British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, who was slated to leave Guyana in August this year, has been granted an extension in his tenure.British High Commissioner Greg Quinn will continue as the UK’s representative until 2020The British envoy was appointed back in 2015. He was expected to resign this year, but on Thursday, the diplomat informed that his tenure has been extended until 2020, making it a total of five years. Quinn said he looked forward to the extension.“The powers that be in London have decreed that I should stay in Guyana until August 2020. I am more than happy to do so. It has been quite a ride since I arrived in February 2015. I look forward to my remaining time here,” the High Commissioner explained.Looking back at the past four years, Quinn believes he did everything he should have done when his input was necessary.“I make no apology for anything I have said or done. Everything I have said I believe needed to be said. Everything I have done, needed to be done. I do not apologise for telling the truth and I will continue to do so in my remaining time here,” he declared.Quinn’s diplomatic life commenced back in 1995 when he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Later in 2000, he joined the British High Commission in Ghana in the Public Affairs Department before being appointed as Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy in Minsk, Belarus in 2004.In 2007, he undertook duties as British Consul General in Basra, Iraq and as First Secretary for the Middle East.The diplomat was then appointed as Head of the United Nations Political Team in 2009 and Deputy Head of Mission of Britain’s Kazakhstan embassy in 2012. Four years ago, he replaced his predecessor, Andrew Ayre as the local British envoy.Throughout his stint, Quinn has been vocal about issues which might cause implications for Guyana and other nations.After the passage of the no-confidence vote that took place on December 21, 2018, he posited Guyana’s Constitution was supreme while informing that the clock was ticking. At that time, a civil society group was urging President David Granger to announce a date for polls.Diplomatic tiesIn recent times, apart from strengthened diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom, other countries have forged positive ties with Guyana.In March, Sarah Ann Lynch and Tebogo Motshome were appointed as Ambassadors for the United States and Botswana respectively to Guyana.In May, the President received letters of credence from Ebu Jones, accrediting him as the new Surinamese Ambassador to Guyana to improve their bilateral relationship through initiatives for sustainable development. Marichu Mauro was later accredited to represent the Philippines.
ULSTER SAYS YES AS THE RIGHT FINALISTS AND THE RIGHT VENUE DECIDEDRyan McHughAfter sharing sixty-one points in total and 151 minutes of play, it was down to the very narrowest of margins as Donegal claimed their place in yet another Ulster Championship Final – their sixth in succession – with that semi-final replay win over Monaghan.But whether it’s one point or twenty-one, the outcome’s the same – a trip to Clones and another tilt at those fiercest of rivals, Tyrone.And Clones it will be despite the suggestion from Dublin’s Ciaran Whelan that the Ulster showdown should be switched to Croke Park.This column argued last year that H.Q. was hosting too many Championship ties. Once it just involved the All-Ireland Final and semi-finals – now it’s quarter-finals and whatever else is in the pipeline, surely taking away the gloss of playing at that most prestigious of venues.by Paddy WalshI totally agree with Martin McElhinney that an Ulster Final belongs in Ulster and nowhere else. The unique atmosphere that is St. Tiernach’s Park on big match days brings a real sense of occasion to it – and there’s no sense of occasion like an Ulster Final.“At the end of the day, we’re all from Ulster and we want to play our big games in Ulster, “ the St. Michael’s man insisted. And Ulster says yes.Due to attendance at the Mile Challenge event in Letterkenny, I didn’t get to see the Donegal match (not that there was anything to see if you were relying on ‘live’ television coverage) but from all accounts, it was, despite the sole point that separated the sides at the end, a thoroughly deserved win for Rory Gallagher’s men.They should, of course, have had it wrapped up in the initial game even with the disadvantage of finishing with fourteen men but on Saturday evening last they were on the ball in every sense.Unlike the drawn game, Michael Murphy and Paddy McBrearty were back with targets in sight – sharing nine points between them in Donegal’s total of seventeen.And it’s in that area of the field where Jim McGuinness, believes his former team can dictate matters against Tyrone.Should be a Clones cracker with an atmosphere to match. LEE CLOCKS ANOTHER SUB-4 MINUTE MILE AND EYES A MOVE TO DONEGALCould Letterkenny A.C. soon have their very own sub four-minute miler on board? As those of you who attended last weekend’s big athletics meeting – sadly, not big enough for far too many of you – involving twenty different nations and a host of quality international athletes will know, the club