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MONTENEGRO, BY 2017 THE BIOGAS STATION

The first biogas power station in the capital of Montenegro for the production of electricity from waste, that is, from the biogas accumulated in the landfill of the municipality of Podgorica, is expected to be activated by the end of 2017. The power station, part of which has already been built, will cost EUR 2 million in total, and will be managed by a public-private partnership. The director of the Deponija landfill said to the local press that a tender for a feasibility and economic sustainability study will be issued soon.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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INCREASE OF NUMBER OF THE VICTIMS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed “great concern” about the high number of refugees and migrants in 2016 WHO have lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean. To date, despite still missing two months to the end of the year, there are at least 3,740 dead and missing – a little less than 3,771 recorded in 2015, so far the deadliest year. A “tragic outcome” is detected despite the sharp overall decline in the number of people who have crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

“Decrement” apparent if it is true that only yesterday, 24th October, the Italian Coast Guard has rescued 2,200 migrants in the central Mediterranean, in 21 different rescue operations (18 rafts and 3 small boats).

According to UNHCR data, there are about 327,800 refugees and migrants who undertook the dangerous crossing, compared to 1,015,078 recorded in 2015. Since the beginning of 2016, one person in every 88 who attempted the crossing has lost life, a figure up sharply compared to 1 person every 269 last year. In the central Mediterranean this figure is even higher, with one death every 47 arrivals.

There are many causes of this increase, in the opinion of UNHCR, : about half of those who cross the Mediterranean are headed to Italy and embark from North Africa, a notoriously dangerous route.

Traffickers are also using increasingly poor quality vessels, including fragile rafts that often do not stand up to the entire duration of the trip. The cause of several accidents appear to be bad weather, but also the tactics of traffickers are changing in many cases have occurred mass departures of thousands of people simultaneously. This may be due to the fact that human trafficking is shifting towards new modes or perception that the risks linked to the crossing are lower than before, which makes the work more difficult rescuers.

“Facing this situation, while ensuring asylum systems functioning, it remains a political challenge for many countries, but measures to save lives are” points out that UNHCR calls on all countries “to do more in this regard. Strengthening access to regular routes to ensure safety of refugees has become a more urgent priority and this must be realized through actions such as the strengthening of the resettlement and humanitarian admission, family reunification, private sponsorship, and the granting of visas to refugees for humanitarian reasons, study and work. “

The high mortality rate also points out “the importance of continuous and intense search and rescue action, without which the number of casualties would certainly be higher,” concluded UNHCR and thanked “governments and private entities that every day and often in difficult conditions, contribute to this important life-saving work”.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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SLOW FOOD SICILY DEVICES IN MALTA

Tasting Sicily will sponsor the Slow Food Mediterranean Conference, an event sponsored by Slow Food Anglia in collaboration with Slow Food Slow Food Malta and Sicily, it will be held in Valletta. The themes of the event will be those closest to the ethics of Slow Food, enhancement of good food, clean and fair. But the conference will also be the perfect opportunity to promote the first Slow Food Festival which will be held in the island this June. Two years ago, the small group of Slow Food Malta has developed the idea of organizing a festival of homemade food, which could bring the various Slow Food groups, based in Malta, in order to promote the excellence of the Mediterranean. So today the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta will host the Mediterranean Conference with debates and workshops of different  international guests as well as representatives of various Slow Food.

