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Review: In Terra Firma, a Wee Wet Country on the Brink – The New York Times

We are becoming like all the other nations, the queen says in a moment of despair. We have unhappy prisoners, indifferent citizens and the young people refuse to reproduce.

Actually, the nation she rules with her husband, Roy, has just one of each of those things: one prisoner (a recent hostage, good at chess), one citizen (a doofus interested in pyrotechnics) and one young person (the 17-year-old prince, currently away on a mission).

Thats because Terra Firma, as the queen has named it, is a micronation: a self-declared kingdom located on an abandoned 6,000-square-foot antiaircraft platform six miles out to sea. It may not boast much land or populace, but it has a national anthem, a tatty flag, a centralized health service and a constitution if the queen could ever complete it.

Terra Firma, the play by Barbara Hammond about this country, likewise seems in need of more work. Ambitious and smart, it is not yet coherent, at least not in its world premiere, which opened on Thursday at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Shifting from whimsical comedy to light satire to lumpy allegory, it quickly strips its gears and stops cold.

The whimsy, coming right at the start, proves especially deadly in Shana Coopers staging for a newly founded theater company called the Coop. Mild humor about the micronations pretensions to real statehood seems especially vaporous on the imposing set (by Andrew Boyce) and amid the foreboding ocean roar of Jane Shaws sound design. But at least the absurdity of the premise has a historical precedent: Terra Firma is based on a real place called Sealand, established in the late 1960s off the east coast of England.

The humans seem less precedented. As the citizen (John Keating) and Roy (Gerardo Rodriguez) hoist their hostage (Tom OKeefe) onto the platform and proceed to interrogate him, we might almost be watching a Three Stooges routine, except with less finesse. Clumsily handled as well is the back story: The citizen and Roy, believing that recent nearby explosions are the work of enemies bent on their destruction, are desperate to understand the danger theyre in.

That danger, we quickly understand from the scripts broad hints, is ecological. When the young prince (Daniel Molina) returns from his reconnaissance mission, he brings with him a sliver of a hedge to decorate the homeland; it is apparently the last piece of greenery left in the world. And when a weather-beaten diplomat (T. Ryder Smith) arrives to negotiate the hostage crisis, we learn that the reason he is the first to heed Terra Firmas calls for help delivered in bottles cast out to sea is that there may be no one else left to answer.

The queen, unwilling to credit such dire suspicions, doubles down on her queenliness. Because she is played by Andrus Nichols the marvelously grave Elinor in Kate Hamills Sense & Sensibility a character that could easily turn camp instead comes across as somehow both deluded and brave. Despite her stained blouse and paste tiara, she practices holding her right arm aloft whenever she appears, as if searching for the perfect salute to comfort a grateful people.

This pathos gets at what the play does best: It understands and in some way forgives human limitation. It fares less well when it attempts a critique of rulers who reject reality even if its a reality they helped create. A parallel is suggested between the characters pride and the disaster now engulfing them, as if Terra Firma were the industrialized West in miniature, unable to steer away from the brink of climate change. In an authors note, Hammond writes that she saw in the story of the real Sealand a metaphor for the human predicament.

But that comparison is under-drawn and illogical; a few people stuck on a massive steel life raft for several decades cannot have much to do with rising sea levels and whatever else is eating the rest of the world. The Terra Firmans arent nuclear physicists who built faulty reactors like the characters in Lucy Kirkwoods The Children, a much more sophisticated treatment of the same theme. Theyre refugees.

So, in a way, are the members of the Coop, recently formed as a kind of breakaway republic from another theater company, Bedlam. Terra Firma, the Coops inaugural production, matches its mission to stage plays that resonate with timeless themes and universal truths, but in this case resonance isnt enough.

Thats a problem built into the bloated mash-up of genres: Comedy is based on particularizing human behavior, but allegory is based on generalizing it. In trying to be both, and an ecological tragedy as well, Terra Firma pulls in too many directions. Though the cast especially Nichols, OKeefe and Smith is strong, and Cooper makes lovely stage pictures on the rusty platform, theres something thin and self-defeating about the resulting circular logic. Like most life raft stories, Terra Firma doesnt hold water.

Terra Firma

Tickets Through Nov. 10 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Manhattan; 212-352-3101, thecoopnyc.org. Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes.

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Appeal launched over refusal of plans to store cars and caravans on green barrier land in Sealand – Deeside.com

Published: Monday, Oct 14th, 2019

An appeal has been launched after plans for caravans and cars to be stored on an area of green barrier land in Deeside were refused.

A retrospective planning application was entered by Russell Brown earlier this year to gain permission to continue keeping vehicles at the back of a property known as Hyperion House on Deeside Lane in Sealand.

In documents submitted to Flintshire Council, Mr Brown said he had used the site for storing cars awaiting export from the UK for a number of years, as well as a place for people to leave their caravans during the winter.