can now boast of having hosted another successful sub four minute mile event.This time it was the turn of Englishman, Lee Emanuel, to mark the achievement at the Danny McDaid Track at the Aura Leisure Centre last Saturday evening.A silver medallist at last year’s European Indoor Championships , the Hastings born competitor was a popular winner of the mile challenge, breaking the line in a time of 3:59.66 just in front of fellow compatriot, Robbie Fitzgibbon.The following day, Lee clocked up a lot more miles as he and he Canadian girlfriend, Kendra, undertook a tour of North Donegal including a visit to Fanad Lighthouse (“very impressive”) and other scenic sights.So taken were the couple with every aspect of their three day visit, not least the reception he received after his feat on the track, that they may yet forego intentions of emigrating to Canada and instead opt for the hills of Donegal!“We have been planning to move to Canada but we could yet revise this plan. We’ve really enjoyed our short stay here and Donegal could be a serious option,” the affable middle distance runner declared.I got chatting to him the day after his mile achievement and he genuinely was impressed.“It was the most fun end to a race I’ve ever had – the crowd at trackside were very encouraging. I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.”He only decided to come to Letterkenny at virtually the last minute. “Daragh [McDaid} had contacted me some time ago to extend an invitation and it was just last week when I made the decision to come and got onto him to see if the invite was still open.”Not the only event on the evening and not the only outstanding performance either. How about the 84.10 metres throw by Czech Republic athlete, Petr Frydrych, in the javelin? Incredible to watch and confirmed as the second longest throw ever recorded on this island.As my old mate, Brian McArt, put it: “We might need another field for this fellow.”Poland’s Karoline Zawila was also putting distance into her event – achieving 6.41m in the women’s long jump discipline. And a number of other track records broken by others in the star-studded field.A few quality performances, too, from some of the local athletes, not least Letterkenny A.C.’s, Ciaran Doherty, who came home in fourth place in the 3,000 metres. And there was a second and third placings respectively for local club athletes, Donal Farren and Matthew Johnston in the junior 1,500 metres.A memorable event overall and the greatest of credit to those involved with Letterkenny A.C. who put it together – the fourth Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge hosted by the club. There is some organisation involved particularly when you have eighty athletes representing twenty countries from all over the globe competing.“I wish the weather was a bit better, it was a little cold but it was fun to take part,” Ari Bragi Karason, who competed in the 100 metres for men, declared afterwards. He came from Iceland for the event and had, as you might have expected, one eye on proceedings at Euro 2016.So where were you all? I know the footballers of Monaghan had a part to play in your failure to show – that late point at Breffni Park the weekend before last ensuring a replay that, unfortunately, coincided precisely with Saturday evening’s international track and field show.But sadly, it’s true what they say – athletics is very much the poorer relation when it comes to drawing the crowds. And yet some of the athletes who participated will be lining up at the European Championships – Lee Emanuel included – which start in Amsterdam today and will also be competing in the little matter of the Olympic Games in Rio next month.It’s unlikely that Lee will have donned a Letterkenny A.C. vest by then but don’t rule it out in the foreseeable future. “If we come to settle in Donegal, that will be my club,” he pledged.There you are, straight from the Sub-4 Minute Miler’s mouth.JUST THE TICKET FOR DIARMUID Should also mention another great performance at last weekend’s event at the Aura. You’ll be more used to hearing him on radio but now you’ll get a chance to eye him on the big screen. Or, I should say, with the big screen.For didn’t my former newspaper colleague, Diarmaid Doherty, achieve a personal best by tracking the winning ticket in the prize draw that coincided with the event. Cue a 42” television set arriving at the Doherty household.That’s an additional screen for him now to watch Spurs blowing another title bid…!McCLEAN COMES TO TOWN AND SHOWS HIS TRUE COLOURSSeamus Coleman and James McCleanSeamus Coleman, a true leader on the pitch. And a player who can captain Ireland for many years to come.Not my words – though I’d whole-heartedly endorse them – but those of fellow international, James McClean during a visit to Letterkenny last Saturday afternoon.There’s a great image of the Derryman immediately following Robbie Brady’s winning goal against Italy in that pulsating Euro 16 clash. He’s chasing down the goalscorer with a smile that’s as broad as the widest stretch of the Foyle. The other side of a player who has been involved in some controversial incidents during his career.That other side was again there for all to see when the West Bromwich