Resumes of 2019 in maritime and air transport

first_imgThe most visited seaports were Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar Od ukupno 726 kružnih putovanja, najviše putovanja ostvareno je u Dubrovačko-neretvanskoj (59,6%) i Splitsko-dalmatinskoj županiji (25,1%), što je ukupno 84,7%. Ostalih 15,3% putovanja ostvareno je u sljedećim županijama: Zadarskoj (6,5%), Istarskoj (4,3%), Primorsko- -goranskoj (3,0%) i Šibensko-kninskoj (1,5%). U razdoblju od siječnja do prosinca 2019. u hrvatske morske luke uplovilo je 75 stranih brodova za kružna putovanja, s ostvarenih 726 kružnih putovanja. Na tim brodovima bio je 1,1 milijun putnika, koji su u Hrvatskoj boravili 1 466 dana. Source: CBS Tako se ukupno više od 11,3 milijuna putnika ukrcano je i iskrcano u hrvatskim zračnim lukama u 2019., što je više za 8,3% u usporedbi s 2018. U spomenutom razdoblju broj putovanja stranih brodova za kružna putovanja bio je veći za 4,8%, a ukupan broj dana boravka brodova bio je veći za 3,2% u odnosu na isto razdoblje 2018. Broj putnika na tim brodovima u spomenutom razdoblju 2019. bio je veći za 8,4% u odnosu na 2018.center_img Over a million passengers visited Croatia from cruise ships Zanimljivo je za istaknuti kako je u prosincu 2019. godine, zračna luka Dubrovnik ostvarila porast od 48,8% u odnosu na prosinac 2018. s ukupno s 35 tisuća putnika. U razdoblju od siječnja do prosinca 2019. u hrvatskim zračnim lukama ostvareno je 130 tisuća slijetanja i polijetanja zrakoplova, što je više za 4,5% nego u istom razdoblju 2018, govore podaci Državnog zavoda za statistiku ( DZS ). The port of Dubrovnik (530 visits) had the most visits of foreign cruise ships, followed by the ports of Split (273 visits) and Zadar (124 visits).last_img read more

Property lending boom does not mean an end to caution

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Mesut Ozil launches angry rant at Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Dec 2019 10:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Mesut Ozil was furious after Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton (Amazon)Mesut Ozil appeared to launch an angry rant at Alexandre Lacazette moments after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton on Thursday evening.Freddie Ljungberg is still searching for his first win since replacing Unai Emery as manager last week, and his side were booed off at full time at the Emirates Stadium following another poor performance.Lacazette had pulled Arsenal level following Adam Webster’s opener in the first half but Brighton found even more space following the Gunners’ equaliser and netted the winner with 10 minutes remaining through Neal Maupay.After the full-time whistle, Ozil was clearly furious as television cameras caught the midfielder angrily shouting ‘Laca’ towards Arsenal’s bench before he threw up his hand in anger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTLacazette would have been on Arsenal’s bench as he was substituted in the 77th minute.Mesut Ozil was visibly frustrated as he left the pitch after tonight’s Arsenal match.#ARSBHA pic.twitter.com/uaelP9Kcx6— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) December 5, 2019 Mesut Ozil launches angry rant at Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton Advertisement Ozil continued shouting towards his Arsenal teammate as he walked past Per Mertesacker and headed down the tunnel.Speaking after the match, Hector Bellerin said he was ‘lost for words’ after Arsenal’s latest setback.‘I don’t know what to say. I have the feeling that whatever we do it doesn’t come out right,’ said the Spaniard.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The team gave its best, we created chances, we defended good but it seems like we need so many chances to score and teams score every chance against us. I am lost for words a little bit.‘Every single player has given 100 per cent. When we go out on to the pitch we want to win and give our best. I feel that our team was full of energy, it’s hard to take. We have to keep going, I am sure 100% that results will come.‘Football is like life sometimes, you go through ups and downs. I have won trophies here, had good seasons and bad seasons.‘Freddie has helped the team a lot this week. He has added a lot of energy to the dressing room.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Charlie Nicholas speaks out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future and sends message over Manchester United move

