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CARICOM must ensure high seas remain healthy, protected – Regional Workshop…

first_img You may be interested in… OPINION: Going with the Wind: Transition to Clean Energy in… Jul 23, 2020 Critical Personal Protective Equipment Procured for… Barbados Maritime Affairs Ministry to Co-Host Upcoming… Sep 1, 2020 Nov 7, 2019center_img Nov 14, 2019 Barbados Minister blasts blacklisting agencies (Barbados Government Information Service) CARICOM should do everything in its power to ensure that the high seas – two-thirds of ocean space over which no one state has authority – remain healthy and protected. This is according to Barbados’ Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Juliette Babb-Riley, who was speaking at the third CARICOM workshop on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. Regional representatives attended the three-day workshop held at the Tamarind Hotel, in St. James, to discuss a new international agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which focuses on the protection of the high seas. “We are negotiating a treaty with over 100 developed and developing countries from different regions, and we are trying to reach consensus on what would be the test of this new instrument. “Biologically and ecologically, there are no boundaries. Marine species move between areas that are under the jurisdiction of states and those that are outside the national jurisdiction of states. So, if you want to properly conserve your marine resources which fall under your area, you need to pay attention to what is happening beyond areas of national jurisdiction. This agreement is seeking to do that, to make sure we do what is in our power to have a healthy ocean,” she explained. Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service  Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM prepares positions on imminent UN oceans agreement  Senior environment officials from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met recently in Belize as CARICOM rationalises its position on the United Nations (UN) process to establish an international legally binding agreement on sustainable use of marine resources. The two-day workshop held 20-22 February 2017, in Belize City, Belize, was titled,…March 6, 2017In “Belize”International Day of Biological Diversity – Statement by CARICOM Secretary-GeneralThe year 2018 marks 25 years since the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993 after the 30th ratification.  It is significant that five CARICOM Member States ratified the Convention (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados and Saint Kitts and Nevis) or acceded to it…May 22, 2018In “General”Environmentalists encouraged to consider CMS as conservation toolEnvironmentalists were on Wednesday encouraged to seriously consider the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as a mechanism that can support Regional conservation objectives. The advice came from Dr. Thérèse Yarde, Project Coordinator, Caribbean Hub Capacity-Building ACP-MEAs at the CARICOM Secretariat. She was at the time making brief remarks at the opening…September 1, 2016In “General”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

F&C Reit targets UK with first fund launch since merger

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Boskalis, Van Oord Complete Botlek Dredging

first_imgThe removal of an underwater dam at the entrance to the Botlek (by port number 4030) has been completed successfully.The nautical guaranteed depth (NGD) was -5.60 meters NAP (New Amsterdam Water Level) and will now be -14.50 meters NAP. In total, the building consortium Boskalis/Van Oord dredged over 500,000 m3 from the mouth of the Botlek.These operations will considerably improve the nautical accessibility of this port area. At the end of September, a significant section of the shallows was removed, so that the Oasis of the Seas, the biggest passenger ship in the world, could access Keppel Verolme more easily.The measure is in line with Port Authority policy to continue to develop existing port areas in the port of Rotterdam. In the coming five years, it will be investing half a billion euros in this.[mappress mapid=”19470″]Press Releaselast_img read more