Albion and former Derry City winger sat at a tricolour bedecked table in Brian McCormick’s sports shop on Letterkenny’s Main Street and patiently posed for photographs and signed countless autographs for a legion of fans, young and old.Thanks to the ever obliging Brian himself, I got an opportunity to have a quick word with McClean afterwards but before that he was accommodating as possible to every fan, young and old, who approached him. If there was a group assembled for a picture with him, he made sure everybody was included. And he took time to talk to all with none of the signs of a prima donna footballer wanting to get away as speedily as he could.The queue stretched out on to the street and his visit lasted a lot longer than intended but there was no grimaces of impatience from him. In short, a credit to the shirt he wore with such undisguised pride in France.He’s a good friend with Letterkenny Rovers goalkeeper, Rory Kelly, who was present on the day to help ensure the smooth running of the appearance.Another well known local ‘keeper, Tony Blake, complete with arm in a sling, was, along with his family, among those who queued up to meet the man of the moment.Tony, apparently, had turned out for the Donegal Masters team in a friendly against Four Masters in Donegal Town a few days previously and suffered a dislocation after diving to keep out a shot. “A world class save – allegedly!,” his good wife, Rhona, smiled.The popular netminder had an operation five years ago to stabilise his shoulder but was back with arm in a sling and may not be available for duty for some time to come.“What is it about everybody up here, I must have met ten people today with their arms in a sling”,” McClean demanded when the Blake family approached him.The family included young Tony, Cian and Davin, and nephew and niece, Jack and Megan McDaid.Also looking for a snap with the Irish international, Cathal Flood, who reminded McClean that his, Cathal’s, granny, Annie Kelly, was a sister of the player’s grand-aunt. “He didn’t know it until I told him.”But he did know “Nunga”. Fellow Creggan man and Letterkenny councillor, Gerry McMonagle, was another to join the queue and introduced himself and his background. “Ah, your Nunga’s brother….”, McClean voiced recognition.Yet another impressed trio had come from Ballybofey to meet and greet the international. John McGee, Chrissie Kelly and son, Liam, going away as other satisfied customers.And so it went on. Signing everything from footballs to posters (even a Milford United one), shirts and programmes. And always with that genuine smile on his face.And afterwards, upstairs in the stock room in the McCormick emporium, he spoke of his experiences in France and how it had compared with the ill-fated European Championships of four years previously.“Night and day, I’d have to say. I was a fringe player then and I hardly knew any of the lads in the squad but this time, I was an integral part of the team and what an experience.“We put in a huge effort and that match against Italy will live long in my memory,” said McClean who agreed that had Ireland a greater turnaround than three days they could well have advanced further at the expense of the hosts France. “Even an extra day or two might have made the difference.”And the Irish fans? “Brilliant. They were a credit to their country, there wasn’t one negative sounding about them throughout the tournament.”And then we came to the local lads in the team. “Seamie Coleman? One of my best mates and while he’s quiet off the pitch, he was a true leader on it with the heart and passion to go with it.“I think he’ll be Ireland captain for many years to come,” the Derryman predicted.Shay Given? “A legend. What a servant he has been to his country. And while he didn’t get playing in France, he was still an inspiration to the rest of us.”At that point, I tried to claim central defender, Shane Duffy, as a Donegalman, given that the Burmah Apache’s father, Brian, hailed from Ard O’Donnell not a thumping good goal kick away from where we were.“Nah, he’s one of ours, a Derryman through and through!,”, McClean insisted.And no surprise either that the latter declined my offer to don the Finn Harps jacket I had on for a photograph…..!GALWAY SET FOR FINN PARK (BUT WHAT ABOUT KEATING?)Could Ruairi Keating return to Finn Park?After over a month without seeing any senior action, Finn Park will host three out of Harps next four fixtures, starting this Friday night when Galway United arrive in town.Two of their next matches will involve crucial outings against two teams who will be fighting against the drop, Bray Wanderers (away) and Wexford Youths and while Ollie Horgan’s men currently sit nicely on twenty points, they won’t need reminding that any slip-ups could prove costly in the run-in.Not that you’d believe that the Harps boss will be on cruise mode given that he has rarely lauded any of the winning performances that have earned them that score of points.Galway will arrive in Ballybofey three points clear of the Donegal side with indeed little to choose between Harps and the sides occupying the four rungs above them.The big question is will ex-Harps favourite, Ruairi Keating, who has quit Galway, arrive to play a role