Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2008 interim results for the half year.For more information about Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Chobe Holdings Limited (CHOBE.bw) 2008 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileChobe Holdings Limited owns and operates eleven eco-tourism lodges and camps on leased land in Northern Botswana and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia through its subsidiaries. The holding company operates under two well-known hospitality brands; Desert & Delta Safaris and Ker & Downey Botswana. The eco-tourism group has a combined capacity of 314 beds, and provides added services for its guests such as transfers and private safari tours and game viewing. Safari Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chobe Holdings Limited which provides an air charter service to transport guests to and from its safari camps and lodges. The company also has interests in agricultural operations, property rental and a reservation service.
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Rev. Edward J. Konieczny, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, was recently recognized by the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance for his outstanding human rights achievement. The mission of the Oklahoma Universal Rights Alliance is to be, “…a guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the constitution and laws of the United States guarantees everyone in this country.”This ceremony honoring local community leaders was held on the floor of the Capitol Building House Chamber at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Dec. 10, the day recognized worldwide as Human Rights Day. On Dec. 10, 1948, the Human Rights Assembly of the United Nations formally adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). According to the Human Rights Resource Center, “This Declaration guarantees the rights of all people and encompasses a broad spectrum of economic, social, cultural, political and civil rights.” This day is celebrated annually with activities and celebrations that honor the mission of Human Rights Day.Konieczny was honored and recognized for his dedication and service, striving to ensure that all people are honored equally as children of God, and are afforded the same respect, dignity and treatment. On this occasion, Konieczny was honored for his support of the Latino community, specifically Santa Maria Virgen Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City. With Konieczny’s support and encouragement, Santa Maria’s community outreach programs have thrived. Santa Maria offers after-school care, English as a Second Language courses, and even serves as a Red Cross Partner Shelter. During the 2015 tornados, Santa Maria sheltered, feed and supported nearly 70 people.Through Konieczny’s leadership and commitment to this mission, numerous congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma have developed or strengthened programs, ministries and institutions to serve their communities. Whether coordinating and operating after-school care, teaching classes in English as a Second Language, serving as a Red Cross Partner Shelter or Red Cross Resource Center, or preparing and serving meals for the homeless, congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma are encouraged and expected to serve not just those in their congregations, but those in their wider communities.After receiving his award, Konieczny spoke briefly on the importance of honoring the dignity of all people, ensuring that all are allowed the same rights, responsibilities and privileges as children of God. He highlighted a few of the programs in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma that strive to uphold these truths in their everyday ministry and mission in their communities. Concluding, Konieczny reiterated his commitment and dedication to this mission of equality, dignity and respect for all.— Nicole Baxley is communications director for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. Photos by Oklahoma State Capitol Legislative Photographer. 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Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/499246/cliff-top-house-luigi-roselli Clipboard Architects: Luigi Rosselli Area Area of this architecture project Interior Designer:Alexandra DonohoeDesign Architect:Luigi Rosselli, Naoko NishizuProject Architect:Luigi Rosselli, Carl RutherfoordJoinery:Carl RutherfoordCity:Queens ParkCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Justin AlexanderRecommended ProductsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. Perched on the top of a rock escarpment in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, overlooking Queens Park and Centennial Park, the cliff top house is an example of vertical living. Four storeys high, only to above the street and built to the front boundary, it was easily approved by Waverley Council [http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/] because it was consistent with the unique topography, and Luigi Rosselli Architects demonstrated the positive impact to the public and neighbours. Save this picture!