Lava flow torches warehouse at Hawaii geothermal plant - ReutersHONOLULU - 23 May 2018: A new lava flow from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano edged towards a geothermal power plant on Tuesday after destroying a warehouse at the facility, after the volcano entered a more violent phase at the weekend.Workers at the now closed Puna Geothermal Venture, which provided around 25 percent of electricity on Hawaii's Big Island, scrambled to cap the last of three deep wells to reduce the risks of an uncontrolled release of toxic gases should they be inundated by lava.The race at the site marked the latest challenge facing authorities during what geologists call an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at Kilauea's summit and from giant volcanic cracks or fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its eastern flank.A lava flow from one of the fissures entered the 815-acre (330-hectare) geothermal plant complex on Monday night and destroyed a warehouse, County of Hawaii government spokeswoman Janet Snyder said.Another fissure reactivated on Tuesday and sent lava flowing slowly in the direction of the plant, County of Hawaii Civil Defense said in a tweet.Snyder said none of the wells were in imminent danger, as the flow was barely moving and still several hundred yards (meters) from the plant.The latest explosive eruption at the Kilauea summit at around 1 a.m. (6 a.m. EST) sent a plume of ash over Hawaii's Big Island, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported in a statement. "Communities downwind should be prepared for ashfall as long as this activity continues," the observatory said.MORE VIOLENT PHASEThe geothermal plant has been closed since shortly after lava began erupting on May 3 through newly opened fissures in the ground running through neighborhoods and roads in an area near the community of Pahoa.The state has pumped cold water into the wells and capped them with iron plugs.The plant's wells run 6,000 to 8,000 feet (1,830-2,438 meters) underground to tap into extremely hot water and steam used to run turbines and produce electricity.About 3 miles (4.8 km) to the east of the plant on the coast, noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam and fine glass-like particles billowed into the sky as lava poured into the ocean from two flows.Laze -- a term combining the words "lava" and "haze" -- is formed when erupting lava, which can reach 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 degrees Celsius), reacts with sea water. It is potentially deadly if inhaled and killed two people when a lava flow reached the coast in 2000.Kilauea's eruption, which has already produced nearly two dozen lava-spewing fissures, entered a more violent phase at the weekend, producing larger volumes of molten rock from fissures.At least 47 homes and other structures have been destroyed in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens area of the Puna district, and a man was seriously injured on Saturday by flying lava.Some 2,000 people have been ordered from their homes due to lava flows and toxic sulfur dioxide gas. Several hundred are staying at three Red Cross shelters in the area, including some staying in tents outside with their pets.
May 22, 2018 21:56 UTC
U.S. President Donald Trump look on as he welcomes South Korea's President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON - 23 May 2018: The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday bipartisan legislation that would ease bank rules introduced in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, giving President Donald Trump a major legislative victory.Tuesday's vote rolls back some of the 2010 Dodd-Frank rules that restricted operations by smaller banks and community lenders and keeps the Republican president's campaign promise to try to spur more economic growth by cutting regulation.The bill, which was approved by the Senate in March, marks the first significant rewrite of U.S. financial rules introduced following the crisis, which saw Wall Street lenders bailed out to the tune of $700 billion.Republican critics say Dodd-Frank went too far and curbs banks’ ability to lend, while many Democrats say it provides critical protections for consumers and taxpayers.The bill, approved 258-159, raises the threshold at which banks are considered systemically risky and subject to stricter oversight to $250 billion from $50 billion. It also eases trading, lending and capital rules for banks with less than $10 billion in assets.It does not, however, weaken the top U.S. consumer watchdog created by Dodd-Frank that has been consistently attacked by Republicans who say it oversteps its mandate.But the bill does offer a handful of niche provisions that would help some larger banks, such as allowing custody banks like BNY Mellon and State Street Corp to exempt the customer deposits they place with central banks from a stringent capital calculation requirement.It also offers more favorable treatment for municipal bonds, a measure that analysts say is likely to help Citigroup Inc's bond-trading business.But backers of the bill stress that the core Dodd Frank provisions that aimed to shore up the financial system and make banks less risky, remain untouched by this legislation.The bill also does not alter the so-called "Volcker Rule" banning Wall Street banks from making risky bets with their own money, or limit the ability of regulators to apply stricter rules to large institutions they deem critical to the financial system.
May 22, 2018 21:56 UTC
Trump’s closest conservative allies in Congress have been clamoring for access to the classified documents. Conservatives have been criticizing the department, the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the election for months. Moscow denies election meddling and Trump denies any collusion between Russian officials and his campaign, calling investigations a political witch hunt. On Monday, the Justice Department agreed to investigate “any irregularities” in FBI tactics related to Trump’s campaign. They also called for access, for Democrats as well as Republicans, to all documents related to the case.