During the conference meeting participants will focus on two central themes of significant value: sustainable fishing with a particular focus on the local fishing industry and the importance of extra virgin olive oil. In the middle of the event there will be served a buffet lunch prepared by renowned chef Enzo Oliveri, Tasting Sicily-based products and other Slow Food Sicilia, including: sesame of Ispica, black pig of Nebrodi , pistachios from Bronte, antique Apples from Etna, and strawberries of Ribera. The will of the chef of Tasting Sicily, lunch sponsor, is to give luster to products of excellence like the ancient Sicilian grains, and to highlight several Slow Food Sicily. For this reason the Timilia grain will be used by the expert hands of Francesco Arena, known baker of Messina who works with yeast and ancient Sicilian grains, to prepare bruschetta that will be served with pâté and side dishes of Tasting Sicily.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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NEW SYSTEM OF 200 MW SOLAR IN JORDAN

The Jordanian Government has given the green light for the development, construction and operation of a 200 MW photovoltaic plant. The plant will built, from MASDAR companies – Abu Dhabi for Energy in the Al Muwaqqar area in north-west of Amman.

The new plant once connected to the electricity grid should satisfy the energy needs of 110,000 units and there is expected to contribute to the reduction of about 360,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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MALTA-ITALY, ABELA MEETS ALFANO

Interior Minister of Italy Angelino Alfano, met Interior Minister and National Security of the Republic of Malta, Carmelo Abela. The cooperation between Italy and Malta in the field of security, to combat illegal immigration and terrorism were the main topics.

On the migration front, Alfano and Abela agreed on the fact that the phenomenon of landings and migration in the central Mediterranean is a European problem and as such requires a collective response of the European Union. The two ministers also confirmed the close cooperation between the two countries, bilaterally and at the European level, in preventing and combating terrorism and radicalization. Alfano and Abela agreed, finally, to continue their joint action for the forthcoming European events and, in particular, in view of the forthcoming presidency of Malta in the European Union.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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MOROCCO, THE CITRUS EXPORTS TO THE US UNLOCKED

On February, exports of citrus fruits from Morocco to the United States were suspended temporarily, because of the discovery of the Mediterranean fly larvae fruit (scientific name Ceratitis Capitata) in clementines exported. From this moment Representatives of the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing, the National Bureau Moroccan for the health safety of food products (ONSSA) and the Plant Protection Service the US Department of Agriculture (APHIS) initiated a series of meetings and information exchanges to reach an agreement that would unblock the export of citrus fruits.

In this perspective, two missions in Morocco by American experts were any carried out to the-spot verification of procedures for prevention and control in orchards and central air-conditioning of citrus. Following these verification activities, and APHIS ONSAA there was signed an agreement in June 2016 which authorized the exports again in the US market since 13th October 2016. During the agricultural season 2013-2014 Moroccan citrus exports to the United States to quantitative reached average of 44,000 tons, that correspond to 9% of total exports of this product.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


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COOPERATION, PARTNERSHIP ALGERIA-CHINA

A framework agreement was signed in Algiers by the Minister of Industry and Mines, Abdeslam Bouchouareb and Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, Qian Keming for the implementation of a series of infrastructure projects with the involvement of companies Chinese in performance of the new Algerian economic model, in which the industrial sector occupies a prominent place. This agreement reflects the new path of economic cooperation between Algeria and China with the launch of various industrial projects and prospects in the exploration and exploitation of mines and in new technologies.

In this context, among the objectives of the Convention signed at the headquarters of the Ministry of Industry and Mines, was announced the creation of a new platform that can promote the joint implementation of measures to modernize production capacities and development through the access of businesses to new industrial technologies with the transfer and optimization of production capacities. Among the sectors the most involved are the manufacturing industries, the construction of supporting infrastructure, exploitation of resources and energies through partnerships, foreign direct investment, trade in equipment and technical cooperation. 

