House Natural Resources Committee Votes For Full Dedicated Funding Of Land & Water Conservation Fund

first_imgLWCF News: Passage of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (Dingell Act) earlier this year permanently reauthorized LWCF after a lengthy effort in Congress. On the heels of this major victory, Wednesday’s vote continues a commitment to LWCF to ensure that the program receives full and dedicated funding each year. The bill (H.R.3195), the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, is a House companion to S. 1081 and was introduced by Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday voted to advance legislation to provide full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Asher, Government Relations Director at The Wilderness Society and a spokesman for the LWCF Coalition: “The LWCF Coalition applauds Representative Van Drew, Chair Grijalva and the members of the House Natural Resources Committee for approving legislation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For too long, LWCF funds have been siphoned off for non-conservation government spending.  H.R. 3195 is a simple fix to restore honest budgeting to America’s most important conservation and recreation program. “Congress has permanently protected LWCF’s unique structure and funding source, which was a critically important step. Now, we must ensure the funding goes where it is intended. The LWCF Coalition urges Congress to pass this legislation to ensure LWCF gets permanent, full, and dedicated funding.”last_img read more

The Spur Selected For $1M Grant From LIREDC

first_imgThe Spur, a coworking space and innovation center in Southampton, has been recommended for a business development grant between $500,000 and $1 million in the Long Island Regional Development Council’s 2018 Strategic plan. The goal of LIREDC recommendations is to advance Long Island growth of knowledge-based jobs and the overall economy.The Spur was selected as one of the 39 priority projects of the 180 submissions received, and one of the five largest recommended awards. The Spur opened at a historic barn location next to the Southampton train station while it renovates its permanent location, at 630 Hampton Road, due to open in 2019.“Not only will The Spur generate much needed business diversity and opportunity, it will contribute to a more dynamic cultural experience as new businesses and their employees seek out more enriching and valuable year-round outlets, smoothing out the valleys of the off-season,” says Spur founder and CEO Ashley John Heather.Innovative programming and workshops are provided at The Spur several times a month to help curate and develop an innovation ecosystem on the East End in the areas of media and tech, food and drink, and health and wellness.Additionally, the Spur sponsors the Riptide “Sink Or Swim” start-up venture contest. Modeled after the popular “Shark Tank” show, Riptide is giving local entrepreneurs a chance to win up to $50,000 to fund theirstart-up business.Assemblyman Fred Thiele weighed in on the grant. “I am thrilled the Spur was chosen for such substantial funding from the LIREDC and that the businesses in my District will benefit from their concept of a central work hub that provides essential resources to help ideas flourish.”Both Heather and Gary Bierfriend, the Spur’s president and COO, “were delighted to hear that we have been selected as one of the top businesses on Long Island that our local politicians want to support,” offered Heather. “It shows confidence in both the business opportunity ahead of us, and also our ability as leaders to successfully execute.” For more information, visit Sharelast_img read more

Dredging of ‘Liverpool 2’ Well Underway

first_imgThe UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has visited Liverpool to see how more than £300 million investment is improving the local economy.Mr McLoughlin visited the Port of Liverpool, where owners Peel Ports are investing to build new container ship berths, quays and cranes at the ‘Liverpool 2’ container terminal.Construction is well underway on what will be Europe’s first semi-automated container port; when completed by the end of 2015 it will be able to accommodate the world’s largest deep sea container vessels.The new terminal is being supported by a £35 million government investment to dredge the bay and allow bigger ships into the port. The new terminal will support 5,000 jobs over the next 10 years, providing a boost to Britain’s £14 billion a year maritime industry.Patrick McLoughlin said: “This record investment in Liverpool’s transport network will provide a huge boost to the city. Improved port, road and rail connections will link people with thousands of new jobs in the region and encourage businesses to grow. This is part of the government’s long-term economic plan to ensure our regions thrive, benefiting the UK as a whole.”The Dutch marine engineering specialists Van Oord is dredging the River Mersey estuary. The work entails deepening the navigable depth of the maintained approach channel (which extends to an overall area of 27km²) from 6.9m bCD to 8.0m bCD producing an estimated volume of 5 million cubic meters of dredged material.Dredging project for the ‘Liverpool 2’ is set to be completed in late 2015.last_img read more

