STORM Gareth is expected to batter the UK with severe winds and up to four inches of snow across the country. But what else is expected and which areas are the most affected? Here's the latest. What's the latest on the storm? Four inches of snow is forecast to blanket the UK as Storm Gareth batters Britain with 90mph winds today. It is feared winds of around 50mph could put temporary structures in danger of being blown over. Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said an "explosive" cyclone "is seeing the Atlantic storm deepen rapidly." She added: “We expect structural damage to buildings, trees blown down, large waves on coasts and possible power cuts. People should be aware of warnings. The build up to Storm Gareth is already causing problems with some coastal train services suspended, roads blocked by fallen trees or flooding and around 200,000 homes in Wigan have lost power. Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said an "explosive" cyclone "is seeing the Atlantic storm … [Read more...] about Storm Gareth 2019 – what are the latest updates on the storm that hit the UK and which areas are worst affected?
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Vietnam-UK ties at their best: Ambassador Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Tran Ngoc An The upcoming official visit to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh will create new momentum for the Vietnam-UK relations, now at their best development period, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Tran Ngoc An has affirmed. In his interview granted to Vietnam News Agency on the threshold of the visit, Ambassador An stressed that Deputy PM Minh’s visit is the most important event among those held between the two countries to celebrate 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations. During his stay, Deputy PM Minh will have meetings with representatives of the UK Government, Parliament and the royal family to bolster the strategic partnership between the two countries, he said, adding that this is an important period for both sides as the UK is leaving the European Union (EU) and advocating to broaden relations with countries … [Read more...] about Government News 5/10
Brexit and International Policy DevelopmentsThe usual quiet of Brussels’ August recess was disturbed by the arrival, in the middle of the month, of a flurry of position papers from the British government.The two most important of these dealt with the EU’s customs union and the border between Northern Ireland and the republic of Ireland. According to the customs union paper, the UK would leave the existing EU customs union, maintain a “close association” for a limited period, and then seek either a new customs border with the EU, with border “facilitations” to reduce and remove trade barriers, or a “new customs partnership,” aligning the EU and the British approach to customs. This would allow the suppression of the customs border between Northern Ireland and the republic of Ireland, thereby solving the Irish border problem. In the interim, Britain would seek new trade agreements with third countries.These proposals were … [Read more...] about EU Policy Update, September 2017
ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATETen days after the Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill 66-27, the House defeated the $940 billion H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, on June 20. Next steps on the measure are uncertain, though there may still be time for passage later this summer. While major energy pushes failed last week, the Senate was able to advance 14 small bills relating to energy and public land, includingS. 26, the Bonneville Unite Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act; S. 244, a bill to modify Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project offices; and S. 276, a bill to extend the construction commencement deadline for the American Falls Reservoir hydroelectric project.With just a week left before the July 4th recess, the House will consider H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, and H.R. 1613, the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act. The Senate is expected to … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update – Week of June 24, 2013
On 9 October 2013, the European Parliament narrowly voted in favour of an amendment to the EU’s Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (EIA Directive) which would require environmental impact assessments (EIAs) to be performed for hydraulic fracturing for coal bed methane, and in shale and formations with shale-like permeability and porosity. If the amendment becomes law, the amended EIA Directive would require all private and public shale gas and many other unconventional exploration projects involving hydraulic fracturing in the EU to undertake an EIA. The effect of this change would be to remove the discretion that EU Member States currently have as to whether or not to require a full EIA as part of the permitting process for certain projects. A full EIA can take up to a year to complete and can be costly. However, EIAs provide a thorough and detailed survey of the aspects of the environment that are likely to be significantly affected by the relevant … [Read more...] about Fracking in Europe – EU Parliament has voted to require Environmental Impact Assessments for shale gas developments