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US President Biden to discontinue waiver allowing US oil company to operate in Syria.

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US President Biden has decided not to renew the waiver which up until now had allowed certain US oil companies to operate in the oil rich northeast Syria. The waiver was introduced by President Trump after he pledged to “keep the oil” produced in the region.

The waiver was first introduced over an year ago in April 2020 after President Trump announced that he wanted to keep US troops in the region to maintain control of the profits form the oil. The waiver was a necessary part as the US Treasury prohibits most US companies from operating in the highly volatile conflict zone.

According to a Biden administration official who anonymously spoke with TRT World, the “Keep the Oil” narrative by President Trump is not a part of the current administration’s foreign policy and that using the US military to facilitate oil production for US companies in Syria was deemed as inappropriate.

The waiver was initially even seen as a benefit of political connections as the waiver was issued to Delta Crescent Energy which was founded in 2019 by former US ambassador to Denmark James Cian, retired army delta force officer James Reese and the UK based oil executive John Dorrier. The allegations that the waiver was issued based on political connections was stemmed from the fact that James Cian had donated more than $30,000 to the Republican Party and its candidates over the years.

President trumps issued multiple statements calling to keep US military in the region to “keep the oil” and “secure the oil”  while his aides continued to refute the allegations that the US was profiting from the Syrian oil reserves.

Source: TRT World.

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Gezhouba hydropower plant produced 600 bln kWh of clean energy after 40 years.

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The Gezhouba hydropower plant on the Yangtze River, China’s longest river, has generated nearly 600 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy since it began operations 40 years ago.

The station is located in the city of Yichang, central China’s Hubei Province, Gezhouba is the first large-scale hydropower station on the Yangtze River. It is reported to have a total installed capacity of approximately 2.74 million kilowatts, according to the China Three Gorges Corporation.

With a total investment of nearly 4.85 billion yuan (about 750 million U.S. dollars), the construction of the hydropower station began in December 1970 and was completed in December 1988.

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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Youths of Gemanafushi initiate cleanup of beaches of nearby uninhabited islands.

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The youths of Gemanafushi have banded together to clean up the beaches of the nearby uninhabited islands.  The cleanup initiated with the help of the campaign team for the “Saafu Kandufaru program”.

The program was carried out by the fishermen’s NGOs in collaboration with all the NGOs from Gemanafushi, Ga. Atoll Council and Ga. Gemanafushi Council.

The leading fisherman in the cleanup, Saajin stated that the plastic taken in today’s activity filled up 20 jumbo bags. He also stated that this work would be continued without further breaks.

On this note he explained that a discussion is proceeding on ways to recycle or reuse plastic taken from the beaches.

Net bags have been provided to all Gemanafushi fishing boats and since the campaign was initiated with the aim expanding to the whole of Huvadhoo Atoll, net bags will be provided to all the Huvadhoo fishing vessels as well.

The main objective of the program is for the fisheries industry of Maldives to set an example on the importance of protecting the environment, increasing awareness on the dangers of improper plastic waste disposal and to implement an easy way to discard the plastic waste.

The main partners of this program are Ensis Fisheries, Ugail Foundation and Ga. Atoll Council.

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Cyber-Attack Hits Housing Ministry.

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It has been reported that the Ministry of Planning and Infrastructure has become a recent victim of a cyber-attack resulting in difficulties providing service to the public.

Since last Saturday, the ministry’s computers have been remotely denied access prohibited and the staffs have been asked to not attend work. However, no official statement has been made from the ministry or Maldives police service.

Previous such cyber-attacks to various government authorities have been noted too. Last year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the website of Health Protection Agency (HPA) was hacked with warnings sent to the system.

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