EIA: U.S. net gas imports in 2015 at lowest level since 1986

first_imgU.S natural gas net imports fell to 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2015, continuing a decline that began in 2007, when net imports of natural gas exceeded 10 Bcf/d, according to the U.S . Energy Information Administration (EIA).While both U.S. natural gas consumption and production have increased in recent years, natural gas production has grown slightly faster, resulting in a decline in net imports. Increasing domestic production of natural gas has reduced U.S. reliance on imported natural gas and kept U.S. natural gas prices relatively low, EIA said in a report on Friday.Most U.S. imports of natural gas come by pipeline from Canada. A small and declining amount of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) comes mainly from Trinidad. Most U.S. exports of natural gas are sent by pipeline to Mexico and Canada. The United States also exported LNG and compressed natural gas to several countries, but these volumes were relatively minimal in 2015. EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook expects that the United States will become a net exporter of natural gas by mid-2017.In recent years, increasing production from shale plays in the United States has resulted in an increase in U.S. natural gas exports. Since 2012, the natural gas pipeline industry has added 3.4 Bcf/d and 0.2 Bcf/d of export capacity to Mexico and Canada, respectively. As a result, U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico grew from 1.3 Bcf/d in 2011 to 2.9 Bcf/d in 2015. U.S. natural gas net imports from Canada have remained relatively stable since 2011, EIA said.According to EIA, the natural gas industry plans to build 5.4 Bcf/d and 3.4 Bcf/d of additional export capacity to Canada and Mexico by 2019, respectively. Demand for additional export capacity from the United States to Canada and Mexico is driven by production growth in the United States and increasing demand in northern Mexico from power generators that use natural gas.Before 2010, the United States was expanding its LNG import infrastructure. The natural gas industry built eight new LNG import terminals between 2005 and 2011: two in New England and six in the Gulf of Mexico. Net LNG imports accounted for 19% of total U.S. net imports of all natural gas in 2007, but LNG’s share of imports fell to 7% in 2015, EIA said.Certain parts of the United States, such as New England, continue to rely on LNG imports because of limited access to domestically produced natural gas. Other LNG terminals are adding liquefaction plants to provide LNG for exports. The Sabine Pass LNG liquefaction facility was completed earlier this year and made its first shipment to Brazil on February 24. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)last_img read more

Wigtownshire Folk Feel Safe in Their Neighbourhood, But Dog Fouling is a Problem

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInWigtown Area Community Safety Survey ResultsMembers of the Wigtown Area Committee will hear later this week (13 July) that people feel safer in their communities. Members of the committee will be asked to review the results of the latest annual Community Safety Survey and also note the allocations to the Community Safety Fund for the forthcoming year.The survey pulled in a superb 1,117 responses from across the region, a 76% increase from the same survey last year. Running for 12 weeks and closing on 24 December 2015, the number of responses received from the Wigtown area alone was 191, an increase of 84 (79%) on 2014/15.The survey demonstrated that 99% of Wigtown respondents feel safe in their own neighbourhoods during the day, and 90% feel safe in their neighbourhood at night.Wigtown respondents said that antisocial behaviour was not a problem in their area; however, respondents felt that Dog Fouling was the biggest community safety issue in their area, with 61% agreeing, followed by litter/fly tipping, with 48% agreeing.The data collected will be used by the Community Safety Team to plan their workloads and will allow them to focus in on areas of concern to the public.Additional questions were introduced into this year’s survey to give Trading standards data on the scale of the problem caused by unwanted phone calls, mail, emails and doorstep callers. These commercial activities are becoming recognised as a form of anti-social behaviour and can lead to significant levels of financial harm, as well as a high degree of annoyance.Almost all Wigtown respondents (94%) had received junk mail, 50% had received suspicious emails, and 34% had been subjected to unwanted doorstop sellers. 13 people confirmed that they had given out money or information, which they later regretted. This data will now be used to create a financial harm toolkit, which will include information on how to reduce this type of nuisance, and how to avoid being scammed.Councillors will also be asked to note allocations made to the Community Safety Fund as part of the above report. The fund, which totalled £36,381 in the Wigtownshire area, welcomes applications which aim to address the priorities of the Community Safety Partnership;• Antisocial Behaviour• Road Safety• Substance Misuse• Public Protection• Violent Crime• Emergency Planning• TerrorismIn Wigtown alone, 18 applications have been received for the 2016 fund (round 4), which closed for applications at the end of March, with 87% of the funding already agreed to and allocated. Members at this committee will decided on the allocation of the remaining amount. The fifth round of the Community Safety Fund is now open for funding requests.Chair of Wigtown Area Committee, Councillor Marion McCutcheon said; “The report demonstrates that there’s a lot of good work being done by the Community Safety Teams across Dumfries and Galloway and I am delighted this is being reflected in the response from residents saying they feel safe in their area. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey; it’s a wonderful response rate and shows that our residents care about their neighbourhoods. The results allow us to see what we do well, but also what we need to improve on.I am also pleased to see applications coming into the Community Safety Fund for some very worthwhile funding. It is vital that we utilise funds like this to better protect and enhance our communities, not only in Wigtownshire, but right across Dumfries and Galloway.”last_img read more

