Vincent Cable read Natural Science and Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University.Vince worked as Treasury Finance Officer for the Kenya Government between 1966 and 1968. After graduating from university, Michael worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Edinburgh where he qualified as a Scottish chartered accountant. In 1995 Michael returned to the Borders and in 1997 he was elected as an MP following the retirement of David Steel.
In May 2010, following the formation of the Coalition Government at Westminster, Michael was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland.
As MP for the Borders, Michael remains committed to assisting his constituents as his top priority and to work for the best interests of the area.
Lord Smith has a strong financial services background and a wealth of experience gleaned from a wide range of positions.
Working for Carillion Service for over 3 years Siobonne leads the strategic development of energy services to the private, social and commercial sector. Nathan has focused in recent years on the commercialisation and development of growth strategies for "green", low carbon and smart business strategies for cities and regions in the UK. Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in the Technology, Design, Property and Construction sector, as well as in Finance and Investment in Strategic Development working with both the private and public sector. Jonathan has overseen the development of projects, particularly for two funding mechanisms: REIF (Renewable Energy Investment Fund) and UK GIB (Green Investment Bank). A large part of Jonathan’s role is liaising between the public and private sectors for project inception and development. Until recently, Jonathan also carried out a similar role for the City of Edinburgh Council, for strategic property and investment development. Jonathan created Project Edinburgh and the String of Pearls projects for the City of Edinburgh whilst on secondment from Standard Life from 2004 to 2008.
Having created a number of development frameworks, projects and investment opportunities with the Project Edinburgh Design Team; Jonathan and the team then secured major investment interest in the city from global investors and developers.
Alex is a native Glaswegian who, after Strathclyde University, joined the Met Office in the early 1970s.
He has held a variety of posts working amongst others as a forecaster at RAF Leuchars, Glasgow Weather Centre, Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, and Senior Forecaster for the ITV National Weather. After London Weather Centre he moved on to manage the Met Office defence network in the south of England and the Mediterranean.
Owen Kelly was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) in January 2008. Owen’s role focuses strongly on representing the industry to governments and regulators in Scotland, London and Brussels.
Rachel Kyte is the vice president for sustainable development at the World Bank, where she has overall responsibilities for the organization’s global work in agriculture, environment, energy, infrastructure, urban, and social development, along with global public goods issues in those areas.
Under his leadership it has grown into the largest group of its kind in Europe; he has also been involved in the creation of six University spin-out companies, one of which was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise. He was promoted to Deputy Principal in August 2006 with a focus on research enhancement and business development.
Ian is an economist by academic training and qualified as an accountant with Arthur Andersen in London before making his career in private equity at 3i, from 1987 to 2011. Keith is Head of the Projects Group at Brodies and has been practising in projects for more than 15 years.
Fiona Riddoch has worked in a range of management roles in sectors spanning consumer electronics to wind turbine components, and building system controls. The Guian New Area Comprehensive Bonded Zone in Guizhou province will strongly support regional economic development, local officials said. The bonded zone will be an important platform to strengthen communication between Guian New Area and the outside world.
Ma said the zone will grow into a demonstration area for industrial upgrades and a role model for promoting opening-up in Chinas inland areas. The first phase of the zone, including six roads, warehouse facilities and an information-sharing system, was completed in eight months. The Guian New Area government vows to pay more attention to innovation and ecology to strengthen the zones competitiveness. Local officials said they will highlight the coordination between growth and ecology and they will stick to five principles for development: innovation, coordination, green growth, openness and resource sharing.
The local government said it will prioritize an innovation-driven strategy to support the bonded zones development.
Guian will have better economic structure with support from the bonded zone, said Wang Bing, deputy chief of the zones administrative committee. The zone will explore new growth models to better serve core industries such as advanced equipment, biotechnology and modern services. According to local statistics, 15 investment projects have established offices in the bonded zone with investment of 2 billion yuan ($307 million). Tellhow E-style, the internet-based big data industrial park in Guian New Area, Guizhou province, will welcome its first batch of businesses in the second half of the year. The park, jointly developed by Tencent and Tellhow Group, is the first of its kind in China, claims the local government. Developers said companies there will enjoy office facilities, commuting facilities, healthcare, online trading and property management services. Tellhow E-styles operation model is completely different from traditional industrial parks, said Qiu Jun, general manager of Tellhow Groups Guizhou branch.
We will use big data technologies to analyze the common features and uniqueness of businesses to help them lower costs and enhance efficiency, Qiu said. Tellhow is one of the companies that participated in setting up Chinas smart city standards. Tellhow has supported several government projects in Guian over the past few years including its recent cloud system development, Qiu said. The parks construction will be completed in 2020 to serve 800 companies, said Jiang Bing, customer relations manager at Tellhow.
Tellhow Guian Digital and Cultural Industrial Park, which is a part of Tellhow E-style, has attracted more than 30 leading companies, including Tencent, IBM and Frank Russell.
The partnership between the Guian government, Tencent and Tellhow will accelerate Guians smart city development, said Ma Changqing, Party chief and head of the administrative committee of Guian New Area.
Li Guoping from Peking University said local developers have to consider more about service quality in the parks construction process so as to support businesses growth. Editors note: In less than five years since its establishment, Guian New Area has proved to be a hot destination for international and domestic investors in big data and related industries. Guizhou is a crucial strategic center for China to develop technologies of data centers and the partnership (the chip plant in Guian) is a great win-win opportunity for Qualcomm and Guizhou to seize Chinas huge market for data center technologies.
We are proud that we have delivered our globally leading data center into a tunnel in Guian to process data for our advanced manufacturing. Guian is a national-level experimental zone for the big data industry, hosting a great number of data centers by domestic and international companies. We recently signed an agreement with Guian for developing a big data-based smart agriculture project.
Guian New Area in Southwest Chinas Guizhou province plans to highlight the emerging big data industry to drive its economic growth, according to the local government.
The 1,795-square-kilometer new area consists of 20 townships formerly belonging to the cities of Guiyang and Anshun.
Since its establishment, the local authorities have made big data and its related electronics industry a priority for development.
According to the general development plan for the new area released by the local government, Guians goal is to develop a green data center with international influence, a nationally leading innovation and application base for big data, an intelligent IT terminals manufacturing base in western China, an integrated circuit production base and a hub for cross-border big data transactions. A green data center refers to facilities for the data storage and management in which the mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact.
In addition, the plan also highlights big data-led information and electronics sectors as well as such industries as e-commerce, software outsourcing, smart city development and internet-based finance. According to the local government, more than 400 enterprises had registered in the new area by the end of 2015. From January 2015 to March 2016, a total of 1.96 billion yuan had been invested in infrastructure construction, as 34 key projects were well underway, laying a solid foundation for the areas future development. Renowned companies from home and abroad have opened or plan to open operations in Guian, including Foxconn, Huawei, Qualcomm, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Microsoft, IBM, Sina and Centrin Data Systems.
Foxconn said its output value is expected to reach 10 billion yuan this year, creating more than 20,000 jobs.
The countrys three biggest telecom operators China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom have data centers in Guian. On March 2, Guian New Area held an investment promotion in Beijing, signing agreements for 16 big projects worth 16.1 billion yuan in investment with domestic and overseas investors.
Local authorities expect the big data industry will have great significance for Guians development. Ma Changqing, Party chief and head of the administrative committee of Guian New Area, said the big data industry will play an important role in helping Guian build a modern industrial system, create more jobs and improve administrative efficiency by developing a smart city and communities. Ma said Guian has recently launched a smart city operation center, using a cloud platform to facilitate the administration for a range of sectors including medical care, social welfare, education, transportation, tourism, environmental protection and poverty relief. The center can lead to a better connection between the government and residents and help people access more public resources, Ma said.
Singapore-Sichuan joint venture focuses on biomedical sciences and interactive digital media, Li Yu and Peng Chao report. Singapore-Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park (SSCIP), an integrated modern new town that serves innovation-driven enterprises and creative talents, jointly developed by Singapore and Sichuan province, is looking for investors in the United States, Japan and Europe, mainly in the fields of biomedical sciences and interactive digital media. The park will house five main sectors: biomedical sciences, interactive digital media, environmental technologies, high-end manufacturing and assembly and producer services, said Kelvin Teo, CEO of Sembcorp Development, one of the shareholders of Sino-Singapore (Chengdu) Innovation Park Development Co Ltd, developer of the SSCIP.
A design sketch of the western part of the Xinchuan Heartbeat Central Park at the Singapore-Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park. The five sectors were selected based on the existing complete industry chains and the strong base of intellectual human resource capital of Chengdu and Singapore, Teo said. In order to forge stronger links with the foreign business community, Teo said the park has established a presence in California and Singapore. Construction work on the park, which is located in the southern part of the Chengdu High-Tech Zone (CDHT), began in 2012 and it is expected that all infrastructure will be completed by 2020. Through the introduction of the Singapore experience, SSCIP is positioned to become a modern, high-end business-cum-residential cluster that will attract both domestic and foreign talents. Tremendous progress was made last year with construction work on the park, according to Teo. Another initiative, the Tianfu New Area Cultural Center, with a building area of nearly 100,000 square meters, is expected to open in early 2018.
