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  • [California] Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill banning state funds for coal projects

    08/26/2016 10:19:25 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 40 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 08/26/2016 | David DeBolt
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown took a strong stand against coal on Friday, approving an East Bay lawmaker's bill to ban state funding for coal-related projects. In signing state Sen. Loni Hancock's bill, the governor also praised the Oakland City Council for voting to ban transportation of the ore through its city and encouraged other cities to do the same. "Other localities should follow suit -- and the state should, too -- to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate the shipment of coal through all California ports, Brown wrote in a signing message.
  • Inquiry Highlights Terry McAuliffeís Ties to Chinese Company

    05/24/2016 7:19:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and STEPHANIE SAUL
    Four years ago, one of Chinaís largest agricultural importers sent representatives to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., hoping that meetings with elite party officials might yield business opportunities. The company, the Dandong Port Group, was particularly focused on the governors in attendance, according to an interview with Dandongís general counsel broadcast by Chinese state television. But now, the companyís widening influence is coming under scrutiny by federal prosecutors, who are examining the relationship between Dandongís wealthy and connected chairman, Wang Wenliang, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Democrat who was elected in 2013. A federal law enforcement...
  • Rescued: Data the Kerry/Edwards Campaign Tried to DELETE from its site! (Grampa Dave found cache)

    07/21/2004 10:58:33 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 229 replies · 28,721+ views
    Google Cache ^ | 7-21-04
    John Kerry Unveils Comprehensive Plan to Fight the War on Terrorism <![if !vml]><![endif]>February 27, 2004 For Immediate Release Los Angeles, CA Ė In a speech today at the UCLA International Institute, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry offered his comprehensive approach to fighting the global war on terrorism. In the second of a series of speeches on national security, Kerry presented a plan to identify, disrupt, and eliminate terrorist networks using all the resources at our disposal. As CIA Director George Tenet starkly reminded us this week, we are threatened by a far-flung terrorist network that will continue to operate...
  • Texas-owned private jet owned impounded in Congo

    02/20/2011 9:17:37 PM PST · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    A private jet owned by a North Texas company has been impounded for the past 2 1/2 weeks and its passengers and crew detained by the Congolese government in central Africa, where officials say it was used to smuggle gold from rebel territories in the nation's eastern provinces. The plane was leased by Southlake Aviation, based in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth, to a subsidiary of CAMAC International, The Dallas Morning News reported in its Sunday editions. CAMAC company is owned by Kase Lawal, a Nigerian-born Houston oil tycoon an appointee of President Barack Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy...
  • Dubai Ports redux: Arab takeover of Port Canaveral

    05/27/2015 5:43:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 5/27/2015 | Jerome Corsi
    The Dubai Ports World controversy of 2006 is making a comeback, only this time the Arab principal has actually gained control of the container contract for a major U.S. port. The site is Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center on Floridaís east coast, which is frequented by U.S. and NATO-ally nuclear submarines. A 35-year contract signed last year and set to go operational next month allows a United Arab Emirates-based company managed by Badr Jafar to operate a cargo terminal managing containers. The UAE has been a major donor to the troubled Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. And...
  • Canada Delays Opening of Crucial Arctic Naval Port Until 2018

    03/02/2015 6:54:06 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 2, 2015 | Mike De Souza
    Canadaís military has again delayed the opening of a major new Arctic port, a sign the government is struggling to assert sovereignty over a remote resource-rich region. The planned deep water naval facility at Nanisivik Ė some 3,100 km (1,900 miles) north of Ottawa Ė is one of the key components of Prime Minister Stephen Harperís ďuse it or lose itĒ approach to the Arctic. The port, initially due to open in 2012, will now not be operational until 2018.
  • West Coast paralysis: Some winners...sort of

    02/20/2015 10:29:20 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | Allen Wastler
    West Coast docks are paralyzed as employers and longshoremen continued to spat about contracts and congestion problems. There are plenty of losers. Exporters, like farmers and ranchers, can't get their perishables to Asian markets during the Lunar New Year when demand for fruit and meat is particularly high. And importers large and small are beginning to report shipment delays and inventory shortages. Are there winners? Kind of Ö Air Freight. Some importers, like electronics dealers and luxury retailers, can afford to put their cargo on planes, despite at least a ten-fold increase in shipping costs. ... East Coast/Gulf Coast ports....
  • Top US labor official arrives as West Coast ports back up

