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MV Werften Lays Keel for 2nd Global Class Ship for Dream Cruises, Eyes Construction of Universal Class Ships

first_imgGerman shipbuilder MV Werften hosted a key-laying ceremony for the second 208,000 gross ton Global Class ship for Dream Cruises in Rostock on Monday, December 9.The occasion was used for the announcement of a new ship class which is in the making by Genting Hong Kong.“We are here for the keel laying of the second Global Class ship. But more importantly, we are starting the design and building of the next series of ships, the Universal Class ships, the first to be delivered by the end of 2022,” Tan Sri KT Lim,  the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Genting Group, said.As informed, Genting will operate the Universal Class ships for global hotel brands, who want to enter the cruise industry. The new midsize cruise ships will be built by MV Werften, keeping the yard busy until 2024. The ships will feature 88,000 gross tons in size, and have a capacity for 2,000 guests, making them large enough to have all the main amenities of larger cruise ships but without the crowded public space, Genting said in a press release.The construction of the 342 meter-long Global 2 was launched in September 2019, almost exactly a year after the keel laying of the flagship of the series. Like her sister ship, Global 2 is also intended for the fast-growing Asian market. Global 1 is due to enter operation under the name Global Dream in 2021.The Global Dream and Global 2 will boast 2,500 passenger cabins that can accommodate up to 9,500 persons and a crew of 2,200,  becoming the first vessels worldwide capable of carrying more than 10,000 persons.Image Courtesy: MV WerftenThe construction of Global 1 is progressing well, according to the yard. At the end of November, the giant hull of the cruise ship was towed to MV Werften’s dock hall in Wismar for final assembly and fitting out.Namely, two oceangoing tugs towed the midsection of the Global Dream from the MV Werften Warnemünde at a speed of about two knots (just under 2.5 mph) in the Baltic to Wismar. The entire operation, from the flooding of the Warnemünde dock to the docking in Wismar, took three days.A 125m high crane specially acquired for work on the Global Class ships will now be used to install deck structures on the hull, including a water park and a roller coaster.Image courtesy: MV WerftenThe construction of Dream Cruises’ newbuilding duo is advancing as Genting Hong Kong moves forward with the sale of its 35 pct stake in the company to TPG Asia.Genting is selling the shares for a consideration of USD 489 million, resulting in a gain of around USD 470 million for the company, as a means of bolstering its capital structure.The transaction was set to be realized in two tranches completing by December of 2019.last_img read more

Lambert: Strikers are on the mend

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert has reported he could have injured strikers Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak back available in “a few weeks”. Press Association Belgium international Benteke has been sidelined since April, when he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in training with Villa that ruled him out of the World Cup and which the club said would require a minimum of six months’ recovery time. Kozak sustained his injury during training with the midlands outfit as well, the Czech Republic frontman breaking his leg in January. center_img And asked on Thursday for an update on the pair, Lambert said: “I don’t put a time limit on it because their two injuries were really bad. “But Christian has started jogging outside, so he is doing well. Libor is doing great. “So a few weeks I think. What will help us certainly will be the international break.” Meanwhile, Lambert has made it clear he is keeping an open mind about Villa captain Ron Vlaar’s situation. The Holland defender, who impressed at the World Cup, has been linked with various clubs, including Villa’s Barclays Premier League rivals Southampton. He has a year left on his current contract, and asked on Thursday about the chances of Vlaar signing a new one at Villa Park, Lambert said: “To be fair to Ron, he has not come to us or anything. “We have had little chats here and there, but I think his main concern was getting back after the World Cup, getting fit and hopefully being ready for Saturday (Villa’s Premier League opener at Stoke). “That is where he has been. I have a good rapport with Ron, so I don’t have any problem with that whatsoever.” Then asked whether he thought Vlaar would remain loyal to Villa, Lambert replied: “I don’t know. “I’m not sure there is loyalty in football any more. So we’ll have to wait and see.” last_img read more