The complex consists of an arts performance center, an arts recreation center and an exhibition hall to stage world-class performances. Joint projects between China and Singapore commenced in the mid-1990s and were initially centered in China's coastal provinces.
As a result, Sembcorp focused on the country's southwestern cities and eventually chose to invest in Chengdu.
Teo said Sembcorp chose Chengdu not only because of its strategic location, livable environment, efficient government and abundant talent, but also due to its huge market coverage and strong industry capability and resources, especially in the fields of biomedical sciences and IT. Teo said the SSCIP will serve as a platform for global companies to benefit from the very best of both Singapore and China and participate in the growth of China's vast western and central regions.
The SSCIP has benefited from advanced planning and cutting-edge concepts, from development to construction.
In order to better serve the talent and innovative enterprises setting up there, Teo said the park includes carefully planned residential and commercial elements, with all work and live amenities within walking distance.
He said the park will encourage high-end high-value manufacturing that can be conducted in an office or clean-room setting. The park will also incorporate the "neighborhood center" concept among its residential properties, which will improve residents' accessibility to basic needs such as healthcare and community services, he said.
The development of the park is backed by a series of national strategies, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, the Yangtze River Economic Belt development, the State-level Tianfu New Area and the latest plan to develop the Chengdu-Chongqing city cluster.
During President Xi Jinping's visit to Singapore last November, the two countries announced the launch of the third government-to-government project between China and Singapore, with an operation center in Chongqing.
Teo believes that the third government-to-government project will also benefit the development of the park.
The Chongqing project focuses on modern connectivity and the modern service industry to form a network across China's vast western region that will promote local social and economic development, according to Teo.
Lu Xianping, CEO and chief scientific officer of Chipscreen Biosciences Ltd, one of the first key projects registered in the park, said the park is a crucial part of the city's reinvention as a center of innovation. The excellent bilateral relations between China and Morocco have led to increased trade and cooperation in a range of fields, and given both countries the opportunity to share their respective cultures and experiences. The foundation for the strong economic ties that bind the two countries is the Commercial and Economic Agreement signed in Rabat in 1995. Although the Agreement has provided a good platform for bilateral cooperation, Morocco and China have decided to deepen their relationship through the establishment of a "strategic partnership", with the aim of enhancing trade and promoting investment. A strong will has been displayed at the highest political level to ensure that this partnership is fully supported, particularly in relation to economic and trade-related activities.
The state visit of Morocco's King Mohammed VI to China on May 11 and 12, heralds the deepening of relations between the two countries and gives new impetus to existing ties, which are founded on mutual trust and solidarity.
This new partnership will embrace sectors that are of vital interest to both countries, most notably the economy, investment and trade, industrial development, finance, infrastructure and tourism. Economic cooperation between Morocco and China has, in general, been on an upward trend, with a trade volume that topped $3.5 billion in 2015.
Despite this, Morocco has a huge trade deficit because of its record imports from, and low exports to, China. Morocco hopes for more investment from China, as well as a greater transfer of technology, and greater cooperation over infrastructure construction. Major Chinese companies, including Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corp, China Overseas Engineering Group, China North Industries Corp, Sinhoydro, China International Water and Electric Corp and Shanghai Dier Deep Fisheries, are developing their business in Morocco. This new economic partnership between Morocco and China, which was fostered by the forum, is the realization of a new ambition to diversify and balance trade between Morocco and China. Further to this, it is hoped that the partnership will improve cooperation between Moroccan and Chinese banks, attracting more Chinese investment to Morocco. Morocco's markets are more open than ever before to Chinese companies, and they offer a modern business environment, integrated industrial platforms and necessary infrastructure and services. Morocco is also willing to enhance productivity in existing fields of cooperation between the two countries while working with China to develop new sectors for business cooperation and investment.
It has diversified and achieved a remarkable performance in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Morocco's Emergence Plan offers Chinese investors a range of excellent opportunities in sectors such as aerospace, automobile, electronics, textile and leather, offshoring and agro-business. In addition, the Green Morocco Plan aims to facilitate the development of a modern and competitive agriculture industry, and the Moroccan Solar Energy Plan, which has already had investment of $9 billion in industrial, R&D and training components, will place the kingdom at the forefront of global renewable energy production. There are seven reasons why Chinese companies looking to expand and invest overseas should choose Morocco: cost competitiveness, strong and stable macroeconomic performance, free trade access to 1 billion consumers, world-class infrastructure, a qualified labor force, tailored plans for individual industry sectors and an improving business climate.
Morocco's economic stability stems from its strong and stable macroeconomic performance and the gradual introduction of a range of reforms to develop its business environment, infrastructure and social environment. It has a clear route map in terms of global development, and tailored strategies covering all productive sectors, from the aerospace and automobile industries to offshoring and agro-business. It is developing a strong processing industry, especially in fertilizers and textiles, and is penetrating new export markets.
In the medium- and long-terms, Morocco can play a more central role in shaping economic relations between China and the rest of Africa. Trade between Morocco and China is set to increase exponentially and this will improve the standard of living in both countries. Last but not least, the opening of a direct air link between the two countries will significantly contribute to both increased tourism and stronger economic ties.
During the last decade, China and Morocco have shared a common conviction in their approach towards Africa. Trade between Morocco and China has grown rapidly; but, more importantly, that trade has evolved in nature. While still imbalanced, the structure of imports and exports tells us a lot about the vigorous economic relationship at work and is a great indication of the potential that lies ahead. One might think that Morocco's exports to China consist mainly of raw materials, but a closer examination shows a different picture: 28 percent of the $530 million of goods we exported in 2014 were integrated circuits, and around 10 percent were garments. At continental level, Morocco and China are on the path of building a trilateral relationship aiming at giving more market depth to both partners. Last November, the Moroccan city of Marrakech hosted the first Sino-African Business Summit, at which more than 500 participants discussed how this partnership could be strengthened and how we should together tackle the challenges that lie ahead.
For the first time, business communities from China, Morocco - and the rest of Africa - engaged in an open dialogue that helped create opportunities and lift some of the possible misconceptions about China's economic agenda in the region. Experts who participated in this important event agreed that Morocco and China would create more value by working together than by pursuing their own individual paths, especially in the greater northwestern part of Africa.
In addition, analysts are increasingly convinced that Morocco gives China the best platform when it comes to setting up industrial investments to reach the 400 million French-speaking consumers of West Africa. Morocco's institutional and macroeconomic stability make it an ideal location for long-term investments, and its strong regulatory framework contributes to the country's business-friendly environment.
Most of all, Morocco shares a common ambition with China, which is to become a strategic partner in Africa's development by helping create a strong, resilient consumer-based market.
Furthermore, Morocco established Casablanca Finance City in 2010, a pan-African financial center that has rapidly become the leading financial center in Africa, ranking first in the latest Global Financial Centers Index (GFCI).
Casablanca Finance City provides both status and a comprehensive fiscal package to financial institutions and the regional headquarters of multinational corporations aiming at developing their businesses and investments in Africa.
To date, more than 100 multinational corporations have acquired the CFC status, including information and communication technology solution provider Huawei, insurer AIG, carmaker Ford, the Boston Consulting Group, investment fund Abraaj and BNP Paribas. Leading mall investor and operator Taubman Centers from the United States is looking for more opportunities in the Chinese market by expanding its presence in second- and third-tier cities. Located at the heart of Xi'an's new central business district and administrative center, CityOn.
Taubman said the company started to adjust its development strategy five years ago and shifted its focus to the Chinese market. The second CityOn mall is expected to open in Zhengzhou, the capital of Central China's Henan province, later this year, Taubman said.
Liu said the pressure of developing city or regional shopping malls in first-tier cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, is great due to fierce competition and high construction costs. Taubman said the populations in China's second- and third-tier cities have already reached the standard of first-tier cities in the US, and they have the capacity to support development. Considering the wide use of the internet and the changing behavior of consumers, CityOn mall will also speed up efforts to improve customers' shopping experiences by combining online and offline services and marketing activities. China's economic growth has slowed in recent years, and some industry insiders believe the bearish macro environment will bring a slowdown to shopping across the country. Despite the threat of an online retailing boom, the report pointed out that some traditional retailers and brick-and-mortar mall developers are already adjusting their marketing strategies and adopting new technologies to drive more business.
Taubman said the company has maintained an optimistic attitude toward the potential growth of the Chinese market as the industry undergoes its first stage of evolution. Taubman Asia and Wangfujing said they are discussing further business expansion in China, such as opening outlet centers and entering China's western cities.
The scenic city of Guiyang is implementing major measures to boost its big data industry in an effort to provide a blueprint for other cities across the nation.
Guiyang has taken a number of measures to develop its big data industry in recent years, local officials said. The city's new efforts aim to grasp growth opportunities in the industry that has developed rapidly both at home and abroad and is showing great future potential. The big data industry has been designated as one of the three strategic sectors in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) in Southwest China's Guizhou province. The provincial capital of Guiyang hopes to pilot the development by releasing preferential policies and enhancing the construction of infrastructure facilities. Guiyang has also boosted infrastructure construction and spent 3.14 billion yuan ($484 million) on information infrastructure in 2015. Total investment in the park is about 1 billion yuan and the second-phase construction is slated for completion this year. The city jointly held the 2015 China E-commerce Innovation and Development Summit with China Network Television.
