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Tobago oil spill spreads to Grenada waters and could affect Venezuela | Trinidad and Tobago

Tobago oil spill spreads to Grenada waters and could affect Venezuela | Trinidad and Tobago

An oil spill that has stained Tobago’s coastline in the Caribbean is entering Grenada’s waters and could affect neighboring Venezuela, authorities have warned. Eight days after Trinidad and Tobago’s coastguard first spotted the oil from an overturned and abandoned barge, the vessel continues to leak fuel, and portions of the stain have moved about 144km (89 miles) into the Caribbean Sea at a rate of 14km/h. “It has now entered Grenada’s territorial waters,” said Tobago’s chief secretary, Farley Augustine, following a fly-over by Trinidad and Tobago’s air guard. Augustine said the situation was now under control with a 40ft perimeter supported by booms around the wreckage, but said fuel continued to leak from the sunken vessel. “We are unable to plug the leak and unless we have information on how much fuel is in the barge or what exactly it contains we cannot move forward, except containment and skimming,” he added. Before and after satellite images compiled by the Guardian and superimposed on one another showed the scale of the spill on the Tobago coastline, …

Oil spill off Trinidad and Tobago blackens Caribbean beaches

Oil spill off Trinidad and Tobago blackens Caribbean beaches

The mystery vessel was reported overturned last week just off the coast of Tobago, the northern island of the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. No crew were spotted — just a dark, sticky fluid leaking from the vessel. That material is now blackening beaches, a key draw for the country’s important tourism sector. On Wednesday, the government appeared to have cleared up some of the mystery. The vessel, reported on Feb. 7, was an overturned barge that was being pulled by the tugboat Solo Creed from Panama in Central America to Guyana in South America, The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security said. Guyanese authorities confirmed that the excursion never reached Guyana, the ministry said. The oil was initially spotted around four miles north of the barge near the Tobagonian town of Scarborough. More recent satellite imagery from the Tobago Emergency Management Agency shows contamination much farther out — about 48 miles west of the island. As round-the-clock cleanup efforts continued, it was still unclear how much oil had spilled and how much …

Offshore Oil Spill Causing ‘National Emergency’

Offshore Oil Spill Causing ‘National Emergency’

san juan, puerto rico —  Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister said a large oil spill near the twin-island nation in the eastern Caribbean has caused a “national emergency” as crews struggled to contain the oil already coating numerous beaches on Tobago’s southwest coast. The government has yet to identify the owner of the vessel that overturned near Tobago last week, Prime Minister Keith Rowley said Sunday. It was not immediately clear how much oil had spilled and how much remained in the largely submerged vessel. It was not clear what caused the vessel to overturn. Divers have not been able to contain the leak and are trying to determine how to remove the remaining oil, said Farley Augustine, chief secretary of Tobago’s House of Assembly, who toured the area with the prime minister. Tobago is a popular tourist destination. Officials worried about the spill’s impact. There was no immediate comment from environmental watchdogs. Rowley said it’s too early to know how much the cleanup will cost but said “some not-so-insignificant costs are being incurred just …

“She’s a joke”: Nancy Mace’s ex-aides spill the beans after entire staff bails in just 3 months

“She’s a joke”: Nancy Mace’s ex-aides spill the beans after entire staff bails in just 3 months

The entirety of Rep. Nancy Mace’s, R-S.C., Washington, D.C. staff has reportedly turned over since November 1, 2023, three sources close to the situation told The Daily Beast.  Former employees alleged a “toxic” workplace, with one former senior employee noting to the Daily Beast that Mace was “abusive” in her methods of using workplace software to excessively communicate with staffers. The source claimed that Mace’s correspondence was “constant,” adding that she would “micromanage the office all day and into the night and early morning.” “If she needed us, we had to answer within eight minutes,” another former staffer alleged in describing how Mace had reportedly called employees late at night on Christmas Eve. “Nancy is delusional as a boss,” they continued. “She says nothing publicly without her consultants or senior staffers telling her to, but takes credit for everything. She’s a walking teleprompter.” The ex-employee also told the Daily Beast that Mace “has no idea what it actually means to be a member of Congress and is too scared and self-conscious to deal with other people, so …

The Traitors: Betrayal! Guilt! Claudia Winkleman’s hair! Series one stars spill their secrets ahead of final shows | Ents & Arts News

The Traitors: Betrayal! Guilt! Claudia Winkleman’s hair! Series one stars spill their secrets ahead of final shows | Ents & Arts News

From the secret couple to the mic-drop “parting gift” of the final, The Traitors became a sleeper hit when the first series launched just over a year ago. It’s back and even bigger this time round, with millions following the game of cat and mouse as each permanently paranoid contestant tries to convince the others they are indeed 100% faithful. The Traitors is the perfect reality game show for 2024 – savage but not cruel, a social experiment with pantomime villains but also genuine emotion, and full of memeable moments and cliffhanger endings courtesy of fatal kisses and poisoned chalices. Plus, it has the ability to swamp Google with style searches thanks to host Claudia Winkleman’s modern country/Gothic vamp wardrobe. Because the desire to shop, let’s face it, is the thing every good reality show should invoke. (Princess Anne meets Ronnie Corbett meets Madonna when she married Guy Ritchie, is the the style she’s channelling, apparently). Image: Where betrayal lurks around every corner. Pic: BBC/Studio Lambert/LLara Plaza For the few who haven’t seen the programme, …