May 22, 2018 21:11 UTC
Egyptian journalist Ismail al-Iskandarani during his trial – press photoCAIRO – 22 May 2018: Egypt’s military court has sentenced Egyptian researcher and journalist Ismail al-Iskandarani, along with another defendant, to 10 years in prison on May 22 on accusations of belonging to an illegal organization and spreading false news regarding national security in Sinai.Iskandarani was accused by the Supreme Prosecution after publishing several investigations and articles about Sinai’s demographic nature, along with the tribes’ traditions and their views on the performance of the Armed Fforces.During the investigations, Iskandarani denied all the accusations and confirmed that he made the investigations in cooperation with several international foundations; however, none of them were affiliated with any security body for foreign states. He also denied belonging to any illegal or terrorist organization.Iskandarani was arrested at Hurghada Airport while returning from Germany to Cairo to visit his sick mother in December 2015.It was reported that he had lectured and participated in a series of seminars in Europe and the U.S. on the political situation in Egypt.His wife claimed on her official Twitter account that a report was filed against him by the Egyptian embassy in Berlin. Security officers at the airport investigated him and found on his laptop articles on the political and security situation in Sinai.Iskandarani is a sociopolitical researcher and investigative freelance journalist who specializes in the affairs of Sinai. He is also a volunteer researcher on Sinai issues at the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR).Moreover, he has been a fellow researcher at the Paris-based Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) since 2013, where he receives education on the future relationship between the progressive Islamists and the secular left in Egypt.In 2015, before his detention, he published a chapter called "Violence in Sinai: the State's War on Society and Producing Terrorism" in a book titled "L'Egypte en revolution(s)" (Egypt in revolution[s]).He also wrote for several local and international news websites and was awarded several local and international press prizes.Additional reporting by Jehad El-Sayed
May 22, 2018 20:48 UTC
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to deliver remarks on the Trump administration's Iran policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON - 23 May 2018: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the changes Washington has demanded that Iran make are not difficult to implement and he is confident a common diplomatic approach can be developed with European countries. "I'm confident that there is a set of overlapping values and interests here that will drive us to the same conclusion about the need to respond to the Islamic Republic of Iran's threats to the world," Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.
May 22, 2018 20:03 UTC
"And that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers misusing people's information. "That was a mistake, and I'm sorry for it. But I'm committed to getting it right, and to making the significant investments needed to keep people safe," he added. But I want to be clear: keeping people safe will always be more important than maximising our profits. "Zuckerberg is due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Wednesday.
May 22, 2018 19:41 UTC
File - Diaa el SayedCAIRO – 22 May 2018: Nogoom El Mostakbal announced on Tuesday that they have reached an agreement with Diaa el Sayed to be the team’s new manager. Sayed will succeed Mohamed Salah who led the team during the promotion journey.Sayed will lead Nogoom El Mostakbal in their campaign at the Egyptian top division for the first time in their history.Nogoom El Mostakbal had a great battle with Tersana to promote to the first division; they earned the promotion at the last game of the season.Tersana entered the last game of the season against Gomhoriat Shebin leading the group with 57 points, one point ahead of Nogoom El-Mostakbal who faced Suez.Shebin defeated Tersana 1-0 and granted Nogoom El-Mostakbal, who defeated Suez, their first promotion to the Egyptian League's first division.Sayed is a veteran Egyptian manager and he led the national youth team at the 2011 U 20 World Cup in Colombia.The club board also reached an agreement with former Egyptian international player, Abdel Zaher el Saka, to be the assistant coach and Ehab Galal to be the goalkeeping coach.
May 22, 2018 19:18 UTC
Texas Governor Greg Abbott hosts a round table discussion, on school safety to prevent another mass shooting, at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, U.S., May 22, 2018. "The problem is that innocent people are being shot and that must be stopped," Abbott, a staunch gun rights supporter, told reporters before the meeting. "We all want guns out of the hands of those who will try to murder our children. The questions is, what are we, the leaders of Texas, going to do to prevent this from happening again. "Abbott, a Republican, has vowed that any changes to state laws would "protect Second Amendment rights.
May 22, 2018 19:18 UTC
Bernard J Dunn, president of Boeing Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT), told Daily News Egypt that his company will announce a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) project with Alexandria University in 2018, clarifying that the new project follows a discussion with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi last month about cooperation with the university. On 18 April, Al-Sisi met with Boeing’s President Marc Allen to discuss Egypt’s keenness on promoting cooperation with the Boeing Company. Attending the meeting were Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy and Bernard J Dunn, Boeing’s MENAT president, according to a previous statement from the presidency. Dunn added that his company has already been cooperating with Cairo University and granted funds to implement a project while it is mulling the potential of cooperating with Alexandria University as well. Dunn noted that Boeing and EgyptAir collaborated on a charity event to deliver food boxes to Kasr Al Aini Hospital for the third year.
