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The entrance to the Tesla assembly plant’s construction site outside Berlin in August. A local government official said approval of the plant was in the “last steps.”Credit…Hannibal Hanschke/ReutersBERLIN — Employees at Tesla’s new assembly plant outside Berlin will elect a works council next month, the latest indication that the factory could soon begin operation after months of setbacks and delays.Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, had hoped the facility, the company’s first assembly plant in Europe, would have been completed by the end of last year. But Germany’s cumbersome bureaucracy, combined with a flurry of lawsuits from local environmental groups, has…

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An underwater mapping project recently took an unexpected twist off the coast of Tahiti, where deep sea explorers said this week that they had discovered a sprawling coral reef resembling a bed of roses that appeared to be largely unscathed by climate change.Extending for about three kilometers (1.86 miles), the reef is remarkably well preserved and is among the largest ever found at its depth, according to those involved in the mapping project sponsored by UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.Some even described the condition of the reef, hidden at depths between 30 meters (about 100 feet) and…

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By Staff The Canadian Press Posted January 20, 2022 5:07 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The top doctor for Indigenous Services Canada says he’s cautiously optimistic the Omicron-driven wave of the pandemic may be flattening across First Nations. Dr. Tom Wong, the department’s chief public health officer, says for this to happen nationally, communities need to maintain their health measures.As of last week the department reported nearly 85 per cent of people 12 and older living on First Nations have received both…

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NEW YORK: Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki criticized US President Joe Biden on Thursday for moving too slowly to reverse all of former President Donald Trump administration’s adverse policies against the Palestinians and not using Washington’s special relationship to pressure Israel to abandon “its rejection of a two-state solution and peace negotiations.” Malki told the UN Security Council there were hopes that the end of Donald Trump’s administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government “would be enough to pave the way for renewed momentum for peace.” But while the Biden administration reversed several “unlawful and ill-advised” Trump policies, he said…

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The federal government says it’s granting $8 million to companies to help them take advantage of satellite data. The 21 grants are to support projects from crop surveillance on the Prairies to sea ice safety in Nunavut.The data is being made publicly available from a series of Canadian satellites, including RADARSAT. Trending Stories Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Francois-Philippe Champagne says the move will help Canadian businesses compete in a rapidly growing industry.Ottawa says the global market using Earth observation satellite data is expected to more than double to nearly $9 billion over the next decade. …

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The French government set a timeline on Thursday to lift the country’s Covid-19 restrictions over the next few weeks, as pandemic indicators in France show tentative signs of improvement and a presidential election looms in April.Jean Castex, the French prime minister, said at a news conference that there was a “clear ebbing” of the wave of coronavirus cases attributable to the Delta variant, as well as preliminary indications that another surge of cases linked to the Omicron variant was slowing down in the areas where it struck first, like the region around Paris.“This exceptional wave is not over, but the…

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France will reverse the Covid-19 curbs from February. File photoPARIS: France will begin a gradual lifting of Covid restrictions from February 2 amid “encouraging signs” that the wave of infections due to the Omicron variant is ebbing, Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday.Even though authorities registered a record 464,769 new daily cases on Tuesday, Castex said the implementation of a “vaccine pass” starting Monday to enter restaurants, cinemas and other public venues would allow an easing of tighter rules imposed since December. In a first step, the audience capacity limits for concert halls, sporting matches and other events — 2,000…

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The Federal Reserve took its first step toward more seriously examining issuing a central bank digital currency, releasing a report on Thursday that examines the idea’s potential costs and benefits and opening the door for public comment.In a long-awaited report, the Fed avoided taking sides but set out a list of arguments for and against issuing a digital currency, and posed questions that will shape the debate.“We look forward to engaging with the public, elected representatives and a broad range of stakeholders as we examine the positives and negatives of a central bank digital currency in the United States,” Jerome…

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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week: Senior officials take stock of MENA progress in fight against climate change DUBAI: Efforts by governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to accelerate climate action were praised at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in the UAE capital. Since its inauguration in 2008, ADSW has been bringing members of the global community together to accelerate sustainable development. In keeping with this practice, this year’s events provided heads of state, policy makers, business leaders and technology pioneers with a platform to share knowledge, showcase innovation and outline strategies for delivering climate action. Amid growing concerns…

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Omicron was probably present in New York City’s wastewater more than a week before the first case of the new variant was detected in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and researchers across the country.The samples suggest that someone in New York City may have had the Omicron variant as early as Nov. 21, four days before South African scientists first announced cases of the variant and ten days before the first U.S. case was reported. Researchers in California and Texas also found evidence of Omicron in wastewater samples from…

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