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Abolish fossil fuel tax breaks


The government tried to abolish this subsidy several times but in the face of massive protests it was withdrawn each time – until 2005, when it succeeded to abolish the subsidy without protests from the population, despite a 50 percent increase in fuel prices. 

The secret of success was thorough preparation, extensive information, and the introduction of various financial compensations.


The measures included an increase in social subsidies, the abolition of tuition fees in state-run primary and secondary schools, an increase in the number of public transport buses, the introduction of a price ceiling for public transport fares, better funding of health care in poor areas, an increase in the minimum wage and investment in electrification in rural areas.

Indonesia also subsidised the use of fuel to the tune of 2.2 per cent to 2.8 per cent of GDP. The government tried to eliminate these subsidies since 1997 but failed each time because of wide protests. It finally succeeded in 2005-2008. 

The key to success was an increase in social subsidies (the poorest were given cash), improvements in health care and education, and preferential loans for small businesses. 

These measures minimised the number of opponents and boosted the president’s popularity. The fact that the public was thoroughly informed about the reasons for and the aims of the measures greatly facilitated their understanding and acceptance by society.

In Iran, fuel prices were kept extremely low before 2010, with huge state subsidies. In 2010, however, the government abolished the subsidy, which led to an overnight four-fold increase in fuel prices. Not only did the public not rebel, but they were almost unanimous in their support. 


The secret of success lay in thorough preparation, extensive information, and adequate compensation. Thirty per cent of the proceeds were given to companies to support energy-saving measures and energy efficiency investments. 

A further 20 per cent was allocated to the public sector (schools, hospitals, etc.) to offset increased energy costs and improve their energy efficiency. And 50 per cent of the proceeds went to each resident for $40 per month – except for the richest 20 percent of households.

Compensation for higher fuel prices has benefited most families and the reform has increased social equality. The poorest people had got almost no benefit from low fuel prices (they usually did not have cars), while the compensation paid by the government significantly improved their living conditions. 

The reform has greatly reduced poverty in Iran, which has resulted in significant moral support for the government. The reform has also boosted domestic demand, contributing to growth in non-energy sectors and reducing unemployment. 

In 2008, Switzerland introduced a carbon tax on a significant proportion of fossil energy (although petrol and diesel were not subject to the tax), which gradually increased from an initial 12 to 120 Swiss francs per tonne. 


The tax is also payable on household fuels, for which all Swiss residents receive equal monthly cash compensation from the state. This means that the less household fuel you use, the better off you are.

In Hungary, in the first half of the 1970s, there was a significant subsidy on meat products, with all the negative consequences that entailed. In 1976, the government abolished the subsidy, which led to a surge in meat prices. 

At the same time, all Hungarian residents received a monthly compensation of HUF 60 (a significant amount of money at that time), which benefited the vast majority of the population. Poor people were the happiest, as they consumed much less meat than the average and bought the cheapest meat.

The Hungarian environmental NGO Clean Air Action Group has recently developed proposals, supported by calculations, for mileage-based taxation of cars and trucks and simultaneous compensation of the population. By implementing the proposal, 80 per cent of the population would benefit (only the richest 20 per cent would suffer some losses).

So, instead of the misguided fuel tax cuts and fuel price caps, the amount saved by abolishing these measures should be distributed evenly to the population, except for a certain percentage of the highest-income households. 

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András Lukács is the president of Clean Air Action Group, a Hungarian environmental NGO. 

Photo reveals first snowfall in a decade in North America’s hottest desert


A short-lived but welcome snowfall in North America’s hottest desert was captured on camera earlier this month.

For four hours part of the Sonoran Desert, which spans 100,000 square miles across Mexico’s Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur states, and the US states of Arizona and California, saw two to four inches of snowfall.

The picture of snow blanketing cacti was shot on 2nd March by Pulitzer-Prize-winning landscape photographer Jack Dykinga.

