Heerema awarded Changhua contract

first_imgLocated 8 km off the coast of Changhua county at a water depth ranging from 18 to 28 m, the offshore phase of the project will start in March 2020 with completion planned for early June 2020.Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, ceo of Heerema Marine Contractors, said: “This is our first contract in Taiwan, thus another major milestone. This Changhua project re-emphasises Heerema’s commitment to operate in wind projects all over the world and strengthens our position in the Asian offshore wind market.”Construction of the Changhua Windfarm Phase 1 project is being led by a consortium of Jan de Nul and Hitachi on behalf of Taiwan Power Company (TPC).hmc.heerema.comlast_img read more

Hidden Kisses DVD review

first_imgCredit: Matchbox Films16-year-old Nathan (Bérenger Anceaux) lives with his father Stéphane (Patrick Timsit) and has just started attending a new school. At a party, he kisses classmate Louis (Jules Houplain) unaware that the moment has been caught on camera. The next day the photo starts spreading on Facebook but there’s only Nathan’s face that’s clearly visible in it so he gets targeted by bullies. Determined to protect Louis’ identity, Nathan’s life is turned upside down as he finds himself dealing with the fallout of the photo on his own.Hidden Kisses is from director Didier Bivel and writer Jérôme Larcher. A coming-of-age drama, the film explores what it’s like for Nathan to be forced to come out to his friends and family once the photo circulates but it goes a lot deeper than that. What writer Larcher has done so well here is create a series of well-rounded characters, who are affected by the kiss between Nathan and Louis. While this is undoubtedly Nathan’s story, there’s a lot more layers to the film making it a welcome breath of fresh air.Credit: Matchbox FilmsNathan seems undaunted by his sexuality but the sudden reveal to his father Stéphane creates distance between the two, with Stéphane not knowing how to deal with the news as he works as a police officer and tries his best to be a single parent. As Nathan appeals to Louis, who ignores him, we soon learn that Louis’ home-life isn’t a bed of roses and his behaviour is explained by exploring the relationship he has with his aggressive and pushy father. To avoid anyone thinking it’s him in the photo, Louis carries out a very public violent act against Nathan in a bid to hide his own insecurities and struggle to deal with his burgeoning feelings for the same sex.A nice touch is that we get to see how the teachers in the school react to the bullying and homophobia from the students towards Nathan. One teacher tries to educate his class about choosing their words carefully and thinking before they speak, and he’s hauled into the principal’s office to be warned about promoting homosexuality. Another teacher knows Nathan’s struggle all too well but she’s reluctant to reveal her own sexuality to help him, scarred by her own experiences as a teenager.Bérenger Anceaux is fantastic as Nathan. He carries much of the film and he portrays Nathan as someone with determination as he faces horrendous abuse at the hands of his classmates. He never gives up hope that Louis will come clean, all the while clinging onto the idea that he’s in love with him. Jules Houplain is very good too and he really gets to flex his acting chops in the film’s second half when the story focuses more on his character Louis. The two actors together are superb and they have an easy chemistry that translates well on screen.Credit: Matchbox FilmsSpecial mention should also go to Patrick Timsit as Stéphane. He convinces as a single parent going through a rollercoaster of emotions while trying his best to be there for his son. It’s a difficult role to get right but he does so impressively. One particular scene where Stéphane finds Nathan crying and nursing wounds from being beaten up is heart-wrenching and very moving.Hidden Kisses is the kind of film I wish I’d had available to me when I was younger. It paints a realistic portrayal of what some gay teens go through and the bullying they are subjected to. The film is relatable and I like the fact that it didn’t wrap up everything in a neat bow by the end. Coming to terms with your sexuality is one thing but everyone else dealing with it in their own way, is something else entirely.Cast: Bérenger Anceaux, Jules Houplain, Patrick Timsit, Bruno Putzulu, Lisa Kramarz, Barbara Schulz Director: Didier Bivel Writer: Jérôme Larcher Certificate: 15 Duration: 87 mins Released by: Matchbox Films Release date: 12th August 2019 Buy Hidden Kisseslast_img read more