© Edward BirchThe cliff top design has incorporated the outdoor space in the form of terraces and balconies, to make up for the inaccessible garden at the bottom of the cliff. The “scissoring” design took inspiration from the natural rock ledges one can find in this site and Sydney’s coastal landscapes.Save this picture!First Floor PlanThe western elevation of the house has unique city and Blue Mountains views over the greenery of the gulley and adjoining parks. The balcony projections, louvres and shutters moderate the heat of the western orientation. All habitable rooms have an external sun protection. Vertical living, shading devices and good use of materials have delivered an air-conditioning free house.Save this picture!© Justin AlexanderProject gallerySee allShow lessNational University Of Ireland, Galway / PayetteSelected ProjectsA Seductive Abstraction: Architecture & Photography’s Tacit PactArchitecture News Share Charles Blunt for Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd Save this picture!© Edward Birch+ 29 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/499246/cliff-top-house-luigi-roselli Clipboard 2013 Cliff Top House / Luigi RoselliSave this projectSaveCliff Top House / Luigi Roselli CopyAbout this officeLuigi RosselliOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesQueens ParkHousesAustraliaPublished on April 24, 2014Cite: “Cliff Top House / Luigi Roselli” 24 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
CAF launches investment fund for charities of all sizes 95 total views, 1 views today John Low, Chief Executive of CAF, said:“We are excited to be launching the first secure, digital trading platform designed exclusively for charities. With interest rates are at record lows, it has become more challenging for charities to maximise the return on money donated by their supporters in order to make a bigger difference.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 96 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Finance investment Howard Lake | 11 November 2016 | News The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched an investment service for charities that offers access to more than 4,000 funds via a digital trading platform.CAF describes the CAF Investment Account as “the biggest selection of charity-specific investment funds available to buy and manage in one place online”. It is available to registered charities across the UK and organisations recognised by HMRC as having a charitable purpose.CAF, one of Europe’s largest charitable foundations, has more than 30 years experience helping charities to manage their funds. Advertisement Charities that use the CAF Investment Account will be able to research, manage and trade investments in one place.There is no minimum investment amount, so the service is available to small charities as well as large. Indeed, some of the share classes of funds it offers would not normally be available to small and medium charities.The Account is run on a platform powered by investment platform provider Interactive Investor. Fraud minimisation functions include mandatory dual authorisation. Photo: Piggy banks – Jakub Krechowicz on Shutterstock.com read more
Alaa YasinLumpkin, Ga., May 12 — On April 17, Alaa Ismail Yasin, a 27-year-old Palestinian who has been held in Stewart Detention Center since September, stopped eating.Operated by the Corrections Corporation of America, Stewart is the second-largest immigrant detention facility in the country and is located in rural southwest Georgia. Stewart County ranks among the highest in the state for unemployment and poverty among its largely African-American population.Yasin arrived at the for-profit detention center around the time detainees protesting the deplorable conditions and lengthy holds had gone on a hunger strike. The protest was violently ended by armed guards entering the unit and placing many of the participants in solitary confinement.Stewart has been the focus of widespread concern by immigrants rights and human rights organizations, with resistance actions by detainees and numerous annual protest marches and rallies organized by Georgia Detention Watch at its gates.Immigration officials say Yasin, who was arrested in Wake County in North Carolina, violated his student visa by helping out at his uncle’s pizza restaurant and must be deported.However, Yasin was born in the West Bank, which is under Israeli military occupation. The U.S. does not recognize Palestine as a state and he is not an Israeli citizen. There is no country that can accept him. He is technically a stateless person.Under U.S. immigration rules, each detainee’s case must be reviewed after six months if their deportation has not occurred. Those who are determined not to pose a “terrorism” threat, a danger to the public or a flight risk must be released if the government has not been able to deport them.Yasin’s review and release should have been in March. Despite efforts by his lawyer, his sponsor, and family and friends in North Carolina, Immigration and Customs Enforcement kept stalling on resolving his case. So the young Palestinian determined to force the issue by declaring his refusal to eat until he was released or allowed to go back to the West Bank.On May 10, ICE attempted to get legal permission from a judge to force-feed him via a nasal tube. In their argument before the court, they claimed that his possible death would create a dangerous disturbance among the detainees. Although Yasin had lost more than 20 pounds in the course of his three-week hunger strike, the judge ruled against the request.On May 12, Yasin ended his hunger strike but vowed to his supporters that he would continue to press for his release.He has been placed in solitary confinement for 29 days.A petition demanding that ICE free Yasin is at georgiadetentionwatch.com.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