Mr Dykinga, who has been photographing the Sonoran Desert since 1976, said that snow hadn’t fallen in the area in a decade. He added that the scenes were “pure magic, seemingly out of place and strikingly beautiful”.

One meteorologist described it as “once-in-a-generation” snowfall.

The flurries may have been partly linked to the final stages of a La Niña climate pattern, the cool phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which scientists say ended on 9th March.

In addition to the La Niña, Bianca Feldkircher, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told The Associated Press that a persistent blocking pattern over the Pacific, plus cold air migrating south from the Arctic, created conditions for widespread snowfall along the West Coast.

The western US has seen huge amounts of snowfall this winter. More than 11ft has fallen in Flagstaff, in northern Arizona, the greatest accumulation in more than 70 years. In California, there has been a record 40ft of snow.

While the Sonoran desert sees extremely high temperatures – with summer routinely topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) and climbing to a boiling 118F (48C) – in winter, temperatures drop.

The climate remains mostly mild in the valleys but dense snow cover is typical at high elevations in mountain areas, the National Park Service states.

As Enforcement Lags, Toxic Coal Ash Keeps Polluting U.S. Water


A few months ago, the New Castle Generating Station, an hour northwest of Pittsburgh, was named one of the most contaminated coal-fired power plant sites in the country. Polluted with arsenic and other toxic chemicals, the facility sits between the village of West Pittsburgh, population 821, and the Beaver River, a tributary of the Ohio River, which serves as a drinking water source for more than 5 million people.

Although the plant, owned by GenOn, largely replaced coal with natural gas in 2016, the site still retains 3 million tons of ash, a mixture of feather-light dust and rock-laden material left over from burning coal. Over the last century, U.S. coal-powered electricity generation has produced at least 5 billion tons of coal ash, enough waste to fill a line of rail cars reaching the moon.

Nearly 60 percent of U.S. annual coal ash production was recycled in 2021, mostly for cement and concrete, according to the American Coal Ash Association. But massive amounts still fill at least 746 coal ash impoundments in 43 states nationwide, with waste sites mostly occurring in rural, low-income areas and often in communities of color. A recent report reveals that, despite federal rules enacted to remediate these sites, very few of the nation’s almost 300 coal plants have done so. Nor do they have any plans to.

Groundwater sampling at the New Castle plant showed arsenic levels 372 times higher than EPA health standards.

Coal ash contains at least 17 toxic heavy metals and pollutants including lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, and selenium, all of which can endanger human health, and at least six neurotoxins and five known or suspected carcinogens. Research shows that prolonged exposure to coal ash via air or water can affect every major organ system in the human body, causing birth defects, heart and lung disease, and a variety of cancers. Coal ash pollution has also caused fish kills and deformities in aquatic life.

According to Avner Vengosh, a professor of environmental quality at Duke University, toxic metals “are relatively easily leached out [of coal ash], unlike normal soil.” Rain that falls on unlined coal-ash impoundments — either ponds for storing wet ash or landfills for storing dry ash — can transport those contaminants to underlying groundwater, he notes, where it can affect drinking water supplies. According to a 2022 Earthjustice report, at least 24 coal ash sites nationwide are known to have contaminated more than 100 private wells.

Groundwater sampling performed at the New Castle plant between 2015 and 2017 showed arsenic levels 372 times higher, on average, than EPA health standards and lithium levels 54 times higher than the proposed federal standard. Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) have ranked New Castle the sixth-most contaminated coal ash site in the country.

An aerial view of the New Castle Generating Station in western Pennsylvania.
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“Even though [GenOn] is leaking toxic pollutants into the Beaver River and local groundwater all the time,” said Abel Russ, an attorney with EIP and a coauthor of the 2022 report, “New Castle might not be a priority [for state and federal regulators] because it’s remote and, frankly, not a lot of people are complaining about it.”