    02/16/2015 7:30:54 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    LOS ANGELES (AP) ó The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez headed for San Francisco, where months-long negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association of companies have come to a halt. So, too, has the movement of billions of dollars of cargo that is supposed to pass through 29 seaports from Southern California to Seattle. The ports are a critical trade link with Asia and the gateway not just for imports such as electronics,...
  • Why the West Coast port slowdowns are cracks in the foundation of the U.S. economy

    02/12/2015 10:23:22 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | Feb 12, 2015 | Sarah Aitchison
    One of the big reasons for the slowdown at the 29 West Coast ports isn't on the tip of everyone's tongues, including elected officials, is because the public doesn't see it, he said. It's like cracks in the foundation of a house: virtually invisible but still very dangerous for the structural integrity of the house.
  • Americaís Supply Chain Is In Shutdown: ďCould Derail The Economy CompletelyĒ

    02/13/2015 12:01:05 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 60 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Mark Slavo
    A massive shutdown of Americaís supply chain is now in progress because of a labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers. The average dock worker, according to Zero Hedge, makes about $145,000 per year plus some $80,000 per year in benefits, but apparently their overtime pay is insufficient, which has led to widespread strikes at the nationís busiest ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The ports are now being partially shut down for at least the next four days, but the months-long dispute has already led to hundreds of container ships and tractor-trailers being left in limbo (see pictures...
  • Workers Say They Are Hurting In West Coast Port Slowdown

    12/28/2014 7:18:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 26, 2014 | Connor D. Wolf
    The West Coast port slowdowns are hurting workers as well as retailers this holiday season.The NBC affiliate in Seattle reported that many of those who work for the ports can’t afford utilities or Christmas gifts for their families because the slowdowns have delayed their paychecks. The work slowdowns are the result of a seven-month labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Each side of the dispute blames the other.Vicki Raiter, the mother of one of the Port of Tacoma workers, told the local NBC affiliate, “If the shipments aren’t coming, then...
  • Another Saudi port deal - Selling off control of America one piece at a time

    08/04/2014 5:53:03 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 20 replies
    The Patroit Factor ^ | August 3, 2014 | Diane Sori
    What pray tell has our country come to, and what pray tell has my beloved state of Florida allowed, as a Middle Eastern company‚ĶGulftainer‚Ķwas recently awarded a 35-year, $100 million concession agreement to ‚Äėsupposedly‚Äô boost cargo operations at Port Canaveral‚Ķa port NOT far from the Trident Turning Basin which the Navy uses to support our fleet of nuclear ballistic missile submarines‚Ķand a port perilously close to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral where our space launches take place‚Ķor at least they did until Obama cut their funding. And while it‚Äôs claimed by port officials that the new container and...
  • California Economy Threatened by Texas from Panama Canal Expansion

    05/05/2014 8:45:05 PM PDT · by Moseley · 35 replies
    American Uncensored News Network ^ | June 5, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    California will take another hit right in the struggling economy starting April 2015. Instead of loading and unloading at California ports, many international cargo ships and oil tankers will start accessing the booming Texas economy. Texas is flourishing under Rick Perryís Republican policies. A dramatic expansion of the Panama Canal will give more choices to massive, new cargo ships. The Panama Canal has been at maximum capacity, with more ships transiting the Isthmus of Panama than the canal was designed to handle. But more importantly, changes in the shipping industry are in play. Massive new megaships are transforming the industry....
  • Environmentalists target local ports for unprecedented regulation

    10/05/2013 1:52:31 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | October 4, 2013 | Jeff Kropf
    The Pacific Northwest is proposing to build three port facilities to export coal and other commodities. These projects will bring tens of millions of jobs to our region and employ thousands of people. Unfortunately, national anti-coal campaigns funded by climate change activists are trying to stop this investment. Governors Kitzhaber and Inslee are propping up President Obamaís war on coal by insisting that the projects clear unprecedented regulatory hurdles. Climate change activists will be busing people in from all over the Pacific Northwest for a hearing on the Longview export facility, scheduled for Wednesday October 9th at 5pm at the...
  • Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO (It's a sign of things to come)

