zoom Inez EymardA 110-foot long lift vessel will periodically be located off the shore of Camp Pendleton during July to obtain core samples needed for Dominion Virginia Power to move ahead with its proposal to build wind turbines 27 miles off the coast. The U.S.-flagged Inez Eymard literally lifts itself out of the water to provide a stable platform for collecting the core samples.As weather permits, the vessel will conduct borings off Camp Pendleton during July.The vessel’s location will range from 300 to 3,300 feet from the shoreline while collecting data for the design of the underground electric distribution line.The Inez Eymard, which usually works in the Gulf of Mexico, has spent the past few days working at both Camp Pendleton and at the turbine site 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.Dominion has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Energy totaling $51m for its wind turbine demonstration project.If the project is approved, the company plans to build two 6-megawatt turbines and test design features intended to lower the cost of construction, reduce maintenance and withstand hurricane-force winds.Dominion also holds the lease on 112,800 acres of commercial wind area adjacent to the demonstration project. The company intends to use lessons learned from the demonstration turbines to guide the development of up to 2,000 megawatts of wind turbine energy.The four borings at the turbine site will be collected approximately 330 feet below the ocean floor.The samples will be used to determine soil characteristics – such as composition and strength – to finalize the design of the wind turbine foundations.Near shore, the vessel has finished two borings and has nine more to complete.The samples will be used to finalize the installation plan of the underground distribution line that will run from the turbines to Camp Pendleton, where they will be connected to Dominion’s electrical grid. Each of these borings will be obtained approximately 80 feet below the ocean floor.Dominion still needs to obtain several regulatory approvals. Based on approval by mid-2016, major construction would occur in 2017 and the wind turbines would begin operating later that year.Press Release; July 14th, 2014
zoom Governments of India and Bangladesh met in New Delhi where they drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on passenger and cruise services on coastal and protocol route. The protocol will be formalized after approval of the respective governments.In a meeting held on November 16, the Secretary level delegation of India and Bangladesh also agreed on the payment of transit fee of approximately USD 2.500 per metric tonne for the transshipment operations at Ashuganj port for movement of goods to and from North-Eastern part of India.Bangladesh added that the government will not insist upon Bank Guarantee on each consignment of transit cargo, therefore reducing the transportation cost and encouraging cargo movement in this route.Additionally, the countries agreed that measures should be taken to ensure an adequate draft in upper reaches of Indo-Bangladesh protocol route in Bangladesh. With this decision, Bangladesh will submit a proposal for dredging of rivers in Bangladesh, including the ones under protocol route.
With gaps growing between the modern global culture of the young and the traditional cultures of older generations, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has created a Youth Advisory Committee to recommend ways of integrating young people into national development plans. The Youth Advisory Committee, whose two dozen members come from developed and developing countries and represent over 100 million young people worldwide, will identify emerging trends in their reproductive health and rights and allow them to take part in decisions about programmes that address their issues. Committee members, serving a maximum of two years, will maintain constant communications through an e-forum and will hold an annual meeting. “We need you and your ideas because the difference between our world today and tomorrow rests with you,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid told the committee at a 15 to 16 April meeting in New York. “In a sense, you are a parliament, giving us your views and your constituencies’ views.” Ms. Obaid asked them to focus on three youth-related topics: their culture, HIV/AIDS infecting 6,000 youngsters daily and adolescent marriages in situations where no reproductive health services address their specific needs.