n The Gulf Co-operation Council has recommended construction of a US$30bn rail network linking the six partner states which have a combined population of 25 million. United Arab Emirates has launched its own study of the proposals.n The first of Polish State Railways’ Class EU43 dual-system electric locos is expected to roll out of the Adtranz Pafawag works at Wroclaw in May; based on Italian Railways’ Class E412, it is due to enter service between Warszawa and Berlin later this year.n The US Trade Development Agency is to fund a US$2m feasibility study for a 590 km rail link between Namibia and Angola. The line would run north from TNT’s Tsumeb railhead to the border town of Oshikango, and thence to Cassinga on a branch of Angola’s Namibe railway running inland from Moçâmedes.n A study for Spain’s Generalitat de Valencia suggests that a privately-funded high-speed rail link between Madrid and Valencia could be profitable at a capital cost of Pts292bn. A 354 km direct route was rejected in favour of a more southerly 479 km line via Albacete, which would serve a more populous corridor and still give end-to-end journey times under 2h.n US parcels group UPS has formed a joint venture with the German post office to launch open access express parcels services by the end of 1999. The two partners are to invest DM900 000 this year in developing the Express Shuttle concept.n The government of Sri Lanka has approved the construction of a US$340m rail link from Colombo to a port city to be built at Ruhunupura in the south of the country. China’s Chenzhou Engineering has been selected to develop the line in conjunction with a US$500m oil refinery. n A feasibility study for a metro in the Moroccan business centre Casablanca is to be conducted by a French consortium of Bouygues, GEC Alsthom and Systra.n Serbian Transport Minister Svetolik Kostadinovic announced last month that the goverment plans to start the process of privatising the national rail network before the end of this year.n New South Wales Rail Access Corp has unveiled an A$1·2bn plan to upgrade track and infrastructure in the Sydney – Newcastle corridor to cut journey times from over 2h to under 1 1??2 h.n With the backing of Senators Daniel Moynihan and Alfonse D’Amato, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced on March 12 that the city had selected Edwards & Kelcey Engineers for a two-year engineering, economic and environmental study of a freight railway tunnel under New York Harbour linking the Brooklyn port area with Jersey City or Staten Island.n The government of Québec is planning to merge the transit authorities in Montréal, Laval and the South Shore with effect from July 1, clearing the way for extension of the metro to Laval.n Swedish State Railway has completed a study into reviving passenger services on the north Botnia link between Luleå and Oulu in Finland. IC-3 type trains able to use an automatic gauge changer at Haparanda are envisaged, whilst a SKr1bn cut-off from Kalix to the border would cut journey times.n Australian finance ministry spokesman Philip Richardson has indicated to an inquiry that A$250m promised for rail infrastructure improvements would only be paid if state networks made ’real advances’ in eliminating ’operational inconsistencies’. n The Hong Kong Executive Council has started the formal authorisation process for the MTR extension from Lam Tin to Tseung Kwan O; work is expected to start later this year for opening in 2002.
Related‘Cash for Trash’ back in effectSpecial to the PRESS Once again, Cameron County Parks and Recreation will implement a Cash for Trash Return Refund Program. The program will begin March 11 through September 9 and will operate on the Cameron County beaches north of access 5. This program is intended to address the negative impacts…March 14, 2013In “News”‘Trash for Cash’ back in 2016Special to the PRESS Once again, Cameron County Parks & Recreation will implement a Cash for Trash Return Refund Program which will run through the end of summer of 2016. The program will begin March 9, 2016 and will run through Sept. 5, 2016. It will operate on the Cameron…March 4, 2016In “News”Cash For Trash back againSpecial to the PRESS Once again, Cameron County Parks will implement a Cash For Trash Return Refund Program. The program will begin March 1 through Sept. 9 and will operate on the Cameron County Beaches north of Access Number 5. This program is intended to address the negative impacts of…February 9, 2012In “News” Share Special to the PRESSOnce again, Cameron County Parks & Recreation will implement a CASH FOR TRASH RETURN REFUND PROGRAM which will run through the end of summer of 2015. The program will begin March 4, 2015 and will run thru September 7, 2015 and will operate on the Cameron County Beaches Access 5 & 6. This program is intended to address the negative impacts of domestic trash left behind by visitors of county beaches. This program began in 2010 as a pilot project and has shown great success in helping keep the beaches clean plus educating the public about the unsanitary environment and the detriment to human and marine life created by leaving trash behind.As a result of the Cash for Trash Return Refund Program, since the summer of 2010, over 500 tons of trash has been removed from North County beaches. Cameron County Commissioner Court has supported this endeavor since its establishment. Commissioner Sofia C. Benavides states, “This program has been a great success since its inception. I want to thank the public for their cooperation and continued participation in ensuring the preservation of our beaches for our future generations to enjoy.” She also states, “We want our beach visitors to enjoy a clean and safe beach.” Cameron County Parks & Recreation have supported other successful methods to combat the litter problem, such as the Texas Adopt A Beach Guardian Program, Valley Proud Environment Council-Captain Crab Clean Beach Program, Respeta Su Playa/Respect Your Beach Program and a County Park’s sponsored Code Enforcement program.Again, the Cash for Trash Return Refund Program will operate during our season’s busiest time, March 4, 2015 thru September 7, 2015. In addition to the general beach user fee of $5.00, Cameron County Park staff will collect an additional $5.00, which will be a trash bag deposit for every vehicle entering only County Beach Accesses 5 & 6, and then an empty trash bag will be provided with an attached receipt. As the visitors exit the beach, county staff will refund $5.00 in return for their receipt and county issued bag full of trash. The refund will only be issued for that same day, if the bag is full and if they return before 7:00 p.m.Trash left behind is not only unsightly, but is harmful to our environment, marine and wildlife habitat and more particularly humans. We ask the public, and the users to respect public lands and please observe all State and County Litter Laws. For any additional information regarding this program you may contact Joe E. Vega, Parks Director with the Cameron County Parks and Recreation Department, at (956) 761-3700 or by email at [email protected] the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.