Shooting in St Joseph

first_img Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Shooting in St Joseph by: – March 9, 2019center_img Share 747 Views   no discussions Alleged victim, JoanneIt is alleged that a young woman was gunned down in St Joseph area tonight.Unconfirmed reports says the young lady is a hairdresser named Joanne and was shot repeatedly in her chest by a masked individual.Vibes News will provide more details subsequently.last_img read more

SPI turns 40

first_img RelatedSPI to celebrate 40th birthdayLordy, Lordy, look who’s 40. The City of South Padre Island has slated an event celebrating its 40th birthday on Wednesday, April 10, and marking the occasion will be a number of festivities. Among the festivities will be entertainment provided by local songstress Leslie Blasing. Scheduled from 3 to 5…April 4, 2013In “South Padre Parade”Wilson recalls tales of Coast Guard pastBy CRAIG ALANIZ Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation presented the “Telling Our Stories” Series Thursday with retired Lt. Commander Charles R. Wilson, USCG. Wilson served at the Port Isabel Coast Guard Life Boat Station, now South Padre Island Coast Guard…August 27, 2012In “Gallery”Malki: Two-thirds of tourists are TexansBy CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer press@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation held a regular meeting last Wednesday. Dr. Mostafa Malki presented the annual Economic Index and Economic Impact Analysis to the EDC. He said the study had three factors he examined: Performance, projections and external factors. Malki said two-thirds…January 31, 2013In “News” Share By CRAIG ALANIZReporter/Photographerpress@portisabelsouthpadre.com Shown is a scene from the 40th birthday celebration for South Padre Island on Wednesday. (Staff photo by Craig Alaniz)The City of South Padre Island celebrated its 40th anniversary of becoming a municipality on Thursday.Entertainment was provided by Leslie Blasing and guests were provided with birthday cake.From the late 19th century into the 1950s, the only way to reach the area was by ferry.The Island had become a resort during the mid-19th century but was not developed until the 1950s after the completion of the Queen Isabella Causeway. A $2.2 million swing bridge connecting Port Isabel to South Padre Island was completed in February 1954.In 1978, South Padre Island had a population estimated at 314. Ten years later it had an estimated 1,012 residents and 111 businesses. In 1990 South Padre Island had a population of 1,677 and 109 businesses. The population was 2,422 with 243 businesses in 2000.Local businesses will also be reveling in the milestone. PadreRita Grill will have guest speaker Steve Hathcock giving a history of the Island at 3 p.m. and The Coral Reef will have unofficial celebrations beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more