Guiyang has organized big data-related promotional activities in regions including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen and signed agreements for 162 projects with investment worth more than 170 billion yuan. In July, the Ministry of Science and Technology approved Guiyang's plan to build an experimental area for big data technological innovation.
The area will help create a good environment for innovation and explore sustainable development strategies for underdeveloped cities in western China, local officials said.
They said Guiyang hopes to promote mass entrepreneurship and innovation related to big data in the city.
The city government said Guiyang will attract more than 100 big data projects this year and foster one or two leading big data companies which are nationally influential.
With the rapid growth of big data industry in Guiyang, capital of Southwest China's Guizhou province, companies in the city are finding success with the emerging business of outsourcing call centers.
One company in Guiyang that has seen success as a call center outsourcing operator is Xutong Big Data Co Ltd.
It said call centers are an effective way for its clients to cut costs, generate sales and better maintain customer relations.
In two years, the company has a staff of 1,050 call center agents and a client list that includes Sinopec, Petro-China, China Mobile, China Unicom and Haier. Zhao Quanqiang, executive vice-president of Xutong, said the government's strong support for call center outsourcing businesses as well as the city's hardworking spirit and growing big data industry are key advantages for the city.
Zhao said a company could have applied for a 1 million yuan ($154,000) subsidy from the government for offering jobs and training locals as call center agents.
The city's other main advantage is the lower costs of hiring employees compared to other large cities in the country.
Yan Xiaobin, chairman of the China Call Center and BPO Association, said he is optimistic about Guiyang's development in call center outsourcing business. He said the call center business can play an important role in upgrading Guiyang's economy because it is a labor-, knowledge- and technology-intensive sector. According to Chen Gang, the city's Party chief, Guiyang will use its big data and call center businesses to drive its overall development and to make the city a call center outsourcing hub with global influence. With the rapid development of big data technology and its wider application in the commercial field, Guiyang is seeking to lead the nation in big data transactions.
China's first big data exchange - the Guiyang Big Data Exchange - became operational on April 14, 2015. The exchange, also known as the GBDEX, offers a range of services for data assets transactions, big data cleansing, modeling and analysis, transactions of data futures, as well as financing for the industry.
According to Wang Sanshou, executive president of the exchange, the GDGEX had 360 members by the end of 2015. He said many enterprises hope to save their data collected from business operations in the GBDEX, expecting the exchange to offer them added value through processing, modeling and analyzing. Wang said the long-term goal of the exchange is to have annual transaction volume surpassing 10 billion yuan. He said the goal is practical because big data will be among the most valuable assets in the future with further development of the internet and other information technologies. He said the exchange would encourage more entrepreneurs to use the GDBEX's big data platform for starting businesses and expanding markets.
The executive president said the biggest problems they face are the legislation needed for data transactions and the protection of the property rights of big data. Wang said there should be an authoritative party to confirm the ownership rights of the data before they are traded at the exchange.
He said Guiyang is making some tentative experiments in this field by developing a big data special zone. When he arrived on April 11, he says he discovered his fellow guests at the hotel were almost entirely Chinese. The next day, he rose at 6 am and took a shuttle bus to the 60,000-seat Kim Il-sung Stadium to join more than 500 international runners at the starting line.
This year, the marathon started in Rungrado May Day Stadium, the largest arena in the world with a capacity of 150,000, and reportedly attracted at least 1,000 runners from outside the DPRK.
The route through downtown Pyongyang passes some major landmarks, including Kim Il-sung University and the city's Arch of Triumph. He says there were no security checks at the starting line or portable toilets, and that the rules for runners' attire were unusual.
In the end, Hu finished outside 3 hours 52 minutes, almost 16 minutes slower than his personal best but eight ahead of the event's closing mark, a relatively tough task for many amateur runners.
Hu, who works for a media company in Beijing, says his lasting impression is of the local spectators. Hu Jinnan travels around the world to take part in various competitions, such as the marathon in Pyongyang in April.


The Chengdu plant of Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile - DPCA, a joint venture with French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen and Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Corporation, is scheduled to go into trial production in May. Located in the State-level Chengdu Economic and Technological Development Zone, also known as the CEDZ in the eastern part of Chengdu, it is DPCA's fourth manufacturing plant in China. The Chengdu plant will mainly produce vehicles for both the Peugeot and Citroen brands as well as Dongfeng's Fengshen brand, with a focus on high-end sport utility vehicles and multi-purpose vehicles.
In December 2015, the plant's first all-new SUV ran off the assembly line, just 14 months after its foundation was laid in October, 2014.
The new model, whose internal code name is the P84, was developed in partnership with European plants and will launch simultaneously in the Chinese and European markets. Louis Gallois, chairman of the supervisory board of PSA Peugeot Citroen, called the construction speed of the Chengdu plant a "miracle", as it generally takes about two and a half years to build such a plant.
Wu Zheng, a senior manager of the Chengdu plant, said the plant uses world-leading technology, making it both highly efficient and environmentally friendly.
The Chengdu plant has attracted some 30 companies engaged in related industries, such as France-based Faurecia, Dongfeng Motor Die and Mould, Fengshen Logistics and Wuhan Dongfeng Hongtai Holdings Group.
According to Wu, the number of companies engaged in related industries at the plant is expected to reach 80, supplying more than 70 percent of the auto parts needed by DPCA's Chengdu plant.
The plant is expected to go into commercial operation in October, and the production target for this year is 10,000 cars. The construction of DPCA's Chengdu plant got strong, targeted support from the local government. Lu Congguo, director of the plant, said that although he had initial concerns about dealing with government departments, his fears were unfounded. The plant was listed as one of 56 major industrial projects by the Sichuan provincial government. The local government also focused on the construction of the infrastructural facilities in the Sino-French Ecological Park. Longquanyi district, home to the CEDZ, has invested more than 1 billion yuan in the construction of the infrastructure.
Zhou Ling, director of the Sino-French Ecological Park's coordination office, said park officials are negotiating with leading French companies, including PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault and Bollore, to establish cooperation in the fields of new-energy vehicles and smart cars. The park is also seeking in-depth cooperation with French and European Union companies in the fields of ecological construction, energy saving and environmental protection.
Chengdu's auto industry has seen rapid development in recent years, growing into a pillar of the city's economy. Longquanyi is one of China's leading auto bases, with investors including Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen, FAW-Volkswagen, FAW-Toyota, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Volvo, as well as many car component suppliers. Last year, Longquanyi district produced 920,000 units of vehicles and its auto industry generated output value of 141.2 billion yuan.
Since last year, Volvo's new luxury sedan, the S60 Inscription, has been produced at the company's Chengdu plant and exported to the United States. With DPCA's Chengdu plant set to go into commercial operation, auto production in Longquanyi is expected to exceed 1 million cars this year, local officials said. According to the city's industrial development strategy, Chengdu will have the capacity to produce 2 million cars annually by 2017. The latest planning shows that the city is expected to have an annual output capacity of 3 million cars by 2025. The city will also take advantage of its location with regard to the Belt and Road Initiative and the Chengdu-Europe express rail route to create an improved logistics service for carmakers and car component suppliers, the official said. An important social movement in China took place early in the 20th century when scholar Liang Shuming called on intellectuals to boost the reform of rural areas stricken by extreme poverty after years of war. As part of efforts to improve the quality of life in these areas, scholars set up schools and came up with measures to upgrade agricultural technology. Zhu Shengxuan leased an abandoned farm from the Deqing local government in Zhejiang province and is going all out to find new ways to repurpose China's villages and entice more people to come back and live in the countryside.
A century has since passed, and some young intellectuals still hold onto a similar dream, although the movement has now taken on a new meaning - to preserve culture and heritage.
Although he has lived in Shanghai for more than 10 years, Zhu says he still has a strong emotional connection to his village in Baoshan, Yunnan province. Many people in the affected areas who had relied primarily on farming to make a living now had no means to earn an income. Nearby, he grew corn, sweet potatoes and a variety of other vegetables without the use of pesticide.
Before creating the blueprint for his new village reform project in Kunshan city in Jiangsu province, Zhu talked to most of the 142 families in the area to find out what were the things they hoped to retain. Together with the local authorities in Kunshan, Zhu will also be setting up a gallery comprising items from many of the old farmers, such as a 100-year-old millstone and brick sculptures of tigers. Phoenix Peninsula is 21 square kilometers in size and stretches out over 54 km of coastline that includes the 3.5-km Golden Beach, a national-level 4A scenic spot. The Qingdao government has been cautious about the exploration of Phoenix Peninsula in a bid to preserve its resources and land. In recent years, tourism products in the zone have diversified, including a selection of high-end hotels, such as Wyndam, The Lalu and the Hilton, entertainment parks, yacht and cruise ship ports, sports centers and museums.
