The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 36 and an 80 percent chance of snow showers before noon, then rain and snow showers with new snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 23 and a 60 percent chance of snow showers likely with new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS
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The Government of Canada estimates that the Gulf of St. Lawrence and surrounding areas have the potential for more than 39 trillion cubic feet of gas and 1.5 billion barrels of oil, based on preliminary geological studies of the area.Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today tabled the Notice of Ways and Means Motion to introduce a bill to implement the Canada–Quebec Offshore Accord for the joint management of petroleum resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. According to the government’s statement, the move represents “an important milestone for responsible resource development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.”“Our government is proud to partner with the Government of Quebec on this historic legislation to establish joint management of offshore petroleum resources. The Accord will create jobs and economic growth and prosperity for Quebecers while ensuring the safe and environmentally responsible development of petroleum resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence,” Greg RickfordCanada’s Minister of Natural Resources said.According to the government, the proposed legislation would ensure that Quebec will benefit from revenues, including royalties and many taxes and fees, derived from the development of oil and gas resources. Pierre Arcand, Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for Plan Nord, introduced mirror provincial legislation in the National Assembly.“The Government is committed to protecting the safety of both Canadians and the environment while preserving, protecting and creating Canadian jobs. The bill is a central part of the Government’s Responsible Resource Development Plan, through which it is taking action to create jobs, grow the economy and create long-term prosperity in Quebec and across Canada,” reads a statement by the government.The 2011 Canada–Quebec Accord established two distinct phases of joint management. The bill covers the first or transitional phase in which the governments will establish a joint regulatory function. The second or permanent phase would be triggered by a commercial discovery of oil or natural gas resources and would see the creation of a joint independent offshore board.[mappress mapid=”1934″]
A defendant has escaped confiscation proceedings because she was unable to find an advocate willing to accept the legal aid rate to represent her. The court’s decision, upheld in the Court of Appeal, will fuel an ongoing dispute over the levels of legal aid fees. The defendant in the case, Susan Jane Campbell, pleaded guilty in February 2008 to one count of money laundering involving a sum of £236,000. By the time of her confiscation hearing in October, her trial advocate had left the independent bar and her solicitors were unable to find a suitably qualified replacement willing to take the case. Under the graduated fee structure, counsel would have received a fixed daily rate of £178.25 with no funding for preparation, which Judge Heath estimated would have taken some 80 hours. He said Campbell could not have a fair trial without representation, stayed the proceedings and made no confiscation order for the sum. The Ministry of Justice told the Court of Appeal that it had established a working group to explore proposals for a revised fee scheme to allow additional funding in ‘the small number of exceptional confiscation cases that cause difficulties’, and will consult professional bodies in the next few weeks. However, Lord Justice Hooper said that ‘the fact that in the future an adequately funded advocate may be available was no justification’. In another embarrassment to prosecutors, the High Court last week ticked off the Crown Prosecution Service for altering charges at a late stage. The court criticised the CPS for its attitude that it can ‘assume to itself the way in which a proceeding will be conducted’. It upheld a magistrates’ court’s decision to refuse a last-minute amendment to a charge that would have denied the defendant a jury trial. The court said the CPS ‘should consider long and hard whether or not it can carry on the assumption that some of its representatives may have’, namely that it can simply assume that at whatever stage of the proceedings before the magistrates it can, virtually as of right, substitute a lesser charge.’
“Blue Water’s involvement will be on a global scale and include multiple countries within the Nordic region, Europe, Asia, Far East, North and South America. The contract with Kongsberg will increase the focus on Blue Water globally and open up new markets where we have not yet become a household name”, adds Harald Thun, global account manager and responsible for the Kongsberg contract. Kongsberg is an international, knowledge-based group delivering high technology systems and solutions to clients within the oil and gas industry, merchant marine, defence and aerospace. www.bws.dk
In his new role Biwer will focus on growing ABC’s scheduled cargo operations inside and beyond Europe, with the airline going online in the Middle East and the African continent to provide a broader variety of export destinations for its customers.”EMEA is one of the key markets for our scheduled business operations,” said ABC executive president Denis Ilin, adding that Biwer’s appointment is in line with the company’s further expansion plans. www.airbridgecargo.com
LITHUANIA: Czech rolling stock manufacturer Škoda Vagonka has won a KC750m contract to supply three three-car Class 575 double-deck electric multiple-units to Lithuanian national operator LG for use on cross-border services between Vilnius and Minsk in Belarus. LG and its Belarus counterpart BC plan to reduce the journey time between the capitals by 30 min to 2 h h honce 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the corridor is completed by the end of 2015.The EMU order announced by Škoda Vagonka on December 1 follows the supply of three two-car and seven three-car versions of the EMUs in four batches in 2008–14 for use on the Vilnius – Kaunas inter-city route. The latest batch of EMUs is scheduled to be delivered within 36 months. Modifications for use on the international route will include a train crew compartment, different seats, bilingual audio-visual passenger information systems and additional racks for large items of luggage.
RUSSIA: Trials are underway with a three-section 3ES5K Yermak 25 kV 50 Hz locomotive rated at 9·2 MW which has been modified by TMH’s Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Works. The locomotive has been fitted with VIP4000D traction converters developed by Elektrovypryamitel and Irkutsk State University of Communications, controlled by software supplied by LES. The aim is to lower the cost of a new locomotive, and to reduce energy consumption.
Barbara Bush is battling with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and congestive heart failure.Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, but will not seek further medical treatment, her family said on Sunday.Barbara, 92 years old, served as the U.S. first lady between 1989 and 1993.She has been in and out of hospital over the past year, and is reported to be battling with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and congestive heart failure.A source told CNN that she is being cared for at her home in Houston, and that she had decided not to go back to hospital.The office of former President George H. W. Bush released a statement, confirming after a “recent series of hospitalizations,” she has decided against seeking additional medical help.“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving,” the statement continued.The Bushes have been married for 73 years.Barbara is the only living wife of one former President and the mother of another former President.
Morocco seizes 1.63 tons of cannabis The city of Agadir, Central Morocco./Morocco World News A cannabis plantation near Ketama, in Morocco’s Rif mountains. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)Moroccan police seized 4.85 tons of cannabis near the western city of Agadir, official radio reported on Monday.The banned substance was concealed in a shipment of watermelon inside two pickup trucks, it said, adding that the operation occurred on Sunday night in the town of Ait Melloul near Agadir.One person was arrested for suspected links to a criminal drug trafficking network, and many material were seized including an important sum of money, it added.Despite efforts to crack down on cannabis cultivation during the past decade, Morocco remains one of the world’s largest producers of the narcotic plant, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.Moroccan security services have seized a total of 179,657 kg of cannabis in 2019, according to official statistics.Related Morocco seizes 1.48 tons of cannabis 2.23 tons of cannabis seized in southwestern Morocco