“They keep us in the dark,” said Cindy Mozzocio, 66, who has, with her husband, owned a restaurant in West Pittsburgh for 18 years. She remembers that when GenOn cleaned up one of its three waste pits five years earlier, she assumed the site was no longer contaminated. “If they said it’s okay, you believe them,” Mozzocio said. “You trust your officials.”

One of the nation’s largest waste streams, coal ash was not regulated by the federal government until disaster struck. Three days before Christmas in 2008, a coal ash pond in Roane County, Tennessee burst open, releasing 1.1 billion gallons of slurry. The waste buried 300 acres, resulting in millions of dollars in damage and allegations — currently under litigation — that failure to prioritize safety during the six-year cleanup contributed to a range of cancers and respiratory illnesses among cleanup workers.

The Coal Ash Rule, enacted in 2015, has had little impact. Today, 94 percent of U.S. coal ash ponds are still unlined.

Kingston — the largest industrial spill in U.S. history — finally forced the Environmental Protection Agency, which had been waffling over how to regulate coal ash waste for 30 years, to act. In 2010, the EPA proposed two regulatory pathways. Coal ash could be listed as a hazardous waste, forcing utilities to close their existing coal-ash impoundments and truck the ash to the handful of landfills permitted to handle this waste. Or ash could be listed as a solid waste, which would require all unlined pits to be retrofitted with liners or closed within five years.

The agency settled on the latter route, which was less expensive for utilities, but the Coal Ash Rule, enacted in 2015, seems to have had little impact. Today, 94 percent of regulated U.S. coal ash ponds are still unlined, and two thirds are either sitting in, or within 5 feet of, groundwater, according to industry data compiled and analyzed by Earthjustice.

Coal ash sites at more than 90 percent of the 292 power plants in the U.S. that fall under the rule and have reported groundwater data are leaking contaminants into groundwater, often at levels threatening ecosystems and drinking water. Of these contaminated plants, nearly half have either not committed to a cleanup plan or have denied culpability in the contamination. Only 4 percent of the utilities controlling these sites have selected cleanup plans to treat some of the contaminated water.

The aftermath of the 2008 coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tennessee.

The aftermath of the 2008 coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tennessee.
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Part of the problem is interpretation of the 2015 rule. Between 1939 and 1978, the New Castle power plant shunted its watered-down waste into a 120-acre unlined pond. By 1984, plant owners claimed this “legacy” pond was de-watered and began layering its waste in a landfill atop that site. The plant also maintained a smaller coal ash pond, to which NRG, the plant’s former owner, and GenOn in 2016 applied the new federal coal ash rule: They dried out the pond and dumped its remaining ash in the landfill, which was then covered with dirt. But the companies did nothing to remediate the larger legacy site underneath the landfill, which continued to leak extremely high levels of contaminants into groundwater.

NRG and GenOn argue that since this legacy pond was dewatered and closed prior to the 2015 rule, the rule doesn’t apply to it. EIP’s Abel Russ argues it does. Under the definition of “inactive surface impoundments,” he says, a site qualifies for regulation if it still contains both coal ash and liquid. According to a report prepared by an outside consultant for both NRG and GenOn, evidence shows the historic impoundment is sitting in groundwater, including a wet coal ash layer at least 9 feet thick submerged beneath the water table. In 2021, the EPA specified in a letter to Duke Energy, which was contesting regulation of a dewatered impoundment in Indiana, that unlined units sitting in groundwater do, in fact, meet the EPA’s definition of an “inactive surface impoundment” and are subject to the rule.

GenOn did not respond to requests for comment. NRG spokesperson Pat Hammond did not answer specific questions about New Castle or other plants it formerly owned or operated jointly with GenOn. She stated that NRG has not been affiliated with these plants since December of 2018, adding “many of the individuals who were associated with these plants are no longer with the company.”

“No state agency has filed an enforcement action anywhere, even though we’ve seen widespread failure to comply.”