Dredger Borr Busy with the River Parrett Trials

first_imgImage source: Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium – Phil BrewinVan Oord’s water injection dredger Borr is currently working on the River Parrett, testing new methods of dredging Somerset’s rivers.The dredging trials, funded by Somerset Rivers Authority, are being delivered by the Parrett Internal Drainage Board and their contractors Van Oord.During the three-week trials, dredging will be carried out between Westonzoyland Pumping Station and Burrowbridge. The trials will provide valuable information on how effective water injection dredging can be at getting silt moving down to Bridgwater Bay and preserving the River Parrett’s capacity.According to Cllr John Osman, SRA chairman, the new methods could offer Somerset big benefits. “If done at the right times, in the right places, they could be much cheaper, more effective, and better for the environment, local residents and farmers.”How does water injection dredging work?The water injection dredging is a cost-effective, hydrodynamic dredging technique for maintaining the depth of a river. Water injection dredger injects large volumes of water at a low pressure into the sediment, using pumps with a series of nozzles on a horizontal jetbar.This fluidises the sediment by effectively overcoming the cohesion in fine-grained soils or internal friction of coarse-grained soils. The fluidised sediment then remains close to the river or channel bed, flowing down to deeper areas.Staying close to the bed creates a density current that then, either by the force of gravity or through a natural or artificially created slope, flows downwards to deeper water. This all occurs with a minimum of disturbance to the equilibrium of the ecosystem.In this way, instead of mechanical transportation, nature takes care of the sediment transport, making Water Injection Dredging under certain conditions a very cost-efficient dredging technique.last_img read more

Police ‘abusing’ bail rules

first_imgThe police are abusing bail rules, the chairman of the Law Society’s criminal law committee has alleged. Richard Atkinson has called for evidence from solicitors of what he believes to be a worsening phenomenon. He said: ‘Practitioners have very real concerns that huge numbers of people are being kept on bail for an inordinate amount of time without there appearing to be any basis for this.’ Chancery Lane is asking criminal practitioners to gather evidence of cases where clients suspected of committing offences have been placed on pre-charge bail for longer than six months. Solicitors are asked to provide clients’ custody record numbers, with their consent, which will be given to the Home Office to inform its review of pre-charge bail. The review follows emergency legislation, the Police (Detention and Bail) Act 2011, which was passed in July as a result of the Divisional Court’s decision in the case of Paul Hookway. That judgment said the police could not bail someone beyond the maximum 96-hour period that they are allowed to hold someone in custody without charge. The 2011 act was passed to make clear that the previously accepted interpretation of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 – that the detention time limit is suspended when a suspect is released on pre-charge bail – is correct. During the passage of the act, the Law Society wrote to the home secretary Theresa May raising concerns about the overuse of police bail. Atkinson said: ‘It is felt that the police sometimes use their power of arrest and pre-charge bail when it is unnecessary, and the fact that they can re-bail people means they do not carry out their investigations expeditiously. ‘As police have the power to impose bail conditions, they can restrict the liberty of people who have not been charged with any offence for unnecessary and protracted periods of time.’ A spokeswoman for the Association of Chief Police Officers said forensic processes and technology developed over the last 25 years have made the investigation process more complex, and officers needed time to deal with matters ‘appropriately and thoroughly’. Solicitors should email information to the Society’s criminal law policy advisor Janet Arkinstall.last_img read more