However, the local authority turned down his bid to formally authorise the use of the land as it said it represented inappropriate development which would harm the openness of the area.

Officials also said he failed to carry out a flood consequences assessment, but Mr Brown has now launched an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to try and have the decision overturned.

In the appeal forms, an agent acting on his behalf said the building the site sits next to had been used for industrial purposes for many years and the proposals would have a minimal impact.

Bob Dewey said:The development provides an opportunity to provide a beneficial use of a piece of underused brownfield land without causing any harm to the area.

The council simply relies on general reasons for refusal which are not supported by any reasonable evidence.

The site is located within an area of mixed industrial and commercial developments, some of which have planning permission.

To treat this site in a more draconic manner is unhelpful to the economic life of the community.

There seems little evidence in the decision of a reflective approach to the wider good of the area.

The appeal will be heard by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government at a later date.

By Liam Randall Local Democracy Reporter (more here).

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Coleg Cambria volunteers clean-up streets and rivers of Deeside for community event – Deeside.com

Published: Wednesday, Oct 16th, 2019

Volunteers from Coleg Cambria took part in a clean-up of streets and rivers in north east Wales.

The Big Dee Day saw more than 50 work-based learning staff from the college spend hours tidying up areas of Deeside.

Focusing on the River Dee, they picked up litter, pulled up weeds and dragged plastic bottles and other items out of the water.

During two shifts, the volunteers spruced up parts of Saltney, Sandy Lane, Broughton and Sealand.

Their incredible efforts saw more than two kilometres of riverbank and cycle paths cleared, 40 bin bags filled and a new access route to Chester from Saltney opened.

Organised by Flintshire County Council, the Big Dee Day has been a key date in the calendar since 2007, covering the coastline and tributaries from Talacre to Chester, Llangollen and north Shropshire.

Cambrias Assistant Principal and Director of Employer Services Vicky Barwis said their team worked hard to make a difference on the day.

We do a lot of work in the community but wanted to increase that and theres no bigger project locally than this, said Ms Barwis.

The amount of litter and plastic we picked up over the course of the day was shocking, and highlights what a horrendous issue this is globally.

We would encourage more people to get involved and support the council and Flintshires Countryside Rangers in their fight to make the county greener and cleaner and are glad we could play a part in that.

It is estimated more than 12 million tonnes of plastic, from bottles and bags to microbeads end up in our oceans every year, and the River Dee, its estuary, riverbanks and marshes have the potential to capture a significant amount.

In Flintshire, hundreds of people take part in the Big Dee Day every year, working hard to clear rubbish from the river embankments and beaches, collecting hundreds of bags of litter as well as targeting special places along the River Dees banks, coast and catchment area.

Their efforts are coordinated by the Countryside Rangers, who take the opportunity to work with many community groups, schools and numerous businesses including Tesco, Airbus, Kingspan, ENI, and others.

Cllr Carolyn Thomas, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside Services, said: The River Dee and its estuary is a marine environment of regional, national and international importance and it is vital that we all understand the threats it faces from waste materials, particularly plastic, and what we can do to combat those threats.

The Big Dee Day is dedicated to highlighting the magnificent, but fragile marine environment of the River Dee and the need for it be respected, valued and protected.

Contact Flintshires Countryside Rangers on 01352 703900 or via social media (@Countryside&Coast) for further information.

For more information on Coleg Cambria, visit the website:www.cambria.ac.uk

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Appeal launched over refusal of plans to store cars and caravans on green barrier land in Sealand – Deeside.com

Published: Monday, Oct 14th, 2019

An appeal has been launched after plans for caravans and cars to be stored on an area of green barrier land in Deeside were refused.

A retrospective planning application was entered by Russell Brown earlier this year to gain permission to continue keeping vehicles at the back of a property known as Hyperion House on Deeside Lane in Sealand.

In documents submitted to Flintshire Council, Mr Brown said he had used the site for storing cars awaiting export from the UK for a number of years, as well as a place for people to leave their caravans during the winter.

However, the local authority turned down his bid to formally authorise the use of the land as it said it represented inappropriate development which would harm the openness of the area.

Officials also said he failed to carry out a flood consequences assessment, but Mr Brown has now launched an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to try and have the decision overturned.

In the appeal forms, an agent acting on his behalf said the building the site sits next to had been used for industrial purposes for many years and the proposals would have a minimal impact.

Bob Dewey said:The development provides an opportunity to provide a beneficial use of a piece of underused brownfield land without causing any harm to the area.

The council simply relies on general reasons for refusal which are not supported by any reasonable evidence.

The site is located within an area of mixed industrial and commercial developments, some of which have planning permission.

To treat this site in a more draconic manner is unhelpful to the economic life of the community.

There seems little evidence in the decision of a reflective approach to the wider good of the area.

The appeal will be heard by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government at a later date.