England star Ben Stokes returns to New Zealand as father battles cancer

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Wellington – Ged Stokes, the father of New Zealand-born England cricket star Ben Stokes, has revealed he has brain cancer, which is why his son pulled out of the test series against Pakistan to return home to be with his family.Ben Stokes left England after the first test in Manchester, and is now undergoing a 14-day COVID-19 quarantine in New Zealand. He will then join his parents in Christchurch. Ged, a former New Zealand rugby league international, was first hospitalized while in Johannesburg in December when he required emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage three days before England’s first test against South Africa.Further tests, performed upon his return to New Zealand, found tumors on his brain.“So, basically brain cancer,” Ged Stokes told the New Zealand Herald in an article published Saturday.“How that came about nobody knows but obviously I’ve had a few bangs on my head through my life so that’s probably contributed to it. It wouldn’t have helped.”Ben Stokes, who last year played a man-of-the-match role to help England beat New Zealand in a dramatic World Cup final, said he felt something was serious when his father collapsed in South Africa.“I was carrying a knee injury in South Africa but I felt my attitude change. What’s a sore knee? I can bowl another over or I can bowl another spell. I decided an injury meant very little compared with what Dad was going through. That has been there since because I felt Dad might not see me play again,” he said.“Even when I left South Africa to get back home (to England), I had a feeling something else would happen. I felt like I was constantly preparing myself for another phone call, so when it came it wasn’t necessarily a surprise but it didn’t make it any easier.”He praised his father, and his experiences as professional rugby league player, for showing him the discipline required to be a professional sportsman.“He was hard on me, especially as a teenager — 17, 18, 19, when you’re a bit rebellious — he was tough. But as I got older I realized it was all for a reason. He knew I wanted to be a professional sportsman and he was drilling that into me as I started to make a career in cricket,” Ben said.“I didn’t realize it at the time but when I look back I know he was doing it for the right reasons.“He used to get me out of bed early to go to the gym with him when I didn’t want to … all that kind of stuff you don’t appreciate at the time but looking back now I do.” Ben Stokes, Ged Stokes RELATED PHOTOScenter_img Ben Stokes participates in England’s fourth test against South Africa on Jan. 25 in Johannesburg. | REUTERS KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

UGA Insider: Five Facts on the Everett Golson situation

first_imgNov 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) throws a pass against the Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Nov 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) throws a pass against the Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.As the Everett Golson saga continues, speculation over where the former Notre Dame quarterback will ultimately play his final season of college ball definitely has tongues wagging. Opinions on that subject run the gamut, with Florida State being mentioned as a possible landing spot, along with SEC members Alabama, South Carolina and possibly Georgia.Late last week some media sources announced that Golson would visit South Carolina on Monday and Georgia today.However, Monday came and went with no sign of Golson in Columbia and from what we’ve seen, there’s been no word of him in Athens, either.So, while the Twitterverse continues to hyperventilate about the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina native, here are five facts regarding Golson that it would be wise to remember – especially should he wind up playing in the SEC.1. Although Golson is free to visit most any program he wants, schools wanting to sign him would first have to receive transfer/release papers from the compliance office at Notre Dame. While this technically isn’t that big of a deal, Golson’s papers cannot be sent by a family member or friend like some have suggested, despite the fact that Golson is set to graduate later this week. Also, while most have focused on where he fits as a player, the interested coaches don’t have the only say as Golson has to clear the admissions office first.2. If Golson wants to play in the SEC, he will have to receive waiver from the league office in Birmingham. According to SEC rules, schools can sign graduate students so long as said student did not face a formal suspension from his former school. Golson was suspended in 2013 by the Irish for an alleged violation of academic policy. That makes him ineligible ot play in the SEC unless he is granted a waiver.3. In regards to the waiver, there’s a long litany of requirements that would have to be met (including meeting the APR and admission of the new institution) before the submission of the required waiver. But even if all the requirements are met, the conference office would still have the final say and there are no guarantees there. According to our sources, Georgia looked into the situation the SEC office is unlikely to grant that waiver.4. As a freshman, Golson quarterback Notre Dame to the 2012 national title game against Alabama, throwing for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns while running Brian Kelly’s spread offense, setting a number of school records in the process, including the mark for consecutive completions (25). However, last year Golson also turned the ball over 22 times and ultimately lost his starting job. He has not played in a pro-style office similar to he one the Bulldogs employ.5. Golson’s choices of schools are somewhat limited. Notre Dame did not give Golson a release to transfer to one of its 2015 opponents, including Texas – which kicks off the 2015 season against the Irish – or Georgia Tech, which travels to South Bend on Sept. 19.Basically, Golson would have more hurdles to clear if he wants to play in the SEC and at this point that seems to be only a very, very remote possibility according to those sources to whom we have spoken.LIKE 11Alive’s Facebook page to get the latest breaking news and weather alerts, plus discuss trending topics!<!–iframe–>last_img read more