Cornwall, Ontario (November 10, 2008) – In Genoa, Italy today, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the Great Lakes Seaway Corporations’ Highway H20 Port Partners Program ( and the Ligurian Ports in Northern Italy was finalized at a formal signing ceremony. The document was signed by the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation President and CEO Richard Corfe and Secretary General Giambattista D’Aste, Port of Genoa.

The MOC aims to establish a cooperative partnership between U.S. and Canadian ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System and the Ligurian Ports of Genoa, La Spezia and Savona. As specified in the MOC, the forms of cooperation will include discussions for expanding marine transportation and trade; exchanging data and information; and joint communications on ways to improve port management and economic development. The MOC takes effect immediately.

Decision-makers increasingly protecting telephone conversations from eavesdropping


Linköping, Sweden, November 10, 2008 –[ASDWire]– Eavesdropping is a real threat that an ever-increasing number of government authorities and organizations are taking seriously. Today, Sectra’s Tiger XS products are being used for eavesdrop protection in more than half of the EU member countries. The users are decision-makers, officials and military staff. This week, Sectra is participating in the Dutch IT-security trade fair at which interest is expected to be greater than ever.

”We are experiencing increased security awareness within Europe. A growing number of authorities are choosing to protect their communications with crypto products that can follow along with the user and function in a variety of environments,” says Michael Bertilsson, President of Sectra Communications.

News from the Bunker


“Bottler” Brown and “Dobbin” Darling sinking slowly into a morass of their own making

“Bottler” Brown is hovering on the brink of another indecision. Buoyed by the recent Scottish by-election win when his former teacher beat the SNP, Bottler is under pressure from his cronies to plan a sneak General Election in the coming months.

The emerging strategy is to reduce headline taxes and make up the loss by borrowing yet more money to add to the overdraft that Bottler is running up for every British family. The electoral advantage of this tactic is that the tax payer feels better in the short term because the debt does not have to be paid back until after the General Election when taxes can then rocket and the tax payer is stuck for another four years.

The advantage of going into a General Election early next year is that the worst of the bad economic news will not yet have dominated the media. It may take up to 12 months for the current Government policies to be shown as seriously defective, but they offer some illusion of short term relief from the downward spiral into Depression.

The IMF and other respected financial bodies have already claimed that Bottler has been lying to the British people. His boast to have eliminated Boom and Bust has been demonstrated to be a big lie. What the IMF have detected is an even bigger lie.

Bottler has been claiming that Britain is very well positioned and will not suffer as badly as all other countries due to his brilliant handling of the economy. He claims that the current world crisis is all due to dirty foreigners and terrorist states like Iceland. He claims to be leading the world out of recession and placing Britain first amongst nations.

The IMF research shows that Britain is leading the world INTO deep recession and that Britain will suffer far more pain than any other nation. The IMF also believes that Britain will emerge from Depression long after other countries and with a fatally damaged economy.

The IMF is probably correct.

The administration of John Major made a serious mistake in joining the European currency snake as a prelude to adopting the Euro in place of the Pound. That mistake cost £3 billion and became Black Wednesday. However, one of Bottler’s first acts as Chancellor in the Blair Brown Regime was to sell off British gold reserves at the bottom of the market, losing nearly £4 billion. That serious fiscal error was not spotted because the proceeds of the sale were poured into massive public spending projects and the loss is only now visible eleven years on.

Bottler then went on to raid British pension schemes, taking £5 billion a year out of them. This has caused the collapse of many final salary pension schemes and cost pensioners more than £20,000 each from their pension pot. This means that more pensioners will be forced to claim pension supplements from the Government to survive, raising demand on the public purse.

Bottler presided over the sale of State assets. The full scale of this loss has yet to be calculated but land and State organizations have been sold off for as little as 10% of their value. The new owners are now selling their services back to the Government at a far higher price but this is not immediately visible in public accounting records. Over ten years the cost will be enormous.

Bottler presided over an explosion in the signing of PFI contracts which are just another way of saying mortgage. Hospitals, schools and other vital services have been mortgaged over as much as fifty years. That hides more losses but the cost over fifty years will be enormous.


The hated Gatso tax cameras have raised considerable taxes. Local Authorities are now withdrawing from Stealth Tax Partnerships and planning to hire more police as a cheaper and more effective alternative that delivers real safety improvements.

Under Bottler, the taxpayer has seen the tax take rise to the point where most Britons now work for more than half of each year just to pay their taxes. That major tax increase does not include a range of stealth taxes such as those raised through the use of tax cameras to take yet more money from motorists who are already the most taxed drivers in Europe.

Bottler has depended on getting a financial bubble inflated by encouraging massive personal debt to match the huge debt mountain he has built up in Government borrowing. That bubble was already unsustainable six years ago. As it bursts, Britain is being dragged into a worse Depression than that created in the 1930s.