From last summer, Phoenix Peninsula has been the venue for the Qingdao International Beer Festival, and has China's largest coastal beer plaza. Wang said the new development strategy for China's tourism industry recommended from the central government is comprehensive planning for an entire area instead of building a few tourist attractions, which is in line with Phoenix Peninsula's strategy to build a "tourism and resorts zone". It also hosts a plum festival in March and April that includes numerous activities such as a photography competition, a calligraphy and Chinese painting exhibition, a bonsai exhibition, interactive games and a traditional drama and dance. There is also a separate park with 15 varieties of bamboo spread across 10,000 square meters. Bijiashangliu, a village in Licang, has been recognized as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in China" in 2013 and 2014. The district has also six so-called mountain parks, including Hushan, Loushan, Yandunshan, Niumaoshan, that are covered in forests. The venue for the 2014 Qingdao International Horticultural Expo is consistently preserved and maintained and is recognized as a national 4-A level tourist attraction. In March, the district hosted the Kite Festival at the Horticulture Exhibition Park in partnership with Weifang, another city in Shandong province and where the original kite festival in China was held. The projects, spread over a combined area of 3.5 million square meters, cover finance, information services, industrial design, the culture and creative industry, research and development, smart hardware, new energy, new materials and marine biomedicine. The projects will be located in the area around Zhuzhou road, an industrial base with 168 high-tech companies.
Last year, companies in this area applied for 5,075 patents, up 27.5 percent from 2014, and 1,241 patents were approved, a 70 percent increase from 2014.
The area is home to Haier Industrial Park, the eastern part of which will soon expand with a 40-hectare urban complex complete with financial services, e-commerce service providers, startup incubators, shopping centers and entertainment facilities. The Aucma Smart Industrial Park project, behind a 4 billion yuan investment, will serve as a R&D center and startup incubator for more than 200 small and medium-sized companies.
Jiang Duntao, head of the Laoshan district government, said the district has set up a 1 billion yuan industrial investment fund for emerging industries and has built up various startup incubators to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams by partnering with China's top venture fund managers and tech investors.
Farmers harvest grapes in Pingdu, Qingao, where the Qingdao Dazeshan Mountain Hiking Festival kicks off from Saturday. The Qingdao Dazeshan Mountain Hiking Festival kicked of from Saturday in Pingdu, the largest county-level city in the province.
The town of Dazeshan has hosted the China Qingdao Dazeshan Grape Festival for 29 years and its grapes are reputed to be on a par with those from Xinjiang, which is believed to produce the best grapes in China. Since 1987, the price of local grapes has increased 50 times to more than 10 yuan ($1.54) per kilogram. Dazeshan boasts more than 200 varieties of grapes, including Muscat Hamburg, Zeshan No 1 and Golden Finger, and the town's local vineyards cover more than 2,300 hectares. Dazeshan's vineyards are also benefiting from the growth of the wine and tourist industries. The regional government has, in recent years, taken steps to preserve the natural environment, including closing a number of quarries and stone processing plants, despite their significant tax contributions. Under current plans, the park will be located in the Qingdao Bonded Port Jiaozhou Function Area, which boasts capabilities to support multimodal transport logistics, facilitating smooth transportation, e-commerce and high-end manufacturing, as well as research and development facilities.
It is hoped that the park will increase bilateral investment and trade cooperation among countries in Asia and Europe by mobilizing resources domestically and overseas, said Wang Shoupeng, head of Jiaozhou commerce department. Today it boasts a well-developed freight transport system with seamless sea and rail links. Shipping company CRIntermodal has set up one of its 18 logistics terminals in Jiaozhou, which connects with nearly 600 container transaction stations across the country.
Jiaozhou's rail links connect Qingdao with China's western frontier city of Khorgos in Xinjiang, and also reach as far as Amsterdam through the Eurasia Continental Bridge. To make things easier for logistics operators, the Qingdao Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau opened a sub-office in Jiaozhou in October 2013. Ratanina Masha (right) from Russia, who studies Chinese at the Ocean University of China, proudly displays her calligraphy skills on Neighbor Day on April 20 in Shinan District, Qingdao.
Dozens of foreigners gathered in a small neighborhood in Qingdao's Shinan district on the afternoon of April 20.
They came to make friends among the locals in honor of Neighbor Day, an 18-day event celebrated across Qingdao, including the county-level cities on its outskirts, such as Jiaozhou.
The festival started 12 years ago after a 10-year-old girl called Sun Ruihan was rebufed after paying a New Year's visit to her neighbor. The concept was embraced by the municipal government and promoted as a city-level event in a bid to boost friendliness and civility in the city. As the birthplace of the festival, Shibei district hosted the opening ceremony of this year's Neighbor Day on April 19. In Jiaozhou, a county-level city of Qingdao, organizers hosted a number of activities to bring neighbors together, including the sharing of family stories and a mobile neighbors' library to share books.
As the central area of downtown Qingdao, Shinan district attracts many foreigners into its communities, thus there is also international representation at their Neighbor Day activities. Sarah Sobas from the United States said she had a great time with her neighbors as she experienced the art of Chinese paper cutting for the first time. Ratanina Masha from Russia, who is studying Chinese at the Ocean University of China, described the event as a great opportunity to make friends with her Chinese neighbors and learn about the local culture with them. As China prepares to host its first G20 Summit, the importance of this grouping of major world economies is becoming more apparent, according to experts. The event, slated for September 4-5 in East China's Hangzhou city, comes at a time when increasing deflationary risks loom over the global economy's recovery.
Boosting growth among developing countries is highlighted on the summit's agenda, as has making more progress in areas such as addressing global climate change.
Since December, around 30 preparatory meetings have been held at the ministerial or working-group level, including a gathering of personal representatives of heads of state, known as sherpas, as well as finance, trade and foreign ministers.
More than 30 additional meetings are scheduled later this year to ensure the summit's success, according to the latest calendar of events published on the G20's official website.
On April 8, a presidency statement was released following the Second G20 Sherpa Meeting in Guangzhou, stating that the assembled representatives would work toward promoting the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which was adopted at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December. Huang Wei, a researcher on global economic governance at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, noted that "the G20 now represents the best efficiency in the aspect of global economic governance", while other mechanisms - such as the UN and G7 - are faced with higher cost or lack of influence. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and China's G20 Sherpa Li Baodong has described the Hangzhou summit as "the first time that the G20 will formulate an action plan on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". This ambitious agenda, adopted in September, is designed to serve as the launchpad for action to promote shared prosperity and well-being for the next 15 years.
Upon China's initiative, the G20 is examining ways to support industrialization in Africa and what are known as least development countries, Li added. Zhu Jiejin, an associate professor on global governance studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, said if the G20 takes the 2030 Agenda as one of its policy goals, the gathering itself will win more recognition for its role as a "leading international economic cooperation platform". This will "offer political impetus" for implementing the agenda, make the work of international organs such as the UN easier and encourage more countries to join in, Zhu said.
British oil giant BP should drop its plans for deepwater oil exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight after Australiaa€™s offshore oil and gas authority, NOPSEMA, sent back its application for a second time. The announcement formed part of a $1.54m budget for shark hazard mitigation and continues to anger conservationists and the community, which came out in their tens of thousands to oppose lethal drum lines off Western Australiaa€™s coastline. On the 7th of December 2015, Sea Shepherd Australia Limited instructed EDO NSW to submit a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection seeking photographs and video footage of Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean in 2008.
In 2008, the Australian Customs patrol vessel Oceanic Viking along with A319 aerial surveillance flights, documented the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in Antarctica. The Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, has arrived in the Republic of Gabon for the commencement of Operation Albacore, a new campaign to tackle illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, under the direction of the Government of Gabon. Throughout the 2016 tuna fishing season, Gabonese marines (Marine Nationale) and officers with the Fisheries Enforcement Agency (ANPA) will be stationed on-board the Bob Barker, working alongside Sea Shepherd crew to patrol Gabon's sovereign waters. As BP held its annual general meeting in London on April 14, Sea Shepherd, The Wilderness Society, and the Great Australian Bight Alliance took the fight to save the Great Australian Bight to BPa€™s doorstep. Coordinated protests in Australia and the United Kingdom took place as BPa€™s shareholders met, with a mock oil spill held at the organisationa€™s head office in Melbourne, and a giant inflatable whale installed outside the AGM in London.
Protestors helped clean up a mock oil spill outside BPa€™s headquarters in Melbourne this morning to highlight the British companya€™s plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
On the other side of the world later today there will also be a protest at BPa€™s annual general meeting in London. The 6 illegal fishing vessels of the FU YUAN YU fleet are now in China and the final investigation into their fisheries crimes is now in the hands of the Chinese authorities.
Sea Shepherd has offered to hand over the evidence in this case, comprising of 4 kilometres of driftnet, marking beacons, physical sightings, in addition to eye-witnesses, photographs and log-book entries, to the Chinese authorities.
On March 29, 2016 at 2027 UTC, the illegal fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 076 entered the port of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province in position 22 Degrees 02 Minutes (North); 113 Degrees 04 Minutes (East). This is the second attempt made by the vessel in as many days to call a port after trying to enter Xincun harbour yesterday, and the first instance in which the vessel is well inside of China's jurisdictional control.
Sea Shepherda€™s Flagship, Steve Irwin, which is in pursuit of the poaching vessel, has reported the Fu Yuan Yu 076a€™s position to the Chinese government, providing authorities with an immediate opportunity to arrest and investigate the vessel. The Queensland Fisheries Minister, Leanne Donaldson has revealed in a letter to Independent MP, Peter Wellington, that the Department has requested a permit for additional drum lines in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for the potential future trialing of new technology such as smart drum lines.
