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Pakistan-German REF to be launched soon: Envoy

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan Ina Lepel said Pak-German Renewable Energy Forum (REF) would be launched to help bring together and connect Pakistani-German actors from public and private sectors of RE&EE. Speaking at an 5th International Exhibition and Conference Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, she said the German Development Cooperation had been engaged in renewable energy and energy efficiency ... Read More »

Northern Areas gateway to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, says Gilgit-Baltistan governor

LAHORE: Governor Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan has said that Gilgit-Baltistan has huge potential of investment as with construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the investment scope has been widen and deepened. He was talking to LCCI Senior Vice President Almas Hyder here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Former LCCI Presidents Mian Shafqat Ali, Sohail Lashari, ... Read More »

Jamaica: 900 pounds of ganja seized in Maamee Bay

ST ANN: The Area Two Narcotics Police are reporting the seizure of nearly 900 pounds of ganja in Maamee Bay, St Ann over the weekend. The seizure has sparked a probe spanning multiple parishes into activities suspected to be related to the guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Haiti. Reports are that about 6:00 pm on Saturday the lawmen, ... Read More »

Shippers call for urgent action on maritime CO2 emissions

LONDON: As the COP21 climate change talks get underway in Paris, the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has called on the shipping industry to reach agreement on a market-based measure for carbon reduction or risk having rules enforced. The GSF has released a statement outlining its view on how the maritime sector should address the issue. It says it is keen ... Read More »

Japan bans French foie gras imports over bird flu virus

TOKYO: French foie gras producers could be facing a lean Christmas after eight countries including Japan, the largest importer of the controversial delicacy, banned imports following a bird flu outbreak in the Dordogne. The European Commission confirmed last month that birds at three poultry farms in the Dordogne were infected with the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the first outbreak ... Read More »

Canada: Police seize crack cocaine, meth in drug busts

WINDSOR: Windsor police charged four people after two separate drug investigations in the city. The drugs and gun unit was investigating information about suspected drug dealers from the Toronto area. Officers found two males in a vehicle in the 2600 block of Howard Avenue at 11 a.m. A 25-year-old and 17-year-old suspect were both placed under arrest for trafficking. In ... Read More »

Malaysia customs seizes 530,000 litres of contraband beer, liquor

PETALING JAYA: More than 530,000 litres of contraband beer and liquor have been pulled off the shelves in Selangor stores as the Customs Department moves to cripple Malaysia’s illicit alcohol market. According to Selangor Customs director Datuk Badaruddin Mohamed Rafik, officers raided 345 stores this year as part of its ongoing anti-contraband Ops Outlet which began in 2010. A total ... Read More »

India authorities arrest man for smuggling gold

NEW DELHI: A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle gold valuing about Rs. 27 lakh at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The accused was intercepted yesterday by the customs officials after his arrival from Kuala Lumpur. On detailed examination of his baggages and personal search, six pieces of gold total weighing 1.080 kgs and valued at Rs. ... Read More »

Jamaica Customs revenues surpass 12% ahead of target

KINGSTON: After surpassing revenue targets by 12 per cent for the first half of the fiscal year, the Jamaica Customs Agency has announced plans to implement additional revenue enhancement measures. Chief executive officer, Major Richard Reese, while not disclosing the details of the additional measures, said they would also serve to further enhance trade and protect the country’s borders. The ... Read More »

Jamaica Customs extends opening hours for Christmas season

KINGSTON: Starting on Monday, the collections and accounts units at Customs House, Newport East, and Montego Bay will extend their opening time by an additional hour from Monday to Friday in order to facilitate the anticipated increased volume of cargo associated with the usual Christmas rush. Both facilities will also be open on Saturday, December 12, and Saturday, December 19, ... Read More »

