Corpus Christi Reaffirms Ties with Palermo Port Society

first_imgzoom The signing ceremonyTexas-based Port Corpus Christi and Colombia’s Palermo Port Society have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further strengthen international trade opportunities, and affirm once more their strategic partnership. Representatives from Port Corpus Christi and Palermo Port Society signed a MoU documenting their strategic partnership in April of 2014 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.Now, the alliance between the ports was re-signed in the City of Barranquilla, Colombia on Friday, July 11, 2014.“Port Corpus Christi has long realized the importance of serving a global market. Our investment in ship channel infrastructure and multi-modal connectivity serves existing customers and attracts new and diversified cargo as well. We have been establishing strategic partnerships with maritime entities around the world and are honored to enter into an MOU with Colombia’s Palermo Port Society. The agreement allows for the exchange of experience based knowledge and facilitates the transit of commodities through both ports,” said Port Corpus Christi Commission Chair, Judy Hawley.The MOU with the Palermo Port Society establishes an alliance of cooperation aimed at generating new business by promoting efficient logistical land and sea port routes between Colombia’s Palermo Port Society and The Port of the Lone Star State, Port Corpus Christi.Press Release; July 14th, 2014last_img read more

Thousands more troops needed for vital security in Afghanistan UN envoy

Without specifying the exact numbers needed to expand the current 5,000-strong international security force (ISAF) beyond the limits of Kabul, the capital, Lakhdar Brahimi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, said he was not asking for anyway near the 40,000 troops that were sent to Kosovo, which has a population of less than half of just the 2 million Afghan refugees who returned home last year.”I’m saying that politically it is necessary, I’m saying it is doable, I’m saying it doesn’t need a lot,” he told reporters after his closed-door briefing to the Council. “If, as I feel, the Council now agrees with me that it’s politically correct, then we can decide whether we need 8,000, or 9,000, or 13,000, but it’s certainly not in the scores of thousands that we’re talking about.”Pressed whether he felt the international community was not giving enough support as Afghanistan enters a crucial stage in the political process with elections due by next year, Mr. Brahimi replied: “The international community must realize that…improving that support would be a very good investment.”He stressed that the Bonn process, the peace accords reached by the various factions in 2001, “is taking on very important and complicated and logistically heavy political processes, and for that security is again indispensable, and it’s a source of worry for us.”A lot has been achieved in Afghanistan, “and there is every reason to think that this process can be taken to a very, very successful end in a relatively short time if we don’t walk away or do things half way as it were,” he added.Asked about the Council’s reaction, he replied: “I think there is certainly a great deal of understanding that what we are saying makes sense and deserves to be heard.”And he again stressed the security shortfall. “To organize a credible, free and fair election, there are a lot of other things that need to be done by the Afghan Government and by the international community, and we have invited the Council today in very clear terms to really take on the job of providing what we call the benchmarks that are needed in the security field, in the legislation field and in other fields.” read more

Priceless artworks by masters including Canaletto Turner and Constable are to finally

Responding to a Freedom of Information request, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport told the Telegraph that it is launching a new website to display the 14,283 artworks owned by the state since the collection… The move follows a public outcry after it emerged thousands of gems including Canaletto’s view of London, Turner’s Teignmouth, Hogarth’s “Noon” and portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Peter Paul Rubens were among 2,778 artworks in the Government Art Collection (GAC) that have not been displayed in the past five years. Priceless artworks by masters including Canaletto, Turner and Constable are to finally go on display after the government kept them in storage for years.