New Ferry Route Between Nador and Almeria

Rabat – Spanish company Balearia will open a new ferry route between Nador and Almeria on June 20.The four-hour journey will be made on the Nissos Chios ferry, which has the capacity for 1,200 passengers and 350 vehicles and can travel at 28 knots.There will be two services a day from each port, except on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when there will be only one round trip. The route between Nador and Almeria is the company’s fourth international line, and the company’s third in North Africa.Balearia’s president, Adolofo Utor, said that the opening of this new line aids the company’s “internalisation process,” which started in 2003 with the opening of links between Algeciras and Tangier. Utor added that the aim of the new Nador-Almeria route is to “serve the citizens of Morocco and its visitors, and contribute to the economic and social development of the region.” read more

US envoy notes critical role of civil society

The projects also impact a diversity of locations in Monaragala, Hambantota, Matale, Anuradhapura, Colombo, Matara, Galle, Horana, Ampara, Jaffna, Seenigama, Tangalle, Anuradhapura, Rathnapura, Batticaloa, Katunayake, and the Koggala Free Trade Zone. This is the sixth year the Embassy has supported Youth Empowerment Grants, funding a total of $852,588 (nearly LKR 120 million) for 95 projects during this period. (Colombo Gazette) The 16 winning recipients were chosen from an extremely competitive pool of proposals and span important issues such as the environment, youth skills development, cultural exchanges, gender-based violence, and improving educational and economic development. The United States awarded nearly $150,000 (approximately LKR 21,000,000) to 16 civil society organizations as part of the US Embassy’s annual Youth Empowerment Grants, an innovative way to provide seed funding for up-and-coming groups working on solutions to problems affecting youth across Sri Lanka.“This year’s International Day of Democracy emphasizes the critical role of civil society and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help social and political challenges,” said U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap.  “The United States is proud to help young people in Sri Lanka use their energy and creativity to improve their communities.” read more