There are ten sectors of activity covered by this new agreement between Algeria and China: engineering, railway, steel industry, infrastructure, petrochemical, renewable energy and energy efficiency, oil and gas, engineering, processing of mine products, materials construction, household appliances. By the end of 2015, the Algerian Central Bank had issued a note it provided that imports from China were settled in the Chinese currency. The decision was reaffirmed by Algerian Minister of Industry, Abdesselam Bouchouareb in the occasion of the cooperation agreement signed with China. As reported by the Central Bank Algerian “being China – first trading partner of Algeria, imports from this country should be adjusted in the Chinese currency. Such a formula would eliminate the prizes for the exchange risk coverage in the case of payment another currency”.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


Source: medNews

MALTA-SICILY: VIRTU FERRIES, 72 MLN FOR HIGH SPEED CATAMARAN

Virtu Ferries has signed a contract with the Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd. to realize the construction of a high-speed catamaran for passengers and vehicles between Malta and Sicily. Delivery is scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2018. With a thousand gross tons, the ship will be the largest catamaran ever built RoPax to operate in the Mediterranean, as well as the second largest in the world. The ship will have a capacity of 900 passengers in four luxury saloons on two passenger decks and additional outdoor seating. The entire space of the garage-bridge is designed to carry 23 heavy commercial vehicles, totaling 490 linear meters of rolling cargo and 167 cars. At a cruising speed of 38 knots, the crossing from Malta to Sicily will be, as for Jean de La Valette, about 90 minutes. Incat Tasmania are the world leaders in the construction of large high-speed ferries with a focus on fuel efficiency and low environmental impact.

INCAT buildings, both commercial and military, they are located in all four corners of the world. Using Computerized Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with advanced testing techniques of free-running hydrodynamic model, the proven Incat, is characterized by “breaking” the waves thanks to its special hull form developed specifically for this route. The hydrodynamic tests were performed and approved by Seaspeed Marine Consulting Ltd on Haslar Ocean Basin reservoirs and Ship Tanks Gosport in the UK – normally associated to the British Ministry of Defence projects.

The project, already tested, the hull of the catamaran Incat, has been further developed to “break” the waves, to minimize the fuel consumption, to increase the comfort of the passengers and the seakeeping performance, at a certain speed simulated, typical of sea conditions prevailing in the Malta Channel. Everything in line with the Green Policies regulations, established by the international maritime sector.

The new vessel will be used on the main stretch of Virtu between Malta and Sicily, alongside Jean de La Valette. The current round travel program and daily return of the two islands neighboring the EU, will be further enhanced to better link Malta to mainland Europe. The Virtu is also looking at further expanding markets; a second vessel will increase the flexibility and reliability of the company. The company is undertaking a series of initiatives to boost inbound tourism and improve the business between the Maltese and Italian communities. The new ferry will be built in accordance with DNV-GL Classification Society Rules Regulation in full respect of the IMO High Speed Craft HSC 2000 Malta Flag Statutory Regulations and the requirements of the Italian Port State. As well as for all other Virtu vessels, the new catamaran will beat the Maltese flag.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


Source: medNews

ALBANIA, RAMA INVITES GERMAN INVESTORS

Albania offers significant investment opportunities in different sectors of the economy, from energy to tourism, infrastructure, agriculture and the food industry: the said Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama addressing the German entrepreneurs to German-Albanian economic forum held in Hamburg. The Albanian Prime Minister said that there is still great potential to be exploited in the hydroelectric energy sector, oil and minerals. Even the production of the sector has great potential for development with cheap labor and with the best qualifications that you can find in Europe.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


Source: medNews

JORDAN, INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Investment Commission has recently prepared a list of 45 projects as an investment opportunity for a value of about $ 4 billion that cover seven economic sectors: transportation, water, energy, tourism, logistics, industry and real estate development.

Interestingly, the Investment Commission, in cooperation with USAID will contact a specialized agency to implement the strategy of promotion of investments over the years (2017-2019).

The strategy aims to attract and encourage investment domestic and foreign, the promotion of investment and the environment investment opportunities, to provide services to investors, building a database of local and foreign investors to facilitate communication and raise awareness, in cooperation with the Jordanian Embassies abroad,

Investment opportunities in the Hashemite Kingdom. Net foreign direct investment in Jordan during the first quarter of this year increased by 53.3% amounting to 120.1 million dinars, compared with the same quarter last year.

(ITALPRESS/MNA).


Source: medNews

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