Looking closer at this week’s offering, we see special rates for Florida Residents down 6 to 36 dates, the US Military Personnel down 8 to 53 sailings, and the Canadian Resident rate dropped 5 to 13 sail dates.
Red flags flown at Mae Ram Phueng beach as oil pollutant levels exceed limits
Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) has advised against swimming in the sea or playing on the sand at three spots on Mae Ram Phueng beach in Rayong province, after high levels of total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) were detected.
PCD Director-General Attapol Charoenchansa said today that inspectors had discovered that TPH in the sea at three locations at Hin Khao of Mae Ram Phueng beach exceeds the standard level by 1.5 times.
He said the department has asked the governor of Rayong to fly red flags at the three locations and to close the area to swimming and beach activities, adding that officials will monitor the situation until the level of TPH drops.
He also said that substances from the oil spill are still being found in the sea off the Rayong coast.
Mae Ram Phueng was the hardest hit area by the January 25 th oil spill, when about 47,000 litres of crude oil leaked into the sea from the ruptured pipeline at the offshore mooring platform of SPRC. A second spill of about 5,000 litres of crude oil occurred at the same spot on February 10 th .
India France agree to coordinate their positions adapt to ‘new challenges’ to strengthen intl law of the sea
Paris, Feb 21 (PTI) India and France have declared that they are attached to the international law of the sea and will coordinate their positions in multilateral bodies and negotiations to strengthen it and adapt to «new challenges», amidst China’s aggressive muscle flexing in the Indo-Pacific.
According to a roadmap signed by the two countries on the blue economy and ocean governance during External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s bilateral talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday, India and France nurture a high quality dialogue on maritime security, which enables them to raise strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific.
«This partnership marks a significant step-forward in India-France cooperation for maritime security,» according to the roadmap released by the Ministry of External Affairs.
India and France will hold discussions on the development and strengthening of marine protected areas throughout the world, particularly as part of the negotiations on the future biodiversity global framework.
India and France are maritime nations with dynamic maritime economy sectors like marine technology and scientific research, fisheries, port and shipping, to name a few. Possessing vast exclusive economic zones, their fate is closely linked to the sea and the ocean, according to the roadmap.
«India and France are attached to international law of the sea and its compliance across all seas and oceans.
«So as to strengthen international law of the sea and adapt to new challenges, they will coordinate their positions in multilateral bodies and negotiations, whether it concerns the International Seabed Authority, the International Maritime Organisation, regional sea conventions dealing with maritime affairs and where they are both Parties, or the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), among others,» according to the roadmap.
China, which has been behaving aggressively in the South China Sea, had rejected a ruling by an international tribunal in the Hague in 2016 in a case brought by the Philippines against Chinese claims to rights in the South China Sea. The ruling came from an arbitration tribunal constituted under the UNCLOS.
China claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.
Beijing is also involved in a maritime dispute with Japan over the East China Sea. Both areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources and are also vital to global trade.
Under the roadmap, India and France have also agreed to organise a bilateral dialogue on the blue economy and ocean governance to exchange views on their priorities, share their best practices and support ongoing and future cooperation.
The dialogue will play a driving role in the formulation, organisation and follow-up of cooperation projects in the four pillars of the partnership- (i) institutional, (ii)economic, (iii) infrastructures, (iv) scientific and academic, it said.
The two countries will also enhance their coordination in view of the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2022 so as to support the initiation of negotiations for a global agreement on marine plastic waste and microplastic.
More broadly, each signatory will regularly involve the other in conferences, workshops and colloquiums on the blue economy and ocean governance that it is likely to organise, it said.
Jaishankar is currently on a three-day official visit to France. PTI RS AKJ RS
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Next Big Thing: ‘Scream’ Star Jenna Ortega on Her New School-Shooting Drama ‘The Fallout’
Corlett studied drama in Australia for three years and studied with acting coach Les Chantery (who’s also coached Euphoria‘s Jacob Elordi). He went on to star in the 2020 Aussie drama The Dry, with Eric Bana, and then gained attention (sometimes for his often-bare-chested wardrobe) on the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
The actor admits he was originally unsure about joining Vikings: Valhalla, which has already shot two seasons, because “it’s a long commitment and to do the same role for a long time was kind of scary because variety is what excites me as an artist. As a series lead or regular, you sign for six or seven [seasons].”
“That hesitation,” he continues, “was completely blown out of the water when I started reading more and more scripts; the character evolved so much and it was nice to share that journey with him.”
Corlett spoke further to THR about being vegan on set, a writing project he’s working on and anticipating Vikings‘ global release.
What were some things that drew you to the role of Leif Eriksson?
He was the son of Erik the Red, notoriously one of the most violent Vikings of all time. [Leif] grew up in a household that was very different to my upbringing but not to too dissimilar to my mom’s. I’ve always seen myself as kind of wanting to absolve a bit of the trauma that had come through my family. And I felt like Leif wanted to do the same, with his father being exiled from Norway. He felt a lot of responsibility to kind of absolve that pain and a calling for something greater.
Had you watched the first Vikings series before?
1. All Romance books are exactly the same.
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4. You’re setting unrealistic expectations for yourself about love.
5. Real men don’t have abs like that.
6.So you think you’re going to go on a lot of dates?