    09/01/2013 6:48:21 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 43 replies
    LABORNOTES ^ | 08/31/2013 | Mark Brenner
    Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO In a surprise move, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced its disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO yesterday. The news comes just a week before the federation is set to hold its national convention in Los Angeles, the nationís biggest port and an ILWU stronghold.. The ILWU, known for its militant traditions and progressive politics, has been drawn into turf wars with other unions in recent yearsóparticularly in the grain export terminals of the Pacific Northwest, where longshore workers have been locked in a high-stakes battle over master contract standards since 2011. - See more...
  • Obama canít remember Dr. Jill Bidenís name or where the Gulf of Mexico is

    08/08/2013 4:40:12 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 72 replies
    HotAir ^ | August 7, 2013 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Oh, just a bit of fun this evening. President Obama was talking military issues at Camp Pendleton today when he referenced his wifeís and Dr. Jill Bidenís work on behalf of military families, only he couldnít remember one of their names. Better Jill than Michelle, I suppose: And, on Jay Lenoís show last night, the president showed a great interest in deepening the nationís ports, but not a lot of geographical aptitude. If we donít deepen our ports all along the Gulf ó places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida ó if we donít do that,...
  • (Documenting today's Arab slavery) Film ĎStolení exposes modern-day slavery in Polisario camps

    10/05/2012 2:33:19 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    Al-arabiya ^ | Friday, 05 October 2012
    Last Updated: Fri Oct 05, 2012 07:26 am (KSA) 04:26 am (GMT) Film ĎStolení exposes modern-day slavery in Polisario camps Friday, 05 October 2012 The film, Stolen, the story of a Sahrawi girl called Fatim Sellami, herself a slave, who was reunited with her mother after 35 years of separation with the help of the United Nations. (Image grab from film Stolen By KHADIJA FATHI AGADIR / MOROCCO A controversial documentary film that exposes slavery in the Western Sahara camps controlled by the Polisario front has been screened in Moroccoís coastal resort city of Agadir. The film, directed by Violeta...
  • What the Looming Port Strike Is Really About

    12/21/2012 3:56:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    It's not about jobs. It's not about safety. It's not about improving dockworkers' living standards. The looming, long-planned East and Gulf Coast port strikes are about protecting Big Labor's archaic work practices and corrupt waterfront rackets. Are you ready for a fiscal cliff? The union bosses of an estimated 14,500 workers at 15 ports are preparing to send the economy plunging back into recession over productivity and efficiency rules changes. You read that right. Much more on that in a moment. But first, here's what's at stake. The International Longshoremen's Association's (ILA) grip extends from Boston to Texas to Florida...
  • ExxonMobil Wins as Obama Finances Energy, Port Project Trips to India

    11/28/2012 4:19:11 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | Nov. 28, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    In the days and weeks after Hurricane Sandy wrecked ports, resorts, and power lines across the mid-Atlantic coast, the Obama administration launched multiple projects targeting the revitalization of such infrastructure. Not in seaside New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, but in cities across India: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and MumbaiÖ Patriot Update has discovered that taxpayers will foot the bill for industry trips to India ó trips taken on behalf of a consortium whose members include multinationals such as ExxonMobil, GE, and IBM.
  • More Than A Dozen Fisker Karma Hybrids Caught Fire And Exploded In New Jersey Port After Sandy

    11/01/2012 11:13:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Nov 01,2012 | Staff
    Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when water from Hurricane Sandyís storm surge apparently breached the port and submerged the vehicles. As Jalopnik has exclusively learned, the cars then caught fire and burned to the ground. Our source tells us they were ďfirst submerged in a storm surge and then caught fire, exploded.Ē This wouldnít be the first time the vehicles, which use a small gasoline engine to charge batteries that provide energy to two electric motors, had an issue with sudden combustion. The vehicle, despite only...
  • Pakistan leader visits Russia after bin Laden death

    05/11/2011 6:21:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | May 11, 2011
    AFP - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was expected in Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian leaders on his first major foreign visit since the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will host Zardari for talks on Thursday at the Kremlin where officials from the two countries were also expected to sign agreements on cooperation in agriculture, aviation and energy, a spokesman for the Pakistan Embassy in Moscow told AFP. "Economics will be the focus of the visit," said the spokesman, Raja Abdul Qayyum. The three-day visit to Russia will be Zardari's first...
  • Port security: U.S. fails to meet deadline for scanning of cargo containers