If GenOn had stopped producing electricity before the 2015 rule was enacted, the company might have avoided cleanup entirely, due to loopholes that keep almost half of U.S. coal ash sites unregulated. These unregulated sites include at least 170 ponds, in the case of utilities that stopped generating electricity before October 2015, and almost 300 inactive landfills, exempt because they stopped receiving ash after October 17, 2015. Challenges to these loopholes are currently working their way through federal court. Under a looming settlement, Earthjustice is urging the EPA to address both loopholes — ponds and landfills — simultaneously.

Like many federal environmental laws, responsibility for enforcing the Coal Ash Rule, which falls under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), falls primarily to state agencies. Yet in every state where coal is burned, according to the report by Earthjustice and EIP, utilities are violating federal regulations for proper cleanup and disposal.

Frank Holleman, a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), contends the relationship between state agencies and utilities creates a practical problem: State agencies don’t want to enforce the law. “No state agency has filed an enforcement action anywhere, against any utility, under the 2015 rule, even though we’ve seen widespread failure to comply,” he says.

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Part of the problem is capacity. According to Russ, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection — which has oversight of 21 individual coal ash impoundments at nine active and retired coal plants — is so understaffed and underfunded that enforcement of the highly technical and complicated rule is difficult.

But states may fail to act, also, due to powerful lobbying. “You have industry capture in states that rely heavily on coal to make electricity,” says Michael Gerrard, professor of environmental law at Columbia Law School, noting West Virginia, Ohio, and Texas as examples. “Those industries have captured environmental and utility regulators.”

At the federal level, Gerrard notes, the Trump administration took office less than a year after adoption of the coal ash rule and “enforcement of all kinds of environmental laws dropped off.”

Last year, the EPA finally announced decisions that showed it would start, however slowly, enforcing the law. In January of 2022, the agency denied three coal plant requests to continue disposing of coal ash waste, with six more denials so far this year.

Until rule enforcement picks up, however, communities are left with the Sisyphean task of holding industry accountable by filing lawsuits under the federal Clean Water Act or state environmental laws. According to Lisa Hallowell, a senior attorney for EIP, such actions are “a very time-consuming and resource-intensive process that usually only works with a potential result at a single plant.”

The 299 U.S. coal-burning plants that remain continue to generate nearly 70 million tons of new ash annually.

Still, the 2015 rule adds a new option for citizen enforcement, and two such lawsuits are currently underway. Last fall, the Mobile Baykeeper filed a citizen enforcement action against Alabama Power, alleging that the utility plans to illegally leave more than 21 million tons of coal ash from the James M. Barry Generating Plant in its unlined impoundment, which lies within the Mobile River floodplain and within five feet of groundwater that is already contaminated with coal-ash pollutants like arsenic, boron, and cobalt. The lawsuit alleges that floods and storms, increasing in the Southeast with climate change, could raise groundwater levels and further saturate the ash.

The other citizen enforcement action comes from Neighbors Opposing Pit Expansion, a group of roughly 100 residents in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. The group alleges that the new owners of a defunct Duke Energy plant that operated for six decades, accumulating more than 6 million cubic yards of waste, are continuing to dump ash in unlined pits, violating the 2015 rule and endangering public utility wells for 130,000 people, in addition to groundwater in the Ohio River floodplain.

“We really need the EPA to enforce the law and make it clear they’re going to stand by what the law’s plain language requires, and bring these utilities along with them,” said Holleman. “It’s unrealistic to expect small nonprofit community groups around the country, and communities around the site, many of whom are lower-income communities of color, will be able to fight huge, multi-billion-dollar monopolies.”

Coal ash waste from the shuttered Vermilion Power Station seeps into the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River near Collison, Illinois in 2018.

