November 17, 2019

Doomsday seed vault to get fortified with influx of $13 million

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BY MARK KAUFMAN From Mashable The Svalbard Global Seed Vault — purposely isolated on a remote island some 800 miles from the North Pole — will be upgraded to make the concrete structure more resilient to the whims of weather and climate. The vault is now 10 years old, and the Norway government, which funds […]

Paradise Papers: Nordea loaned billions to tax haven-based shipping firms

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From yle UUTISET The Nordic’s largest bank Nordea loaned billions of euros to shipping companies whose vessels were registered in tax havens, according to one of Yle’s first reports on the Paradise Papers – the massive data leak of secret documents shared with journalists around the world. The biggest bank in the Nordic countries, Nordea, […]

Destinations of the week

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The 32 best places to travel alone Part 1 By Sarah Schmalbruch From Business Insider Although traveling solo can seem daunting, it’s something that everyone should try at some point. Solo travel allows for more self-reflection, and chances are, you’ll take in more of the culture. The fjords of Norway are perfect for some self […]

Cayman sailors to compete at Optimist

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Sailing: Optimist sailors competing at the Optimist British National and Open Championships at Weymouth and Portland From Dorset Echo UK More than 380 Optimist sailors from home and abroad are competing at the Volvo Gill Optimist British National and Open Championships. The event coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Optimist class and started in […]

Destinations of the week

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25 Unbelievable Travel Destinations You Never Knew Existed By Megan Willett From Business Insider There are some tourist attractions that can’t be missed: The Vatican in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London. These are the kinds of places friends and family expect travelers to go. But there are plenty of places […]

Ellis Island immigrants 100 years ago

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Incredible colorized photographs show the immigrants who passed through Ellis Island 100 years ago By Sarah Jacobs From Business Insider ThePaperTimeMachine_06_Ellis_Island_Italian_Woman_1900s_FC Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome In the early 1900s, Ellis Island served as the United States’ largest immigration station, processing up to 12 million immigrants between the years 1892 and 1954. One amateur […]

Caribbean embraces fisheries collaboration between CRFM and Norway

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Belize City, Friday, 3 February 2017 (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and a team of Norwegian experts have concluded a successful two-week fact-finding mission in the Caribbean aimed at identifying critical ways in which Norway can support the sustainable development of Caribbean fisheries and aquaculture. The team, comprised of Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director; […]

North Pole warms to near melting point: 50 degrees above normal

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BY ANDREW FREEDMAN From Mashable A buoy located within about 100 miles of the North Pole recorded a temperature of 0.4 degrees Celsius, or 32.7 degrees Fahrenheit, on Dec. 22, 2016. This confirms the computer model projections for unusually high temperatures on Thursday. It’s happening again: The temperature at the North Pole is projected to […]

Switzerland eyes AEOI with 21 countries

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AFP, GENEVA, Switzerland From Taipei Times Switzerland, which has been working to end its years-long practice of banking secrecy, on Thursday said it aimed to dramatically increase the number of countries it cooperates with toward international fiscal transparency. The Swiss government said in a statement that it wanted to extend the automatic exchange of information […]

Norway plans to spend $1.15 billion on 5 Boeing Poseidon military aircra

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By Joachim Dagenborg, Reuters From Business Insider OSLO (Reuters) – Norway plans to order five Boeing Co P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes to maintain its surveillance capacity and meet future security challenges, the NATO country’s Defence Ministry said. Following an agreement in Norway’s parliament to boost long-term military spending, the 9.83 billion Norwegian crowns ($1.15 […]