The requested permit however, raises concerns, as there would be no need to permanently increase fishing effort within the Great Barrier Reef to trial smart drum lines and the Ministera€™s Office has advised that there are no current plans for the use of smart drum lines.
In a statement released today, the Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR), the body behind the Japanese governmenta€™s whaling program, announced the return of the Japanese whaling fleet from its Antarctic slaughter.
It is the first time that the Japanese whalers have returned to the Southern Ocean to slaughter whales since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled its whaling program to be illegal in 2014.
The statement confirmed that 333 whales, including a number of pregnant females, have been harpooned in Antarctic waters by the whalers since December. The fishing vessel Fu Yuan Yu 076, one of six vessels documented fishing illegally in the Indian Ocean by Sea Shepherd, has crossed over to South China Sea from the high seas of the Indian Ocean, through the Malacca Straits. After much anticipation, Sea Shepherd Global has today unveiled the name of its New Patrol Vessel, Ocean Warrior.
The ship name was selected by a panel of representatives from Sea Shepherd and the Dutch Postcode Lottery, from over 1,400 entries in Sea Shepherda€™s Name Our New Patrol Vessel competition. The Ministry has been working with international organizations and other authorities and has collected more than 3,000 documents to prove the illegal business structure of Vidal Armadores. BP is treating the Australian people, the Australian Senate and even Australiaa€™s offshore oil and gas authority (NOPSEMA) with contempt by resubmitting its application to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight before the Senate inquiry into BPa€™s plans has even heard submissions. The Australian Senatea€™s Environment Committee is looking into the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of BPa€™s planned exploratory oil drilling project and any future oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight and will report back by May 12th 2016. Sea Shepherda€™s Flagship, the Steve Irwin, has intercepted a fleet of six illegal fishing vessels, the Fu Yuan Yu fleet, in the Indian Ocean. The Sea Shepherd ship, under the command of Captain Siddharth Chakravarty, has now engaged in a pursuit of one of the ships, the Fu Yuan YU 076. The six Chinese-flagged vessels were located on the Ninety East Ridge in international waters; an area managed by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMO). Sea Shepherda€™s Flagship, the Steve Irwin, is en route to the Indian Ocean to confront a killer in our oceans. A fleet of fishing vessels is actively fishing on the high seas of the Indian Ocean using driftnets; a form of fishing banned by the United Nations in 1992 due to its indiscriminate and destructive impact. Taking advantage of the remoteness of the region, and in the absence of law enforcement, the fleet has demonstrated a resurgence of this out-dated, outlawed practice. Authorities in Indonesia have sunk the last of the a€?Bandit 6a€? toothfish poaching vessels, the Viking, in Pangandaran, West Java. Sea Shepherd representatives were on the ground to film the sinking, which marks the end of over a decade of toothfish poaching in the Southern Ocean at the hands of the Bandit 6, and the conclusion of Sea Shepherda€™s 12th Southern Ocean Defense Campaign, Operation Icefish 2015-16. Site visits for a potential a€?Shark Spottersa€? program have been finalised within Western Australia, where approximately 25 specific beaches were assessed, with a focus on the South-West coast. Representatives from Shark Spotters in Cape Town, South Africa, were brought over to Australia from a crowd-funding initiative started by Sea Shepherd Australia and No Shark Cull Inc.
Up to five sites, all situated in the South-West of the state were identified as having potential, with three in particular earmarked for a recommended feasibility trail. Sea Shepherd Captains Peter Hammarstedt and Siddharth Chakravarty have congratulated Spanish authorities on the arrest of six people following raids on the headquarters of known fishing crime syndicate, Vidal Armadores. Reports indicate that the six arrested, including company owner Antonio Vidal SuA?rez, are accused of illegally fishing for Antarctic and Patagonian toothfish. Last week, Director of Sea Shepherd Netherlands, Geert Vons, and Director of Sea Shepherd Asia, Gary Stokes, visited the Damen shipyard in Turkey to review progress on the construction of Sea Shepherda€™s New Patrol Vessel.
The hunt for the last of six known toothfish poaching vessels has ended with the arrest of the Nigerian-flagged Viking in Indonesia. The announcement of the vessela€™s arrest was made at a press conference in Jakarta today, held by Indonesian Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti, the Commander of the Western Naval Fleet and other high-ranking Indonesian officials.
The a€?Shark Spottersa€? will be undertaking a range of site visits at popular beaches to determine if the topology lends itself to a similar program, and will be liaising with key stakeholders to discuss their findings. Rare Mobula Rays found by Sea Shepherd crew dead in Queensland Shark Nets  a€“ one with large bites! Sea Shepherd crew aligned with the Apex Harmony Campaign, have made a gruesome discovery of two rare mobula rays, which appear to be Japanese Devilrays, dead in a shark net, 100 meters from each other at Miami Beach on the Gold Coast. Japanese Devilrays have rarely been documented in Australia, with only two reported sightings throughout Australia recorded according to the Shark Red List Authority.
Antarctica is considered one of the last pristine environments in the world, yet it now faces a new threat from industrial scale krill fishing. Following a successful presence at dive shows in the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands, Sea Shepherd Global is proud to announce the official launch of a new initiative, Sea Shepherd Dive.
Sea Shepherd Dive has been developed to provide a a€?support and reporta€? network to enable the dive community to get involved with Sea Shepherd and its worldwide mission to stop poachers and illegal operations that are destroying our marine environment. In the vastness of the Southern Ocean, the Japanese whaling fleet has likely been able to illegally slaughter their reduced quota of 333 Minke whales.
Because of the expanded area of operations and the fact that they were targeting only a third of their quota, the Japanese whalers were able to get away with violating the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Japanese whaling operations in the Southern Ocean should be shut down. The crackdown on poachers in the Southern Ocean continues with news that authorities in Senegal, West Africa, have detained the internationally wanted toothfish-poaching vessel, Kunlun. Reports allege that the Kunlun had previously falsified its registry, claiming Indonesia as its flag state. As the worlda€™s oceans face a devastating plastic crisis Sea Shepherd Australia today announced a dedicated campaign to combat the growing tide of marine debris in the worlda€™s oceans and waterways.
Marine debris is a globally recognised environmental issue as marine ecosystems world-wide are increasingly affected by human-made refuse, much of which is plastic. The crew of the Sea Shepherd ship, Steve Irwin, has filmed a rare encounter with a Blue whale mother and her calf. The ship, which is currently engaged in Operation Icefish 2015-16 a€“ Sea Shepherda€™s 12th Southern Ocean Defense Campaign a€“ encountered the pair while on the search for illegal activity on the high seas. Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived on this planet, growing up to 30 meters in length. Sea Shepherda€™s Flagship, the Steve Irwin, has departed Fremantle, Western Australia for the Southern Ocean.
Led by returning Captain, Siddharth Chakravarty, Sea Shepherd will once again defend the pristine waters of Antarctica from poachers, with the aim to shutdown illegal activities in what is the worlda€™s last great wilderness.
BP will be facing increasing opposition to its plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, with many environment groups forming an alliance with Traditional elders and locals to campaign against the British companya€™s plans.
The Great Australian Bight Alliance includes Sea Shepherd, Surfrider Foundation Australia, the Wilderness Society, Mirning and Kokatha elders, Oil Free Seas Kangaroo Island and Clean Bight Alliance Australia (West Coast SA).
In a Concerns Notice written to both the Daily Telegraph and News Corporation Australia on behalf of Sea Shepherd Australia, it is stated that the article titled a€?Greenies caught up in drum line sabotage scandala€? makes a number of serious and untrue allegations and false imputations against Sea Shepherd and that the article was replicated in a number of other New Corporation outlets such as The Australian, The Courier Mail, The Herald Sun and The Advertiser. As Sea Shepherd is preparing the Steve Irwin to take on the four vessels of the Japanese whale poachers and two remaining tooth fish poaching boats, the Daily Telegraph has fired a torpedo into our side.
As most of you would be aware, in September this year Sea Shepherd Global launched an SOS Emergency Patrol Appeal to raise funds to replace four of our small boats, confiscated during our direct-action campaigns in the Faroe Islands. The Spitfire, Echo and Farley, as well as the tender of the Brigitte Bardot , were seized by the Danish Navy and Faroese police in 2014 and 2015 while in the line of duty, defending the pilot whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands. Three Sea Shepherd crew members working on the Apex Harmony shark campaign were questioned by police this morning regarding their activities. The questioning came about as a result of New South Wales fisheries making a false accusation based on no evidence at all, that the Sea Shepherd crew had de-baited the smart drum lines in Ballina and Byron Bay.
Sea Shepherd Australia is concerned that boaties are at risk due to the lack of information from the New South Walesa€™ Government regarding the placement of listening stations and smart drum lines in Ballina and Byron Bay.
Without a notice to mariners regarding the location of these new technologies, boaties run the risk of running into and over smart drum lines during rough conditions and poor lighting. A national poll, commissioned by Sea Shepherd Australia and undertaken by Australian market research company Roy Morgan Research, has shown that 76.9% of Australians want the Federal Government to send a ship to oppose Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.