Coal ash waste from the shuttered Vermilion Power Station seeps into the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River near Collison, Illinois in 2018.
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Instead of remediating coal ash sites on a case-by-case basis with expensive litigation, coal ash should be recategorized as a hazardous material under RCRA, said the EIP’s Hallowell. Defining coal ash as hazardous would avoid the current loopholes and subject it to tighter landfill regulations and a stricter set of worker safety requirements.

John Ward, communications coordinator of the American Coal Ash Association, a trade group focused on recycling coal ash, said regulating this material as hazardous would be “untenable” for the industry and would kill the coal ash recycling industry. “It’s a lot better to put this stuff in concrete and building products where it’s locked up, than piling millions of tons in a landfill somewhere,” he said.

Today, more than 99 percent of existing U.S. coal plants are more expensive to run than replacements that rely on wind, solar, and battery storage. Utilities are either shutting down coal plants or retrofitting them to burn natural gas. GenOn, for example, has converted all 22 of its plants to natural gas or oil.

But as the power grid transitions, hundreds of millions of tons of coal ash have been left behind. According to EPA data, the 299 coal-burning plants that remain in the U.S. continue to generate almost 70 million tons of new ash a year. The contaminants from this waste continue to migrate into drinking water sources and lakes and rivers used for recreation.

“Everybody has been focused on the danger of storing [coal ash] in impoundments,” says Vengosh, who discovered that pollution was migrating broadly from 30 North Carolina coal ash impoundments into five lakes less than a mile and a half away. “We showed that the train has already left the station. The coal ash is already in the environment.”

LuggageHero Saves You From Carrying Around Your Bags All Day


Here’s a familiar travel scenario: You just checked out of your hotel, but you have a while before your flight. That’s fine, because you have plenty of time to relax and explore the city before you leave. But just before you step out into the world for a fun afternoon as a tourist, you realize you have a problem: What do you do with your bags?

No one wants to carry around their bags all day, least of all the creator of LuggageHero. The service started in 2016 as a solution for the creator’s weariness for lugging around their luggage every time they traveled. While the initial vision began in Copenhagen, the business kept growing until today, where LuggageHero is supported in 171 cities across the world, according to its website. There’s a good chance, then, that LuggageHero supports the city you’re traveling to next.

LuggageHero doesn’t have you hand over your bags to just anyone, either. In order to participate, locations need to be vetted by the company first. These locations range from retail outlets to businesses to coffee shops, so they tend to be tied well to the communities they serve.

Here’s how it works: You go to LuggageHero’s website, or download the app to your smartphone, and choose your location. If LuggageHero is supported in your area, you’ll see a listing of available luggage drop-off points to choose from. Switch to the map view to see exactly where each locations is to determine how convenient they are for you based on your whereabouts.

Then, you tell LuggageHero how long you need this location to hold onto your bag for you, as well as how many bags you’ll drop off, and pick which payment system works for you. For shorter stints, pay-as-you-go makes the most sense. For example, I found a spot in Boston that charges $0.95 an hour for a single bag, the usual LuggageHero hourly rate. But if you were going to have the location hold onto your bag for longer than eight hours or so, you’d be better off with the flat rate, which comes out to $7.95 per day. There is an optional insurance that guarantees payback on lost goods for up to $3,000, but if you opt out, LuggageHero guarantees you up to $500.

When you drop off your bags, you start a timer on the app. Then, when your return, you stop the timer. You only pay for the time elapsed on that timer, so you won’t have to worry about a store running the clock on you.

If you only have a backpack on you, you probably don’t need a service like LuggageHero for the afternoon. But if you’re traveling with a suitcase, or multiple bags, it’s nice to have the option to drop them somewhere secure. You don’t want to be that guy in the coffee shop taking up an extra table with all their luggage.