AU pledges continued partnership with WFP to enhance the Africans’ livelihoods

first_imgThe African Union (AU) has reiterated its commitment to working with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in enhancing the livelihoods of the African citizenry.Josefa Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, made the remarks at the 2017 annual WFP Executive Board meeting, in Rome, Italy, according to an AU statement released later Thursday.The AU official has lauded WFP for its continued support to hundreds of millions of Africa’s vulnerable populations over the past decades, through various initiatives, including among others, supplying food aid, school feeding programmes and promoting smallholder farmers through incentive creation strategies.Sacko has also recognized WFP’s role in advancing the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the agenda for transforming Africa’s agriculture for achieving food and nutrition security to realize sustained economic growth, through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the 2014 Malabo Declaration on Agriculture.She has further highlighted the major initiatives that the pan-African bloc has embarked on including the commitment to ending hunger by 2025, and the efforts in peace and security on the continent as well as empowering Africa’s youth in line with the AU 2017 theme of ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend.’In 2014, AU heads of states made declaration to ending hunger and poverty by 2025, recalled the Commissioner, and she said “We have since developed frameworks for guiding implementation of programmes and investment plans at the country level.”“And we also developed and launched a Post-Malabo Business and Operational Plan that includes nine strategic areas which are directly linked with the goal of ending hunger and malnutrition in Africa,” added the Commissioner.“We recognize that the new WFP Strategic Plan is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and our 2030 Action Plan of the Africa Agenda 2063,” she said, “We will make efforts to advocate that our Member States make joint plans for implementing short to long term humanitarian and sustainable developmental activities, which are aimed at hunger eradication, building resilience to climate change and other humanitarian disasters.”last_img read more

Zimbabwe’s anti-graft body to investigate Grace Mugabe’s Ph.D.

first_imgGrace Mugabe Grace MugabeBy Diana Rose WairumbiThe Zimbabwean anti-corruption commission on Monday disclosed that it was probing the circumstances surrounding the controversial awarding of a doctorate to former First Lady Grace Mugabe.The University of Zimbabwe’s vice chancellor Levi Nyagura defended the institutions decision to award Mrs. Mugabe her PhD, dismissing allegations that she did not write her own doctorate thesis, which was issued while former president Robert Mugabe was chancellor of the university.According to state-owned Herald newspaper, Nyagura maintained that the thesis had been at the university library since 2014 and those making the accusations were “ignorant messrs and doctors” and do not have the capacity to supervise a PhD student.“There is no way that they could have supervised the candidate because a doctorate is not done by a teaching department. It is done by a post-graduate centre,” said Prof Nyagura.He dismissed accusations that the thesis was not in the library until this year, saying it was put up at the university library in 2014.“Those are all lies. The thesis has always been in the library since 2014,” he said.Prof Nyagura also stated that Mrs. Mugabe’s thesis was supervised by the two professors, who also supervised former Vice President Joice Mujuru.The controversy was sparked by reports that the university’s sociology department teaching staff had challenged the accreditation of the PhD, after failing to find any record of Mrs. Mugabe as a student.Academics in both South Africa and Zimbabwe last week described Mrs. Mugabe’s PhD as “the greatest academic fraud in history”, adding that it did not meet the minimum standard for a doctoral thesis.The former First Lady was awarded the doctorate in sociology by the UZ in August 2014, three months after enrolling into the University.The thesis was posted on the university website last month, four years later. Since then, it has become an intense controversial subject.last_img read more

Education PS passes on

first_img 1022 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Marcella Powell (file photo)Marcella Powell, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has died.It is not clear, at this time, what the cause of death was. However, it is reported that Powell felt unwell and was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment. The Ministry of Education is expected to release an official statement later today.Ms Powell has been a public officer for a number of years and has worked in several ministries. LocalNews Education PS passes on by: – November 15, 2016 Sharelast_img read more