National Shark Campaign Coordinator for Sea Shepherd, Natalie Banks was asked to assist with the release of a€?Oliviaa€?, a Hawksbill Turtle at Julian Rocks in New South Wales today, after Australian Seabird Rescue (which also rescues turtles) heard about the number of turtles caught on drum lines within Queensland. Australian Seabird Rescue, based in Ballina in northern New South Wales, made a strategic decision to release a€?Oliviaa€? at a Marine Park where there are no drum lines in place, and held off on the release until they knew for sure that no smart drum lines were in New South Walesa€™ water. Sea Shepherd Australia is calling on the New South Wales Government for greater transparency regarding the use of smart drum lines, stating that the public has a right to know what is being caught and when. The smart drum lines, which have been implemented in Ballina and Coffs Harbour have been utilised without any transparency on catch data and response times to release animals caught on the hook. Yesterday, a pod of 11 pilot whales was slaughtered at the killing beach of FuglafirA°i in the Faroe Islands. CEO of Sea Shepherd Global, Captain Alex Cornelissen, has condemned Japana€™s plans to return to the Southern Ocean to slaughter whales this austral summer. Sea Shepherd has slammed the Queensland Department of Fisheriesa€™ proposal to increase drum lines in the Great Barrier Reef in a submission to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, stating that the proposal would add further pressures to the already fragile reef. The submission, written by National Shark Campaign Coordinator for Sea Shepherd, Natalie Banks specifies the lack of justification for the proposed increased of approximately 65 drum lines into the World Heritage site; stipulating that there has not been an unwanted shark encounter within the famous tourist site, for almost 30 years. Sea Shepherd Australia is disappointed that the NSW Government has ignored advice from a independent review into non-lethal options to mitigate shark encounters in the state. The disappointment comes after Premier Mike Baird, announced that smart drum lines would be used in northern New South Wales as a result of increased shark activity in the area over the past 12 months. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is proud to be one of 30 environmental groups which have bestowed the international a€?dishonor" of being "Shark Enemy 2016a€? upon Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, the President of Costa Rica.
Sea Shepherd Global CEO, Captain Alex Cornelissen, has been served with a summons to appear in court in the Faroe Islands.
Captain Cornelissen, a Dutch national, was issued with the notice by a Danish police officer outside the Danish parliament building yesterday.
Captain Paul Watson files a petition against Costa Rica for violating his rights through politically motivated legal proceedings. An affidavit provided by Sea Shepherda€™s Captain Peter Hammarstedt was submitted as evidence in a contempt case against Japanese whaling company, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd (Kyodo), in the Australian Federal Court in Sydney, Australia. In 2008, Humane Society International (HSI) successfully obtained a declaration in the Federal Court that Kyodo was breaking Australian law by killing whales in Antarctica under the guise of scientific research, and also obtained an injunction ordering the company to stop killing whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Sea Shepherd Australia has engaged a fourth-year evolutionary biology student from Harvard University to assist with analysing reams of information secured as part of a Freedom of Information request regarding the catch data associated with the Queensland Shark Control Program.
Carolyn Pushaw, who is studying in Australia with the School for International Training, contacted Sea Shepherd around two months ago to indicate her interest in helping with the Apex Harmony Campaign.
Sea Shepherd has long been a champion of non-violent direct action in defense of the world's oceans. For this reason we are extremely proud to partner with 5 Gyres in combating what has been described as a€?the deadliest predator of the sea*a€? a€“ marine plastic.
Following the unprecedented success of Operation Icefish, Sea Shepherd today announced its second campaign to target illegal Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish operators in the Southern Ocean; Operation Icefish 2015-16. Led by returning Captain, Sid Chakravarty, Sea Shepherd will once again focus its attention on defending the pristine waters of Antarctica, with the aim to eliminate illegal fishing of vulnerable toothfish from the region. After months of dealing with red tape and administrative hold ups within the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Sea Shepherd Australia is putting the Queensland Government on notice with a vote of no confidence in government authorities when it comes to shark management in the state. Sea Shepherd Australia is beyond shocked upon learning that the Queensland Department of Fisheries is looking to increase the number of drum lines that require a permit to be used within the Great Barrier Reef from 148 to 213; an increase of 65 drum lines. The revelation comes as the Department of Fisheries released an information pack outlining their proposal, which the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has released and made available, in order to collate public submissions.


The NSW Government recently announced a world first $16 million shark strategy which will see the trial this summer of several new technologies such as barrier nets, in-water sonar buoys and increased aerial surveillance at several locations along the NSW coast.
NSW Apex Harmony Coordinator Allyson Jennings commends Premier Mike Baird and NSW DPI Minister Niall Blair for taking a proactive and considered approach. Updated catch figures for the New South Wales shark meshing program has shown that 17,131 marine animals have been caught by the program since 1950; the majority being hammerhead sharks and rays.
Sea Shepherd Australia has also been looking at mortality rates of catches within the program and has found of the 4,859 Hammerhead sharks caught in the program and accounting for almost a third of the catch, 97% have died over the past 20 years, as a direct result of being caught in the nets. Officers of Scuttled Poaching Vessel, Thunder, Sentenced to Jail and Fined 15 Million Euros. Information from the Australian Lifeguard Service and Surf Life Saving NSW regarding beach attendance, in addition to tourism information, has shown time and again, that shark encounters play no role in regards to visitor numbers to beaches or regions of New South Wales.
Natalie Banks, National Shark Campaign Coordinator states that data available from July 2009 onwards points to at least 13 examples of increases in beach attendance and tourism after a shark encounter or fatality, and states that New South Wales authorities are ignoring the empirical data available to them. After extensive preparation and in cooperation with the National Judicial Authority of Ecuador and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Sea Shepherd Galapagos organized its first-ever capacity-building course on the landmark World Heritage Convention and its application in the Galapagos Islands. The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (the World Heritage Convention) is a successful global instrument for the protection of cultural and natural heritage.
The Dutch-registered Sea Shepherd ships Sam Simon and Bob Barker have arrived in the port of Bremen, Germany, marking the official conclusion of Sea Shepherda€™s sixth Faroe Islands Pilot Whale Defense Campaign, Operation Sleppid Grindini. The ships join Sea Shepherda€™s Australian-registered fast trimaran, Brigitte Bardot, which returned to Bremen from the Faroe Islands in late September.
Operation Saimaa Seal was set up to protect the world's most endangered seal and one of the most endangered mammals in the world, the Saimaa ringed seal of Lake Saimaa, Finland. The Saimaa ringed seal is on the brink of extinction with experts predicting that the species will be completely wiped-out within a few decades.
One of the biggest threats to the critically endangered Seal is illegal fishnets and fish traps. Last week, while patrolling the waters of the Faroe Islands, the crew of the Sea Shepherd ship, Sam Simon, discovered the carcass of a pilot whale floating in the waters just outside KlaksvA­k in the Kalsoyar fjord in the northeast of the archipelago. Over the past three months, the Sea Shepherd ships Brigitte Bardot, Sam Simon, and more recently the Bob Barker, in collaboration with the Sea Shepherd land crew, have successfully escorted hundreds of dolphins, including pilot whales, away from the killing beaches of the Faroe Islands.
This week alone pods of pilot whales, white-sided dolphins, white-beaked dolphins and bottlenose dolphins have been led away from the shores of the archipelago by the Sea Shepherd ships.
After lecturing at Glasgow University in economics he worked as a first Secretary in the Diplomatic Service in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1974-1976). Michael and his family spent time in Inverness and after the army stint settled in Lanarkshire.
In opposition, he focussed on foreign policy, defence, international development and Scotland.
Currently Chairman of SSE, which is the second largest producer of energy in the UK and has the largest renewables portfolio in Britain, he has a comprehensive knowledge of energy trends. In the early part of her time at Carillion she lead in the development and delivery of solar pv programmes in the domestic and commercial sectors as well as being involved in some early electric vehicle charging post projects. Previously, as a Partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, Nathan worked with public and private sector organisations, across a wide range of projects and programmes in social, environmental and economic infrastructure. This has involved the development and coordination of the Scottish Green Investment Portfolio (SGIP) assisting the accessibility for finance for Low Carbon and Green Sector projects, development and planning of new funds and delivery structures for Energy, Waste and Community Renewable projects. He advises on the development of teams to progress projects and investment structures and sourcing Public and Private finance and delivery interest for major projects.
Alex then became Head of London weather Centre where he lead a team of forecasters responsible for severe weather and road forecasts in the southeast of England, rail forecasts for the UK as well as overall monitoring of UK National TV and radio output. Prior to her appointment in 2011, she was the International Finance Corporation's vice president for business advisory services and a member of IFC's management team. In October 2006 he was appointed Director of the Glasgow Research Partnership in Engineering (GRPE), part of an £80m collaborative pooling funded by the Scottish Funding Council. As a former senior BBC correspondent he understands the importance of balance and neutrality.
He has built up a broad range of expertise, and has experience advising lenders, developers, utilities, contractors and the public sector in project finance, JV and public sector-private sector transactions. A large part of her working career was spent with Honeywell Controls Ltd moving from manufacturing to marketing, and business management, in Scotland, Germany and around the world.
It is a solid foundation for building a demonstration area for Guizhous opening-up, said Ma Changqing, Party chief and head of the administrative committee of Guian New Area.