Facebook Twitter The students in EIF are entirely responsible for investing that $1.3 million in the stock market.Each student covers two stocks and is responsible for building a financial model, writing a report and dictating whether the group holds, buys or sells the stocks they report on.Currently, EIF holds 31 stocks – such as Apple Inc. and Facebook – and two bond funds. For a more detailed list of EIF’s investments, see their annual report below: TCU EIF 2016 Annual Report by Kat Matthews on ScribdEIF Chief Administrator Jared Cline oversees the group throughout the year as they gather information about their fund’s performances for the year.Cline said, “It talks about the investments decisions that we made, it goes through the investments that we currently hold as of year end. And since we are a non-profit foundation we’re audited, so it includes the audit report and our financial statements for the year end.”This year EIF is focusing on technology and that drove the group to sell their Oracle stock.“Everything in the future with technology is about cloud computing,” Fikse said. “Basically Oracle was lagging behind in the cloud computing sector and they’ve been buying a lot of companies and doing a lot of acquisitions, but they haven’t been doing any organic growth from within the company itself.”Fikse said the real world experience she received from the fund is one of the coolest parts about it.“It’s really hard, but definitely the most rewarding program I’ve ever been in,” Fikse said. “I feel like I’m teaching myself everything and I feel like everything I’m learning is something I’m going to use in my real job.”The benefits of the real world experience are one thing EIF students all agreed on.“EIF offers a hands-on investing experience that lets you transition some of the finance topics that you learn about in class to a real world, real money, giving back to TCU type of situation,” Cline said.The program, Fikse said, is catered toward finance, accounting and economic majors. The program is a two-semester commitment and can be either summer-fall or fall-spring.Previous years reports and instructions to apply can be found on the EIF website.The group is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 season and anyone interested can find the application here. Kat Matthewshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kat-matthews/ Kat Matthewshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kat-matthews/ printTCU’s Educational Investment Fund (EIF) offers select students the chance to use one million dollars to gain real world experience.The William C. Conner Foundation Educational Investment Fund is the first ever student-run investment fund.Founded 44 years ago by William C. Conner, EIF is the first ever student-run investment fund using Conner’s initial $600-thousand dollar donation to invest in the stock market. Since its founding, EIF has had profits of about $3.7 million.“We’ve distributed just over three million dollars to our benefactors, TCU and the Baylor School of Ophthalmology,” said EIF Chief Administrator Jared Cline.EIF is a non-profit and Analyst Rachel Fikse says their growth is a reflection of the money that is not donated.“We initially started out with a million and now we have a million three,” Fikse said. “That’s just because we give a majority of the profits to charities and so we’ve retained some of the profits over the years, but we give a majority away.” Linkedin Kat Matthews Twitter Kat Matthews is a managing editor for TCU360. She is an active coffee enthusiast and spends more time playing with her dog than she should. Kat also lives in the TCU Convergence Center, so if someone wanted to make her day, that someone should send a large pizza her way. Website| + posts Linkedin ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleResistance training proven to benefit college studentsNext articleTCU VGP (Ep. 20 – Mass Effect, Destiny and more) Kat Matthews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Student survives deadly ski accident Seniors Speak Up about life lessons EIF Analyst browses Bloomberg stock information. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Youngest TCU Graduate to date Kat Matthewshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kat-matthews/ Kat Matthewshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kat-matthews/ SGA elections: A guide to candidate platforms ReddIt read more