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Aug 2020 12:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link912Shares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has less than 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas says he’s ‘very optimistic’ that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be playing in the red and white of Arsenal next season and encouraged the striker to resist the urge to join a direct rival like Manchester United this summer.Aubameyang, 31, scored a brace at Wembley last weekend to help Arsenal to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea and secure the FA Cup for a record 14th time.The double took Aubameyang to 29 goals in what was a magnificent campaign from a personal perspective but there remains uncertainty over the forward’s future, considering there are less than 12 months remaining on his contract at the Emirates. Comment Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:52FullscreenArsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-1-chelsea-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2221606/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Nicholas has grown increasingly confident that Arteta can convince Aubameyang to stay beyond the summer and feels the attacker would be foolish to consider a move to Old Trafford.Asked where Aubameyang ranks in terms of Europe’s top strikers, Nicholas responded: ‘He’s right up there and that’s why I can see Real Madrid and Juventus looking at buying him because they’re all trying to do deals to sell off as they need some money – everybody needs it, Barcelona included.‘Then they’re trying to work out who is cheaper and who is the best buy and because of Aubameyang’s age, people try to look at that number.‘At one stage if was suggested around £30million for Aubameyang and I thought: “who put that number on him?! That’s ridiculous!” Nicholas is hopeful Aubameyang will stay with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)‘I do genuinely believe if I said to Aubameyang right now that there’s two in England that are bigger than Arsenal: there’s Liverpool and Manchester City. Does he really want to go and join Manchester United? Are they getting closer? My answer is no. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think Manchester City and Liverpool are still way out there. I don’t think Juventus are miles ahead, Barcelona are struggling for cash and I don’t think Real Madrid are so rich as what they were and what they want.‘So I’m finding that for one of the best strikers and certainly one of the best finishers in world football, I am very optimistic about him being in the red and white of Arsenal.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsNicholas added: ‘He helped make Dortmund become a big club again after being in the doldrums and maybe this is how he sees Arsenal – being in the doldrums and gradually getting right back to the top again and him being a major fabric of that.We have to be careful that we don’t get carried away because he might just say one day, “I’m not re-signing” but the small choices that he has, I think we fit him perfectly.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Barcelona ramping up transfer talks with Arsenal over Philippe CoutinhoMORE: Unai Emery eyes move to bring Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to Villarreal Advertisement Advertisement The Gabon striker scored 29 goals across another outstanding season (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang refused to be drawn into the speculation when put on the spot shortly after Saturday’s final but ex-Arsenal star Nicholas believes the Gabon international has been showing signs that he’s happier than ever in north London. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The lifestyle that Aubameyang has got at Arsenal in London is stardust and I think he likes that,’ Nicholas told Off The Ball.‘I think he plays on that. He’s got his supercars and he can do whatever he wants because he’s the king,‘If this is about money, he can say to Arsenal: “this is what you need to pay me”. If it’s not and he just wants to move, Arsenal can’t stop it. Will Aubameyang still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes, he’s staying!0%Nope. He’s off…0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘But the last five or six games, he’s worked hard going back, he’s an absolute goal machine and you see the smile and appreciation of what he does which is brilliantly scoring goals. ‘Also also, the link up with [Nicolas] Pepe, with [Mikel] Arteta, with [Alexandre] Lacazette, with the midfield players… that tells me there’s something in there that he’s loving and we love him for that.‘If he wants to go, we can’t stop it but I’m hoping. What I see is because he puts a shift in and he feels that Arteta could be right.‘Now that means we have to pay him [Mesut] Ozil’s wages and the reason being is that he guarantees goals. And if you guarantee goals at Arsenal, you guarantee that Arsenal are going to get closer to winning the title and getting back to the Champions League.’ Charlie Nicholas speaks out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future and sends message over Manchester United movelast_img read more

Buyers keen for fixer-uppers at Brisbane auctions

first_imgThe home at 14 Inwood St, Wooloowin sold under the hammer.Homes in need of a renovation proved popular at the Saturday auctions in Brisbane as 116 properties went under the hammer in the river city this week.How to survive a reno…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCould this be your anti-dream home?02:18 Related videos 02:18Could this be your anti-dream home?01:19Tips to create a modernist home00:55The ultimate indoor plant… build around a tree02:24The Reno after The Block…Julia’s dream home tour. 00:39Average house? Wait till you see the extension!09:04Lana’s Dream Home: Ep 2In Wooloowin, a workers cottage at 14 Inwood St sold under the hammer of auctioneer Haesley Cush.The property, marketed by David McMahon of Ray White Lutwyche, was on a 405sq m block and had three bedrooms, an updated bathroom and an enclosed front veranda“This was a great auction, with four registered bidders,” Mr Cush said.“It sold for $638,000 to a lady on the phone for her son.”Mr Cush said the homes in need of updating were proving popular with buyers.“All the heat in today’s auctions was in the unrenovated properties in the inner north, and there’s been good strong interest,” he said.A brick home at 5 Mawson St, Acacia Ridge sold at auction.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Ray White auctioneer Adam Downes had a busy day too, selling two under the hammer.In Mount Gravatt East, Ray White Holland Park agents Isa Kurel and Sim Gill had four registered bidders vying for 26 Springwood St.Buyers were attracted to the opportunity to develop the property.The four-bedroom sold for $860,000.“(That) has got to be a standout price for Mount Gravatt East,” Mr Downes said.Over in Acacia Ridge, Mr Downes wielded the gavel for Lewis Guan and Martin Ma of Ray White Sunnybank Hills at 5 Mawson St.“Again there were six registered bidders … and this little three-bedroom brick cheapie sold for $382,500,” Mr Downes said.“There was good competitive bidding and it sold under the hammer.”last_img read more