By Liam Randall Local Democracy Reporter (more here).

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What will happen to Sealand, the world’s smallest micronation, after Brexit? – Telegraph.co.uk

As Brexit beckons, Charlotte Lytton visits the North Sea island taking citizenship into its own hands

Seven miles off the Suffolk coast, it is officially the smallest micronation in the world. For more than half a century, Sealand a wind-lashed, Second World War naval fort whose main platform, some 60ft above the North Sea, can only be reached by being winched up by crane has seen off not only German advances but also those from the British government.

Now, with increasing uncertainty about Brexit on the UK mainland, the sovereign state is receiving hundreds of applications for citizenship each week. According to Michael Bates, the principalitys 67-year-old prince, would-be Sealanders...

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Queues on Sealand Road in Chester due to water works – Cheshire Live

There are queues on Sealand Road in Chester this morning due to temporary traffic lights which are in operation.

The lights are based at the junction of Western Avenue in Blacon .

Currently there is congestion to the A494 for those heading into Chester.

The works are being carried out by water company Severn Trent, which is installing district meters.

Roadworks.org, a site used by Cheshire West and Chester Council for mapping the latest roadworks in the area, cites that the temporary traffic lights have been in operation since September 30, and are not due to be taken down until October 18.

However, this is the first report we have seen of disruption in the area as a result of the works.

CheshireLive has contacted Severn Trent for more information.

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Appeal launched over refusal of plans to store cars and caravans on green barrier land in Sealand – LeaderLive

AN APPEAL has been launched after plans for caravans and cars to be stored on an area of green barrier land in Deeside were refused.

A retrospective planning application was entered by Russell Brown earlier this year to gain permission to continue keeping vehicles at the back of a property known as Hyperion House on Deeside Lane in Sealand.

In documents submitted to Flintshire Council, Mr Brown said he had used the site for storing cars awaiting export from the UK for a number of years, as well as a place for people to leave their caravans during the winter.

However, the local authority turned down his bid to formally authorise the use of the land as it said it represented inappropriate development which would harm the openness of the area.

Officials also said he failed to carry out a flood consequences assessment, but Mr Brown has now launched an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to try and have the decision overturned.

In the appeal forms, an agent acting on his behalf said the building the site sits next to had been used for industrial purposes for many years and the proposals would have a minimal impact.

Bob Dewey said:The development provides an opportunity to provide a beneficial use of a piece of underused brownfield land without causing any harm to the area.

The council simply relies on general reasons for refusal which are not supported by any reasonable evidence.

The site is located within an area of mixed industrial and commercial developments, some of which have planning permission.

To treat this site in a more draconic manner is unhelpful to the economic life of the community.

There seems little evidence in the decision of a reflective approach to the wider good of the area.

The appeal will be heard by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government at a later date.

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Terra Firma Imagines a Tiny Country Surviving the Rising Waters – TheaterMania.com

"Imagine there's no countries" is a line that inspires hope when sung in the dreamy voice of John Lennon, but it would portend terror if spoken by Greta Thunberg, our Cassandra of climate change. The world of Barbara Hammond's Terra Firma exists between those poles of optimism and doom, as a tiny country looks out over the waters in defiance of the end of the world. The end is an unlikely and ballsy beginning for the brand-new theater company, the Coop, which marks its maiden voyage with Terra Firma. If this polished production of a challenging new play is any indication, there is more room for optimism than doom when considering the company's future.

Terra Firma is the name of a small country, the territory of which is a rusty platform in the sea. The aptly named Roy (Gerardo Rodriguez) is king of this domain, ruling alongside his Queen (Andrus Nichols). Jones (John Keating) is their only citizen. In the opening moments of the play, he and Roy have taken a hostage (Tom O'Keefe), captured within their territorial waters. While the queen cares greatly about the proper administration of justice, Roy knows that he must defend Terra Firma from all enemies if there is to be a country left for his Prince Regent, Teddy (Daniel Molina, radiating Thunberg-like angst). A marital argument ensues over the balance between liberty and security. It seems like the premise for a classic sitcom (Gulliver's Island?), but it's actually more grounded in reality than you might think.

The inspiration for Terra Firma is Sealand, an abandoned World War II fort just outside of British territorial waters that Paddy Roy Bates claimed as a sovereign state in 1967. Despite not even having lowly observer status at the UN, Sealand has a storied history of armed conflicts and diplomatic rows. To this day, the Bates family maintains an active Internet presence, with an online store that sells Sealand merchandise and patents of nobility. And while the UK government has never formally recognized Sealand, it has made no active moves to reclaim or demolish the platform in the last 50 years a tacit acknowledgment that one of its citizens discovered a loophole in international law and staked a claim on Terra Nullius (or perhaps proof that it's just not worth the bother). But Terra Firma is not just about one eccentric libertarian's hobby. Hammond is chasing much bigger fish.