April 26, 2021 1,056 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Forbearance Update: How Are Rates Changing? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago This week’s Forbearance and Call Volume Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) found that the total number of loans now in forbearance decreased by one basis point from 4.50% of servicers’ portfolio volume in the prior week to 4.49%. The MBA estimates that an approximate 2.25 million homeowners remain in forbearance plans nationwide.After two weeks of large declines, this week’s slight downturn seemed like a blip after a 40 basis point drop the previous three weeks.By investor type, the share of GSE loans (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) in forbearance remained the same over last week at 2.44%. Ginnie Mae loans in forbearance decreased seven basis points from 6.16% last week to 6.09%, while the forbearance share of portfolio loans and private-label securities (PLS) increased by eight basis points to 8.42%. The percentage of loans in forbearance for independent mortgage bank (IMB) servicers remained the same as the prior week at 4.72%, and the percentage of loans in forbearance for depository servicers declined three basis points to 4.64%.”After two weeks of large declines, the share of loans in forbearance decreased for the eighth straight week, but by only one basis point. New forbearance requests increased, and the rate of exits declined,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s SVP and Chief Economist. “More than 40% of borrowers in forbearance extensions have now exceeded the 12-month mark.”And with the June 30, 2021 deadline fast approaching for the extension of foreclosure moratoria, servicers are gearing up for what may be historic volumes in their sector. A recent DS News Webinar, “Forbearance Agreements: One Year Later-What Now?” took a look at what servicers have been doing over the past year in dealing with a new segment of customers. One major point was that educating the customer on their options has fallen onto the shoulders of the servicing industry.“We are doing the typical phone calls, letters and e-mails, and are not using chat at the moment,” said Bob Caruso, President & CEO of ServiceMac LLC. “When customers were calling in and asking for forbearance, we elected to do something a little different in that we automated the back end of our process and forced our customers to talk to us before we give them forbearance just so that we can educate them on what an agreement is and what we knew, at that time, the pros and cons of that agreement.”Weekly servicer call center volume as reported by the MBA for this past week increased from the previous week from 7.9% to 8.5%, with the average call time remaining the same at eight minutes.By stage, 12.9% of total loans in forbearance were in the initial forbearance plan stage, while 82.4% were in a stage of extension. The remaining 4.7% were forbearance re-entries.Of the cumulative forbearance exits for the period from June 1, 2020, through April 18, 2021:9% resulted in a loan deferral/partial claim.4% represented borrowers who continued to make their monthly payments during their forbearance period.6% represented borrowers who did not make all of their monthly payments and exited forbearance without a loss mitigation plan in place yet.4% resulted in reinstatements, in which past-due amounts are paid back when exiting forbearance.6% resulted in a loan modification or trial loan modification.5% resulted in loans paid off through either a refinance or by selling the home.The remaining 1.6% resulted in repayment plans, short sales, deed-in-lieus or other reasons. About Author: Eric C. Peck Bob Caruso Fannie Mae Forbearance Forbearance and Call Volume Survey Freddie Mac Ginnie Mae Mike Fratantoni Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) portfolio loans ServiceMac LLC 2021-04-26 Eric C. Peck Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Bob Caruso Fannie Mae Forbearance Forbearance and Call Volume Survey Freddie Mac Ginnie Mae Mike Fratantoni Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) portfolio loans ServiceMac LLC The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: HUD Removes Barriers to Puerto Rico’s Disaster Relief Funds Next: Could the ‘Wealth Effect’ Mean More Homes on the Market? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Forbearance Update: How Are Rates Changing? Subscribe read more
Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleOlympic torch to visit Derry, Strabane and OmaghNext articleVatican proposals could see North West dioceses merge News Highland Derry man dies in Jersey fall WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest By News Highland – March 19, 2012 Twitter Facebook The Donegal based brother of a Derry man who died in Jersey at the weekend says he suffered the fatal injuries after he fell from a window.30 year old Michael Stewart, who was originally from the Brandywell, was found outside his flat on the island yesterday morning.Police in Jersey have confirmed they are not treating Michael Stewart’s death as suspicious.His Inishowen based brother Ryan described it today as a freak accident.Ryan Styewart, a founder of the Donegal Action Against Austerity group who contested the last General Election as an independent told the BBC his brother had beenc out with friends the night before and he had been locked out of the flat.He tried to get in through a window, but slipped and fell.Mr Stewart said his brother was five years in Jersey, had a partner, and was planning on getting married and settling down. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Newsx Adverts Pinterest WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook read more