What Palmer paid for Fig Tree Pocket mansion

first_imgSuch an idyllic spot. Clive Palmer and wife Anna at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images. Rivergum Retreat is the height of Brisbane riverside living.EMBATTLED former billionaire Clive Palmer is back in the winner’s circle, with records confirming how much he paid for a luxury, seven-bedroom riverside Brisbane property complete with wine cellar and gold class cinema.Mr Palmer, who in November won a $200m case against Citic over Pilbara royalty payments, was named as the buyer of Rivergum Retreat, the multimillion-dollar hideaway of embattled Linc Energy founder Peter Bond. The home is one of the best in Brisbane.Property records released in April showed $7.5m was the price paid for the seven-bedroom Fig Tree Pocket home, a sale which came just seven months after Bond and his wife Louse Marie inexplicably knocked back $9.2m at auction.Now instead of losing $300,000 on the property, the Bonds have lost millions, having paid $9.5m for the 1.2Ha property a decade ago. This at a time when the Fig Tree Pocket has been experiencing a boom with its median price rising 61 per cent in the last five years. The Fig Tree Pocket mansion has a games room of its own.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago The kitchen has a butler’s pantry and is fully kitted out with top of the range appliances.The mansion, called Rivergum Retreat, is the height of Brisbane riverside living with over 1,900sq m indoor/outdoor living space, 132m direct river frontage, the Gold Class private 12-seat cinema, private on-site boating facilities including a boat ramp, pontoon, jetty and boat shed, a heated horizon pool and championship tennis court.It also has a formal separate guest quarters, manicured parklike grounds, outdoor teppanyaki room, a climate controlled wine cellar and Mr Palmer will now also have a boardroom at home with three separate meeting rooms as well.FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER DIRECT IN YOUR INBOXFOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Embattled Linc Energy boss Peter Bond in a file picture at the home which has its own jetty, boat ramp, pontoon and boat shed. Picture: Steve Pohlnerlast_img read more

Joan Nau – Brookville

first_imgShe married Robert (Bob) Nau on June 26, 1948 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Akron and they recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They moved to Brookville in 1968, living there until 1981 and then returning after Bob’s retirement in 1996. Joan and Bob later moved to Cincinnati. Joan Sabina Nau, of Cincinnati and formerly of Brookville, was born in Akron, Ohio on February 13, 1923, daughter of Arthur Stanley and Joanna McDonald Wilson, she was the eldest of four children:  Anne Wilson, Mary Wilson (Booth) and Jack Wilson, who have predeceased her. Joan and Bob have five children:  Mary Anne Harris (Patrick), Jim Nau (Cindy), Don Nau (Melinda), Joanne Sawyer (Bruce), and Teri Nau.  She has four grandchildren:  Kelly Trotter, Derek Sawyer, Katy Sawyer and David Nau plus one great grandchild, Jack Trotter and numerous nieces and nephews. Joan was an active member of St. Paul’s (Akron), St. Michael’s and the Daughters of Isabella (Brookville), and the Tri-Kappa in Brookville.  An avid golfer, friend and neighbor to all for she never met a stranger. Joan always had a special place in her heart for children and loved making them laugh.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 4 until 7 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  A Mass of Christian burial, officiated by Rev. Vincent Lampert will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Private burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Robert and Joan Endowment at the Franklin County Community Foundation or to the Talbert House in Cincinnati, www.talberthouse.org.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Joan Nau.last_img read more

