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Conservationists, Tourism Workers Fear Impact of Abbot Point Dredging

first_imgConservation groups have blasted the federal government’s decision to approve the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion at a protest in Brisbane on Wednesday.And some in the tourism industry have voiced concern about the port development, saying they are unsure about the impact on their sector, which relies on the Great Barrier Reef.A small but vocal crowd theatrically poured “waste” over protesters wearing masks depicting federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, mining magnate-turned-Fairfax MP Clive Palmer and fellow mining magnate Gina Rinehart.They were protesting the dredging associated with the development, which they say will pollute the reef.The port expansion has won the support of the resources industry and the Queensland state government.Australian Marine Conservation Society Great Barrier Reef campaign manager Felicity Wishart said she was concerned about the dredging and subsequent soil dumping associated with the expansion.“There are possibilities for dumping it on land where it is more environmentally appropriate than in the waters,” she said.“It would create jobs and it would be an alternative option.“It seems the mining interests that are proposing this want to go with the cheapest and the fastest option, and that’s just to dump it on the reef.”Some in the tourism industry are also concerned.Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry president Tony Brown said he was disappointed with the approval of the project and unsure what impact it would have on his industry.“Obviously we’re disappointed because there are genuine concern shown in the strategic assessment in regards to the sea pumping as an option,” he said.“…It’s a little bit at odds with what we hoped would happen.”Mr Brown, who was not in Brisbane for the protest, told Fairfax Media it was too soon to determine how the development would affect tourism in the Whitsundays.“There’s a lot of talk about how it’s good for [mining company] Adani and others and the certainty for them going forward, but the counter to that is that it creates, for us, uncertainty,” he said.“We don’t really know what, if any, impacts will occur and that’s something that will only really be revealed in time.”Mr Brown said he was yet to study the conditions of the project’s approval.“We presumed this was going to happen, but we did hope – and we’re still trying to get around this – but we’re hoping within the conditions there will be some protection to the Whitsundays.”Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said Tuesday’s approval of both Abbot Point and Arrow’s Curtis Island liquefied natural gas facility would be a boost to the state’s coal and coal seam gas industries.“We welcome this common-sense decision from the Commonwealth government that will encourage growth in Queensland’s resources sector and underpin future jobs in the coal and coal seam gas sector,” he said in a statement.“Australia’s longest and most comprehensive assessment process has produced some of the strictest environmental conditions in Australia’s history.“That is only right and proper given that we are protecting Australia’s and Queensland’s most important asset, the Great Barrier Reef.”Mr Seeney rejected criticism the port expansion would harm the reef.“The amount of dredging that will take place at Abbot Point under this process is one-tenth of that proposed by the former Labor government,” he said.“Labor would have allowed up to 35 million cubic metres of dredging, under the Newman Government’s environmentally responsible plan, just 3 million cubic metres will take place.”[mappress]Press Release, December 11, 2013last_img read more

Estate agencies charging 50% more for HIPs

first_img HIP save 165 190 195 224 320 HIP2SELL 249 286 249 286 Cost of HIP (£) Absolute HIP 290 334 310 357 Cost of HIP (£) 225 259 240 276 Promise homepacks 179 206 209 240 ESTATE AGENTS’ AVERAGE Incl. VAT (£) 368 LEASEHOLD Home information packs (HIPs) purchased from estate agents can cost 50% more than those bought directly from specialist HIP providers such as law firms and conveyancing practices, new research indicates. On average, HIPs from estate agents cost about £110 more than HIPs from specialist providers, according to a survey by consumer organisation Which? Money. For a three-bedroom, freehold semi-detached property, the cheapest specialist HIP provider, Fridays Property Lawyers, charged £189 – £224 less than the £413 charged by most expensive estate agent, Halifax. For a two-bedroom leasehold flat, specialist HIP provider Hip Save charged £224 – £292 less than the £516 charged by the most expensive estate agent, Spicerhaart. Direct providers tended to offer the cheapest HIPs, but prices between them varied by as much as £191. Which? Money surveyed some of the largest estate agencies and a selection of specialist HIP providers on what they charge for a standard HIP for a three-bedroom freehold semi and a two-bedroom leasehold flat in Balham, London. Which? Money said that the vast majority of HIP providers and estate agents have fixed fees for properties, which are not dependent on size, value or location. Click HIPS 210 242 250 288 FREEHOLD DIRECT HIP PROVIDERS 395 Fridays property lawyers 164 189 199 229 Economy HIP 198 228 228 262 221 Incl. VAT (£) 330 380 360 414 HIP PROVIDERS’ AVERAGE 254 Anglia Home Surveys 197 227 217 250 Savills(A) 254 292 254 292 Sequence Group (B) 299 344 299 344 Foxtons 299 344 299 344 Andrews(C) 299 344 299 344 Connells(D) 349 401 349 401 Countrywide 349 401 399 459 Spicerhaart 349 401 449 516 Halifax 359 413 398 458 ESTATE AGENTS 246 283 343   last_img read more

