IMO, IPIECA to Hold Its Flagship Oil Spill Response …

first_img My location zoom The biennial Regional Conference of the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF Project) will be held from the 4 to 8 November, in Swakopmund, Namibia, and will be jointly organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IPIECA (the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues), and the Ministry of Works and Transport of the Republic of Namibia.Risks of oil spills are presenting new challenges to the region, as a result of increased oil and gas activities in the Central, Southern and Western parts of Africa, so the broad objective of the GI WACAF Regional Oil Spill Conference, is to ensure an effective response to these challenges by promoting public/private partnership for effective oil spill response.Industry and Government stakeholders from 22 west, central and southern African countries (Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo) and several leading international oil spill preparedness and response experts are expected to attend the 2013 conference, which follows those held in Gabon (April 2006), Republic of Congo (December 2007), Cameroon (November 2009), and Nigeria (November 2011).The Conference is expected to focus on capacity building, under the theme “Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Capability in West, Central and Southern Africa: Sustaining momentum in a changing world of oil spill risks”. The main objectives of will be to:• raise awareness on oil spill preparedness and response issues with an emphasis on the challenges in the region;• facilitate information sharing and lessons learned in the region;• review the progresses achieved since the last regional conference; and• determine priority actions for the coming biennium 2014-2015 to strengthen oil spill response capability in the region.Discussions are expected to centre on key technical preparedness and response topics, including legislation, management systems, contingency planning, international co-operation, training and response resources.“The GI WACAF Project provides unique opportunities for governments and industry to share best practices and work together in partnership on oil spill preparedness and response challenges. There have been many great achievements across the region since the project was launched in 2006. This 2013 biennium conference is a key milestone and a critical moment to come together and review progress, look ahead at how oil spill risks are evolving and to define the next steps to continue achieving our goals”, said Richard Santner, Senior Advisor, Oil Spill Response, BP, and Chairman of the GI WACAF Project since 2011.The conference will provide a unique opportunity for national delegates and industry representatives to consider ways to enhance and strengthen their preparedness and response systems, alongside international technical experts. Delegates will also have the opportunity to comment on the progress achieved since the inception of the GI WACAF Project, and exchange their experience and best practices.GI WACAF ProjectThe Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF Project), which was in 2006, is a partnership between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, to enhance the capacity of countries to prepare for and respond to marine oil spills.The Project area covers 22 West, Central and Southern African countries and its main task is to organize workshops, training, seminars and deployment exercises with national authorities in charge of oil spill response, in partnership with local businesses. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close IMO, October 24, 2013last_img read more

Mission impossible How Federer can beat Nadal

first_imgParis: Roger Federer faces Roland Garros’ mission impossible on Friday when he tries to become just the third man to beat 11-time champion Rafael Nadal on the Paris clay. The great Spaniard has only been defeated twice on the red brick dust in the French capital in 93 matches since his 2005 debut. Ten years ago Robin Soderling hit winner after winner as the unheralded Swede ended Nadal’s 31-match win streak at the tournament. “I think to beat him on clay is challenging. But to beat him in five sets on clay is even more difficult,” said Soderling who crushed 63 winners in that last-16 landmark win. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”You have to play extremely well. To beat him on clay, the only chance for any player is to be really aggressive. Take some risks. Many, many players, even good players, top players… you can almost see that they don’t really believe 100 per cent that they can win.” Nadal was far from his best that day in 2009. He was to eventually pull out of Wimbledon with a knee injury, ending his hopes of defending the title he had so thrillingly won against Federer 12 months earlier. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upNadal, however, was to get his revenge over Soderling in the Roland Garros final in 2010 as he captured his fifth title. He was to win the next four as well, a run which ended in 2015 when Novak Djokovic stunned him in straight sets in the quarter-finals. That was the last time 33-year-old Nadal lost in Paris although he was forced to withdraw before the third round in 2016 due to a wrist injury. “I didn’t want to give him too much comfort and opportunities where he can dictate the play,” said Djokovic of his 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 win in 2015. “I tried to mix up the pace, get into the net. Dropshots, high balls, fast balls, always something different. “He made some unforced errors that are not characteristic for him maybe from the forehand side. “But that’s what happens when you don’t feel comfortable on the court. I think because I play fast to his forehand and moved him around the court, he was a bit uncomfortable in his footing. That’s where I want him.” Federer, playing his first French Open since 2015, has lost all five meetings he has had with Nadal in Paris. The pair haven’t met at the tournament since the 2011 final which Nadal won in four sets. Overall, Nadal leads their head-to-head 23-15 and is 13-2 on clay. Their last meeting on clay was in the Rome final in 2013 when Federer managed just four games. Furthermore, it’s been 10 years since Federer beat Nadal on the surface, in the final in Madrid where the higher altitude keeps the ball moving faster through the air, playing perfectly into the Swiss star’s game plan. If Federer is to have any hope of a shock victory on Friday, then he needs to significantly improve his break point statistics. Currently he stands at 20 out of 55 for the tournament (36%) compared to Nadal’s 31/54 (57% conversion rate). In his four-set quarter-final win over Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday, Federer converted just two of 18. Despite the weight of history counting against the 20-time major winner, Federer insists Friday’s outcome is not a foregone conclusion.last_img read more

Wilders Wants to Ban Quran in the Netherlands

Rabat – Geert Wilders is not shy when it comes to expressing his anti-Islamic views. In the latest of the far-right Dutch politician’s chronicles, Wilders has called for the banning of Quran in Netherlands, reports Euronews.After calling the Moroccan community “scum” this past February and expressing his wish to close all of Netherland’s mosques if he ever becomes Prime Minister, Wilders now wants to ban the Quran in the Netherlands.“I would prefer not to have the Koran in the Netherlands insofar as we have banned ‘Mein Kampf’,” said Wilders. “This may seem highly symbolic but it would have an important effect. If our country had a tougher immigration policy than other countries, then immigrants would go to other countries.” On Sunday, Muslim groups organized a day against Islamophobia in a mosque in Amsterdam. Wilders’ opponents believe that the current poor economic situation in the country is not due to immigrants or Muslims but to unemployment.In the run-up to the parliamentary elections, which will be convened on March 15, Wilders has continued his anti-Islamic offensive. The deputy of the very populist Freedom Party (PVV) would receive about 15 percent of voting intentions, just behind the current Liberal Democrat Party’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who refuse to establish any kind of alliance in case Wilders wins. read more