Dream11 GSW vs LAC: Team news, match predictions and analysis

first_imgDream 11 GSW vs LAC predictionGolden State Warriors: Stephen Curry, Alec Burks, Alfonzo McKinnie, Draymond Green, Omari SpellmanLos Angeles Clippers: Kawhi Leonard, Jerome Robinson, Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams, Rodney McGruder WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 23rd October, 2019 23:04 IST Dream11 GSW Vs LAC: Team News, Match Predictions And Analysis Dream11: Golden State Warriors take on Los Angeles Clippers on October 25 for their first game of the NBA season. Here are some of our predictions & top picks. After losing to defending champions Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals last season, the Golden State Warriors will open their NBA 2019-20 season against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 8:00 am IST and will be played at the Chase Center, San Francisco and telecast on the Sony Sports Network.Also Read: Dream11 BOS Vs PHI: Team News, Predictions And Other NBA UpdatesDream11: GSW vs LAC previewLos Angeles Clippers have started their NBA 2019-20 season on a winning note by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 112-102 on Wednesday. Kawhi Leonard was the star of the show, scoring 30 points for the Clippers. Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams also chipped in with 17 and 21 points respectively. SUBSCRIBE TO US work work work work work pic.twitter.com/VQq2P5ISIR— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 22, 2019 Also Read: NBA 2019-20: Golden State Warriors’ Profile And Season PreviewGolden State Warriors will start their season with some new additions to their roster. Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will remain a part of the original core team with new players like D’Angelo Russell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Glenn Robinson III included in the roster.Also Read: Klay Thompson May Miss NBA 2019-20 Regular Season Due To ACL InjuryDream 11 GSW vs LAC injury updateKlay Thompson is likely going to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season for GSW as he recovers from a torn ACL.Also Read: NBA: Toronto Raptors Defeat New Orleans Pelicans In Season OpenerDream 11 GSW vs LAC top picksGolden State Warriors will rely on Steph Curry and Draymond Green to shoulder the scoring responsibilities for the team. For Los Angeles Clippers, Kawhi Leonard along with Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams, will once again lead the line. The last time Kawhi Leonard faced the Warriors, it was Game 6 of the NBA Finals where he led the Toronto Raptors to their first-ever NBA title, defeating GSW on their home venue. First Published: 23rd October, 2019 23:04 IST COMMENT 10 months ago Dream11: BAR vs BEL match preview, team news and predictions 10 months ago Dream11 Bermuda vs Namibia: Team prediction, match news and updatescenter_img LIVE TV 10 months ago Dream11 SL vs PM-XI: Team news, prediction, analysis and squad updates FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Suraj Alva 10 months ago Dream11: MTA Vs VAL Team news, game predictions and analysis Written By “They bring energy every single night. We feel it on the court. We feel it in the city. We feel it in the whole Bay Area.”Loud & Proud || #DubNation pic.twitter.com/STJyOJByVn— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 22, 2019 10 months ago Dream11 BAL vs SOP: Match predictions, team news and analysislast_img read more

Restoring the Caribbean to the paradise it used to be

first_imgWhen people think of the Caribbean, it’s the turquoise seas, clean beaches, coral reefs teeming with fish, turtles and balmy breezes that come to mind.For us, this paradise is what we call home. We depend upon its riches for sustenance and, often, to make a living. It is the origin of much of the pride we feel when we say we are from the Caribbean.Increasingly however, the reality does not live up to expectations—we may arrive at the seashore to find it covered with sargassum, the water cloudy and brown, and the horizon covered in trash; the coral reefs may look faded and tired and with barely enough fish to count on one hand…For visitors, what version of the paradise they may find is becoming unpredictable and some may never return, depending on their experience.For locals, it’s a different matter—as seafood prices go up and children develop rashes after swimming in the ocean, and as houses flood after each storm and tourists turn their backs on the islands, the paradise is increasingly looking less idyllic.Sounding a wake-up call to protect the reefsMore than 100 million people in the wider Caribbean region live on, or near the coast in a complex ecosystem with the highest number of marine species in the Atlantic Ocean.Shallow-water coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, lagoons, estuaries and beaches as well as coral banks and rocky outcrops in deep waters together make up the coral reef sub-ecosystem, the richest in biodiversity in the wider Caribbean region.Almost 10 per cent of the world’s coral reefs are found in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, and 45 per cent of the fish species and 25 per cent of the coral species are found nowhere else in the world. With an area of 10,429 square kilometres of mangrove forest, the adjacent North Brazil Shelf has the highest mangrove coverage of any large marine ecosystem.This wide ecosystem supports three of the region’s major fisheries—reef fish, spiny lobster and conch—and is the foundation of the region’s tourism industry. Coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds also play an important part in coastal and shoreline protection under normal sea conditions as well as during hurricanes and tropical storms.A 2016 study by the World Bank put the economic value of the Caribbean Sea alone at US$407 billion per year. Yet this precious ecosystem is at the heart of competing economic and social demands as well as natural stresses and threats.Pollution from activities on land and at sea degrades and destroys the reef.  Many once-abundant species are now threatened or endangered.Hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more severe, resulting in great destruction and loss of lives, leaving both the coastline and local communities more vulnerable to future shocks.A strategy to keep it pristineSince 1981, UN Environment’s Caribbean Environment Programme has been working with the region’s national governments to better manage and use coastal and marine resources. Following the establishment, in 1983, of the Cartagena Convention—the only legally binding agreement for the protection of the Caribbean Sea—the programme has relentlessly worked to gain acceptance of, and agreement upon, three protocols or agreements to combat oil spills [the Oil Spills Protocol] coastal and marine biodiversity [the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol] and pollution [the Land Based Sources of Marine Pollution Protocol] among its 28 member states and 14 territories.As a result of the analysis of the wider Caribbean region conducted between 2007 and 2011 by the joint United Nations Development Programme and Global Environment Facility’s Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Project (2009–2014), the coral reef sub-ecosystem was given priority in a regional strategy to address transboundary problems that compromise the ability of the Caribbean Sea and the region’s living marine resources to support social and ecological well-being and resilience.In the last two years, the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol, together with the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems Project 2015–2020, published theReport on the State of Marine Habitats in the Wider Caribbean, which then became the basis for the Regional Strategy and Action Plan for the Valuation, Protection and/or Restoration of Key Marine Habitats in the Wider Caribbean 2021–2030. The strategy recommends a series of measures to support the people, economies and ecology of the region, targeting coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds in particular. Using an integrated approach, participating governments and stakeholders from academia, civil society, the private sector, and regional and global agencies are working together to enhance management and conservation of the coral reef sub-ecosystem in support of sustainable development.UN Environment’s Caribbean Environment Programme, as Secretariat of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol, has been working to revamp the Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Managers Network and establish a regional wildlife enforcement network, in efforts to improve marine biodiversity management. Assisting the region and its countries in co-executing the strategic action plan is another important step in this direction. The Caribbean Environment Programme is driving the process, building the alliances needed to ensure the integrity of Caribbean coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves, in the hope to bring back the paradise we all expect.last_img read more