‘Game on’ for Red Box duo

first_imgIts sister vessel Red Zed I will follow shortly as it readies to depart from the Chinese shipyard for Batam. Red Zed II is scheduled to load and transport the first modules to Sabetta in August or September of this year, said ZPMC-Red Box Energy Services founder and ceo Philip Adkins.When the first modules are shipped will be determined by whether the vessel sails via the Northern Sea Route or the Suez Canal, said Adkins.Both Red Zed vessels, which have been bareboat chartered from two of the shareholders within ZPMC-Red Box for a period of two years, are being deployed under a second contract the company signed regarding the transport of modules for the Yamal LNG project, which is located on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula.Adkins also confirmed that having initially had the option to purchase the vessels, ZPMC-Red Box has committed to buy the ships from its shareholders at the end of their charter period.The construction of two further PC-3 module carriers ordered from Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in 2014 is on schedule, with both ships set enter service in January 2016, confirmed Adkins. They will also be deployed in the transport of modules for the Yamal LNG project.Adkins explained that the company has signed a three-year Yamal contract for the Red Zed vessels, and a five-year contract for the PC-3 module carriers.A total of ten vessels will be deployed in the service of module transportation for the Yamal LNG project, including ZPMC-Red Box’s four ships, two operated by Coscol, two from TPI Megalines, and two RollDock vessels.”There could be as many as 200 shipments for the project from five module fabrication yards across Asia,” said Adkins. “We are spearheading the Yamal fleet, with the most vessels in the group, the inaugural shipment of cargo and the most voyages to Sabetta being undertaken by ZPMC-Red Box’s PC-3 module carriers.”Adkins added that many have been sceptical about the go-ahead of the Yamal LNG project due to falling commodity prices, as well as the Russian crisis and international sanctions. However, Adkins believes that there is no fear of cancellation or delay with the Red Zed vessels immediately beginning their contract with Technip. “It is game on,” he said.He added: “In a very short period of time, we have moved from being a company with few staff, ships or orders, to one with around 75 employees, two ships delivered and two on order, with an order book with over USD500 million of contracts. We have reunited almost the entire team that we had at Fairstar onshore and at sea, prior to that company’s hostile takeover by Dockwise.”Adkins also confirmed that ZPMC-Red Box expects to pursue an IPO next year, and intends to be listed on the public stock exchange by December 1, 2016. Red Zed II leaving the CIMC Yantai Raffles shipyard in China. Red Zed II departing for Batam, Indonesia. Red Zed I at the Chinese shipyard. www.redboxgroup.comlast_img read more

Guyanese vote in Local Government Elections

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana  – Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo called on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to investigate reports of voter intimidation as nationals cast ballot in the Local Government Elections (LGE) here on Monday.But while Nagamootoo, the Acting President made the call after casting his ballot, former president and Opposition Leader, Bharat Jagdeo said there could be attempts by people to vote more than once.Nagamootoo told reporters he had received reports that supporters of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party were picketing close to a polling station in the Berbice area and that there was also a banner which targets him and unveiled at another polling station.Reports of voter intimidation“You have the report of some levels of intimidation and we are hoping that the Guyana Elections Commission will look into it, because this has been an area where not only candidates have complained of being terrorized, but they were threatened”, he said.Nagamootoo, whose Alliance for Change (AFC) is contesting the election as a separate entity from the ruling coalition,  A partnership for National Unity (ANU), said based on reports from all across the country, the voting has been “slow but steady.“I have received the report that it is not a heavy stream of voters turning up as you would have in a national election, but the turnout is steady. People are leaving their work to come to vote then go back to their work places”, he said.President David Granger, who is in Cuba seeking medical treatment, has delayed his return to the country even though earlier reports had said he would have been here in time for the LGE.More vigilance at voting nationsJagdeo told reporters that he has asked PPP polling agents to be much more vigilant amid reports that persons may seek to vote more than once.“What we have asked our polling day agents now is to pay particular attention to people who may have voted before and may attempt to come back in and vote”, he said.There are over 1,600 polling stations across the country in the 80 local authority areas and Jagdeo said PPP polling agents have been asked to look at the numbers that will be revealed when the results are made available to see if those numbers stray away from national averages for polling stations.This is the second local government elections being held under the current administration. The poll marks the first time in 50 years of Guyana’s post-colonial history that successive local government elections are held when constitutionally due.Local Government Elections are held in Guyana using a Mixed Electoral System of Proportional Representation and First-Past-the-Post. Fifty per cent or half of the number of councilors of each Local Authority Area will be elected through the Proportional Representation component and the other 50 per cent through the First-Past-the-Post or Constituency component.last_img read more