You can download LuggageHero for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

Nashville: Video shows Nashville police search school, fire at shooter


NASHVILLE: Nashville police released video on Tuesday from a body-worn camera that shows a team of officers entering and searching an elementary school, then confronting and opening fire on an assailant who had murdered three children and three adults in the latest school shooting to roil the nation.
The dramatic, six-minute video supplements an earlier release, late on Monday, of about two minutes of edited surveillance footage that shows the shooter’s car driving up to the school, glass doors being shot out and the shooter ducking through one of them.
The new video from Officer Rex Engelbert’s bodycam shows a woman greeting police outside as they arrive at The Covenant School on Monday. “The kids are all locked down, but we have two kids that we don’t know where they are,” she tells police.

“OK, yes, ma’am,” Engelbert replies.
The woman then directs officers to Fellowship Hall and says people inside had just heard gunshots. “Upstairs are a bunch of kids,” she says.
Three officers, including Engelbert, search rooms one by one, holding rifles. “Metro Police,” officers yell.
“Let’s go, let’s go,” one officer yells.
As alarms are heard going off in the school, one officer says, “It sounds like it’s upstairs.”
Officers climb stairs to the second floor and enter a lobby area. “Move in,” an officer yells. Then a barrage of gunfire is heard.
“Get your hands away from the gun,” an officer yells twice. Then the shooter is shown motionless on the floor.
Police earlier identified the shooter, who was killed by police, as 28-year-old Audrey Elizabeth Hale. They say Hale was a former student and shot through the doors of the private, Christian elementary school. Hale had drawn a detailed map of the school, including potential entry points, and conducted surveillance of the building before carrying out the massacre, authorities said.
Police response times to school shootings have come under greater scrutiny after the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, in which 70 minutes passed before law enforcement stormed the classroom. In Nashville, police have said 14 minutes passed from the initial call about a shooter in the school to when the suspect was killed, but they have not said how long it took them to arrive.
Surveillance video of The Covenant School grounds released by police shows a time stamp of just before 10.11 am, when the glass doors were shot out by the shooter. Police said they received a call about a shooter at 10.13 am but have not said precisely what time they arrived, and the edited bodycam footage didn’t include time stamps. A police spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to an email on Tuesday asking when they arrived or whether any version of the video includes time stamps.
Police have given unclear information on Hale’s gender. For hours Monday, police identified the shooter as a woman. At a late afternoon press conference, the police chief said Hale was transgender. After the news conference, police spokesperson Don Aaron declined to elaborate on how Hale identified.
In an on uesday, police spokesperson Kristin Mumford said Hale “was assigned female at birth. Hale did use male pronouns on a social media profile.”
The victims were children Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all age 9. The adults were Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61.
The website of The Covenant School, a Presbyterian school founded in 2001, lists a Katherine Koonce as the head of the school. Her LinkedIn profile says she has led the school since July 2016. Peak was a substitute teacher, and Hill was a custodian, according to investigators.
Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake did not say exactly what drove Hale but said in an interview with NBC News that investigators believe the shooter had “some resentment for having to go to that school.”
Drake provided chilling examples of the shooter’s elaborate planning for the targeted attack, the latest in a series of mass shootings in a country that has grown increasingly unnerved by bloodshed in schools.
“We have a manifesto, we have some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this date, the actual incident,” he told reporters. “We have a map drawn out of how this was all going to take place.”
Authorities said Hale was armed with two “assault-style” weapons, as well as a handgun. At least two of them were believed to have been obtained legally in the Nashville area, according to the chief. Police said a search of Hale’s home turned up a sawed-off shotgun, a second shotgun and other unspecified evidence.
President Joe Biden said he had spoken to the Nashville chief of police, mayor and senators in Tennessee. He pleaded with Congress to pass stronger gun safety laws, including a ban on assault weapons.
“The Congress has to act,” Biden said. The majority of the American people think having assault weapons is bizarre, it’s a crazy idea. They’re against that.”
Founded as a ministry of Covenant Presbyterian Church, The Covenant School is in the affluent Green Hills neighbourhood just south of downtown Nashville that is home to the famous Bluebird Cafe, beloved by musicians and songwriters.
The school has about 200 students from preschool through sixth grade, as well as roughly 50 staff members.
Before Monday’s violence in Nashville, there had been seven mass killings at K-12 schools since 2006 in which four or more people were killed within a 24-hour period, according to a database maintained by The Associated Press and USA Today in partnership with Northeastern University. In all of them, the shooters were males.
The database does not include school shootings in which fewer than four people were killed, which have become far more common in recent years. Just last week alone, for example, school shootings happened in Denver and the Dallas area within two days of each other.
At The Covenant School, officers began clearing the first story when they heard gunshots coming from the second level, Aaron said. Police later said the shooter fired at arriving officers from a second-story window.
Police identified Engelbert, a four-year member of the force, and Collazo, a nine-year member, as the officers who fatally shot Hale.
The surveillance video released on Monday shows the shooter’s car driving up to the school from multiple angles, including one in which children can be seen playing on swings in the background.
Next, an interior view shows glass doors to the school being shot out and the shooter ducking through one of the shattered doors.
More footage from inside shows the shooter walking through a school corridor holding a gun with a long barrel and walking into a room labeled “church office,” then coming back out. In the final part of the footage, the shooter can be seen walking down another long corridor with the gun drawn. The shooter is not seen interacting with anyone else on the video, which has no sound.
Aaron said there were no police officers present or assigned to the school at the time of the shooting because it is a church-run school.