Saudi Arabia: The big legal questions

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Have we wasted the latest good crisis?

first_imgTo continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

NSB selects Stadler for largest train order

first_imgNORWAY: In the state railway’s largest single rolling stock order, on August 18 NSB selected Stadler to supply 50 FLIRT electric multiple-units worth SFr640m, with an option for a further 100. The contract is expected to be signed during September. The Swiss manufacturer will deliver 26 five-car trains with a ‘long local’ layout designed for trips of up to 1½ h by 2013. A further 24 five-car trains will be supplied for ‘short regional’ journeys of 1½ to 3½ h. They will be built at Bussnang in Switzerland, the order bringing the total number of FLIRTs sold to 463 in 10 countries. The five-car trains will have three powered cars instead of the two provided on four-car FLIRTs, and the design will be adapted for the harsh winter conditions. The wider Norwegian loading gauge will permit a body width of 3 200 mm, with the ‘long local’ units having 3+2 seating giving a total of 296 seats. The regional trains will have 231 seats in 2+2 arrangement, including 42 in first class. Top speed will be 160 km/h, with provision for 200 km/h with minimal modifications.Having won a SFr1bn contract to supply Swiss Federal Railways with 50 double-deck EMUs, Stadler is to expand its Altenrhein plant at a cost of SFr45m to become a centre of competence for double-deck stock, creating around 300 additional jobs. A new SFr25m plant in Oberwinterthur will become the Stadler Group’s bogie centre, with an initial annual capacity of 600 bogies.last_img read more

Children’s multi-cultural book fair for Fort Lauderdale

first_imgThe second Annual Children’s Multi-Cultural Book Fair and Empowerment Day will be held at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.To be held on May 20 the event will be free to the public and will see free books being presented to the first 300 children. There will be also reading activities, storytellers, musical performances and snacks from around the world.The Children’s Multi-Cultural Book Fair is held in celebration of Foster Children’s month in May and International Children’s Day on June 1. Featured books will have stories and information from all around the world. Authors and guest readers will read from their favorite books in person and by video.There will be children’s performances including drumming, singing and dancing from India, Ireland, African countries and other cultures. There also will be a children’s art exhibit, a presentation by youth entrepreneurs, a fruit and vegetable garden, a bubble blowing and hula hoop contest, along with prizes and giveaways.Children can learn about geography from “Talking Globes” and play their favorite songs on the Piano Mat. Featured performers include the Association of Performing Arts of India, the Kelly Academy of Irish Dance, and a drummer of African rhythms, Nanyamka Graham.last_img read more