for Horgan’s team? Now that would be a welcome boost for a side that does occasionally find it difficult to find the net even if their last two league results (an aggregate of 5-0 from the games with Sligo Rovers and Longford Town) may suggest differently.MOVE OVER PELE AND BECKHAM! And speaking of Harps and goals, how about young Declan Sharkey’s effort for the club in that under-19 L.O.I. Northern Division fixture against St. Patrick’s Athletic?Spotting the opposition goalkeeper off his line at the kick-off, the Falcarragh player directed the ball into the bottom corner of the net from the half-way line with what manager, Joe Boyle, described as a daisy-cutter.You’ll not see that in Euro 16 even from Messrs Bale or Ronaldo tonight.GARRY ARRIVES TO THE WARMEST OF RECEPTIONSGarry Jennings was back in Donegal at the weekend, scene of his enforced retirement from the Joule Donegal International rally last month. And while his vehicle held out this time, he still went close to suffering a breakdown!The Fermanagh man – who has Letterkenny’s Rory Kennedy regularly partnering him in the navigator’s seat – was competing in the Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally on Saturday and despite a few problems with his revamped Subaru Impreza (the blown engine of which had forced him into that early retirement from the Donegal event), he managed to win the event in Lurgan for the fourth year in a row.No time to hang around celebrating, however, as he had another little matter to attend to in Donegal – namely the wedding of his good friend and rallying rival, Alastair Fisher.No doubt Alastair and his new bride, Fiona Teague, might have forgiven him for missing the actual wedding ceremony but the reception might, nevertheless, have been pretty hot for him when he did eventually arrive after his insistence on retaining his title in Lurgan. Namely from his own spouse, Kerry…!“She wasn’t happy about it, and I was sorry to miss the wedding, but I really wanted to be here,” Jennings declared.Another gasket or two blown in Donegal, I’d hazard a guess.ULSTER SAYS YES BUT HAS KEATING? IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: July 6th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT Is Industry 4.0 just another buzz term that’s being hyped up by technology vendors with the aim of selling more products, or a legitimate trend that will transform sectors such as manufacturing in the months and years to come? The evidence points to the latter. Industry 4.0, also referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, includes the heavy use of automation technologies and a greater exchange of data in manufacturing environments such as factories. Industry 4.0 got its name because it follows the earlier manufacturing phases of water/steam power, electric power and computing power.The concept embraces technologies and delivery models such as cloud computing, big data/analytics, cyber-physical systems (CPS), robotics, augmented reality and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the age of Industry 4.0, manufacturing companies will be able to build and operate factories that are smarter than ever, so they can do things like easily customize products on demand from individual customers – something that is called Industrial IoT or IIoT.Collaborative technologiesThe technologies driving Industry 4.0 will often work in collaboration. For example, CPS is powered by cloud services,which enable intelligent objects and cloud-based programmatic modules to interact with each other. New, smart factories will feature connected robots with access to big data/analytics capabilities, and technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, 3-D printing and other solutions will provide these facilities with agility, precision and efficiencies never seen before in a manufacturing environment.As noted by management consulting firm McKinsey and Company, the concept of Industry 4.0 is more than just a flashy catchphrase. “A confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made,” the firm says.Among these developments are a significant rise in data volumes, computational power, and connectivity; the advancements in data analytics and business intelligence (BI) capabilities; the availability of new forms of human-machine interaction; and enhancements in the ability to transfer digital instructions to the physical world, such as advanced robotics and 3D printing. McKinsey has advised companies to closely watch Industry 4.0 developments so that they can leverage new opportunities made possible by Industry 4.0 technologies. It says the traditional manufacturing business model is being replaced by new models, and in order to reap the benefits of Industry 4.0 technologies businesses must prepare themselves for the coming digital transformation.The platforms that support Industry 4.0 applications need to be open systems that can evolve with changing demands and market trends, and be able to quickly leverage whatever new technologies emerge in the coming years. Factories of the future will be dynamic organisms that can be shaped and reshaped as need be, and they will be connected more so than ever with other entities such as customer service centers, companies