    07/17/2012 6:47:50 AM PDT · by upchuck · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 15, 2012 | Douglas Frantz
    The Obama administration has failed to meet a legal deadline for scanning all shipping containers for radioactive material before they reach the United States, a requirement aimed at strengthening maritime security and preventing terrorists from smuggling a nuclear device into any of the nationís 300 sea and river ports. The Department of Homeland Security was given until this month to ensure that 100 percent of inbound shipping containers are screened at foreign ports. But the departmentís secretary, Janet Napolitano, informed Congress in May that she was extending a two-year blanket exemption to foreign ports because the screening is proving too...
  • Occupy protesters try to disrupt ports; police make arrests (costs workers their wages)

    12/13/2011 5:51:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/13/11 | Mike Pearson
    Occupy protesters try to disrupt ports; police make arrestsBy Mike Pearson, CNN updated 5:27 AM EST, Tue December 13, 2011 (CNN) -- Occupy protesters succeeded in shutting down overnight operations at California's port of Oakland on Monday night after a day of similar protests in several other U.S. cities. The protests in Oakland have "disrupted workers trying to get to work and impaired the port's ability to operate," port spokesman Issac Kos-Read told CNN. Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, said the port has told its members not to report for work for the overnight...
  • Container-Ship Plunge Signals U.S. Slowdown

    07/28/2011 6:47:20 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 15 replies
    Hellenic Shipping News ^ | July 29, 2011 | Hellenic Shipping News
    Plunging rates for chartering container vessels that carry sneakers, furniture and flat-screen TVs may signal a U.S. consumer slowdown and losses for shipping lines in what is traditionally their busiest time of the year. Fees for hiring vessels have fallen 9.3 percent since the end of April, according to the Howe Robinson Container Index, which tracks charter rates for a range of vessels. Last year, the index surged 56 percent in the period, as lines added ships on demand from U.S. and European retailers restocking for the back-to-school and holiday shopping periods. ďThe troubling part is that charter rates are...
  • Los Angeles Signs Labor Deal Covering $1.5B in Port Projects

    07/06/2011 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Eva · 28 replies
    Pacific Maritime Online ^ | June 30, 2011 | editors
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a five-year labor agreement on Tuesday that will cover more than $1.5 billion in planned Port of Los Angeles construction projects. Approved by the port governing board in March and the City Council in May, the agreement sets guidelines on the types of workers that must be hired by contractors for all capital projects at the port. The terms cover about 95 percent of the port's projected capital projects outlays for the next five years. "This project labor agreement gives thousands of our local workers in some of the most economically disadvantaged communities the...
  • Galveston port poised to outsource its operations (Li Ka-shing's first U.S. toehold)

    03/05/2011 2:48:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 4, 2011 | Harvey Rice
    GALVESTON ó The Port of Galveston is in final negotiations to lease its facilities to a major investment group, which could make it the first U.S. port to turn over its entire operation to the private sector. Several U.S. ports lease terminal operations to private operators, but "in this case it is the entire port structure, which is really a unique opportunity," said economist John Martin, who heads Martin Associates, based in Lancaster, Pa. Martin Associates had done work for every U.S. port and did the economic study for the proposed lease, a 50/50 joint venture of global investment firm...
  • National Media Ignoring San Diego Report of WMDs In America

    02/14/2011 1:03:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | February 14, 2011 | Bob McCarty
    A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in San Diego confirmed that weapons of mass effect (a.k.a., ‚ÄúWMDs‚ÄĚ) had been found by U.S. officials, but not at the particular port where he was being interviewed by a reporter from ABC affiliate The video below aired during the local newscast Feb. 9 and featured this ‚Äúmoney quote‚ÄĚ from Al Hallor, the assistant port director and CBP officer, during the interview: ‚ÄúAt the airport, seaport, at our port of entry we have not this past fiscal year, but our partner agencies have found those things.‚ÄĚ
  • Cruise Lines Abandon San Diego due to Mexico Drug Crime, High California Taxes

    01/16/2011 12:59:30 PM PST · by La Lydia · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Uncoverage ^ | January 15, 2010 | Jane Jamison
    The new year 2011 and lack of confidence in the tax policies of incoming governor Jerry Brown brings devastating news to Southern California. The progressive tax-and-spend policies of Democrat-run California government have chased another lucrative business out of the state. The open-borders, do-nothing immigration policy of the Obama administration claims the runner-up prize for this economic blow to an already-reeling economy in San Diego. The major cruise lines have just announced they are leaving San Diego, California to make NEW home ports in Texas, Florida and Australia. Iím sure itís just a coincidence that Texas and Florida donít have state...
  • Mayor seeks to block tankers Wants Yemen gas delivery offshore