Ex-Juventus defender Mauricio Isla joins Flamengo

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO: Reigning Brazilian and Copa Libertadores champions Flamengo have completed the signing of Chile international right-back Mauricio Isla on a free transfer.The 32-year-old, who parted ways with Turkey’s Fenerbahce in June, agreed to a deal that runs until December 2022, Flamengo said in a statement late on Wednesday. “After 12 seasons in Europe, Mauricio Isla returns to South America to join the Libertadores champions. A high-level reinforcement,” the statement read.Flamengo made the former Juventus and Udinese defender a prime transfer target after the departure of Rafinha to Olympiacos last week. Local media reported that Argentinian giants Boca Juniors had also been interested in the defender. Isla has been capped 115 times for Chile and was a part of the national team’s 2015 and 2016 Copa America triumphs. IANS Also Watch: Guwahati: Mega Cong Joining Event on Rajiv Gandhi’s Birthdaylast_img read more

Klopp: This is Liverpool’s Chance to End Four-year Trophy Drought

first_imgKlopp played down the importance of the away-goal advantage and said his side would not settle for a goalless draw, even though that result would send them into the semi-finals.“Only at 0-0 is it an advantage. If we win, we don’t need it,” the charismatic 48-year-old said.Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson and striker Christian Benteke but Klopp said he had no new injuries to contend with following their 4-1 Premier League win over Stoke City on Sunday.FIXTURESLiverpool v DortmundSevilla v AthleticShakhtar v BragaSparta v VillarrealShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manager Juergen Klopp has urged his players to come out fighting and impose their never-say-die attitude in tonight’s Europa League second-leg quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund as they look to end their four-year trophy drought.Having led Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final, Klopp will now hope to end the German side’s Europa League hopes and heads into the clash with a slight advantage after drawing the first leg 1-1 at Westfalenstadion last week.“It’s always about being brave but especially with a high-quality team. If they get their confidence up you get smaller. You have to have your own moments. Every moment can impact confidence,” Klopp told reporters yesterday.“Forget about last week and we will face tomorrow night with a new attitude. We won’t be flying a white flag. (Dortmund) can play better but so can we. We need to do better tomorrow night.”last_img read more

N8.2bn Nigeria 2009 Broadcast Vans in Rot

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe huge investment of N8.2billion by federal government into upgrading the Outside Broadcast Vans for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009 appears to have gone down the drain following the brazen cannibalisation of the component parts of the vans that have reduced them to monumental relics.The federal government headed by the Late Umar Yar’Adua approved the huge sum for UK-based company, Well Trade Services (WTS) in collaboration with Sony to upgrade six OB vans to Higher Definition format to enable the production and distribution of world-class live television signals from the eight designated centres in Nigeria to the rest of the world. The OB vans were used for the All Africa Games in Abuja in 2003 and were upgraded from Standard Definition to High Definition (HD) signals.The tournament was held in Lagos, Calabar, Kaduna, Ijebu-Ode, Abuja, Enugu, Bauchi and Kano from October 24 through November 15, 2009.But the alarming development is that 10 years after the successful hosting of the event, four of the mobile broadcast stations now stay lifeless at the packing space opposite the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) office at the National Stadium, Abuja.After the hosting of the cadet World Cup which Switzerland won at first time of asking, the state of the art broadcast equipment was handed over to NTA as the national broadcasting station.Concerned citizens estimate the current market value of the brazenly vandalised broadcast components in each of the four OB vans at N2.5 billion.One of the vans is still in use and is permanently stationed at the Three Arms Zone, where it serves the National Assembly and the State House.It is not, however, clear in which part of the country the remaining one is deployed.THISDAY was reliably informed yesterday that each of the vans is fitted with HD facilities that can rarely been seen in any part of Africa, except South Africa that hosted the continent’s maiden and only FIFA World Cup in 2010.Some of the features of each van include 12 high speed television cameras, high capacity cables, control system technologies that allows slow motions, audio mixer, air conditioning system, switcher, router and servers that supported a variety of workflows among others. Some of the cannibalised parts of the broadcast equipment were installed in 2009 shortly before the hosting of the cadet World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hero CPL introduce DRS for the final and semi-final

first_imgThe Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be introducing the Decision Referral System (DRS) for the semi-final and final of the tournament. The last two matches of the tournament will take place on September 14 and 16 and will take place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.Each team will be allowed one unsuccessful review per innings and they will be able to review all methods of dismissal.Speaking about the introduction of the system for the last two matches of the tournament Pete Russell, COO of the Hero CPL, said: “The final matches of the Hero CPL are so important and it is vital that all decisions are as accurate as possible. We are reviewing the possibility of making DRS available for all matches in 2019.”last_img