The play isn't set in the 20th century, but the not-so-distant future, far away from dry land. Teddy returns after spending a fortnight at sea without having discovered the coast. He treats a rescued shrub like precious treasure. The arrival of a diplomat in a tattered suit (T. Ryder Smith, simultaneously funny and tragic) offers further evidence that something terrible has happened in the world, imperiling Terra Firma.

The apocalyptic setting and vaguely clownish characters give Terra Firma the flavor of Beckett, with humor and poetry emerging from its absurd reduction of society. This is a difficult style to master, and while Hammond takes an admirable swing, her poetry all too often devolves into fortune cookie wisdom: "I've found it's best not to think too much about Anything if you don't want to feel bad about Everything," observes Jones (Keating is the most naturally Beckettian of the actors, able to sell such lines with a cheerful smirk). "You matter! More than you know," contends the Diplomat, sounding very much like Dr. Seuss. This earns him a rebuke from the hostage: "Ya don matter. He don matter. Ya ARE matter." Deep.

Luckily, Shana Cooper's deft direction of excellent performances compensates for the half-baked writing. Rodriguez exudes manly vigor and we absolutely believe he would be one of the survivors of catastrophe. O'Keefe seems to carry several plays worth of backstory in his detailed and enigmatic performance. Nichols is ruggedly regal as the queen, her arm constantly raised in a wave. Her character takes her position seriously, so we never question some of her more grandiloquent statements.

Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene outfits her in drab work clothes crowned with a glittering tiara, the foremost example of Terra Firma's observance of ceremony in the midst of Armageddon. Eric Southern's lighting takes advantage of the vast backdrop to give us a sense of time. He and sound designer Jane Shaw collaborate to create the action beyond the stage, producing chills and thrills that usually require a multimillion-dollar CGI budget. Andrew Boyce's lavish set, which realistically produces a small sea platform, wouldn't look out of place on Broadway. It serves as the Coop's loudest announcement that they are the new kid on the block, and a producing force to be reckoned with.

Terra Firma isn't a perfect play, but Hammond's ambition is admirable and necessary: Like John Lennon's "Imagine," Terra Firma asks us to consider the purpose of systems like international law and the nation-state. Will these structures disappear once they no longer prove useful, or will they linger and rust like the platform itself, waiting to be reclaimed?

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IN PICTURES: Terry is first person to complete nine-mile swim from Sealand to Dovercourt – Harwich and Manningtree Standard

IT was third time lucky for a determined fundraiser who has become the first person to complete the nine-mile swim in the North Sea from Sealand to Dovercourt.

Terry Fay, 47, initially set out to complete the challenge of swimming from the offshore platform-turned-principality to Dovercourt Beach on August 18.

Unfortunately, due to some engine issues with the safety boat, the swim did not go ahead as planned on that date.

Terrys second attempt at the ambitious challenge was on September 1, but disaster struck five miles into the swim when the engine overheated.

However, his third attempt, last Sunday, was luckily a success.

Terry, who works for AGI Global Logistics and lives in Dovercourt, started the swim from Sealand at about 10.30am, having planned to come in with the tide to ensure there was enough water over Cork Sands for the safety boat to clear it.

He said: After about two-and-a-half hours of battling the high waves whipped up by the westerly wind, and tide pushing us towards Walton, the tide changed and we then were being pushed towards the shipping lane and Felixstowe.

We stopped a couple of times for me to take energy drinks and have a couple of bananas, and also to warm up a bit my triathlon wetsuit was clearly inappropriate for that amount of time in the water.

We finally arrived into Dovercourt West Beach at about 3.30pm, having swum the nine-mile journey in four hours 38 minutes, to a cheering crowd of about 100 people along the seafront also six kayakers, and a couple of swimmers came to join us for the last few hundred metres.

It was an emotional end to a very long campaign.

In all, Ive swum 55 open water sea miles these past three months, in readiness for - and including - the swim itself.

Terrys swim has raised more than 2,000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital, which helped a close family member of his earlier this year.

Money raised by Terry will go towards the hospitals world-leading cancer centre.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/terry-fay6.

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Great Escapes: The Pristine Shores and Year-Round Charm of Denmarks North Sealand – Barron’s

North Sealand is also known as Nordsjaelland, the King's Coast, and the Danish Riviera. Ian Centrone

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With its iconic architecture, world-renowned culinary scene, and countless cultural lures, its easy to get swept away by Copenhagens storybook charm. But while legions of eager sightseers and well-heeled globetrotters descend upon Denmarks colorful capital city every year, few manage to make it beyond Copenhagens border. Despite the fact that its a relatively small country (especially when compared to its Nordic neighbors like Sweden, Finland, and Norway), there are still plenty of regions worth exploring just outside the city limits.