that supply raw materials, distribution channels, etc. Whereas today’s manufacturing environment typically consists of production plants with an incompatible mix of automation technologies that are not designed to share data with other manufacturing systems, smart factories will leverage IoT cloud platforms to gain a layer of cybernetic intelligence that sits on top of a company’s manufacturing operations. Machine learning algorithms will be able to identify patterns and extract insights that can be used to optimize production operations. Predictive analytics will identify signs of system failures in one factory so that production can quickly be launched in other facilities.In this modern environment, data from factories is delivered to the cloud, where it can be visualized and exposed to powerful analytics that provide higher layers of orchestration than ever for companies. For example, there’s a large manufacturer based in the U.K. that has factories all over the world. It’s looking to take all the data coming off of its factory automation platforms and all kinds of devices, some in real time, and place it into a common cloud layer to create customized views of all this data. That will allow the company to see across all its operations and create efficiencies not possible before. One of the key drivers of the smart factory that will be enabled by IIoT and Industry 4.0 technologies is the push toward personalization in manufacturing. Instead of a factory churning out cookie-cutter versions of the same products at mass scale, it will be able to deliver highly customized products on a just-in-time basis the way a customer wants it.Dean Hamilton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Creation Business Unit, AcceleriteBuilding the ecosystemThe potential of this future factory is not derived from what’s inside the enterprise, but outside. As beneficial as Industry 4.0 might prove to be for individual companies, executives in IT, operations and business need to look at this trend from a more holistic standpoint. They need to realize that the greatest returns will ultimately come from building an Industry 4.0 ecosystem that includes multiple market players involved in the process of designing, building, shipping and using products. By linking together this ecosystem of partners in an Industry 4.0 environment, all of the individual components of the ecosystem are able to deliver greater value to the market. To put it in biological terms, instead of thinking in terms of individual cells it’s more about all the cells working together in a body, in a symbiotic relationship. The Internet and specifically the cloud provide the framework necessary for organizations to work together more efficiently than ever, creating business and operational intelligence that can benefit partners within these interconnected business ecosystems.One of the key technology components that will also enable the creation of Industry 4.0 partner ecosystems is application programming interfaces (APIs). Factories that expose APIs to partners will make it possible to create applications that work across a variety of systems.To achieve this in an effective way, companies need to deploy an IoT platform such as Accelerite’s Concert that enables them to share service-oriented application APIs throughout their partner ecosystem in a managed platform as a service (PaaS) model. Applications will be quickly reconfigured by business analysts instead of programmers to account for different sources and types of data. Applications will be deployed in the cloud service that is most appropriate and efficient for the business, and easily adjust to accommodate for differences in cloud vendor-specific data ingestion, storage, distributed computing and machine learning APIs. By leveraging the power of APIs and the cloud, companies will build and share a new generation of manufacturing-oriented IoT applications that will be at the heart of Industry 4.0 and IIoT, and that will provide not just greater intelligence and efficiencies but transformative new business models that industries have never seen before.Building the smart factories that are capable of manufacturing the unique, highly personalized products consumers and businesses will be looking for is highly dependent on exploiting the full potential of Industry 4.0. A new class of API platform, designed for the latest revolution in manufacturing, is now emerging and will help companies to rapidly develop, manage and even monetize the products of the future.While much of this sounds futuristic, IT and business executives need to be looking at these technologies now if they want to help prepare their organizations for what’s to come. If they don’t, they risk getting a late start in the dramatic shift to Industry 4.0.This article was produced in partnership with Accelerite. The author is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Creation Business Unit at Accelerite. Tags:#Accelerite#featured#IIoT#industrial#industry 4.0#Internet of Things#IoT#McKinsey & Co.#top Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts ReadWrite Sponsors Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