7. So you think you’re going to fall in love with an ex-boyfriend?
8. . or a billionaire?
9. . or a duke?
10. So you’ll stop reading romances when you have a boyfriend, right?
11. It’s basically mommy porn, right?
12. I could write a romance book.
13. Do you only read female authors?
14. I saw the Notebook once.
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This Is the World We Live In
The only things I hate more than Twitter (TWTR) itself are lazy, mainstream media articles that show pictures of tweets instead of actual interviews. But yesterday, lo and behold, I read one such article on Foxnews.com that contained a tweet from. none other than the Rev Shark! Yes, Real Money’s own Jim DePorre was tweet-quoted with this bon mot re: an interview with John Kerry: «Who puts people like this in office?»
Thanks, Rev. You said (electronically) what the rest of us were thinking. In the midst of the prelude to World War III, John Kerry is talking about. the climate? What an embarrassment to this country.
But this is the world we live in. Somehow yesterday was taken as a buying opportunity by the gullible who are dumb enough to look to John Kerry for anything other than the enormous total of CO2 emissions from his frequent use of his private jet. Man, we are in the Golden Age of stupidity.
So, how to play it? Well, take the other side, of course. I read the tea leaves yesterday and got out of winning positions in inverse ETFs (SARK) and (QID) before the market started rallying, with the Nasdaq leading the charge. That left me with some gas in the tank, so to speak, to bet against Tesla (TSLA) , which also jumped and showed an extraordinary amplitude from $700 to $800 yesterday. That is a $100 billion dollar intraday move. One. Hundred. Billion. Dollars. Are you kidding me?
I added to my position in TSLA puts. Yesterday’s damning WSJ article on the Musk brothers’ insider stock sales should have been the jump-off point for a nasty correction in TSLA shares. On a Green Day for the Nasdaq that didn’t happen, but mark my words: the SEC is not to be trifled with. That Commission exists for investors’ protection against a million different types of scams and swindles. I am not accusing Elon or Kimbal of such moves, but stock sales by Board members outside of 12b-1 plans are very questionable, and frankly I am glad there are some in our government who protect investors by asking those questions. That doesn’t mean a predetermined answer is arrived at. just that the questions are asked.
Special Offers for U.S. Military Personnel
Special Rates for U.S. Military Personnel (MTO) are limited to 50 staterooms per category and sailing. Pricing varies, the lowest priced category per person per night listed below. New sailings added this week are in bold. Please note: This offer is limited to a maximum of one stateroom per military member (or spouse), per sailing. A U.S. military service member (or spouse) is required to sail to take advantage of this offer. This offer cannot be combined with any other special offers or discounts. Valid for new bookings only.
3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral, Florida • Castaway Cay • At Sea
(5A @ $206.00) (11B @ $170.00)
3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral, Florida • Nassau, Bahamas • Castaway Cay
(5A @ $209.00) (11B @ $189.00) (11B @ $237.00) (11B @ $167.00) (8C @ $172.00) (11B @ $166.00) (11B @ $166.00) (11A @ $172.00)
4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral, Florida • Nassau, Bahamas • Castaway Cay • At Sea
(5A @ $285.00) (5A @ $229.00) (11B @ $262.00) (11B @ $168.00) (11B @ $167.00)
4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral, Florida • Castaway Cay • Nassau, Bahamas • At Sea
(11B @ $165.00)
4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral with 2 Stops at Castaway Cay
Port Canaveral, Florida • Castaway Cay • At Sea • Castaway Cay
4-Night Bahamian Cruise on Disney Dream from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral, Florida • At Sea • Nassau, Bahamas • Castaway Cay
(8C @ $235.00) (5A @ $235.00)
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral, Florida • At Sea • At Sea • St. Maarten • St. Thomas, USVI • At Sea • Castaway Cay
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Ukraine shuts down ports as conflict threatens grain supplies
Ukraine’s military has suspended operations at its ports after Russian forces invaded the country by land and sea, an adviser to the President’s Chief of Staff reportedly said on Thursday, as concerns grew about the flow of supplies from one of the world’s top exporters of grains and oilseeds.
Russia had earlier suspended movement of commercial vessels in the Sea of Azov until further notice, but kept Russian ports in the Black Sea open for navigation, sources said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised “a special military operation” against Ukraine on Thursday to eliminate what he called a serious threat, saying his aim was to demilitarise Russia’s southern neighbour.
“The market is still struggling to get a clear picture about the actual military situation on the ground. The ports in the Azov and Black Sea so far seem not to have been damaged according to the initial shipping agency reports,” one European grain trader said.
“The next stage which will have to be faced is any declarations of force majeure, if ships simply cannot be loaded and contracts cannot be fulfilled,” the trader added.
Russia, the world’s largest wheat exporter, mainly ships its grain from ports in the Black Sea.
The Sea of Azov is home to shallow water ports of smaller capacity.
Maripol, the most important Ukrainian port in the Sea of Azov, mainly handles relatively small ships of between 3,000 to 10,000 tonnes deadweight.
The ports in the Sea of Azov mainly export wheat, barley and corn to Mediterranean importers like Turkey, Italy, Cyprus, Egypt and Lebanon.
“These countries would be compelled to seek alternative supplies if ships are stuck and cannot depart in the near future,” another European trader said