North Sealand is a prime example, encompassing the northernmost portion of the Danish island of Zealand (which is also home to Copenhagen). Boasting a slew of nicknames, the region is also known as Nordsjlland, the Kings Coast, and the Danish Riviera. But with its quaint villages, coveted beaches, and coastal vibe, this laid-back-but-luxe retreat feels more like Denmarks very own version of Cape Cod.

For generations, in-the-know Danes have flocked to North Sealands pristine shores for a quintessential summer escape (including a long list of royals and other members of Denmarks upper echelon). These days, the dreamy destination is expanding its appeal and attracting visitors all year long, not just during the sweltering high season. Considering its unique combination of historic castles, stunning properties, and stellar gastronomic gems, it isnt hard to understand why. So the next time you find yourself exploring ever-enchanting Copenhagen, be sure to extend your visit with a jaunt up north to experience this idyllic slice of Denmark.

STAY

Anyone who has ever ventured to Copenhagen may already be familiar with the award-winning Hotel Sanders, a five-star boutique property owned by renowned Danish ballet dancer Alexander Klpin. Its sister property, Helenekilde Badehotel, is the star of North Sealand, located in charming seaside town of Tisvildeleje. Built in 1896 as a private summer home by a construction magnate, it was acquired by Klpin in 2001 and underwent a complete renovation in 2008 to update the landmark property while preserving its familial spirit. Today, the winsome retreat is known for its sun-drenched guestrooms, sweeping overlooks of the Kattegat, and dynamic restaurant serving modern Nordic cuisine.

Hotel Hornbkhus is another beloved seaside sanctuary just minutes away from the windswept shores of Hornbk Beach. Originally constructed in 1904, the recently renovated property boasts 36 whimsical rooms that perfectly marry hygge ideals with retro design details. For direct beach access, book a stay at the hotels sister property, Villa Strand, which offers 15 rooms and debuted earlier this year.

DINE

Restaurant Sletten has developed a sparkling reputation that continues to seduce both tourists and locals alike, thanks to its Michelin-star prestige and privileged waterfront view. Located in the idyllic town of Sletten, the restaurant is nestled among former fishermens cottages and serves an inventive a la carte menu of small plates that showcase seasonal local ingredients.

For farm-fresh cuisine, reserve a table at Rabarbergaarden. The limited menu constantly changes based on whatever produce is being harvested from the restaurants organic farm at any given time. Meat and fish dishes are also available throughout the seasons, with all ingredients being sourced from the region. Be sure to explore their extensive wine list, or try a cocktail made with buzzworthy Botanisk Gin (made using a selection of Danish berries and botanicals).

From its bespoke design details to its impeccable menu, Tisvilde Kro is another North Sealand gem that is not to be missed. Danish entrepreneur and multimillionaire Thorvald Stigsen (known for founding travel brands Skygate and Momondo) had the idea to buy a dilapidated building in Tisvilde and save it from demolition by transforming it into a swanky restaurant. After two years of painstaking renovations, the final result proves it was well worth the wait. Just look for the pink building standing on top of the hill.

EXPERIENCE

Art aficionados wont want to miss the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art , located in Humlebaek, just 25 miles north of Copenhagen. As Denmarks most visited museum, the attraction boasts one of the worlds most impressive collections of modern art. Past and present exhibitions include works by visionaries such as Jackson Pollock, Arne Jacobsen, Henri Matisse, Pipilotti Rist, and more. Known for its hot and cold approach (mixing accomplished artists with up-and-coming talents), the museum has been mesmerizing guests since it first opened its doors back in 1958.

For literature-lovers and history buffs alike, be sure to spend some time exploring the port city of Elsinore (also known as Helsingr). Here, visitors can tour the 15th-century Kronborg Castle, which served as inspiration for the setting of William Shakespeare s Hamlet. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the spectacular palace overlooks the resund strait with majesty, marked by its ornate columns, towers, and spires. To see more of North Sealands impressive collection of castles (hence its Kings Coast moniker), pay a visit to Fredriksborg Castle in Hillerd or the Baroque-style Fredensborg Palace and its regal gardens.

Elsinore also houses the M/S Maritime Museum (adjacent to the castle). The collection was established in 1915, but its current subterranean location was conceived in 2013 by the renowned architects of the Bjarke Ingels Group. Built around a dry dock and designed to resemble a ship, the 82,000-square-foot museum contains thousands of artistic works and artifacts related to Denmarks seafaring past.

This writer was a guest of Visit Denmark .

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Sealand notice for shipping to / from Venezuela – American Journal of Transportation

Effective August 5, 2019, the US government imposed sanctions that prohibit accepting cargo to/from any entity owned or controlled by the Venezuelan government, in addition to the entities already on the OFAC Specially Designated Nationals list.

To ensure compliance with the mentioned sanctions, Sealand - A Maersk Company requires the following when shipping to/from Venezuela:

Cargo will not be loaded unless the above requirements are met in full.