Source:Daily News Egypt
May 22, 2018 19:07 UTC
A video of officials from the UK Embassy in Egypt driving around a Tuk Tuk (three wheeled motorized vehicle used as a taxi) in the historical Cairo district of Al-Ghouriya went viral across Egyptian social media on Monday. The video was posted by UK Ambassador to Cairo John Casson on his official Twitter account, which showed the officials exploring the district while buying clothes to celebrate the arrival of Ramadan. The Al-Ghouriya district is an ancient street located in the Al-Gamalyia suburb, as part of what is known as Islamic Cairo. The Egyptian government has been working to renovate the Al-Ghouriya district through the Revival of Islamic Cairo project. The district is now affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and became a cultural and artistic center after its restoration in 2005.
May 22, 2018 18:22 UTC
This combination of photos show North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on April 29, 2017. AFPWASHINGTON - 22 May 2018: US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there's a substantial chance that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might not work out for June, CNBC news channel reported.The president added that the meeting won't happen if certain conditions aren't met.The summit is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, which is widely viewed as a neutral site; however, doubts continue to grow about whether the meeting will actually take place, the news channel added.South Korean president Moon Jae-in on Tuesday struck a more optimistic note about the planned summit between Trump and Kim.Moon pushed back against U.S. skepticism about the meeting and said he is confident that Trump will make the summit a success.
May 22, 2018 18:11 UTC
Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - October 5, 2017 England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Dylan MartinezCAIRO – 22 May 2018: England manager, Gareth Southgate, announced on Tuesday that Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, will be the English team's captain during their participation at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“It is an amazing honour. You always dream of playing for England growing up and to be the captain is that little bit more," Kane told skysports.Kane, 24, is the youngest player to be named captain of an English team for a World Cup tournament.Asked about the reasons behind choosing Kane, Southgate said, “Harry has some outstanding personal qualities. He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day.”Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier captained England under Southgate but at the end he decided to grant Kane the armband.“He has belief and high standards and it is a great message for the team to have a captain who has shown that it is possible to be one of the best in the world over,” added Southgate.England plays in Group G alongside Panama, Tunisia and Belgium.
May 22, 2018 17:48 UTC
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a gathering with supporters at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File photoCARACAS - 22 May 2018: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he was expelling the top U.S. diplomat in Caracas for allegedly conspiring against his socialist government. "I have declared him persona non grata and I announce the exit of the U.S. chargé d'affaires in 48 hours," Maduro said of Todd Robinson during the official proclamation of his re-election which was slammed as a farce by Washington
May 22, 2018 17:48 UTC
Egypt sends aid and medical convoys to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 22 – Press photoEgypt sends aid and medical convoys to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 22 – Press photoEgypt sends aid and medical convoys to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 22 – Press photoأصدرت توجيهاتى للأجهزة المعنية بإتخاذ ما يلزم لإستمرار فتح معبر رفح البرى طوال شهر رمضان المبارك وذلك ضماناً لتخفيف الأعباء عن الأشقاء فى قطاع غزه#تحيا_مصر — Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) May 17, 2018Egypt sends aid and medical convoys to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 22 – Press photoCAIRO – 22 May 2018: Egypt sent aid and medical convoys to the Palestinians in Gaza Strip on Tuesday, May 22, which was received gladly by the Palestinian side with signs and banners that read “Terrorism has no religion...Together we will fight it.”Other pictures of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi were seen inside the strip with phrases such as "Thank you, Egypt" and "Long live Egypt" printed on them.On May 18, Sisi ordered to keep the Rafah crossing open for the entire month of Ramadan.The Egyptian leader ordered the relevant authorities to keep the crossing open to ease some of the burdens of the residents of the Gaza Strip. Keeping the crossing open will allow the passage of diesel fuel, construction materials, food and medicine.“I issued directives to take the necessary measures to keep the Rafah border crossing open throughout the holy month of Ramadan in a bid to relieve some of the burdens suffered by our brothers in the Gaza strip,” Sisi posted on Facebook and Twitter.On May 20, a Palestinian delegation led by Diab al-Louh, the Palestinian ambassador in Egypt and permanent delegate to the Arab League, visited a number of Palestinians who were injured in the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and were sent to the Naser Institute Hospital in Egypt for treatment.Louh delivered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ greetings to the brave injured, stressing that the embassy will do its best to ensure providing good treatment for them until their full recovery.The Palestinian ambassador extended his gratitude for President Sisi for his decision to open the Rafah border crossing throughout the holy month of Ramadan to ease the burdens of the besieged people in Gaza.
May 22, 2018 17:26 UTC
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, pictured in April 2018, will attend a closed-door meeting with the Eurpoean parliament's most senior deputiesBRUSSELS - 22 May 2018: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologised to EU lawmakers on Tuesday and said the company had not done enough to prevent misuse of the social network.Meeting the leaders of the European Parliament, Zuckerberg stressed the importance of Europeans to Facebook and said he was sorry for not doing enough to prevent abuse of the platform. "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility. That was a mistake and I am sorry for it," Zuckerberg said in his opening remarks.Facebook has been embroiled in a data scandal after it emerged that the personal data of 87 million users were improperly accessed by a political consultancy.
May 22, 2018 16:41 UTC