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Auctions of personalised vehicle registration marks on June 8 and 16

     The Transport Department (TD) today (May 21) announced that two auctions of personalised vehicle registration marks (PVRMs) will be held on June 8 (Saturday) and 16 (Sunday) at Meeting Room ...

TD awards Contracts for Procurement cum Management, Operation and Maintenance of New Generation of Parking Meter System (with photo)

     The Transport Department (TD) announced today (May 20) that it has signed Contracts for Procurement cum Management, Operation and Maintenance of New Generation of Parking Meter System with a ...

Congressmen Garamendi, Keating Introduce Bill to Fund Evacuation Routes

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and William R. Keating (D-MA) introduced the Enhancing the Strength and Capacity of America’s Primary Evacuation Routes (ESCAPE) Act, with U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) sponsoring the Senate companion bill. The ESCAPE Act (H.R.2838) would authorize $1 billion to help communities improve evacuation routes in the wake of increased climate-related disasters across the country.

“Creating safe and effective evacuation routes should be a priority for every lawmaker,” said Congressman Garamendi (D-CA). “In 2017, nearly 200,000 Californians were forced to evacuate when they learned that Oroville Dam, the tallest dam in the nation, was on the verge of failing. Thousands of drivers funneled onto a narrow two-lane highway, spending hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic to reach safety along the Sacramento Valley’s major north-to-south evacuation route,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Last year, Paradise, California, just north of my district was reduced to rubble by the devastating Camp Fire. As the flames engulfed the single-lane road that served as the city’s primary evacuation route, residents were forced to abandon their vehicles and escape on foot—some to their death. The lack of adequate evacuation routes in our nation—particularly for small rural communities—is costing us lives every year. Our bicameral legislation would provide dedicated federal funding for evacuation routes that save lives in times of crisis,” Congressman Garamendi concluded.

“We need to provide Americans with safe and reliable evacuation routes, especially in areas at elevated risk of disaster,” said Congressman Keating (D-MA). “The Bourne and Sagamore Bridges over the Cape Cod Canal are especially vulnerable, as they have long exceeded their working lives. And yet, they remain the only lifelines for the residents of Cape Cod in times of emergency. Our communities have been hit by several Nor’easters the last few winters, and have also had several near-misses in recent hurricane seasons, including Hurricane Jose, which brought Tropical Storm conditions in 2017. The ESCAPE Act would ensure high-priority evacuation routes like the two Cape Cod bridges are stable and secure, and would be ready to meet the needs of the coastal communities in our area.”

The ESCAPE Act (H.R.2838) directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a competitive grant program for roadway, bridges, and other transportation projects that strengthen and protect routes essential for mass evacuations caused by natural disasters and other emergency events. The bill currently awaits action before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, of which Congressman Garamendi is a senior Democratic member. Congressman Keating sponsored the legislation last Congress.

A copy of the ESCAPE Act (H.R.2838) can be found here.

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Auctions of traditional vehicle registration marks to be held on June 1 and 2

     The Transport Department today (May 17) announced that two auctions of traditional vehicle registration marks will be held on June 1 (Saturday) and 2 (Sunday), in Meeting Room S421, L4 Hong Kong ...

Rehabus Feeder Service provided by new operator from June 1 (with photo)

     The Transport Department (TD) today (May 17) announced that starting from June 1, 2019, Kwoon Chung Inclusive and Accessible Transport Services Company Limited will operate the Rehabus Feeder ...

Temporary traffic arrangements at Gascoigne Road Flyover eastbound from this Saturday

     The Transport Department (TD) today (May 16) reminded members of the public that to facilitate road repair works by the Highways Department at the Gascoigne Road Flyover, the section from ...

Public Transport Fare Subsidy Scheme - temporary special arrangement for expired subsidy

     The Transport Department (TD) today (May 14) reminded members of the public who have yet to claim the public transport fare subsidy for the month of January 2019 under the Public Transport Fare ...

Updated travel report for Angola

Travel Report updated in the last 24hrs for AngolaRecent Updates: The Health tab was updated - travel health notices (Public Health Agency of Canada).Advisory Text: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)Web address :

Updated travel report for South Africa

Travel Report updated in the last 24hrs for South AfricaRecent Updates: Safety and security - Removal of information about the May 8, 2019 general elections.Advisory Text: Exercise a high degree of cautionWeb address :

Stena Line sails towards a leadership in sustainable shipping

AI assisted vessels to save fuel, Battery power propulsion, huge reduction of single use plastic on board, continued low level of crew and passenger accidents and an increased rate of female leaders. That are some of the highlights in leading ferry company Stena Lines sustainability review for 2018. [image] Stena Line has now released its third sustainability review “A Sustainable Journey” describing initiatives, improvements and challenges in the operations from the sustainability perspective as well as results on their ambitious sustainability targets. The review also highlights the

Temporary traffic arrangement at Kai Tak Tunnel and East Kowloon Way next Monday

     The Transport Department (TD) today (May 10) reminded members of the public that to facilitate urgent road repair work, the slow lane of the westbound tube of the Kai Tak Tunnel and the slow ...

Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Garamendi Holds Hearing on Budget Request for Military Readiness

Washington, DC—Today, members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing on the Department of Defense’s budget requests for military readiness.

Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, made the following statement at the conclusion of the hearing:

“Today’s hearing was essential for assessing readiness needs for the military,” Garamendi said. “The witnesses provided testimony on the current state of military readiness and how the fiscal year 2020 budget request will support military training, weapon systems sustainment, and efforts to meet full spectrum readiness requirements in alignment with the National Defense Strategy.”

“The FY2020 budget request represents a significant increase in defense spending,” Garamendi continued. “I am concerned that the Department of Defense is overly focused on long-term readiness through modernization programs and is not placing enough emphasis on investing in near-term readiness accounts that support training and sustainment of existing weapon systems.”

“We have heard testimony on a range of topics this year including the impacts of climate change on national security, military family housing, surface navy readiness, and the budget request for military installations,” Garamendi said. “Those briefings and hearings have addressed important issues that affect military readiness, but the hearing today was essential in learning about the readiness challenges the military faces, how they plan to combat these challenges, and how the FY2020 budget request supports these efforts.”

“I appreciate the insight and perspective the witnesses and fellow members of the Readiness Subcommittee provided today,” Garamendi concluded.
 

Garamendi Introduces OATH Act to Help Veterans and Service Members Seeking Health Services

Washington, DC—Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Austin Scott (R-GA) introduced H.R. 2617, the bipartisan Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health (OATH) Act.

Garamendi serves as Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee within the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees issues pertaining to U.S. service members. 

“Our service members and veterans deserve the best care available and to have their medical records accurately reflect any Occupational and Environmental Health hazards they have been exposed to during their service to our great country,” Garamendi said. “Currently, active duty members and veterans are unable to make disability claims with the Veterans Administration based on exposure to toxic hazards such as mold, chemicals, and open-air burn pits because those exposures are not tracked in their medical records. This bill will change that and provide our nation’s service members with the support they deserve.”

"Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a service member to be exposed to toxic substances while performing duties and missions both here at home and abroad. The OATH Act will ensure medical records of our active duty service members and veterans accurately track exposure to harmful chemicals, open-air burn pits, and mold in an effort to better diagnose and treat illnesses down the road,” said Rep. Austin Scott.  

The OATH Act is a bipartisan effort to ensure active duty military personnel and veterans can accurately document any toxins they were exposed to while deployed supporting military operations. Currently, only 173,000 veterans and service members have registered for the VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry, out of a total of more than 3 million post-9/11 veterans.  

The full text of the OATH Act can be read here

Garamendi Applauds Cancellation of Twin Tunnels, Urges Governor to Safeguard Delta

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, sent a letter to Governor Newsom (D-CA) outlining his alternative water plan for California following the Governor’s decision to end the Twin Tunnels (California WaterFix Project).

Garamendi represents over 200 miles of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and has developed an alternative to the Twin Tunnels, called “Little Sip, Big Gup: A Water Plan for All of California,” that safeguards the Delta and prioritizes things like recycling and building new water storage instead of tunnel construction.

“I’m pleased that Governor Newsom has abandoned the Twin Tunnels boondoggle and decided to work with us in the Delta community to design a plan that works for all of California. I have spoken with the Governor directly about my alternative plan to meet California’s water needs while safeguarding the Delta. I look forward to working with the Governor to protect the Delta as the State now reviews alternatives to the defunct Twin Tunnels.”

A copy of Rep. Garamendi’s letter to Governor Newsom can be viewed here. Garamendi’s water plan can be read here. A video of Rep. Garamendi discussing this news on the House floor earlier this week can be viewed here.

Updated travel report for Saudi Arabia

Travel Report updated in the last 24hrs for Saudi ArabiaRecent Updates: Assistance - Editorial changeAdvisory Text: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)Web address :

Updated travel report for Bahrain

Travel Report updated in the last 24hrs for BahrainRecent Updates: Assistance - Editorial changeAdvisory Text: Exercise a high degree of cautionWeb address :

Updated travel report for Oman

Travel Report updated in the last 24hrs for OmanRecent Updates: Assistance - Editorial changeAdvisory Text: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)Web address :

First gas-powered cruise ship is not sustainable tourism

T&E has joined forces with environmental NGOs in Spain to warn that a high-profile exercise in cleaning up shipping risks locking in fossil fuels for decades to come. The port of Barcelona has committed to investing in infrastructure to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to ships, and last month it celebrated the arrival of its first gas-powered cruise ship as a breakthrough for sustainable tourism. However, a T&E member described it as ‘greenwashing’.

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Electric car ‘hatchet job’ debunked

A study claiming that electric vehicle produce more carbon emissions than a diesel car has been promptly debunked by academics and experts in Germany, where it was published last month. The Institute for Economic Research (Ifo) was roundly criticised over its findings which were founded on a relatively high weighting of coal generation in Germany’s power mix.

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UK government advisors call for net zero carbon by 2050 and ending fossil car and truck sales earlier

The UK Climate Change Committee, official advisers to the UK government, have recommended that Britain reaches net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In a comprehensive report it acknowledged emissions reduction policies would need to be significantly strengthened. These include considering moving forward the current target of 100% new electric vehicle sales by 2040 forward by up to a decade.

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