RichLegg/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — In Washington, D.C., the city’s nonprofits that care for the hungry are bracing for a critical juncture this holiday season.Mike Curtin, the CEO of DC Central Kitchen, which provides meals to homeless shelters, senior centers and other groups, told ABC News his team will provide 12,000 meals this Thanksgiving, a 5,000-meal increase over last year.This rise in demand is being exacerbated by logistical changes brought on by the coronavirus, according to Curtin.Coronavirus restrictions mean that nonprofits won’t be able to provide buffet-style service this year, so meals are being prepared in individual packets. Diners also won’t be able to eat together indoors or for extended periods.“One of the hardest things to create in an institutional setting … is a true sense of community,” Curtin told ABC News. “One of the ways we thought we could provide to get that place is that shared healthy meal. Taking that piece away is making the providers’ jobs even more difficult.”The situation in the nation’s capital is being played out in communities across the country, as millions of Americans — even those who are employed — are becoming more food insecure, according to experts.A report issued last month by the nonprofit Feeding America found that 50.4 million Americans have been identified as food insecure, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.” In 2018, the organization said that 37.2 million Americans were food insecure.The number of children who are food insecure has grown from 11.2 million to 17 million over the last two years, according to the report.A follow-up report by Feeding America issued last week found that one in six Americans, and a quarter of the nation’s children, could face hunger in 2020 because of the pandemic.“With 11.1 million people in America still unemployed, many are turning to the food banks for the first time,” the nonprofit said in a news release. “Previous food bank surveys revealed that an estimated 40 percent of people seeking assistance from food banks had never needed help before.”Organizations across the country that help feed the hungry have been seeing the increased demand.A spokeswoman for YMCA told ABC News that their locations with food programs increased by 25% this year.YMCAs across the country served over 37 million people between March and August, according to the spokeswoman. Prior to this year, YMCAs served 27 million people a year on average, the spokeswoman said.Rosie Allen-Herring, the president and CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area, told ABC News that the biggest problem facing nonprofits is the increase of so-called ALICE households, which are “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.”“These are individuals who go into work every day, but they need these [food] services to get by,” she told ABC News.Allen-Herring said about 55% of residents in the Washington, D.C., area are ALICE households, while nationally it’s about 40%.Curtin said that since the pandemic began his nonprofit partners have been able to adapt and are, so far, able to keep up with the demand. For the holidays, he said the organizations created solutions to provide families with some semblance of a community get-together or dinner.For example, some of the charities in D.C. are holding their dinners outdoors, while others are experimenting with dinners where the families eat in shifts, according to Curtin.“When you’re living in a situation where every day you’re trying to achieve normalcy in a non-pandemic time, getting to that place to celebrate Thanksgiving is that much harder,” he said.Curtin and other experts said the biggest challenge ahead for the nonprofits is funding. Food banks, kitchens and other charities are in desperate need of cash as Congress has stalled on stimulus assistance and donations have slowed as millions of Americans deal with their own financial crises.In addition, said Curtin, it simply isn’t safe to have many volunteers working indoors or close together.“If you’d ask me nine months, ago I’d say come and volunteer,” he said when asked what people can do to help during the holidays. “I can’t say that now. We need your money and we need it desperately.”Allen-Herring also warned that the country’s current hunger situation will get worse for months — even if the economy rebounds. It will take a long time for families to recover, and without funding and additional resources, she said the country could be looking at more holidays where nonprofits have to go the extra mile.“We see it with all of our nonprofit partners,” Allen-Herring said. “That work must continue, the challenge is there. But we know we can do it.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. read more
