train station

Source: Express

Anti-terror police have cordoned off the station in Germany.

It is thought several people have been injured.

Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/777274/dusseldorf-terror-man-axe-rampage-people-injured-train-station-germany

Comedian Dave Chappelle addresses Village of Yellow Springs council meeting

Even when serious he's funny.

About the Wikileaks CIA hack

Just a precaution but I'd be very careful of what you download or look at in "vault 7" you might end up on a list or get a knock at the door.

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's Funky Drummer, Dies At 73

Source: NPR

Clyde Stubblefield, the funk drummer whose work with James Brown made him one of the most sampled musicians in history, died Saturday morning in Madison, Wisc., his publicist confirmed. Stubblefield was 73; his publicist did not provide a cause of death.

For most of his career, Stubblefield was better known in sound than in name. He joined James Brown's backing band in 1965, one of countless musicians on an ever-rotating roster. As he told NPR in 2015, the ensemble seemed to have more than enough drummers already when he showed up to audition. "I went on stage and there was five drum sets up there," he explained. "And I'm going, 'Wow, what do you need me for?'"

Still, his recordings with Brown managed to rise above the competition: Songs like "Cold Sweat," "Say It Loud I'm Black And I'm Proud" and "Mother Popcorn" are now revered as a gold standard for funk drumming. A generation later, he would have an even bigger impact on hip-hop, as the pattern he'd played on 1970's "Funky Drummer" proved irresistible to producers. The track's distinctive break, a sixteenth beat punctuated by deft, delicate snare hits, has been sampled on hundreds of songs.

Perhaps most notably, Public Enemy's production crew The Bomb Squad made "Funky Drummer" the backbone of 1989's "Fight the Power." That song in turn became the unofficial theme music of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, echoing through the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant and foreshadowing the fiery confrontation in the film's climax.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/18/515997890/clyde-stubblefield-james-browns-funky-drummer-dies-at-73

30 pounds of cocaine found on American Airlines plane brought to Tulsa for maintenance

Source: Tulsaworld

Tulsa County deputies retrieved about 30 pounds of cocaine after a flight from Colombia landed in Tulsa for maintenance.

An American Airlines employee was conducting maintenance Sunday afternoon on a Boeing 757 when the employee found one of seven bricks of the schedule two substance, Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Roebuck said.

The flight was from Bogota, Colombia to Miami, Roebuck said. The plane was initially scheduled for maintenance there but was deferred to Tulsa due to a scheduling issue.

"That's a lot of cocaine, so we suspect cartel involvement," Roebuck said. "That's why we're turning it over to the DEA."

Read more: http://m.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/pounds-of-cocaine-found-on-american-airlines-plane-brought-to/article_783b762f-6b52-55c6-b413-1a0c268db957.html?mode=jqm

Iron Workers pension cuts approved; retirees to get smaller checks

Source: Cleveland

In a vote pitting current workers against retirees, the retirees in the Iron Workers Local 17 union in Cleveland lost.

Starting next week, their pension payments will shrink, some by half or more.

The Iron Workers Local 17 fund is the first pension fund to get Treasury Department approval for these kinds of cuts under congressional authority. Treasury rejected a similar request for a vote from a much larger fund, the Central States Pension Fund, after concluding its plan for post-voting survival was still risky

The size of the cuts depends on each worker. While the fund has said average cuts are about 20 percent, that includes those for workers who won't retire for years, when the fund is expected to be in better shape. The fund's current 336 retirees will see cuts of 30 percent to 60 percent, according to the Pension Rights Center, an advocacy group.

Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2017/01/iron_workers_pension_cuts_are.html

I have a feeling that this will be more common in the future.
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