New Britsh PM vacations on Cape; CCD hits hives; CG negitive report on LNP facility;

Boston GlobeBlair successor had his honeymoon here
Next leader follows Clintons, Kennedy to Cape Cod

brownblair250_288 Chancellor Gordon Brown of Britain (on right smiling with Tony Blair behind him), who will in seven weeks realize his lifelong dream of becoming prime minister, is in many ways the antithesis of Tony Blair.  Brown is dour, not sunny; methodical rather than deft; introverted, not extroverted. So will he, like Blair, be "Bush's poodle," as the British media calls the prime minister?

Not likely, specialists say. While the trans-Atlantic relationship will remain strong, a little chill in the air, a little tension here and there, will suit the incoming prime minister just fine.  And he may well take a fresh look at the military involvements in Afghanistan and Iraq, where British soldiers are fighting and dying -- military commitments that did much to hasten the end of Blair's career.

Now at last the prize is within Brown's grasp. He knows America well . He has long been in contact with American economists, primarily people who served under President Clinton. He enjoys vacationing on Cape Cod...  Read the rest of this Globe story here
According to the BBC, he even had his honeymoon here, see the story here. Leave a comment

cctoday30Prolonged, frequent exposure of Off Cape population among reasons

PROVIDENCE R.I. - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Southeastern New England, released a preliminary review of Weaver’s Cove Energy’s proposal to use smaller liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers capable of passing through the old Brightman Street Bridge in the Taunton River, between the cities of Fall River and Somerset, Massachusetts. 

Capt. Roy A. Nash, the Captain of the Port, stated “it appears that the waterway may not be suitable for the type and frequency of LNG marine traffic contained in your smaller tanker proposal”.  

In the smaller tanker plan, Weaver’s Cove proposes to double the frequency of LNG deliveries from the original proposal, increasing the number of vessels arriving through Narragansett and Mount Hope Bays to a range of 120-130 per year.  

The Weaver’s Cove proposal was submitted in response to Federal legislation that in effect required the existing (old) Brightman Street drawbridge to remain.  The old bridge was originally scheduled to be removed upon completion of the new Brightman Street  The old bridge has a 98-foot navigational opening for ships, and the 145-foot wide tankers originally proposed by Weaver’s Cove could not pass through it.  The new bridge has a 200-foot wide navigational opening. bridge.

In his letter to Weaver’s Cove reporting the findings of his preliminary assessment of the small tanker proposal, Capt. Nash listed several issues impacting to the suitability of the waterway for LNG transits, including:

  • Proximity of the waterway to population concentrations,
  • Proximity of the Brightman Street Bridges to each other,
  • Dimensions and condition of the old Brightman Street Bridge,
  • Channel offset between bridges,
  • Severe turn required beneath and just north of the Braga BridgeClose proximity of the channel to Fall River piers, infrastructure (e.g., I-195/Braga Bridge) and USS Massachusetts museum complex,
  • Prolonged, frequent exposure of the Fall River metropolitan region to safety and security risks during the transits,
  • Expected delays to marine and vehicular traffic associated with frequent LNG tankers navigating through or under five bridge crossings,
  • Conditions favorable to inbound and outbound transits are severely limited by vessel draft, tide, wind, visibility, and infrastructure.

Captain Nash further noted the need for “additional workshop discussions with state and local law enforcement and public safety officials to ensure the risks, impacts, resource demands, capabilities, and coordination requirements (of the smaller tanker proposal) are well understood and quantified.”  The public will be afforded an opportunity to comment to the Coast Guard on Weaver’s Cove Energy’s smaller tanker proposal in a supplemental review process.  Specifics of the public comment period, when determined, will be published separately.  Leave a comment

S-TAbandonment of hives has beekeepers abuzz
Costs up $40 per hive, "Colony Collapse Disorder" cited

DARTMOUTH — A good beekeeper knows that maintaining a healthy hive requires meticulous attention to detail. The beekeeper studies the movements of the hive, learns how to translate the cadence and pitch of the buzzing as the bees move from flower to flower and recognizes the queen's distinctive clicking as she heads out for a mating flight.

But even the most experienced beekeepers don't have a definitive explanation for why honeybees across the country are suddenly abandoning their hives en masse, without a trace. It's called colony collapse disorder, or CCD, and it is as mysterious as the name implies.

Jeffrey LaFleur, president of the East Wareham-based Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association, said local growers are already paying more for pollination services — up to $40 more per hive — because of recent shortages...  Read the rest of this Standard-Times story here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on