    01/01/2010 5:34:02 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 32 replies · 1,873+ views
    The Boston Glob ^ | January 1, 2010 | Andrea Estes
    Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday he will ask Bostonís lawyers to see whether the city can block Yemeni tankers from delivering liquefied natural gas into Boston Harbor, calling such deliveries ďwrong.íí ďWeíre in extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of our city,íí the mayor said in an interview. ďThey cannot be coming into a harbor like Boston, where there is less than 50 feet between the tankers and residential areas.í -snip- The Globe reported yesterday that shipments of liquefied natural gas from Yemen are scheduled to arrive for the first time in Boston as...
  • Doomsday looming for many truckers at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports

    11/27/2009 7:55:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 3,014+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/27/09 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Filiberto Cervantes has already separated from his wife and kids, lost his car, moved into his truck and says he subsists largely on a diet of $1 cheese burritos. But Jan. 1 looms like a date with the grim reaper himself. ... Cervantes is among thousands of truckers servicing the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex who are facing a day of reckoning this New Year's. That's because Jan. 1 is the day new clean-air guidelines go into effect at the ports, banning all pre-1994 trucks -- as well as 1994-2003 rigs that have not been retrofitted with costly diesel particulate...
  • Dubai Wants Billion-Dollar Debt Suspension

    11/25/2009 4:11:00 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 16 replies · 1,232+ views
    Sky News ^ | 11/25/09 | Jo Couzens
    Dubai is asking creditors to accept a six-month suspension on debt repayments for its severely cash-strapped conglomerate Dubai World. The government of the Gulf emirate has also appointed consultants Deloitte to restructure state-run Dubai World's operations. The group includes property developer Nakheel, which built one of the state's most ostentatious projects, the palm-shaped, man-made residential islands of the Palm Jumeirah. The conglomerate also includes DP World, owner of the former P&O ports operator. According to Nakheel, Dubai World has $59bn (£35bn) of liabilities, a large proportion of Dubai's total debt of $80bn (£47bn). The emirate's government said in a statement:...
  • U.S. Box Imports Plummet 22 Percent [Christmas alert]

    06/14/2009 5:56:48 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 16 replies · 910+ views
    The Journal of Commerce Online ^ | June 9, 2009 | Bill Mongelluzzo
    Slight April gain over March gives weak signal for peak season Container volumes at U.S. ports edged up in April compared to March, but remained well below the volumes recorded in April 2008, according to the monthly Port Tracker published by the National Retail Federation and IHS Global Insight. The second half of 2009 appears to be trending the same way the first half progressed, with containerized imports creeping up compared to the month before, but down noticeably from the same month last year. It therefore looks like the back-to-school shopping season this summer, traditionally the second busiest period on...
  • U.S. court refuses to halt clean-truck program at L.A. and Long Beach ports

    04/16/2009 9:59:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 317+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/16/09 | Carol J. Williams
    <p>A federal judge in Washington refused Wednesday to halt the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach's clean-truck program, which aims to phase out 17,000 polluting big rigs that shuttle freight to and from rail terminals and other transport hubs.</p>
  • Venezuela Seizes Seaports, Airstrips

    03/22/2009 3:43:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 1,279+ views
    CARACAS, Venezuela ó Venezuela's federal government seized seaports and airstrips in at least four states on Saturday, a move critics say is meant to limit the powers of mayors and governors opposed to President Hugo Chavez. The takeover, ordered by Venezuela's socialist president last weekend and approved by lawmakers, aims to bring the country's major transportation hubs under federal control this year.
  • Venezuela Military 'Seizes Ports' [Obama's "tiny countries"]

    03/21/2009 7:20:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 463+ views
    BBC News ^ | March 21, 2009
    Venezuela military 'seizes ports' Venezuela's military has taken control of key airports and sea ports under the terms of a move rubber-stamped by parliament a week ago, reports say. The move centralises the running of the country's main transport hubs. President Hugo Chavez has pushed for the move, describing it as "reunifying the motherland, which was in pieces". Critics of Mr Chavez says the plans are unconstitutional, but the National Assembly backed them a week ago, saying they would improve essential services. State-level governments in Venezuela have controlled the country's most important airports, sea ports and major highways since a...
  • Venezuela brings ports under federal control