18 y/o injured, one in police custody

first_imgLocalNews 18 y/o injured, one in police custody by: Dominica Vibes News – May 18, 2017 Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img 3446 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Jared Sebastian, 18, of Colihaut is currently nursing multiple injuries at the Princess Margaret Hospital following an incident on the weekend. According to a police report from Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Pelham Jno. Baptiste, Sebastian sustained injuries to his head and both hands following an incident at Gutter Village on Saturday 13 May 2017.“The victim was transported to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital where he was medically examined and admitted. A twenty year old of Tarish Pit is in police custody arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm,” Jno Baptiste reported.Police investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

MediaTek Introduces its First 5G Baseband Chipset

first_imgAt the China Mobile Global Partner Conference, Mediatek unveiled its first 5G baseband chipset, the Helio M70, for the domestic market. It is among the industry’s first wave of 5G multi-mode integrated baseband chipsets, cementing MediaTek’s status as a leader in the 5G era. In line with the booming 5G market and the enhanced mobile experience brought by high-speed networks, the new chipset will bring new momentum to the 5G device market over the coming year.The MediaTek Helio M70 is a multimode chipset with 2G/3G/4G/5G-enabled support. It supports 5G radio (NR), along with the standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures, the sub-6 GHz frequency band, high power user equipment (HPUE), and other key 5G technologies. It’s designed in compliance with the 3GPP Rel-15 new specifications with 5 Gbps data rate, leading the industry to support carrier aggregation.Delivering an improved experience for customers and end users, the Helio M70 supports LTE and 5G dual connectivity (EN-DC) while also ensuring that mobile devices are backward compatible with 4G/3G/2G in the absence of 5G networks. Thanks to its multi-mode solution, it simplifies the design of 5G devices with a comprehensive power management plan, enabling device makers to design mobile devices with a smaller form factor, improved energy-efficiency and competitive appearance.MediaTek has been working closely with China Mobile and not only supports the development of 5G standards and testing, but also in building an industry ecosystem, helping global operators achieve their 5G network roadmap goals in 2019. MediaTek has been active in the development of 5G technology, participating in the standardization of the full 5G feature set, and collaborating with industry leaders including China Mobile, Huawei, NOKIA, NTT DOCOMO and others to establish a 5G industry ecosystem. With the Helio M70 baseband chipset, the company brings new 5G network solutions to partners and customers to promote the sustainable development of the 5G industry.As a member of the “5G Device Forerunner Initiative”, MediaTek’s 5G solutions empower industry partners to drive forward the development of 5G devices. Combined with the open architecture of the NeuroPilot AI platform, MediaTek expands beyond mobile devices to other connected devices, spanning a rich and diverse product line of mobile phones, wireless connectivity and home entertainment, and enabling 5G technology to reach its full potential.Written by Raghav Kapurlast_img read more

MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso stays with Ducati until 2020!

first_imgAfter quite a number of riders confirming their seats for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons like Johann Zarco with KTM and Aleix Espargaro with Aprilia, the long-awaited extension for Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati has finally been confirmed, folks. Andrea Dovizioso has confirmed his seat with the Ducati MotoGP squad for 2019 and 2020.The deal between the two parties was confirmed last night ahead of the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France.The future of Jorge Lorenzo is still uncertain at the moment. ‘DesmoDovi’ will continue to race on board the Ducati Desmosedici until the end of the 2020 season after signing a two-year deal with the Borgo Panigale factory squad. This means that Andrea Dovizioso will make it eight years in a row with the Italian factory team at the end of his newly-signed contract.This is not surprising for Ducati as Andrea Dovizioso has been the major driving force, especially in last year’s championship. The battle with Honda’s Marc Marquez was fought to the final race of the season but was sadly lost after losing control of his machine.This season got off to a slightly rocky start but currently sitting in fifth place in the championship, the season is still young and if it’s like anything we saw in the last round; anything can happen. The question now is, who will be his teammate?Sources have indicated that Jorge Lorenzo might make a move to Suzuki but based on how Andrea Iannone has given Suzuki’s first ever back-to-back podium since their return to the premier class, we highly doubt that this move is going to happen. So, will he stay with Ducati? Stay tuned, folks.Image source: MotoGPMV Agusta returns to MotoGP–Ads–last_img read more