US customs seizes dead cobra snakes hidden in socks

CINCINNATI: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers recently intercepted illegally-imported dead king cobra snakes hidden in socks and hawksbill sea turtle shells painted white to disguise them. Officers discovered 631 “scutes,” parts of a turtle’s shell, which had been sanded clean of barnacles and covered in white, water-soluble paint. Wildlife inspectors estimated that the scutes were taken from 29 large, ... Read More »

Customs tax on tampons, pads likely to be lifted

GRAPEVINE: The Economic Affairs and Trade Committee has recommended that customs fees on pads and tampons be abolished, amongst other changes to the tax code. RÚV reports that the committee majority recommends the change go into effect on and from January 1. They do not disclose how great the customs fees on these products already are. As reported, Bright Future ... Read More »

Ocean Installer wins Nigeria contract

ABUJA: Ocean Installer has won a contact from Folawiyo Aje Services for offshore construction work at the Aje Ph1 project off the coast of Nigeria, the company’s first project offshore Nigeria. The Norwegian subsea specialist says the scope of work includes mooring buoy installation and hook up, flowline and umbilical installation. Steinar Riise, CEO of Ocean Installer, commented: “We are ... Read More »

Kongsberg Evotec withdraws appeal in Rolls-Royce Marine case

KONGSBERG: Kongsberg Evotec has decided to withdraw its appeal on a court settlement with Rolls-Royce Marine, in order to save “further efforts and resources on a continued court procedure in a challenging period for the maritime industry”. Norway’s Sunnmøre District Court in June ordered Kongsberg Evotec to pay damages of NOK 95m (then $12.8m) to Rolls-Royce Marine for breach of ... Read More »

US border agents arrest convicted sex offender at Eagle Pass South

DEL RIO: U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station apprehended a convicted sex offender who had been previously deported.Eagle Pass Border Patrol ageents apprehended Julio Cesar Caceres-Paz, 33, a previously deported Salvadoran national. On Dec. 3, agents patrolling near a local ranch in Eagle Pass apprehended Julio Cesar Caceres-Paz, 33, a previously deported Salvadoran national. During ... Read More »

US customs arrests 2 fugitives wanted in Dallas, Somerset County

PHILADELPHIA: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested fugitives wanted in Dallas and Somerset County, N.J., at Philadelphia International Airport. Christopher Koller, 38, of Fairless Hills, Pa., is wanted in Somerset County on larceny charges. He arrived about 3 p.m., on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica. Davidre S. Williams, 23, of Los Angeles, is wanted in Dallas on ... Read More »

Chinese president visits South Africa for trade talks

PRETORIA: Welcomed by a military band and a guard of honor, Chinese President Xi Jinping began a state visit to South Africa on Wednesday, part of China’s effort to strengthen economic ties with Africa. The Chinese government became Africa’s largest international trading partner in 2009, according to the South African Institute of International Affairs. Trade was valued at over $201 ... Read More »

US customs confiscates marijuana in charcoal shipment

LAREDO: Customs and Border Protection agents seize narcotics hidden in a unique way. The incident happened over the holiday weekend at World Trade Bridge. Agents referred a tractor trailer into a secondary inspection. During the examination of a shipment of charcoal, they found more than 2,800 pounds of marijuana inside. The estimated street value of the drugs is more than ... Read More »

Jordan buys 100,000 tonnes of wheat in tender

AMMAN: Jordan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry bought 100,000 tonnes of optional origin wheat in a tender, a government source said. The wheat was bought at $235 a tonne cost and freight for shipment during the second half of February and the first half of March from Dolge. It comes after two tenders for the same amount of wheat and ... Read More »

Paragon Shipping appoints new CFO

CALIFORNIA: Nikolas Arachovas has joined NASDAQ-listed Paragon Shipping as its new chief financial officer (CFO) with immediate effect. Arachovas was previously the financial advisor of Allseas Marine, Paragon’s technical and commercial manager, which he joined in February 2015. He has worked within the shipping industry for eight years, before which Arachovas worked for companies such as Coca-Cola HBC, Deloitte and ... Read More »