    03/21/2009 4:51:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies · 274+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2009 | RACHEL JONES
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ó Venezuela's government seized seaports and airstrips in at least four states on Saturday, a move that critics say is meant to limit the powers of mayors, governors and other potential rivals to President Hugo Chavez.
  • Venezuela military 'seizes ports'

    03/21/2009 3:46:08 PM PDT · by frankiep · 82 replies · 5,201+ views
    Venezuela's military has taken control of key airports and sea ports under the terms of a move rubber-stamped by parliament a week ago, reports say. The move centralises the running of the country's main transport hubs. President Hugo Chavez has pushed for the move, describing it as "reunifying the motherland, which was in pieces". Critics of Mr Chavez says the plans are unconstitutional, but the National Assembly backed them a week ago, saying they would improve essential services. State-level governments in Venezuela have controlled the country's most important airports, sea ports and major highways since a move towards decentralisation began...
  • Port cargo levels are sinking fast

    03/02/2009 6:13:49 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 21 replies · 1,033+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 2, 2009 | Ronald D. White
    February imports fall 18.1% in L.A. and Long Beach. Other West Coast harbors see even worse declines. The international trade business is foundering faster than ever seen before, with some U.S. seaports watching cargo traffic fall by more than a third. It's gotten so bad that Los Angeles and Long Beach are slashing cargo rates to keep old customers and lure new business. Oakland's port has laid off 12% of its staff and canceled free tours for the public. The number of ships idled around the world is approaching three times the number that were out of work during the...
  • Terror From the Sea: Warning From the Indian Naval Chief

    02/26/2009 1:21:40 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 519+ views ^ | 24-Feb-2009 | Guest Column By Commodore R. S. Vasan
    Paper no. 3068 Admiral Sureesh Mehta, the Chief of the Naval Staff sounded a stern warning on 18th February 2009, about the possibility of nuclear weapons being smuggled in to the country through the ever increasing container traffic. The warning was issued at a seminar to discuss Port Development and related security issues. At one level, there is nothing new in the warning. Similar warnings were issued post 9/11 by US and other maritime analysts who expected the seas to be the next medium for transportation and manifestation of terror. It is this fear that prompted the US to examine...
  • Maritime Intelligence Opportunity lost due to bad P.R.

    02/19/2009 11:27:02 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 322+ views
    US Naval Institute Blog ^ | 19 February 2009 | FFry
    Remember the furor back in 2006 over the news that a Dubai-based company was going to buy a ship terminal operator in the United States? Remember how all of a sudden many Americans decided against letting a foreign company operate cargo terminals inside the US, despite the fact that the same terminals were already being operated by a foreign corporation? (P&O Ports, UK) Remember how nobody, including Congress, wanted to take a second and actually investigate what risks there were, if any, given that this purchase would not have changed the fact that the US Coast Guard would have remained...
  • Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

    01/16/2009 2:08:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1,074+ views ^ | January 15, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals. In his report titled, "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal , hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review,...
  • TxDOT seeking public input on project

    09/05/2008 6:13:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 375+ views
    The Nueces County Record Star ^ | September 4, 2008 | Staff Reports
    The Texas Department of Transportation is asking Nueces County residents to attend a public meeting in Driscoll to comment and provide input on proposed upgrades of US 77 to a controlled access facility that meets interstate standards. The purpose of the meetings is to review proposed options for upgrading US 77 and to present recommendations, TxDOT officials said. The first round public meetings were held in early March. This second round of public meetings is being held as part of TxDOT's continued effort to gain public input on issues related to proposed improvements and to provide an opportunity for public...
  • Russian soldiers take prisoners in Georgia port

    08/19/2008 10:24:52 AM PDT · by eastforker · 5 replies · 156+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 08/19/08 | BELA SZANDELSZKY
    POTI, Georgia - Russian soldiers took about 20 Georgians in military uniform prisoner at a key Black Sea port in western Georgia on Tuesday, blindfolding them and holding them at gunpoint, and commandeered American Humvees awaiting shipment back to the United States.
  • Dubai Ports World first international port operator to be certified for security by U.S.