Mansion – launches ‘Are You Ready’ campaign for brand new Casino.com

first_imgShare Submit Share Related Articles Following the rebrand and relaunch of its legacy assets Casino.com this March, online gambling group Mansion has announced that it has launched its supporting Casino.com UK TV advertising campaign.The TV campaign ‘We are Ready to Play, Are You?’ will launch on Monday 24 July on selected Sky UK channels.Commenting on the UK campaign, Mansion marketing detailed that it wanted to create an authentic feel and message for its relaunch of Casino.com, one of the oldest online gambling brands.Shelly Suter-Hadad, Mansion’s Managing Director and COO said, “We’ve intentionally veered away from the elitist, VIP vibe or headache-inducing animation that’s commonplace on screen and are bringing something fun and fresh to the table. The concept is the Casino.com party, and everyone’s invited.”In addition, the advert also stars some company employees; the live dealer is Mansion’s Casino Manager Chris Mousdell with three of the walk on parts casino and VIP team members.“This gave the anticipation and company buzz about the advert all the ignition it needed!  We’re really happy with the final creative and are looking forward to seeing the results.” said Faye Morse, Director of Marketing CommunicationsFurther to its TV campaign, Mansion will support the relaunch of Casino.com by executing a complimentary campaign of branded Casino.com London taxis that will run alongside the advert to further reinforce the message.Casino.com – ‘We are Ready to Play, Are You?’ Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 COVID-19: How the virus is impacting sports events across the globe March 13, 2020 SBTech confident of resuming full client operations following cyberattack March 31, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