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Hefty bill for Sealand farmer who ignored warnings to clear waste off his land – LeaderLive

A DEESIDE farmer has been landed with a court bill of 3,230 after he ignored warnings to clear waste off his land.

David McCarrick claimed he didnt have time to shift the 450 tonnes of green vegetation and treated wood which had accumulated at Morriston Farm in Sealand. He said he was cash-strapped as he failed to qualify for EU support, so he was prioritising finding a new home for his cattle herd when he quits the tenanted land.

But Deputy District Judge Martin Jackson fined McCarrick 500 with costs of 2,680 and told him: You had notices, but you chose to ignore them.

Prosecuting for Natural Resources Wales, Dafydd Roberts, said McCarrick pleaded guilty three years ago to operating a waste facility without a licence. He received a notice in December 2016 in respect of the waste and received a further notice on May 20 this year asking him to remove it from the land.

When NRW officers visited the Green Lane farm in May last year he told them he was struggling financially and his priority was feeding his herd.

When the officers returned on June 25 this year it was clear the waste had not been removed and it appeared new waste had been piled near to a gate.

There was waste under some power cables which was a major concern in case it caught fire, said the prosecutor.

North East Wales Magistrates Court was told the cost of removing the waste to landfill would be 14,107.

But the court heard McCarrick was due to lose the farm after Flintshire County Council was granted a possession order.

He said he wanted to keep the 100-strong herd so his son could carry on farming and that had been his focus.

Victoria Hanley, defending, said McCarrick accepted the waste had not been removed.

He needs to make arrangements to remove it, but he is in dire financial straits, said the solicitor.

McCarrick, she said, was working on other farms to support his meagre income which had been slashed because of low milk prices and because he was not entitled to the single farm payment.

He has been relying on a charity which has given him pay and corn. But the welfare of his animals has been the priority, said Ms Hanley.

She said the defendant didnt accept hed added to the waste and had started to chip some of it.

McCarrick, 54, admitted failing to remove waste in contravention of a notice served on May 20 this year.

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Surfer cleans his playground by turning pollution into functional fashion – East Coast Radio

Mike Schlebach surfs in trash. When he takes to the swells, plastic bottles ride alongside him. As a big wave surfer, Schlebach is determined to conserve his playground. It pains me to see plastic floating through the water, he says. We can no longer turn our backs to the seemingly insurmountable levels of pollution. Schlebachs approach is to revolutionise not just ocean clean-ups, but fashion.

Together with designer Jasper Eales, Schlebach transforms used fabrics such as yacht sails, PVC truck tarps, and display banners into stylish bags and laptop covers. If the materials werent upcycled, they would probably land up in landfills, Schlebach says. Cleaning up the ocean isnt effective if the trash just sits in a dump alongside other items that dont degrade. Schlebach and his team give waste a second life. This is probably as environmentally sustainable as you can get, he says.

With his dedicated team at Sealand Gear, Schlebach has created a chic answer to our plastic problem. No two items are the same, but each one is equally functional and hardy. Every piece is stamped with the name of the person who made it. We are all capable of taking care of our planet one way or another, Schlebach says. When I go surfing, I always know that Im being part of a positive change. Theres a wave of eco-consciousness surging, and its time to join in.

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Principality of Sealand – Become A Lord Or Lady With Sealand

Locatedin international waters, on themilitary fortress ofRoughsTower, Sealand is the smallest country in the world. The countrys national motto is E Mare, Libertas (From the Sea, Freedom), reflecting itsenduringstruggle for liberty through the years. Sealand has been an independent sovereignStatesince 1967. The Bates family governs the smallStateas hereditary royal rulers, each member with his, or her,own royal title. Sealandupholdsits own constitution, composed of a preamble and seven articles. Upon thedeclarationofindependence, the founding Bates family raised the Sealand flag,pledgingfreedom and justiceto all that lived under it.

Following this, Sealand issued passports to its nationals, minted official currency and commissioned its own stamps.

Show your support for Sealandindependence for the years to come,by registering for aNoble Title and becoming a Lord or a Lady. Sealand also offersID cards,and the chance to owna piece ofourterritory. Other official Sealand products are also available for sale on this website.See shop

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Sealand is a self-claimed country in the North Sea approximately 12 km from the coast of Suffolk. Sealand is a structure called Roughs Tower it was built in the sea by the British Royal Navy, and later became Sealand. It is very small. There is only room for 300 people on it. Even though a man named Michael Bates says Sealand is a country, not all countries agree with him.Once some people from The Netherlands went to Sealand to take it over. Michael Bates did not want this to happen, so he used helicopters and fought them to get it back. He won, and put some of those people in jail until he was pressured to let them go by other countries. If a boat goes too near Sealand, people from Sealand might fire guns at the boat.Even though Michael Bates says he is the prince of Sealand, it is very small so he usually is not there. Other people stay there to take care of Sealand. Sealand has its own stamps, national anthem, money, flag, and more things just like a real country.Bates' reasons why Sealand should be a real country are these:Sealand is out in the ocean, and when Sealand was created no country owned the ocean. Also, people asked Michael Bates to let his prisoners from The Netherlands go. Bates said that if they thought Sealand was not a country, they would not ask him to do that.