    06/21/2008 4:46:21 PM PDT · by MrCFdovnh · 8 replies · 202+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 06-16-2008 | World Tribune
    ABU DHABI ó A leading Gulf firm in the United Arab Emirates whose plans to operate six U.S. ports was last year rebuffed by Congress, has been certified as a partner in a U.S. port security program. The state-owned Dubai Ports World has been certified as a partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism. DP World underwent a successful audit that determined the company met international ISO 28000 security standards required by C-TPAT. In 2007, DP abandoned plans to purchase a British company that operated six major ports in the United States, Middle East Newsline reported. Congress was opposed to...
  • Nacogdoches County will fight TTC as new member of regional planning commission

    05/01/2008 5:34:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | April 29, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    County commissioners reaffirmed their stance against the Trans-Texas Corridor, and they took another step toward keeping county government transparent when they met Tuesday. First up on the court's agenda, commissioners heard a presentation by Connie Fogle on behalf of the newly formed Pineywoods Sub-Regional Planning Commission. According to Fogle, the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 391, requires state agencies to coordinate with local commissions to "ensure effective and orderly implementation of state programs at the regional level." "Critical in the code is the word 'coordinate,'" she said. "This does not mean the commission has to cooperate. The intent is to...
  • Corridor comment period extended to April 18

    04/02/2008 6:15:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 150+ views
    The Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | April 1, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    Thanks to an extended comment deadline, almost three weeks remain for people to let their feelings be known about the Trans-Texas Corridor. The most recent study of the proposal, which includes a stretch in Fort Bend County, must be approved by the federal government for the Texas Department of Transportation to proceed with planning and, eventually, construction. TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have extended their formal comment period through April 18. During this time, individuals are encouraged to submit written comments on either the project itself or what is called the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS), which is a...
  • Anti-corridor groups apprise locals of ways to 'just say no to TTC'

    03/17/2008 5:19:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 513+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 17, 2008 | Steven Alford
    Plots by Communists to infiltrate America. The disintegration of borders and rural areas. Citizens mobilizing and rising up against government agencies and big business. It all sounds like the plot for a summer blockbuster, but it's something that could be happening in your own backyard. These were just a few of the topics addressed in the "How to fight the TTC" workshop, held Monday at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center in Lufkin. The conference served as an informational meeting aimed at informing citizens and local government officials how they can unite in trying to stop the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor project....
  • ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports on Socialist Holiday (Protest of Iraq, Afghan Wars)

    03/12/2008 6:16:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies · 1,907+ views
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | Matt Smith
    Arriving in the Port of Oakland at 6 a.m. last Thursday, the grey-blue colossus auto carrier Century Highway No. 3 carries enough cars to fill all the parking lots surrounding the Giants stadium ó a mere fraction of the average 368 million annual tons of autos, toys, and other goods moving through the 29 ports along America's Pacific coast. Could there be a force of man or nature powerful enough to interrupt this perpetual merchandise tsunami? Would you believe ó San Francisco radical peaceniks? On May 1, the usually bustling ports along the West Coast will become still, as members...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    03/09/2008 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies · 1,328+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | March 8, 2008 | Adam Rink
    Topic: Globalism The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning on building a new super highway system called the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC). The Trans-Texas Corridor will not be just another interstate and will it will be used by more than just automobiles. It will include 10 lanes for traffic, two high speed rail tracks, four standard rail tracks, utility lines, oil pipelines, and gas pipelines. The Trans-Texas Corridor will consist of many corridors segments that are 1,200 feet wide, with each mile consuming 146 acres of land. This land is currently ranch and farm land that is being taken by...
  • Texans ponder where superhighway might take them

    03/04/2008 1:28:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 415+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 4, 2008 | Peter Canellos
    REFUGIO, Texas - With an abandoned Wild West-vintage town of storefronts slumbering just a block from old US 77, tiny Refugio is a place where myth and reality coexist in a ghostly silence. more stories like this Obama faces heat over aide's NAFTA remarks to Canadians Texas, Ohio could decide Dem nomination Canada says didn't misrepresent Obama over NAFTA McCain tags Dems on trade treaty NAFTA seen differently in Ohio, Texas And now this South Texas outpost is swept up in one of the more intriguing tests of myth vs. reality in today's political life: the battle over the so-called...