City of Wellington needs to review its at large appointment policy

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Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 269 weeks ago All this and we still have not learned a thing. Guess our City board continues to do the opposite of what the public wants. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 269 weeks ago Amen. Bravo, Mr. BUELLESFELD. Thank you for the column and the voice of sanity. The people of Wellington have repeatedly spoken and repeatedly been ignored by those we have trusted to *not* ignore us. The good ‘ol boy system cannot continue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down lucky · 269 weeks ago so it looks like the ole’ buddy system is still in tacted some things just dont change. thanks for the info JP Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 269 weeks ago I like reading JP’s editorials he always states the facts first then gives his honest opinion, even if you figure out later it’s about something totally different then you thought. It provokes thought. Some journalist could take pointers. Just saying….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down Robert ****son · 269 weeks ago Took some reading J.P. but you are good at bringing out the facts._Thanks. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Sally · 269 weeks ago Did Mr Buellesfeld really earn his bachelors degree and masters degree by age 19? I know that his brother is a Harvard Graduate. Report Reply 1 reply · active 269 weeks ago -18 Vote up Vote down RGDG · 269 weeks ago Hey JP, it.’s your opinion, that’s it. Just because you are a self proclaimed genius doesn’t mean the city needs to change its policies. They have the ability to appoint who they want to the council and that is important. You are one voice of the community, quit trying to be THE voice of the community. Report Reply 2 replies · active 269 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down concerned aunt · 269 weeks ago In my opinion the city council does exactly what they want to do. I am not speaking about Jim Valentine. Mr.Valentine stands with and for the people of Wellington. Yes I do believe that the “good ole boy” system has and is being used in a lot of circumstances. Let’s all remember what has happened come “voting” time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 269 weeks ago Each of these examples are unique, as the vacancy in office occurs very shortly following an election. What happens when the vacancy occurs 18 months, or more, from the most recent election? What if the next highest vote-getter no longer wants the office? What if the only person who does apply received a very small amount of votes in the previous election? There are so many different possible scenarios that it would be very difficult to write a proper appointment code that could cover them all. It’s possible to word it in something similar to this: “In the event that a vacancy in office occurs within 120 days of the most recent election, the applicant with the highest vote total in the previous election shall be given preference for appointment”. You have to provide some sort of leeway in the decision making process to the governing body. That is the job they were elected to do. I’m sure there is some middle ground here, and I would encourage the Council to consider the appointment process in other Cities of the Second Class, but I don’t think that the most recent election should be the ONLY determining factor. Report Reply 3 replies · active 269 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 269 weeks ago We need more intelligent individuals as Mr. Buellesfeld involved….This town has often made decisions on their own and not following the right way…It is the good ol’ boys club in everything here and its sad… this town needs a clean sweep of all offices….and ran by the books… Get rid of the employee’s not doing their jobs correctly and bring new in to change things because the people who have been here forever, don’t make a difference because you aren’t heard. Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Guest editorial by J.P. Buellesfeld — On April 6,1999, Jim Chisham was elected to a two-year term as Mayor of City of Wellington.Mr. Chisham then immediately resigned from his current position as a City Council Third Ward representative and the two year term that ended on April 18, 2000.J.P. BuellesfeldAlso on April 6, 1999, Larry Shimer defeated Mitchell McComb by only 2 votes for a Third Ward Position on the City Council. Mr. McComb requested that he be appointed to the City Council to serve out the last year of the term that was open due to Mayor Chisham’s resignation. Mr. McComb felt that since many citizens of Third Ward had voted for him only days before he was the best choice.On April 20, 1999, the City Council appointed Nel Holmes to the open City Council position. Nel Holmes had never ran for an elected office in her lifetime. On July 6, 1999, Nel Holmes resigned from the City Council. Mitchell McComb again requested to be appointed to the City Council Third Ward position. The City Council appointed no one and decided to leave the position open for 9 months until the next election on April 4, 2000. On that date, Mr. McComb defeated Jon Holmes and was elected to the Third Ward City Council position for a full 2 year term. Mr. Holmes was elected 7 times to the City Council. His only defeat was to Mr. McComb. Based on these results, it is probably reasonable to assume that the voters really wanted Mr. McComb to serve on the City Council and the Council’s decision not to appoint Mr. McComb was not what the community wanted to happen.On April 5, 2005, Stan Gilliland was elected to a 2 year term as Mayor of City of Wellington. He defeated then Mayor Richard Granger. Mr. Gilliland immediately resigned from his current position as a City Council First Ward representative and the two year term that ended on April 19, 2006. Mr. Granger requested that he be appointed to the City Council to serve out the last year of the term that was open due to Mayor Gilliland’s resignation. Mr. Granger felt that since many citizens had voted for him only days before for Mayor he was the best choice.On May 3, 2005, the City Council appointed Harley Freeman to the open City Council position. Mr. Freeman had never ran for an elected office. On April 2, 2008, Mr. Granger defeated 3 other men & was elected to the City Council First Ward position that had previously been filled by Mr. Freeman in May 2005. Based on these results, it is probably reasonable to assume that the voters really wanted Mr. Granger to serve on the City Council and the Council’s decision not to appoint Mr. Granger was not what the community wanted to happen.On April 2, 2013, BJ Tracy was elected to a 4 year term as an At Large City Council member. Mr. Tracy resigned on May 11, 2015 from this position. The City Council appointed Bill Butts on June 2,2015 to serve out the rest of Mr. Tracy’s 4 year term which ends on January 11, 2018. Mr. Butts had not ran for an elected office for many years. The City Council had 6 other qualified applicants. Cindy Antonich made the argument that she should have been chosen for this appointment. Mrs. Antonich ran in the April 7, 2015 election receiving 535 votes and was the highest vote getter to not be elected.The city council has now faced controversy three times in appointing individuals over other applicants who had recently ran for an elected office and received a significant amount of votes. The city  council needs to review its City council member at Large Appointment Policy.*JP Buellesfeld was an adjunct Teacher of State and Local Government college classes for the State of Kansas for 19 years.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Capturing summer’s look and feel