Princess Cruises newest ship Sky Princess to debut in October

first_imgAward-winning entertainment offerings, including new jazz lounge Take 5, the popular Vista Lounge, an enhanced Princess Theatre, and new exclusive entertainment options. Take 5 is the only jazz theatre at sea and celebrates all things jazz – with live performances by dedicated jazz musicians, dance lessons, engaging speakers and workshops, guest performers and after-hours parties.Largest Balconies at Sea in the Sky Suites accommodations, featuring the largest continuous private balconies ever offered by any cruise line. The two suites will have sleeping capacity for five guests, making them ideal for families. Sky Princess will offer cruises from a choice of three ports – Athens, Barcelona and Rome – until December 2019 where guests can choose from a variety of seven- to 28- night cruises that will visit various destinations in Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Malta, Gibraltar, Montenegro and Portugal. The ship will embark on its inaugural cruise on October 20, 2019, which is a seven-day Mediterranean & Adriatic voyage from Athens to Barcelona. “Travel advisors are excited that Princess Cruises has a brand new ship sailing one of the most popular itineraries in Europe on her maiden season in the Mediterranean this year. We are also delighted with the debut of Sky Princess in Scandinavia and Russia for summer 2020 with late night calls in Oslo and Berlin, and overnight stays in St. Petersburg,” said Farriek Tawfik, Director Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises. The 143,700 ton, 3,660-guest vessel will feature an evolution of the successful design platform used for previous Royal-class ships – Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess. Sky Princess will bring together the best features found on her Royal-class sister ships as well as a number of ‘firsts’: The Enclave at Lotus Spa features Princess Cruises largest thermal suite at sea – featuring a stunning hydrotherapy pool, heated stone beds, Turkish bath and dry, steam, and aromatherapy chambers. The 60-day countdown has commenced for Princess Cruises, newest ship, Sky Princess, when the ship will depart the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy on October 12, 2019. World-class dining with more than 25 restaurants and bars onboard such as the World Fresh Marketplace (buffet) to the Crown Grill Steakhouse, Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria and Bistro Sur La Mer by Emmanuel Renaut, a 3-star Michelin Chef.center_img Sky Princess will debut the world’s first digitally-enhanced escape room called the Phantom Bridge, offering guests the exclusive opportunity to live a real-world, gamified experience. The game lasts 23 minutes and can be played by up to six people. More than 700 outcomes are possible, so it can be played repeatedly. Sky Princess will be the first ship in the fleet to be built from the ground up with the Ocean® Guest Experience Platform. Princess MedallionClass enabled by the OceanMedallion, a complimentary wearable device that is the size of a coin, offers a more personalised and seamless cruise experience for guests. Sea News, August 9 “Scandinavia & the Baltics are our best-selling itineraries, and convenient departures from the key European ports of Copenhagen, Berlin and St. Petersburg make a Fly-Cruise holiday for our guests all the more pleasurable,” he added. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Hyundai Heavy aims to win US$15.9 bln worth of deals in…

first_imgSouth Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Group said Friday its three shipbuilding units are seeking to secure combined deals worth US$15.9 billion this year. Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries said it aims to secure orders worth $4.25 billion this year. (Source: Yonhap) Hyundai Heavy Industries said it aims to bag $8 billion worth of deals in 2020, according to a company official. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard said in a regulatory filing that it aims to clinch deals worth $3.65 billion this year. In 2019, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard won orders worth $2.7 billion, achieving 76 percent of its annual order target of $3.53 billion.center_img The combined target of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. remains unchanged from last year’s goal. Sea News, January 6 Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Clippers scores last 13 to rally past Mavs

first_imgDallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left) hits Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari on the face with the ball as he tries to pass during the second half of their game on Monday, Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. Smith was charged with an offensive foul on the play. AP [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Clippers scores last 13 to rally past Mavs’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]February 7, 2018[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left) hits Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari on the face with the ball as he tries to pass during the second half of their game on Monday, Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. Smith was charged with an offensive foul on the play. APLOS ANGELES – After playing more than 50,000 minutes, Dirk Nowitzki has certainly made a name for himself – even if it’s still hard to spell sometimes.On a night when his last name was botched on the back of his jersey, the Dallas forward became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 career minutes.He finished with 12 points but the Mavericks collapsed down the stretch in a 104-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.Nowitzki said he didn’t notice until after the game that his name was misspelled on his uniform.“I actually just saw it,” he explained. “I had no idea. It happens. I guess it sums up our season.”Danilo Gallinari had 28 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 24 seconds left, and the Clippers scored the last 13 points of the game to rally past a Mavs team that went scoreless over the final 4:42.Tobias Harris had 19 points for Los Angeles, and Lou Williams added 15 off the bench.“This felt like a steal game, because we didn’t play well and they shot the heck out of the ball,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “To steal a game like this, you feel like you got two games.”With the Clippers up by one after Gallinari’s free throws, DeAndre Jordan won a jump ball with 4.5 seconds remaining and tipped it to Avery Bradley for a fast-break layup that made it 104-101.Yogi Ferrell had a chance to tie it with 0.4 seconds to play, but he stepped out of bounds before his shot bounced off the rim.“When you’re playing from in front, you’ve got to protect the ball and get good shots and we struggled to do both,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 23 points and Devin Harris added 16 off the bench.Nowitzki passed Elvin Hayes (exactly 50,000 minutes) for fifth place on the career list in the regular season. Nowitzki has played an additional 5,895 minutes in the playoffs. Next among active players on the regular-season minutes list is Utah’s Joe Johnson at 43,806. (AP)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Walker Says LNG Project Needs Only ‘Minor Adjustments’