5 tips to help you lose weight 2023


Losing weight can be a challenging task, especially when you don’t have access to a gym or expensive equipment. However, there are several effective weight loss methods that you can do at home. In this article, we’ll be discussing the top 10 best weight loss methods that you can do at home.

  1. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a popular weight loss method that involves restricting your calorie intake for a certain period of time. There are several different types of intermittent fasting, but the most common method is the 16/8 method, which involves fasting for 16 hours and eating during an 8-hour window. During the fasting period, you can drink water, coffee, or tea, but you should avoid consuming any calories.

Intermittent fasting is effective because it helps to reduce your overall calorie intake, which can lead to weight loss. Additionally, it has been shown to have several other health benefits, such as improving insulin sensitivity, reducing inflammation, and increasing longevity.

  1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

High-Intensity Interval Training, also known as HIIT, is a type of exercise that involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by periods of rest. This type of training has been shown to be highly effective for weight loss because it burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time. Additionally, HIIT has been shown to increase your metabolism, which can help you burn more calories throughout the day.

Some examples of HIIT exercises include jumping jacks, burpees, and sprinting. HIIT workouts can be done in as little as 10-15 minutes, making it a great option for those with a busy schedule.

  1. Bodyweight Exercises

Bodyweight exercises are a great way to build strength and burn calories without any equipment. Examples of bodyweight exercises include push-ups, squats, lunges, and planks. These exercises can be done in a small space and are suitable for all fitness levels.

Bodyweight exercises are effective for weight loss because they help to build lean muscle mass, which can increase your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day. Additionally, they can be modified to increase the difficulty as you progress, making them a long-term solution for weight loss.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and improve flexibility, but it can also be an effective weight loss method. There are several types of yoga, but the most effective for weight loss is Vinyasa yoga, which involves flowing through a series of poses while focusing on your breath.

Yoga is effective for weight loss because it can help to reduce stress and improve your mental well-being, which can lead to a reduction in emotional eating. Additionally, it can help to build lean muscle mass, which can increase your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day.

  1. Resistance Band Training

Resistance band training is a great way to build strength and burn calories without any equipment. Resistance bands come in different strengths, making them suitable for all fitness levels. Examples of resistance band exercises include bicep curls, shoulder presses, and squats.

Resistance band training is effective for weight loss because it helps to build lean muscle mass, which can increase your metabolism and help you burn more calories throughout the day. Additionally, it can be modified to increase the difficulty as you progress, making it a long-term solution for weight loss.