Youth Ambassadors want violence against women eradicated

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Youth Ambassadors want violence against women eradicated by: – November 25, 2014 Share Share Tweetcenter_img 187 Views   no discussions Share Dominica’s CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Deion Anselm and Kerahia Jno. Baptiste (file photo)Dominica’s CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Deion Anselm and Kerahia Jno. Baptiste are joining their regional counterparts in seeking ways of eradicating acts of violence against women. This as Dominica joins in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women today, Tuesday 25 November 2014.They have also appealed to the youth to make a conscious decision that violence against women ends with their generation. The Ambassadors said in a press release on Tuesday 25 November 2014, they “stand in solidarity with our mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, nieces, girlfriends and every female in between to say: STOP” as this ought to be the resounding message across the region in response to violence against females.“In this regard, it is the firm belief of the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Corps that violence against women leaves scars way beyond the physical and psychological marks left on those who are forced to endure it”.“Rather, it affects entire families, communities, countries and indeed our beloved region quite profoundly. To the abusers, we say STOP,” the message states.According to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women’s website, violence affects a significant percentage of women and girls in the Caribbean.It further states that regional instances of rape are higher than the global average and statistics suggest that one in every three women experience domestic violence. “Even so, a true picture of the prevalence is hampered by under-reporting, as many women are reluctant to report these crimes out of fear or shame. To the survivors, we say STOP! You are not to blame, speak up and speak out against your abusers,” the Ambassadors said.The Ambassadors note that as young regional leaders, “wearing our glowing orange today, we remind ourselves and those around us that our women should always be respected”.“A woman is not property to be owned. She also is not to be violated or abused. To those who think otherwise, we say STOP!” However, they acknowledge that they cannot eradicate violence against women “alone, we need the help of each and every person living in the Caribbean to ensure that the days of ‘see and don’t see’ are over. Turning a blind eye can cost a woman her life so STOP!” “We therefore call on our governments, NGO’s, law enforcement officers, policymakers, parents, churches, schools, clubs and wider society to renew your individual and collective commitments to eliminate violence against our women and girls. Today we come together to say: STOP THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN,” the Ambassadors said.last_img read more

Can Josh Tomlin Be Trusted on the Mound Right Now for the Indians?

first_img Matt Loede Related TopicsIndiansJaysJosh Tomlin Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Josh Tomlin looked like a possible Cy Young candidate in the American League earlier this season for the Indians. Now as the team sits in first place on August 20th despite a loss to the Blue Jays, there has to be serious concern about the long term status of one of the cores in the rotation.Saturday night in a playoff atmosphere against the Jays at Progressive Field, Tomlin against was victim of the long ball, allowing three homers in an eventual 6-5 loss.The Tribe found themselves down 5-0 by the time they got to bat in the 4th inning, but gave Tomlin a chance at redemption as they scored five times to tie the game at five.With a fresh start, Tomlin let the team down, as he allowed a solo homer in the 5th to Edwin Encarnacion to put the Jays back up for good 6-5.Allowing homers are nothing new to Tomlin, as with allowing three on Saturday he’s up to 32, an American League high. He’s gotten lucky a number of times allowing just solo homers, but Saturday he gave up two solo homers and a two-run shot.“I’ve been throwing home runs all year,” Tomlin said after the loss. “They’ve come usually with no one on base, or with limited traffic.“Right now it seems like there’s traffic just about every inning, having to work around guys and they are making me pay for it with a crooked number as opposed to a single number. When doing it against a team like that it’s tough to come back from.” Tomlin hasn’t won a game since July 30th, a win over the last place A’s at Progressive Field, a night when he allowed two runs on six hits, still allowing a homer in that win.As a matter of fact, Tomlin has allowed at least one homer in all but two of his 23 starts this season. He’s allowed at least two homers in five starts, and three homers in three starts.“It’s my job to go out there and keep putting zeros on the board, so (the offense) can keep fighting, maybe change the game with one swing of the bat,” Tomlin said.“The game in the fifth inning just got away from me, I didn’t do a good enough job keeping guys off base and limiting the damage.”With the loss Tomlin, who at one point was 9-1 on the season, falls to 11-7, and has now lost four straight starts.In those starts, he’s allowed 23 runs in 20.2 innings, including seven homers posting an ERA of 10.01 in that stretch. With Terry Francona already dealing with 1/5 of the rotation in question with the long term status of Danny Salazar, he now has another problem with the issues surrounding Tomlin.Another issue is Tomlin’s inability to eat innings, as in three of his four starts in August he’s failed to pitch five innings. It’s a matter of trust when it comes to the belief in Tomlin. If he can’t be trusted as the Indians continue to head towards a hopeful division title, the team is going to have to come up with a backup plan.More outings like Saturday night is going to make Francona’s decision to sit Tomlin a lot easier, as the club simply can’t continue to allow him on the path he’s been on for most of August. last_img read more