BGC dismisses ‘arbitrary’ deposit limits in SMF report

first_imgShare BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Submit BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon BGC: Industry is ‘not out of the woods’ as English casinos reopen August 14, 2020 Share Related Articles The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit back at proposals made by The Social Market Foundation (SMF) which called for new caps on player deposits.The report by the cross-party think-tank claimed that it is ‘inevitable that gamblers will sometimes spend more than they can afford’.In response to the report which was presented to MPs, the BGC highlighted that it does support ‘many of the measures’ proposed such as ‘the concept of a British gambling kite mark’ to demonstrate commitment to integrity.In its response, the BGC underlined that it welcomed different perspectives on how gambling should be monitored and legislated for the benefit of society.It said: “This is a thoughtful study ahead of the Government’s Review of the Gambling Act – a review we fully support. We welcome the fact that, in contrast to the siren voices of prohibitionists who claim problem gambling is high and increasing, this report rightly states that there is no evidence of a rise in problem gambling and that levels have been stable around 0.7% for nearly two decades.“Although we do support many of the measures contained in the report, the authors share the BGC’s determination to raise standards and we welcome the important acknowledgement that our members have taken action to drive higher standards, especially during the Covid-19 crisis.“We fully endorse the concept of a British gambling kite mark as a sign of operators’ commitment to fairness, quality and integrity and the BGC would welcome the opportunity to lead on the development of this concept.”The think-tank called for further ‘protective regulation’ of wagering limits to be rolled out, advising regulators that gamblers should be limited to betting ‘£100 each month until they pass more stringent checks‘. In addition, SMF called for new measures to be introduced to prevent vulnerable individuals from chasing their debts via gambling.Hitting back at the proposals, the BGC claimed that the implementation of an ‘arbitrary and random low cap on spending’ would see players drift towards unregulated, black market sites – a reality that has dawned on European jurisdictions that have placed wagering and spend restrictions on online gambling services.The BGC statement added: “It is vital that the Government’s Review is evidence-led and avoids the dangers of unintended consequences. Some 30 million people enjoy an occasional bet, whether that’s on the Lottery, bingo or sports and gaming, and the overwhelming majority of them do so perfectly safely.“We already carry out robust and improved affordability checks, and regularly intervene on customers to ensure they gamble within their means. We disagree with the suggestion of an arbitrary and random low cap on spending and can think of no other area of the economy where the government determines how much an individual can spend.“We must avoid measures that see safe regulated betting being driven to unregulated, offshore, illegal black market operators online who don’t have the same checks, interventions and high standards that apply to regulated BGC members.“Measures must be proportionate, evidence-led and fully thought through so as not to jeopardise the 100,000 jobs the industry supports or the over £3 billion in tax revenues it generates for the Exchequer.”last_img read more