first_imgWalker said the deal needs only minor adjustments. He also vowed not to repeal Governor Parnell’s new oil taxes, known as SB21, since the bill was upheld during the August referendum. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Elect Bill Walker previously called the Alaska LNG Project deal “fatally flawed,” a phrase which was often repeated in the days leading up to the General Election. Now the race for governor has been decided, Walker is reassuring the oil and gas industry he doesn’t plan any major changes for the Project… Walker: “I’m not going to try to fix something that’s not broken. I’m not taking office to try to slow anything down. There are a lot of things that are working very well.”last_img read more

Carlisle has Pacers winning without Tinsley

first_imgIf the Al Gore-act-alike can generate a modicum of minutes for the habitually dunked-on, offensively bankrupt, rebound-delinquent forward Austin Croshere, you would think the chilly coach could at least spare some loose daylight for guard Jamaal Tinsley.Frankly, I don’t give a hydro-electric damn how many games the Pacers have won, or how much credit can be directly attributed to guards Kenny Anderson and Anthony Johnson; the coach’s decision to bury a two-year starter behind a pair of journeyman is callous and unconscionable.Especially since Tinsley — fifth last season in assists (7.5 per game) in distinctly fewer minutes than the four players above him, did everything expected last summer; he took 500 jumpers a day and got down to marrying weight by not eating immediately after meals and toeing the treadmill.If Carlisle wasn’t going to use him it might have been helpful if management knew a couple weeks ago before it exercised next season’s $2 million option; don’t tell Isiah Thomas he’s not communicating regularly with Larry Bird.Look for Indiana to tag sale Tinsley and forward-center Scott Pollard (did his allure ever wear out fast; demoted after one game from starter to second-hand scrub) any day now, if it hasn’t already.Conversely, look for Croshere’s responsibilities and allotted time to swell whether or not he produces.Only the disenfranchised believe guard Jamal Crawford is in danger of being traded, regardless of being reduced in rank to a subcontractor and his less than team-oriented quotes following Chicago’s victory in New Orleans.All it took was two looks at staggering rookie guard Kirk Hinrich to know that — 1-10 shooting in his first malfunction, nine turnovers,including a five-second inbound violation with 48 seconds left in Chicago’s win over the Hornets. This week’s 3-7 outing, four-turnover, four-assist recital in a third straight home humiliation (Nuggets) was a vast improvement.Thanks to rookie coach Terry Porter, the Bucks are about a month or two ahead of schedule; everything they do — defend, move the ball, cut — they do hard . . . As fearless as Denver guard Earl Boykins is under deadline, he’s gone wild of late, hopefully not with coach Jeff Bzdelik’s permission. His shot selection at the end of regulation and OT in the Nuggets’ loss to the Clippers was positively squeamish, breaking plays for Jon Barry and Carmelo Anthony that resulted in dry heaves.The league office has hired a person in every NBA city — retired or washed-out referees and former team executives — to grade each call by each official in every game.Not a bad gig; the observers get something like $450 every time they leave their house, in addition to two tickets, which they’re allowed to downgrade and keep the difference in cash, as long as they report the found income to the IRS.Wonder if any of them (or Allen Iverson) have noticed that palming is again being tolerated, if not encouraged,to make it easier to score. From where I’m sitting, it seems physically impossible for the inhabitants of David Stern’s nation to put the ball on the floor without carrying it for a New York minute.Mavericks-Blazers trade discussions (Rasheed Wallace/Bonzi Wells for Michael Finley/Antawn Jamison) were mere musings of lower level staffers and involved agents.Portland would move either player but not for exceedingly longer contracts. Wallace is in his last year and Wells has an escape clause after next season, whereas Finley is ridiculously overpaid ($85 million and five years left after this one) and Jamison is owed $56 million for four future years.Dallas is definitely looking to maneuver. Sources reveal Jamison is not happy coming off the bench and wants out.It’s astounding how brilliant Baron Davis of the Hornets is playing minus his signature bloated belly. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES NEW YORK — Welcome to the NBA where there are more buyouts than sellouts.Provoked by Pistons owner Bill Davidson and VP Joe Dumars, today’s objective is to stay in vogue; thereby give Pacers coach Rick Carlisle a swift kick while he’s up.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more