The owners claim that Sealand is an independent sovereign state because in 1968 an English court decided that Roughs Tower was in international waters and outside the jurisdiction of the British courts.[8]

In international law, there are two common theories about what makes a state "real". These theories are called are the "constitutive" and the "declaratory" theories of state creation. The constitutive theory says that a state exists if other states recognize it, but people disagree whether this means "diplomatic recognition" or just "recognition of existence". There are no other states that have diplomatic recognition for Sealand. However, Bates says that Germany gave Sealand "recognition of existence" during some negotiations. In the declaratory theory of statehood, an entity becomes a state as soon as it meets the minimal criteria for statehood. Therefore, recognition by other states is purely "declaratory".[9]In 1987, the UK extended its territorial waters from three to twelve miles. Sealand now sits inside waters that Britain claims as its territory.[10]

Irrespective of its legal status, Sealand is managed by the Bates family as if it were a recognised sovereign entity, and they are its hereditary royal rulers. Roy Bates styles himself "Prince Roy" and his wife "Princess Joan". Their son is known as "His Royal Highness Prince Michael" and has been referred to as the "Prince Regent" by the Bates family since 1999.[11] In this role, he apparently serves as Sealand's acting "Head of State" and also its "Head of Government".[12] At a micronations conference hosted by the University of Sunderland in 2004, Sealand was represented by Michael Bates' son James, who was referred to as "Prince Royal James."[13] The facility is now occupied by one or more caretakers representing Michael Bates, who himself resides in Essex, England.[11] Sealand's constitution was instituted in 1974. It consists of a preamble and seven articles. The preamble asserts Sealand's independence, while the articles variously deal with Sealand's status as a constitutional monarchy, the empowerment of government bureaus, the role of an appointed, advisory senate, the functions of an appointed, advisory legal tribunal, a proscription against the bearing of arms except by members of a designated "Sealand Guard", the exclusive right of the sovereign to formulate foreign policy and alter the constitution, and the hereditary patrilinear succession of the monarchy.[14] Sealand's legal system is claimed to follow British common law, and statutes take the form of decrees enacted by the sovereign.[15] Sealand has issued passports and has operated as a flag of convenience state, and it also holds the Guinness World Record for "the smallest area to lay claim to nation status".[16] Sealand's motto is E Mare Libertas (English: From the Sea, Freedom).[17] It appears on Sealandic items, such as stamps, passports, and coins, and is the title of the Sealandic anthem. The anthem was composed by Londoner Basil Simonenko;[18] it does not have lyrics.

At the beginning of 2007, the Bates put an ad in the newspaper. They would like to sell Sealand for 65 million pounds.[19][20]National motto: E mare libertas(Latin: From the sea, freedom)

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Founded in 1984, SeaLand leads the marine industry in sanitation technology.Featuring odor-free performance, easy operation and outstanding efficiency, SeaLands patented VacuFlush technology has become one of the most sought-after sanitation systems for boat manufacturers and boat owners around the world. Acquired by Dometic in 2002, SeaLand is an important part of the Dometic brand portfolio.

The use of fresh-water eliminates the odors associated with raw-water flushing systems, while powerful vacuum action keeps toilet bowl and lines clean and improves holding tank efficiency with only 1 pint (0.5 liter) used per flush.

SeaLand sanitation products enhance the pleasure-boating lifestyle and reinforce SeaLands dedication to keeping the marine environment clean for every living being.

The annual First Watch Clean Water Awards are sponsored by SeaLand and given in tribute to people and organizations that keep boating waters free of pollution.

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Sealand Marine – 4 Locations Across Nebraska and South …

Our mission at Sealand Marine has always been to deliver exceptional, quality products and services to our customers. With our 4 convenient locations, we are set up to provide you a pleasurable experience when you are looking for your first boat, trading in your existing boat for your next boat or if your current boat is in need of some repairs. With our award winning manufacturers lineup you can bet that we have a boat for everyone.If you are looking for a pontoon the Bennington products are hard to beat. Bennington offers over 120 floorplans, in 4 different series, in both cruising and fishing models that are able to meet many different price points. If a fiberglass pleasure boat or deck boat is more your thing then our Regal, Bayliner and Rinker brands have you covered and for those who enjoy fishing we are proud to represent Alumacraft.

With many years of experience, Sealand Marines service departments are here to take care of you on anything from boat and motor repairs, annual services and winterizations, trailer repairs, and even gelcoat repairs. We also offer fully secured indoor winter storage at very competitive prices. We here at Sealand Marine and Recreation invite you to stop in to one of our locations or give us a call to see for yourself our dedication in helping you find the right boat at the best prices.