Office and urban facilities were also built during the first phase, allowing companies to begin operations immediately after moving into the zone. It maintained high standards in construction and investment projects selection, said Li Zhihui, one of the appraisal experts and also deputy director at the processing trade and bonded system department of the General Administration of Customs. The zone will cut unnecessary administrative procedures, promote free trade and provide market-oriented financial services in the coming years. The first-phase project, covering 100,000 square meters, is slated to be completed this year. Our business achieved outstanding results in sectors such as smart energy, smart healthcare and smart government system design. The system can also help shops in the park deliver goods to buyers in 15 minutes, Jiang added. We believe there will be many companies looking to establish offices in the park, Qiu said. It will not be a good industrial park if there is no professional service team and long-term development goal, Li said.
In recent interviews, executives of the companies praised the environment and growth potential of the area, the preferential policies offered by the government, as well as the enterprising and practical spirits of the local officials.
A company focusing on the construction and application of educational big data platforms, Zhanneng Technologies has received crucial policy support from the local government.
We are optimistic about the project because of Guizhous excellent ecology and the strong support of Guians big data industry. The practical and enterprising spirits of local officials were one of the factors that helped us make that decision. It became a national-level new area in January 2014 with the approval of the State Council. It is designed as a new economic driver and a demonstration area for opening-up and eco-friendly development in Guizhou province. From January 2015 to March 2016, the facility produced 7.3 billion yuan worth of products, including smartphones for the Huawei, Xiaomi and Meizu brands.
With the completion of their first-phase construction last year, these facilities now can accommodate more than 100,000 servers. The projects include big data centers for medical imaging, modern agriculture and cloud-based payment, and also cover such fields as smart manufacturing and internet-plus automaking. The park covers 10.34 square kilometers and is designed to accommodate innovation-driven enterprises, technology and a residential population of between 120,000 and 150,000. The road system's trunk roads were completed and opened to traffic and the west part of Xinchuan Heartbeat Central Park, which features green spaces and public amenities, is expected to be completed soon. Three other major projects are also under construction, including two incubation parks - New Generation IT Incubation Park and Biomedical Innovation Park invested by Chengdu High-Tech Investment Group and an operation base of OPPO, a well-known Chinese mobile phone manufacturer. This changed in 2011 when Sembcorp leveraged on the opening of China's western region as an investment hub for the region. All economic activities will largely be based on HQ control towers, R&D and back-end service centers. Chipscreen developed Chidamide, a first approved selective HDAC inhibitor for cancer treatment, and Chiglitazar, a configuration-restricted PPAR pan agonist, for type 2 diabetes in phase III development in China. The park is planned to be a cluster of both industry and residential areas, and its facilities and infrastructure are reasonably well developed, which is appealing to us," Lu said.
During the visit, the strategic partnership agreement will be signed by the king and President Xi Jinping. To address this imbalance, major Chinese companies have chosen Morocco for their direct investment in recent years. China can also engage in greater industrial cooperation with Africa and Europe by using Morocco's geographical advantages and its free trade agreements that allow access to markets in 55 countries, representing 60 percent of global GDP.
It was attended by seven Moroccan ministers, other high-level government officials and 400 investors. This policy clearly reflects the king's desire that the Moroccan and Chinese private sectors make a greater contribution to the promotion of the strategic partnership. Many factors made this performance possible, including strong and stable economic growth at 5 percent annually over the past 10 years, and inflation controlled at less than 2 percent. Morocco has designed strategies and policies for each of these sectors to ensure that they offer competitive, profitable and fast-growing projects.
All of these plans have given Morocco new impetus, and Chinese companies can make a significant contribution to the country's continuing growth. In addition, the Moroccan embassy in China will gladly offer every assistance to Chinese investors looking to develop and market their products in Morocco.
It is among the top destinations for foreign direct investment in Africa and offers investors the advantage of free trade access to 1 billion consumers. Chinese investors are taking a growing interest in Morocco and this will drive the increase in trade. Both countries have placed the continent at the core of their economic development strategies and both have heavily invested on the economic and social levels. The reasons for this are simple: our economic strategies in the region complement one another, and there are more areas in which it is in our best interest to cooperate rather than compete. To that end, Morocco included a specific initiative within its 2014 plan for industrial acceleration, which will provide Chinese companies with dedicated industrial zones where they can establish complete ecosystems in order to boost their productivity and increase their export capabilities in the area. For us, this was a clear signal that the strategic and economic partnership between China and Morocco is reaching a new dimension, which we hope to intensify over the coming years. Xi'an Shopping Center in Xi'an, the capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, on April 28. Xi'an Shopping Center is a modern, 90,000-square-meter, seven-level shopping center with plenty of amenities for shoppers, including easy parking with 2,200 spaces, as well as convenient traffic conditions.
Xi'an Shopping Center will create a shopping experience that is sure to satisfy the diverse tastes of people across the region," said Robert S.
Zhengzhou Shopping Center will host more than 200 international and local top retailers and have food and beverage offerings. She said more opportunities will be seen in China's second- and even third-tier cities in the future. We saw a very good opportunity here, because of the strong support from such a large population.
However, China Mall 2020, a white paper report on the future of China's retail sector jointly released last year by Taubman Asia and Mingtiandi, a Chinese market research firm, forecast sustainable growth in Chinese consumption.
It has also conducted research and issued a report on big data development that examines and forecasts trends in the industry, its influence on the economy and new services.
The project's first phase was completed in May 2015 to allow free Wi-Fi on the city's major roads and main public areas, covering an area of 12.8 square kilometers. Renowned international companies like Hewlett-Packard have launched their data centers in the city. It boosted rural and cross-border e-commerce and has developed new business, such as e-commerce big data analysis. More than 1,300 big data and related companies set up shop in the city last year, taking the current total in the city to more than 5,000.
The International Big Data Expo 2015 and Global Big Data Era Guiyang Summit attracted many foreign and domestic companies and helped Guiyang become more influential in the nation's big data sector, local officials said. It has worked to attract more investors and businesses from the big data industrial chain and to build itself into an experimental area for innovation and startups. The company became a telecom operator in 2003 and began to offer call center outsourcing services in 2014.
But Zhao warned that cost-effective labor is not enough to ensure the success of such a business.
The members include such domestic big names as Taikang Life, Tianhong Asset Management, China Unicom, Alibaba, JD, China Life, Huawei and iSoftStone. What we transact here are the analysis results based on big data, not the big data itself," Wang said. The package cost about 5,000 yuan ($770) and included a round-trip to Pyongyang on Air Koryo, hotel accommodation and entry to the marathon. Photography was allowed during the race, according to Hu, but people were told to show "respect" to portraits and statues of state leaders. For example, entrants were told beforehand not to use compression wear under their suits because "it is adverse to the tastes of the Korean people", although he says that the dress code was not strictly enforced. He says they were much more active and enthusiastic than he expected, in particular the women and children inside the stadium and along the marathon route. It is the first project in the northern part of the CEDZ, and the major part of the national-level Sino-French Ecological Park.
The two teams held regular weekly meetings to discuss any difficulties and devise solutions. The movement continued for seven years until the start of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45). Formerly a landscape design consultant for the Shanghai Expo, he decided to leave the industry after receiving cancer treatment in 2010, which spurred him to rethink his life and career.
After recovering from an operation to treat his cancer, he returned to the countryside to lead a healthier lifestyle. There, he discovered that because the area's water source was designated as a protected zone by the authorities, all conventional livestock and farming practices in the vicinity were outlawed to minimize pollution. In 2012, he decided to use his money to lease an abandoned farm from the local government for 20 years.
He knew almost all the traditional industries in Moganshan, including harvesting bamboo as a raw construction material, were not going to develop anymore. This is because he believes it is imperative that, regardless of how beautiful new architecture is, traditions have to be kept alive. After all, the Chinese government has in recent times emphasized the need to fully utilize empty houses and vacant land to develop traditional handicrafts, agriculture and tourism.
One of the goals is to draw more visitors from the cities to learn about the local culture and way of life. The peninsula also incorporates Zhuchadao, a small island known for its fertile fishing ground that is 8.5 km off the coast, and Tangdao Bay, which is often compared to the "West Lake of the Sea" for its tranquility.
The event is expected to integrate kite culture, tourism, investment promotion and international communications.
It is hoping to attract more than 800 technology companies and 20,000 high-end workers to generate 40 billion yuan in revenue.
The R&D center will focus on smart home appliances, ultralow temperature cooling technologies, cold chain logistics and vending machines.
It has thus far attracted 26 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering. The month-long event will help further enhance the region's reputation for grapes, which are a local specialty. Once the owner of a stone-processing plant, he was forced to consider a new direction when the plant was shut down. The town's more than 70 hotels and restaurants welcome more than 600,000 visitors annually and they come to taste the grapes and wine on offer.
The bridge has cut transportation time from 45 days to 15 days compared with the sea route. They also learnt the arts of Chinese calligraphy, dumpling making, paper cutting, and discovered the culture of Chinese family trees. Upset by the incident, she wrote to the Shibei district government of Qingdao, suggesting that they introduce a "Neighbor Day" to encourage greater community spirit. With the theme of "neighbors as family", selected role models and citizen representatives from across the city gathered to share their homemade food and discuss the family stories behind those delicacies. Limited photo and video evidence of the illegal killing of Minke whales was initially released to the media by Australian authorities but subsequent attempts to access the full range of evidence gathered have been denied. These patrols will provide a vehicle for law enforcement to defend, conserve and protect critical tuna habitat in Central West Africa from April through to September 2016. The protests were held in opposition to BPa€™s plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. BPa€™s plans for the Bight have also been targeted by two recent protests in London calling for the British Museum to end its BP sponsorship deal.
