THE Turkish government came under attack from MEPs for its human rights violations, especially in Kurdistan, as the Parliament examined the Union’s relationship with one of its largest neighbours. While many members expressed disappointment that Turkey had refused to attend the European Conference in London in March, there was overwhelming agreement with Foreign Affairs Commissioner Hans van den Broek’s view that the country belonged to the ranks of EU candidates and should not be isolated. EU-WIDE legislation to improve air quality by reducing exhaust fumes from motor vehicles and encouraging cleaner fuels will come into force in a little over 15 months. The mandatory limits approved by MEPs after last-minute negotiations with EU governments are designed to reduce car pollution by 70% on 1990 levels within ten years. The new standards will be introduced in two stages – by 2000 and 2005 – and are expected to add no more than eight ecu a year to the average driver’s annual bill.MEPs accused the Commission of being too complacent in its assessment of the crisis now hitting Russia. Austrian Socialist Johannes Swoboda warned that the situation was worse than had originally been thought and, along with German Christian Democrat Elmar Brok, criticised those in the West who preached unfettered liberalism.THE New Transatlantic Agenda recently agreed by the EU and the US was welcomed by the Parliament, which considered it a useful way to settle potential conflicts. MEPs endorsed greater transatlantic cooperation on electronic surveillance to track down international criminal terrorists and drug traffickers, but warned that this should not abuse civil liberties.
More than 2000 people turned up when Volstad Maritime and Kleven invited the local community on board Grand Canyon II this weekend. The vessel’s Godmother, Mary-Lou Meixner, broke the champagne bottle, at first attempt, wishing vessel and crew a safe journey.Grand Canyon II is the first of two sister vessels Klevens yard in Gursken, Myklebust Verft, are delivering to Ålesund-based ship owner Volstad. Both vessels are designed by Ålesund based design company Skipsteknisk.The vessels are 126 m long, and with accommodation for 104 persons. In addition to the vessel’s 250 t crane for subsea installation work, the vessel also has a swimming pool, libraries, saunas, gym and a cinema with 50 seats, ensuring a pleasant stay on board.Myklebust Verft is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year. In addition to the two construction vessels for Volstad, the yard also has a seismic vessel for GC Rieber under construction. Up to 1000 people have been working at Myklebust Verft this spring.Image: Kleven
LocalNews DASPA imposes restrictions at airports by: Dominica Vibes News – December 2, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 351 Views no discussions Share The Douglas Charles AirportThe Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) Tuesday announced that it has imposed restrictions at the Canefield Airport in Canefield and the Douglas Charles Airport in Marigot with immediate effect. In a press release issued on 2 December 2014, DASPA said in an effort to better educate the general public utilizing the airports, the travelling and general public is reminded that the airport regulation stipulates that the airport is a restricted area.“Thus, with immediate effect and until further notice, only persons that demonstrate that they have legitimate business at the airport will be granted access to the Douglas-Charles Airport and the Canefield Airport”.Chief executive officer of DASPA, Benoit Bardouille says these measures have been taken to protect the airport against any unlawful acts against civil aviation. “The airports are restricted areas and…we would like to ensure that we can continue to protect the airport against any unlawful acts against civil aviation,” Mr Bardouille told Dominica Vibes.Canefield AirportHe added that there are several laws that govern the use of the airport and the conduct of users of the airport, “so we would want to ensure that persons utilizing the airport do so in keeping with laws of Dominica”.These laws include the Annex 17 of the Chicago Convention and the local laws and regulations contained in Act 8 of 2006, Act 21 of 2005, Chapters 47:01 and 47:02 of the Revised Laws of Dominica, LRO 1/1991, which makes provision for necessary measures are taken by DASPA to assure the protection and safety of all persons utilizing the airports in Dominica in compliance with the standards and recommended practices of Annex 17.The press release makes reference to Civil Aviation Act 21 of 2005 to Section 24 (3), (4) and (5) which states, “(3) Every person in a security restricted area shall, on the request of a security officer, state his name and address, and produce satisfactory evidence of its correctness, and the purpose of his presence in such area and his authority to enter it.(4) A security officer may order, any person who has failed to satisfy a request made under subsection (3) to leave a security restricted area and any such person shall comply with such an order.(5) A security officer and any person he calls to his assistance, may use such force as may be reasonably necessary to remove from any security restricted area any person who fails or refuses forthwith to leave the security restricted area after having been ordered by a security officer to do so in accordance with subsection”.The public is also informed that persons who are not willing to comply with the lawful instructions provided by a Police Officer or Security Officer at the Airport may be removed from the Airport.“Please be advised that all vehicles entering the Airport will be checked before being allowed into the restricted area of the Douglas-Charles Airport and the Canefield Airport. Vehicles that do not meet the requirements for entry shall not be allowed to enter the Airport”.“With respect to areas to be used by public transport, areas for packing, use of facilities and conduct of persons at the Airport, Chapter 47:01, Sections 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 18, 19 and 20 (attached for ease of reference) the general public are reminded that; no unauthorized person shall enter or be upon any runway, loading platform or within the Customs area ofthe Airport”.“Any person who interferes with, tampers with or injures any part of the airport or any equipment will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In keeping with the DASPA Act 8 of 2006, Section 75, members of the general public are reminded that any person who unlawfully damages or in any way interferes with any lighthouses, buoys, beacon, ground light or other property of the Authority in such a manner as to endanger or as might endanger the life of any person commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of ten years,” the release notes.It urges all users of the Airport to fully comply with the conditions for entry at the Airports by producing satisfactory evidence and the purpose of one’s presence at the airport to be allowed access.“These measures are aimed to improve on the delivery of service at the airport and to safeguard against all acts of unlawful interference at out airports,” the release adds.
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