Glenn Phillips and Todd Astle are in line to make their ODI debut after being among the six players added to the New Zealand squad for the three-match series against India, beginning here on October 22.Besides Phillips and Astle, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro and George Worker will join the national team after the conclusion of the series between India A and New Zealand A in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.Star batsman Kane Williamson will captain the Black Caps on the India tour comprising three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals.New Zealand had earlier picked only nine members for the ODIs and had to pick the remaining six after assessing the performance of the players taking part in the A tour.Astle has been picked for the ODIs ahead of leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who remains part of the T20 squad. The 31-year-old has two First-Class hundreds to his name besides 312 wickets and has played two Tests and as many T20s for New Zealand.Phillips, meanwhile, has shown decent form in the ongoing series against India A and scored an unbeaten 140 in the second unofficial ODI on October 10.Following the conclusion of ODIs, senior batsman Ross Taylor and George Worker will head back home.The nine members of the squad arrived here yesterday and will play two warm-up games before the ODI series opener.BREAKING NEWS | @TomBruce42 joins @BLACKCAPS T20 squad in India & @GeorgeWorker stays for the ODI Series! Well played Stags! ???????? #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/aT5Dc9ZM4Hadvertisement- Central Stags ??? (@CentralStags) October 14, 2017New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen, who is also manager of the A team, said Astle and Phillips grabbed their spots through both domestic form and their performances for A team.”Todd has been one of the best white-ball players in domestic cricket the last few seasons and he’s backed that up with a strong showing for New Zealand A. Todd brings all round skill to the squad, quality leg spin, is athletic in the field as well as being able to contribute with the bat,” said Larsen.”Glenn has made an immediate effect in domestic cricket and has certainly taken his opportunity over here with NZ A, including an outstanding 140 not out. Glenn is an option for us with the gloves in both Twenty20s and ODIs, so we feel we have our bases covered with the 15 weve picked.”Its widely accepted that India in their own backyard is the toughest challenge in cricket, so well have to be at our best,” Larsen added.Coach Mike Hesson and batsman Tom Latham check in at @CHC_Airport as they prepare to fly as the first contingent to India #INDvNZ #whiteball pic.twitter.com/BMg7dnzkDk- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 11, 2017NZ ODI squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker.T20 squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) showed first images of its new Leonardo-Class ships at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami on March 15. In February this year, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings signed a deal with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of four new cruise ships, with an option for two additional vessels, for its NCL brand.The company’s four next generation ships are scheduled for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.The two optional cruise ships would be handed over to their owner in 2026 and 2027.Each of the four 140,000 gross ton ships will be able to accommodate approximately 3,300 guests.The new class of ships will build upon the cruise line’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships. A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment, according to NCL.
Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu) commissioned its floating D-dock on November 22, making both of its floating docks operational.Following the mooring of D-dock to its moorings on November 16th, final tests were carried out and D-dock was submerged onto the equalized seabed, ready for the first visiting vessel the Jara. The vessel is a Damen ASD Tug 3110 (L 30.82m x W 9.40m x D 4.08m) owned by Citgo Aruba.The commissioning of the D-dock comes weeks after the company put into operations its Panamax C-dock, measuring 230 x 45 metres.Both C and D docks arrived jointly at the Caribbean island of Curaçao on 30th April, 2018 and are part of a USD 40 million investment program at DSCu, following its takeover by Damen in 2017.The yard now has four drydocks, two graving and two floating docks. Image Courtesy: DamenImage and Video Courtesy: Damen
APTN National NewsThe Yukon has a new premier.In a landslide vote this weekend, the Yukon party chose Darrell Pasloski as their new leader.Pasloski is a Whitehorse pharmacist and businessman who has never held elected office. He ran unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in the 2008 federal election.He currently does not hold a seat in the Yukon legislative assembly.Pasloski replaces Dennis Fentie who is retiring. Fenti has led the Yukon government since 2002.Pasloski will have to call a territorial election before mid-October.As premier, he says he will focus on building a strong cabinet and working on current issues.