EU lawmakers consider stronger plastic pollution law after spill hits Spain

EU lawmakers consider stronger plastic pollution law after spill hits Spain

BRUSSELS: Some European Union lawmakers are pushing to strengthen a planned law on microplastics pollution, after millions of plastic pellets washed up on the coast of Spain’s northwestern Galicia region. Tiny plastic pellets are used to manufacture everyday items from water bottles to shopping bags. They are also an environmental menace, adding to the scourge of plastic in the oceans – and fiendish to clean up because of their tiny size. The EU is developing a law to prevent spillages of pellets, 176,000 metric tons of which are accidentally released each year, according to the European Chemicals Agency. Joao Albuquerque, the EU Parliament’s lead negotiator on the new law, on Thursday (Jan 11) said he had proposed expanding the requirements for companies to prevent spills to also include the shipping sector – particularly after the incident in Galicia. “This has become extremely urgent. These dramas are almost always avoidable,” Albuquerque told an EU Parliament committee meeting. His proposal would also expand the law to cover not only pellets, but the plastic flakes, powders and dust …

Australia edge first day as Pakistan spill chances during rain-interrupted start to Boxing Day Test | Australia cricket team

Australia edge first day as Pakistan spill chances during rain-interrupted start to Boxing Day Test | Australia cricket team

Australia dodged the rain and survived some serious scares from Pakistan’s improved bowling attack to crawl to stumps on Boxing Day at 187-3 in the second Test. Despite losing almost three hours due to wild weather on Tuesday, the tourists managed to send down 66 overs to Australia in front of 62,167 spectators at the MCG after Pakistan captain Shan Masood won the toss and elected to bowl first. A watchful Marnus Labuschange [44 not out from 120 balls] will return to the crease on Wednesday with Travis Head [nine not out], who copped a flying ball to the shoulder thanks to an accidental full toss from Pakistani quick Shaheen Afridi. Play started on time on Tuesday as the sun shone brightly, but the skies quickly got dark after lunch and players went off the ground midway through the second session. Spectators were warned via the scoreboards to prepare for severe weather and “seek shelter from exposed areas” as the MCG lights were turned on in the early afternoon. After being off the field for …

Spill is now in open beta on iOS and Android

Spill is now in open beta on iOS and Android

It’s been more than a year since Elon Musk purchased Twitter, yet we’re still seeing the reverberations of that deal on other social platforms, including the new ones that have cropped up since. Spill, a platform founded by ex-Twitter employees, is closing out its first year on the market by opening up its beta to all users, whether they’re on iOS or Android. Spill is like the polar opposite of X, a platform that continues to alienate users with platform policies that make the app actively less inclusive. Spill’s founders — who met while working at Twitter because they realized they were the only two Black people in their employee orientation — are building a platform that prizes diversity from the get-go. “On every other platform, culture drivers — Black and brown folks, marginalized folks, queer folks — have had to kind of elbow to create space,” said Kenya Parham, Spill’s VP of community and partnerships, in a past conversation with TechCrunch. “We’re starting off with them at the front of the line, and we …

Make mine a latte: coffee shades spill from TikTok into fashion mainstream | Fashion

When does a style trend on social media make the leap to mainstream fashion movement? In the case of “latte fashion”, it’s the adoption by Hollywood A-listers, as well as a heavy presence on every street, bus and cafe – and on the catwalk. Latte fashion – the outfit dominance, sometimes even head to toe, of coffee shades, from beige to taupe to darker browns – has its roots in beauty influencers on TikTok reviving the kind of tan foundation and copious bronzer that saturated the early noughties. “It’s warm, milky and effortless”, was how #BeautyTok personality Rachel Rigler described the term she coined and the look she helped re-popularise. Since then, coffee has spilt over sartorially. The actor Jennifer Lawrence was spotted lunching with Phoebe Waller-Bridge wearing an oversize beige wool car coat from the Row; tan wide-leg, high-waisted trousers; and a cream, tucked, silk shirt. Elsewhere, the Princess of Wales attended a charity engagement in a caramel-tone Roland Mouret suit with a flared leg. Meghan Markle – a long-term investor in an actual …

Spill toasts one year with a 2.7M seed extension, Kerry Washington and champagne

Spill toasts one year with a 2.7M seed extension, Kerry Washington and champagne

At midnight last Friday, Alphonzo Terrell held up a glass of Dom Perignon and toasted his one-year anniversary of being laid off at Twitter. If it weren’t for that moment, he wouldn’t be in Austin at an AfroTech after-party, surrounded by thousands of people who now know his name and his social media app, Spill. As a competitor to the platform now known as X, Spill hails itself as a safer place for Black Americans and the LGBTQ community and has amassed around 200,000 users, he said. This past year, the app, which is still in beta mode, has raised a total of $5 million in pre-seed funding, including a recent $2.75 million extension round led by Collide Capital. “We put an invite-only beta in June, and within three weeks, it went viral,” Terrell told TechCrunch. “Suddenly, we’re supporting a city, we have data costs, we have infrastructure, we have to accelerate our building times, so we really needed an extension to do that effectively.” His journey with Spill started last year at AfroTech. He …