The IMF has taken these factors into consideration in forming the opinion that Britain will suffer more than any other country from the current economic crisis.

BSD Newsdesk

Broads Tolls in Turmoil


The Broads “not-a-National-Park-but-a-member-of-the-National-Parks-family” has been thrown into turmoil. The Broads Authority Navigation Committee rejected recommendations from officers for a new tolls tariff. In line with the Blair Brown Regime programme of seeking more stealth taxes while promising to reduce headline taxes by borrowing yet more money, the Broads Authority was proposing swinging taxes on private boat owners, shifting the traditional balance from the hire industry which is responsible for most of the pollution through heavy boat traffic. The officers were told to go away and think again. The Committee also proposed major cuts in the very high tolls for small private craft such as dinghies and canoes.

IWA Responds to British Waterways’ Licensing Consultation


The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has responded to the British Waterways Consultation on Boat licensing by rejecting the proposals put forward, and suggesting an alternative course of action.

IWA was originally involved in the BWAF consultation process leading up to the British Waterways Proposals on boat licensing but was not willing to sign up to the BWAF recommendations as they were felt to be artificially divisive and failed to fully address the fundamental issue, namely, a problem with overstaying boats ( of all types and kinds). There also is a funding gap, which IWA felt British Waterways was seeking to bridge by attempting to levy differential charges on categories of boater where BW felt there may be a greater propensity to pay, or where there is less likely to be a backlash of popular opinion. That approach is morally wrong.

Over The Top


This is an inspiring story and it holds the reader from the first page.

Good books inform and entertain. This is a good book. The author is a writer who embarked on an extraordinary adventure. The result is a well-written book. The adventure was the first attempt to complete a vertical or bi-polar circumnavigation by sea. The idea took root while the author was a teenager. The events of life conspired to delay the adventure for three decades. Many have a dream, see it delayed and never pluck up the courage to make it happen. Flanagan sets the scene with a brief and readable background to his life before the adventure. The task he set himself was considerable. He had to acquire the necessary skills of seamanship, find and equip a suitable boat and then sail his dream. That would have been a serious challenge for a novice sailor, but he planned a course that would tax the most experienced yachtsmen. It involved sailing from the South Coast of England, down through the Atlantic, past the Falkland Islands, round Cape Horn against prevailing wind and currents, north through the Pacific to the Bering Strait and then along the Russian northern coast, round the top of Norway and down the North Sea to the English Channel and back to Southampton Water. The preparation was compressed into less than a year and the expedition was largely funded by mortgaging his home and using all his savings. The voyage was full of extreme tests, not least in obtaining the first permission from the Russian Government for a single-handed sailor to transit the Russian Northern Sea Route.

All That It Seems?


This week has been an outstanding week for a Kenyan tribe who have seen one of their sons become the first President of anywhere. Outstanding in its own right, more so because this son has become the first African President of the United States of America.

President elect Obama has promised to change America and the world although he has yet to say what he means by that. We all hope that he means change for the better, rather than change for the sake of change.

Political commentators have hailed his victory as a smashing of the Republican Party. The reality was that Obama won by a very narrow margin and this must concern all of us. After 8 years of a very unpopular Republican President, a Democrat contender for the Whitehouse could have expected a landslide victory. To have a 3% margin on a very high voter turnout is very close to a tied result. In view of the enormous outspending of the Republicans by the Democrat campaign team, this raises an early question of whether voters were deeply divided on Obama, or whether it demonstrated an outstanding campaign by the Republican contender.

The Obama campaign promised a great many things to all sections of the electorate. This has created very high expectations which are unlikely to be fully met. This means that even a great Presidential term from Obama could leave a great many voters bitterly disappointed.

All we can do for now is cross every finger and hope.


EXMAR forms Alliance to Create Floating Liquefaction, Storage and Offloading Solution


Antwerp, November 05, 2008 – EXMAR today announced the formation of an alliance to advance its efforts in the development of floating liquefaction solutions. EXMAR has specifically formalised a relationship with its long-time LNG partner, Excelerate, and with Black & Veatch, a proven provider of natural gas processing and liquefaction technology.

The Voyage of the Beagle


This book is both a fascinating account of one of the events that changed the world, and fine art. The publisher has produced a handsome volume with printed linen covers and high quality paper. The work is lavishly illustrated with art, photographs, sketches, maps, facsimile extracts of newspapers and advertisements. The production standard is very high and the quality of illustration is to be expected of this publisher and of an author who was an auctioneer with Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, Head of Victorian Paintings and a former curator of art. James Taylor has collected together for the first time all the threads of the story of Charles Darwin and the Voyage of HMS Beagle that was to change our view of the world. The text is readable and engaging, enriched by first-hand commentary from personal letters and diaries.