The use of LNG to power the world’s ocean-going vessels is forecast to expand and B.C. is well positioned to benefit from this growth Province supports proposal for LNG ship-refuelling facility. Photo: courtesy of Jörg Peter from Pixabay. To help address the increased need for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the maritime sector, the B.C. government is joining the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and FortisBC to establish the first ship-to-ship LNG marine refuelling — or bunkering — service on the west coast of North America.The use of LNG to power the world’s ocean-going vessels is forecast to expand and B.C. is well positioned to benefit from this growth.According to industry standards, replacing diesel fuel with LNG has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 20%. Because FortisBC’s Tilbury facility runs on clean B.C. electricity, LNG produced there could reduce GHG emissions in marine shipping by up to 26%. LNG-fuelled vessels have a significantly reduced risk of a spill compared to those that use heavy fuel oil or diesel.“We are confident in B.C.’s ability to join the global network of ports that deliver clean-burning LNG direct to the ships of the future,” said Premier John Horgan, who visited the world’s largest LNG bunkering facility at the Dutch port of Rotterdam in July 2019. “This will allow B.C. to have a direct impact on global emissions by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from visiting vessels. Working together, we can meet the increasing global demand for energy solutions that reduce air pollution and protect our climate, while creating more jobs and opportunities for everyone in B.C.”Initial findings from a study done by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for FortisBC show that a five-year construction period for LNG bunkering infrastructure could facilitate the creation of a cumulative 14,000 full-time equivalent person years of employment over the duration of the build and contribute a cumulative $1.8 billion to provincial gross domestic product. Once fully operational, a bunkering industry could have an annual economic impact of $930 million and facilitate about 3,170 full-time equivalent person years of employment.B.C. is making a $25,000 contribution to the PwC study to fund environmental and social impacts analyses and a competitiveness assessment. The study is also building on work already done on risk, safety and demand.“We are encouraged by the initial projections,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “It is expected that LNG-powered ships — specifically container, car carrier and cruise vessels — could begin calling in Vancouver as early as 2020, and global demand is expected to exceed nine million tonnes (23 million cubic metres) of LNG annually by 2025. B.C. should be ready to get some of that business.”B.C. has been in the LNG bunkering business since 2017. Five BC Ferries vessels and two Seaspan cargo ferries are fuelled with LNG from FortisBC, via truck. This proposal would expand to develop ship-to-ship bunkering so that large vessels can be fuelled from a fuelling vessel that fills up at an on-shore jetty at Tilbury Island on the Fraser River.“The increased activity of LNG-powered ships would significantly reduce the GHG emissions produced by the international marine shipping industry, in line with our efforts to lower other transportation emissions under CleanBC,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. “It also provides an opportunity for us to develop this innovative, emerging industry using B.C.’s lower carbon natural gas.”Quotes:Roger Dall’Antonia, president and CEO, FortisBC –“Establishing British Columbia as an LNG bunkering hub for regional and international vessels is a rare opportunity for the Province to take meaningful climate action, while also seizing an economic opportunity provided by British Columbia’s world-class natural gas resources. Replacing common marine fuel with FortisBC’s LNG is not only advantageous cost-wise for the operator, but leads to GHG emission reductions of up to 26%, as well as a 95% reduction in air contaminants, such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. It is a core activity within our plans to meet our goal to reduce customers’ emissions by 30% by the year 2030.”Duncan Wilson, vice-president environment, community and government affairs, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority –“We have set a vision for the Port of Vancouver to become the world’s most sustainable port, which includes being a leader among ports in energy conservation and alternative energy to minimize greenhouse gas emissions. With the number of LNG-capable vessels visiting the Port of Vancouver expected to increase following upcoming International Maritime Organization regulations on sulphur oxide and greenhouse gas emissions, we are working with government and industry to promote a transition to cleaner marine fuels and look forward to working with the Province to help make this possible.” Source: Company Press Release read more