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Principality of Sealand – Become A Lord Or Lady With Sealand

Locatedin international waters, on themilitary fortress ofRoughsTower, Sealand is the smallest country in the world. The countrys national motto is E Mare, Libertas (From the Sea, Freedom), reflecting itsenduringstruggle for liberty through the years. Sealand has been an independent sovereignStatesince 1967. The Bates family governs the smallStateas hereditary royal rulers, each member with his, or her,own royal title. Sealandupholdsits own constitution, composed of a preamble and seven articles. Upon thedeclarationofindependence, the founding Bates family raised the Sealand flag,pledgingfreedom and justiceto all that lived under it.

Following this, Sealand issued passports to its nationals, minted official currency and commissioned its own stamps.

Show your support for Sealandindependence for the years to come,by registering for aNoble Title and becoming a Lord or a Lady. Sealand also offersID cards,and the chance to owna piece ofourterritory. Other official Sealand products are also available for sale on this website.See shop

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Sealand is a self-claimed country in the North Sea approximately 12 km from the coast of Suffolk. Sealand is a structure called Roughs Tower it was built in the sea by the British Royal Navy, and later became Sealand. It is very small. There is only room for 300 people on it. Even though a man named Michael Bates says Sealand is a country, not all countries agree with him.Once some people from The Netherlands went to Sealand to take it over. Michael Bates did not want this to happen, so he used helicopters and fought them to get it back. He won, and put some of those people in jail until he was pressured to let them go by other countries. If a boat goes too near Sealand, people from Sealand might fire guns at the boat.Even though Michael Bates says he is the prince of Sealand, it is very small so he usually is not there. Other people stay there to take care of Sealand. Sealand has its own stamps, national anthem, money, flag, and more things just like a real country.Bates' reasons why Sealand should be a real country are these:Sealand is out in the ocean, and when Sealand was created no country owned the ocean. Also, people asked Michael Bates to let his prisoners from The Netherlands go. Bates said that if they thought Sealand was not a country, they would not ask him to do that.

The owners claim that Sealand is an independent sovereign state because in 1968 an English court decided that Roughs Tower was in international waters and outside the jurisdiction of the British courts.[8]

In international law, there are two common theories about what makes a state "real". These theories are called are the "constitutive" and the "declaratory" theories of state creation. The constitutive theory says that a state exists if other states recognize it, but people disagree whether this means "diplomatic recognition" or just "recognition of existence". There are no other states that have diplomatic recognition for Sealand. However, Bates says that Germany gave Sealand "recognition of existence" during some negotiations. In the declaratory theory of statehood, an entity becomes a state as soon as it meets the minimal criteria for statehood. Therefore, recognition by other states is purely "declaratory".[9]In 1987, the UK extended its territorial waters from three to twelve miles. Sealand now sits inside waters that Britain claims as its territory.[10]

Irrespective of its legal status, Sealand is managed by the Bates family as if it were a recognised sovereign entity, and they are its hereditary royal rulers. Roy Bates styles himself "Prince Roy" and his wife "Princess Joan". Their son is known as "His Royal Highness Prince Michael" and has been referred to as the "Prince Regent" by the Bates family since 1999.[11] In this role, he apparently serves as Sealand's acting "Head of State" and also its "Head of Government".[12] At a micronations conference hosted by the University of Sunderland in 2004, Sealand was represented by Michael Bates' son James, who was referred to as "Prince Royal James."[13] The facility is now occupied by one or more caretakers representing Michael Bates, who himself resides in Essex, England.[11] Sealand's constitution was instituted in 1974. It consists of a preamble and seven articles. The preamble asserts Sealand's independence, while the articles variously deal with Sealand's status as a constitutional monarchy, the empowerment of government bureaus, the role of an appointed, advisory senate, the functions of an appointed, advisory legal tribunal, a proscription against the bearing of arms except by members of a designated "Sealand Guard", the exclusive right of the sovereign to formulate foreign policy and alter the constitution, and the hereditary patrilinear succession of the monarchy.[14] Sealand's legal system is claimed to follow British common law, and statutes take the form of decrees enacted by the sovereign.[15] Sealand has issued passports and has operated as a flag of convenience state, and it also holds the Guinness World Record for "the smallest area to lay claim to nation status".[16] Sealand's motto is E Mare Libertas (English: From the Sea, Freedom).[17] It appears on Sealandic items, such as stamps, passports, and coins, and is the title of the Sealandic anthem. The anthem was composed by Londoner Basil Simonenko;[18] it does not have lyrics.

At the beginning of 2007, the Bates put an ad in the newspaper. They would like to sell Sealand for 65 million pounds.[19][20]National motto: E mare libertas(Latin: From the sea, freedom)

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