Rabat – Marine Le Pen lashes out at Nicolas Sarkozy for visiting Morocco’s Tangier to “pay allegiance” to the Saudi King Salman Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. In the French city of Brachay, leader of the French right-wing political party Le Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen delivered a speech on September 2 accusing 2017 Presidency frontrunner Nicolas Sarkozy’s of visiting the Saudi King in Morocco.Le Pen took aim at the former president of France for “secretly” visiting Saudi King Salman Abdul-Aziz al Saud, who was on a personal vacation in Tangier. “The journal ‘Marianne’ reveals that in early August, Nicolas Sarkozy traveled to Morocco to secretly meet the president of Saudi Arabia to ensure their kind friendship,” Marine Le Pen stated in front of her supporters.The leader of FN also pointed out the discrepancy between the image that Sarkozy has promoted in his election campaigns, and the alliances he established under wraps with “promoters” of extremism.“Clearly, Nicolas Sarkozy, who wants to be the media champion of fighting Islamic radicalism, paid allegiance to the global promoter of Wahhabism. That is, the doctrine adopted by the most obscurantists, most radicals, and organizers of the worst provocations.”Marine Le Pen continued her attempt to discredit Sarkozy: “How can we believe that the French would rely in their fight against Islamism on a political figure that submits to the Qataris or the Saudis?”Nicolas Sarkozy is known for his anti-Islam stance, and has been accused of demonizing Islam to gain public support in France.During the recent burkini controversy in France, Sarkozy expressed his utter opposition of the beachwear, saying that the Muslim communities force women to wear it. Amnesty International later dismissed this argument as “based on impressions and not proof.”
An estimated 4.9 million people were living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific in 2009, according to the report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) that was launched at the 2011 International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, in Busan, Republic of Korea.The majority of them are living in 11 countries: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Viet Nam.The report found that the region has seen a 20 per cent drop in new infections between 2001 and 2009, and a three-fold increase in access to antiretroviral therapy since 2006. Notably, Cambodia, India, Myanmar and Thailand have reduced their HIV infection rates significantly with intensive HIV prevention programmes for people who buy and sell sex.At the same time, the report warned that this progress is threatened by an inadequate focus on key populations at higher risk of HIV infection and insufficient funding from both domestic and international sources.In addition, while more people than ever before have access to HIV services across the region, most countries there are a long way from achieving universal access goals for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, according to a news release issued by UNAIDS.“Getting to zero new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific will demand national responses based on science and the best available evidence,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “HIV programmes must be sufficiently resourced and solidly focused on key populations. Investments made today will pay off many-fold in the future,” he stressed.The report also cited an estimated 15 per cent drop in new HIV infections among children since 2006. However, regional coverage of HIV services to prevent new HIV infections in children continues to lag behind global averages, particularly in South Asia.New HIV infections in the region remain concentrated among key populations: people who buy and sell sex, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, and transgender people. And yet, “most programmes to protect key populations and their intimate partners from HIV infection are inadequate in size and scale,” said UNAIDS.In addition, stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and populations at higher risk of infection are still a problem. Around 90 per cent of the countries in the region retain punitive laws and policies that effectively prevent people living with HIV and key populations from accessing life-saving HIV services.Lack of funding is another concern, according to the report, which said that an estimated $1.1 billion was spent on the AIDS response in 30 countries across the region in 2009 – just one third of the funding needed to achieve universal access goals to HIV services.The report added that investments to protect key populations from HIV remain insufficient. Among countries reporting detailed expenditure data in 2010, only 8 per cent of total AIDS spending in South Asia and 20 per cent in South-east Asia focused on HIV prevention among key populations at higher risk of HIV infection.In a related development, UNAIDS today applauded a decision by the Government of Fiji to lift its restrictions on entry, stay or residence based on HIV status – which was officially announced by the country’s President at the conference in Busan.“This is a clear breakthrough in our efforts to secure the global freedom of movement for people living with HIV,” said Mr. Sidibé, adding that restrictions that limit movement based on HIV-positive status only are discriminatory and violate human rights.After the removal of Fiji’s restrictions, UNAIDS counts 47 countries, territories, and areas that continue to impose some form of restriction on the entry, stay and residence of people living with HIV based on their HIV status. At least, 128 countries have no such restrictions. 26 August 2011The AIDS epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is at a crossroads, says a United Nations report released today, which adds that while the region has seen impressive gains in the HIV response, greater and sustained efforts will be needed.