first_img“I’m doing more shows this year,” said Gould, who’s found that her loyal clientele is visiting regularly both in person and online. She adds that she sold a number of the paintings included in both exhibits online before she even had a chance to hang them.The “Midsummer” show is populated by a number of artists who have been represented by the gallery for some time, as well as two newcomers – Susan Cabral and Murray Taylor.Cabral creates quiet scenes of Island life in oil. The work on view at Louisa Gould’s includes a handful of paintings of unoccupied rowboats at rest on the water and two scenes of ocean surf. Her images speak of solitude and peace. “Menemsha Morning,” oil on canvas, 38 in. x 60 in. — Nick Paciorek Taylor has also contributed Vineyard scenes to the show, although his work represents a slightly different perspective. For the show the artist has captured the rugged quality of the Island in views of the Aquinnah Cliffs and the Gay Head Lighthouse.“Midsummer” also features new paintings by John Holladay, Nick Paciorek, Teek Eaton-Koch, and Rick Fleury, as well as botanical prints from Peggy Turner Zablotny and ceramics by Suzanne Hill.For “Summer Stories,” Gould selected three artists whose work, as she sees it, represents the look and feel of summer. While ceramicist Jennifer McCurdy works in abstracts, all of her intricate, curvilinear forms mimic nature in some way. During the long quarantine months, McCurdy has used the downtime to work out new forms and designs, many of which are on display at the gallery. Paul Beebe’s seascapes capture the majestic nature of the Vineyard in all of its ripe summer glory. 1 of 13 “Fog Lifting,” original oil, 8.5 in. x 12 in. — Linda Besse “Dry Docked,” original oil, 25 in. x 18 in. — Linda Besse “Osprey,” original oil, 7.5 in. x 10 in. — Linda Besse “Freedom,” oil on canvas, 20 in. x 40 in. — Susan Cabral “The Song,” oil on panel, 16 in. x 12 in. — Linda Besse “First Light,” oil on linen, 22 in. x 28 in. — Paul Beebecenter_img “Waters Edge,” original oil, 9 in. x 12 in. — Linda Besse “Summer Reading,” original oil, 20 in. x 16 in. — Linda Besse “Hydrangea Breeze,” oil on canvas, 40 in. x 54 in. — Nick Paciorek While Louisa Gould may be facilitating safe social distancing practices at her Main Street gallery in Vineyard Haven, that doesn’t mean that the walls and shelves aren’t fully stocked with a variety of work by dozens of artists. Currently the spacious gallery is hosting two shows concurrently. One — “Midsummer” — features work by eight artists representing a variety of media. The other – “Summer Stories” – is a three-person show of work by two of the gallery’s most popular painters and one ceramicist. “Gilded Torch Vessel,” fine porcelain sculpture, 16 in x 11 in. x 11 in. — Jennifer McCurdy “Walker Bay,” oil on canvas, 36 in. x 48 in. — Susan Cabral “Beach House,” oil on canvas, 36 in. x 48 in. — Susan Cabral Photorealist painter Linda Besse loves animals so much that she has traveled to all seven continents to observe all types of species up close. “If you’re going to be painting wildlife, it really helps to see animals in their natural habitat,” she says. The artist is the daughter of Alden Besse of Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. The elder Besse was a beloved figure on the Vineyard for many years, and the Besse family’s Island roots go back many generations. Linda spent summers as a child on the Vineyard, and has continued to travel back and forth from her home in Washington State several times a year.While on Island, Besse often chooses shorebirds as subjects for her work. Among her recent contributions to the show are remarkably lifelike images of turnstones, oystercatchers, plovers, and other birds captured, appropriately, foraging for food against impressive backdrops of sparkling ocean waves. In these paintings, the artist manages to depict both the majesty of the ocean and the delicate nature of the creatures who depend upon it.One of the most impressive of Besse’s new paintings is an image of an osprey returning to its nest after a hunt: Every branch of the massive structure atop a pole is meticulously rendered in the artist’s photorealist style.All of the bird paintings were done from onsite sketches and photos taken on Chappaquiddick. Besse notes that she was fortunate to have access to nesting areas along the shore during the spring and early summer. “My husband loves to fish,” she says. “He always gets beach passes for Wasque. It’s been great going out there before the crowds arrive. It’s a fantastic area for shorebirds.”Both “Midsummer” and “Summer Stories” will be on view simultaneously through Sept. 8, when the latter will be replaced by a very special exhibit featuring work from the annual Mystic International Group show. With the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, Conn., temporarily closed due to COVID, Gould will be exhibiting the work of a dozen or so of the country’s foremost maritime painters in her gallery throughout September and October. Work by nine of the featured artists is currently available online at louisagould.com.“Midsummer,” an exhibit of work by Nick Paciorek, Teek Eaton-Koch, Murray Taylor, Rick Fleury, Peggy Turner Zablotny, John Holladay, Susan Cabral, and Suzanne Hill, will be on display through Oct. 1. “Summer Stories,” featuring new work by Linda Besse, Jennifer McCurdy, and Paul Beebe, will hang through Sept 1. The Louisa Gould Gallery at 54 Main St., Vineyard Haven, is open daily from 11 to 5, and by appointment for private viewing.last_img read more