Over the last 3 months, Sea Shepherd has provided the authorities with undeniable proof of this fleeta€™s engagement in illegal fishing with their operations violating 11 different International regulations and Chinese law. However, the offer has been turned down by the authorities who have instead decided to undertake a private investigation. The vessel entered the Chinese Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on March 22, 2016 at 0836 UTC, Southwest of Nansha Qundao (Spratly Island) bordering the Indonesian EEZ. Sea Shepherda€™s Flagship, the Steve Irwin, remains on the tail of the illegal vessel ensuring that its location is relayed to the relevant authorities across the world, including authorities in China.
Because of multiple entries of the winning name, a supervised raffle was used to select the competition winner, Mrs.
This was the last of a series of separately constructed large sections that are being assembled. This allowed the vessel to be detained in Senegal on formalities regarding its certification and flag status.
The shipa€™s departure marks the official commencement of the organizationa€™s 12th Southern Ocean Defense Campaign, Operation Icefish 2015-16.
It is the sixth grindadrA?p in the archipelago this year, and brings the total amount of pilot whales slaughtered in the 2015 drive hunts to 501. The coalition is calling upon the President to turn Costa Rica back into a country with a "true Blue agenda,a€? a country its citizens can be proud of, as well as the marine conservation leader that the world expects it to be. He, along with fellow Dutch nationals, Director of Sea Shepherd Netherlands, Geert Vons, and legal council for Sea Shepherd, LiesbethZegveld, had just finished a presentation on the grindadrA?p to a group of Danish parliamentarians when the incident occurred. If successful, this petition could bring an end to a lengthy battle between Captain Watson and the Costa Rican government, including potential dismissal of the Interpol Red Notice it issued in 2012 requesting his arrest and extradition. For the past three weeks, she has been conducting a research project to assist the shark campaign coordinators in understanding trends and forecasts in relation to the Queensland Shark Control Program. As the threats facing our marine ecosystems grow and become more complex, it is vital we expand the number of tools in our arsenal, form new alliances, and adopt new, innovative multi-pronged approaches to stem the tide of oceanic destruction. Each year millions of tonnes of plastic litter enter our oceans and waterways injuring and killing more than a million birds and 100 million marine animals (including fish, turtles, whales) through entanglement, suffocation and ingestion. Additionally, there will be further scientific research, expansion of current tagging programs plus further public education. The three have been sentenced to between 32 and 36 months in jail each for recklessness and forgery, and have been fined 15 million euros for charges relating to pollution and damage to the environment. The returning crews received a heroa€™s welcome as supporters gathered to greet them following the grueling three and a half month long campaign.
These species are four of the six that, according to local regulations, can be targeted for slaughter in the infamous drive hunt known as the grindadrA?p. He was then Deputy Director of the Overseas Development Institute, which included a period working for the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, John Smith MP, as a Special Advisor. He is also Chairman of The Weir Group plc, Glasgow 2014 (the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, and Non-executive Director of Standard Bank Group Ltd. Recent focus has been has been heavily weighted towards the emerging Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation policies as she has worked with DECC, other industry leads and internally to bring a sustainable business model under these new energy efficiency policies. His key policy specialisms in government were EU and international relations, and communications. In the last few years Nicolas has advised on a number of transactions including the IPO of Greencoat UK Wind (2013), the acquisition of SSE’s Swedish wind portfolio by HgCapital (2013), the acquisition of the Dudgeon offshore wind project by Statoil and Statkraft (2012), the fund raising for Gaelectric Irish wind asset (2012), the acquisition of Elkem by ChemChina (2011), the acquisition of Clipper Windpower by UTC (2010), the acquisition of a stake in Camco by Khazanah (2010), the acquisition of Danstoker by Thermax (2010) and the sale of Dewind to Korean Daewoo (2009). As part of the Scottish Engineering research pool, he acts as Chairman of the Energy Technology Partnership. John Morrison is the owner of Morrison Media Strategies a leading PR, Public Affairs and Media Training company. His experience spans a number of sectors, including renewable energy, urban regeneration, health, education, waste and transport.His primary focus is the development of the firm's infrastructure practice in particular renewables, urban regeneration and public sector-private sector transactions.
The forum aimed to promote a better appreciation of the existing business opportunities offered in Morocco and China, and open up new economic prospects for the two countries. Along with this, various reforms have been introduced to improve the country's business climate, making the country attractive to both national and international investors. Bilateral economic relations will be further diversified to encompass unexplored sectors of mutual interest.
It is the outcome of a collaboration between Taubman Asia, a subsidiary of Taubman Centers, and Wangfujing Group, one of China's largest department store chains.
And in China, we also have the same standard in building such malls," said Taubman, adding that he is confident in the opportunities brought by the two projects.
Xi'an Shopping Center accounts for about 30 percent of the total space while in other malls owned by Taubman the proportion is about 12 percent.
To ensure the village remained relevant in the modern era, he renovated an abandoned silkworm farm at the foot of the mountain, turning it into a creative arts space featuring traditional handicrafts, such as cotton shoes, as well as a cafe, tea house, bicycle club, bookstore, theater and design studio. Rural reform needs government policy support, but it also needs contributions from individuals," says Zhu, who is also involved in other village reform projects and has set up the Shanghai Urban and Countryside Interactive Development Center. It is home to 13 national post-doctoral science and technology research workstations, as well as 27 mobile workstations, with more than 1,200 employees involved.
Gao invested in grape planting and he now owns an estate, which includes a hotel, and offers grape tasting, sightseeing and wine making activities. There was also a 'knock-on-the-door' activity to help neighbors network with each other and enhance communication among them.
Celebrity supporter Clive Standen of hit TV series Vikings attended the London event to show his support. We want to thank everyone who entered the competition to help us write conservation history,a€? he said. Health supplement companies use the speciesa€™ a€?abundancea€? as a means to justify their harvest, however, theya€™re abundant for a very good reason. In 2014, Knuckey and Koopman prepared a report advising the Australian Government on the sustainable harvesting of CITES Appendix II shark species. Of the breakdown, almost 70% of Liberal voters also want Prime Minister Turnbull and Environment Minister Hunt to stop turning a blind eye to the slaughter," said Jeff Hansen, Sea Shepherd Australia Managing Director. From 1983 to 1990 Vince worked as Special Advisor on Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Sonny Ramphal.From 1990 Vince worked for Shell International and in 1995 became Shell's Chief Economist. He has held positions on various private and public boards including the Financial Services Authority and Financial Reporting Council (FRC), and a number of key positions within the banking industry.
Her continued aim is to find increasingly appealing and easily accessible ways to make energy efficiency the obvious choice by combining different policy drivers, financial mechanisms and buying behaviours of people in their homes and in their businesses as we all have a responsibility and a great opportunity to drive changes and improvements to eradicate fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency and in turn support the fight against climate change. He spent two years in Tokyo in the 1990s, promoting Scotland as an investment location.Owen joined the government service in 1988, shortly after graduating from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in Chinese. He has also advised a number of State owned utilities on their nuclear strategies including South African Eskom, Hungarian MVM and Romanian EnergoNuclear. The renewables sector is a growing area of practice and he has advised clients on windfarm, hydro scheme and bio energy projects. From April 22 to 24, it hosted the "China Good Tech-Overseas Talent Innovation and Startup Competition", with 29 high-end candidate projects in healthcare, smart hardware, energy conservation and exploration and marine technology participating. Predators of krill, such as whales, can consume up for 4 tonnes of krill in a single day - thata€™s 40 million individuals. Japanese whaling is in contempt of the Australian Federal Court and found to be illegal by the highest international court, the International Court of Justice," said Jeff Hansen, Managing Director Sea Shepherd Australia.
He has also spoken via Skype to the United Nations, to conferences in numerous countries and given TED talks in Australia, Canada and the USA. He was made head of the economics programme at Chatham House and since becoming an MP, has been appointed a fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a visiting research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE, for a 3 year period until 2004.Vince Cable served as a Labour Councillor in Glasgow between 1971 and 1974, before joining the Social Democrat Party. For example, he recently advised the funder on the refinancing and repowering of the first ever UK commercial windfarm in Delabole, Cornwall. I liked the feel of the day, it was relaxed and the chance to mingle with others was helpful, not only during the group discussion but also in the market place. I use the term a€?individualsa€™ because krill are a very misrepresented and undervalued species. In 1997 Vince Cable was first elected to Parliament to represent Twickenham.He joined the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet in October 1999 as Spokesman on Trade and Industry after a spell as a junior Treasury spokesman. He was the Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor from November 2003 until May 2010 and was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats until May 2010. He continues to advise public sector clients such as Glasgow City Council on the athletes village development for the Commonwealth Games 2014, and Aberdeen City Council on the rescue and refinancing of first UK PPP project to suffer a lender default.




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