Bahri Adds New VLCC to Its Fleet

first_imgThe National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) expanded its fleet as it took delivery of a new very large crude carrier (VLCC) on January 22.The 300,000 dwt tanker, which was named Kassab, was built by South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.Bahri said it expects the ship to start its commercial operation in March 2018, adding that the financial impact of the new VLCC is set to be in the first quarter of 2018.The 330-meter-long and 60-meter-wide vessel is one of five VLCCs that were ordered from the shipbuilder in 2016. In November the same year, Bahri reached a financing agreement with Standard Chartered Bank, Arab National Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Bank Albilad, which partially funded the construction of the ships.According to the company’s stock exchange release in November 2016, the financing agreement amounted to USD 350 million for a period of ten years, plus a grace period of 22 months for guarantees.The remaining ships under the deal are expected to be handed over to Bahri by mid-2018, data provided by VesselsValue shows.last_img read more

ENTERTAINMENT: SUPERB SPECIAL OFFER NOW ON AT THE ALLEY THEATRE

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: The Alley Theatre have launched a superb offer for some upcoming shows later this month!The Alley Theatre ushers in the autumn with a packed programme of exciting and popular events for September and October that includes everything from comedy nights to drama performances, storytelling and events for kids, as well as choral performances, live music acts and even hypnosis!! Two top class shows are on offer this weekend and the next with the laugh-out-loud ‘50 Shades of Red, White and Blue’ and the hilarious ‘Two Sore Legs’- and the Alley has an excellent joint offer of 15% off when purchasing a ticket to both performances.A Belfast-based spoof of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shade of Red, White and Blue is sure to have you on the edge of your seats this Saturday 19th September as the loveable Maggie Muff tells her story of her search for love.The show features laugh-out-loud characters such as big Sally Ann, Sinead the Greener and of course, the mysterious Mr Red White and Blue himself.Caroline Curran’s performance has been lauded by the critics as one of the best ever seen on a Belfast stage. According to GOH Chief Executive Andrew Hill: “There isn’t much to laugh about these days so do yourself a favour, get a tickets for 50 Shades of Red White & Blue…..Go see for yourself you won’t be disappointed.“After a half hour I thought some of the people around me were in such states of helpless laughter, they would need urgent hospitalisation.”50 Shades Of Red, White & Blue is directed by Martin Lynch and produced by Martin Lynch and Joe Rea, the team who brought you Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story and A Night With George.Following its outstanding success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Two Sore Legs is due to take centre stage at the Alley Theatre Saturday 26th September 8pm.Starring Maria Connelly, Two Sore Legs is set in Belfast in the 1950’s and 60’s and is a powerful, autobiographical play telling the story of Brenda Murphy’s mother Bridie, a young Butlin’s Redcoat, who had six children by a married man who lived around the corner with his other family.The play explores the pain, the joy and the fall-out from this extraordinary family arrangement. From the rowdy, fractious relationship Bridie had with her own father to the explosive but hilarious visits of the local Parish Priest, this play drips explicit family emotions.  “…leaves you sobbing one minute, crying with laughter the next.” says The Edinburgh Evening News – 6*Stars!!! While the Scotsman says “……This play is the celebration of motherhood and family and the value of looking on the bright side.”The Alley continues to offer an extensive mix of entertainment to suit all ages and tastes and this year’s autumn programme is hugely exciting with international acts such as Sean Lock, performing live.Tickets for all events are available at the box office and online. The full Autumn / Winter programme is available for download on http://www.alley-theatre.com/brochure/  and further updates will be available via fb.com/thealleytheatre and @TheAlleyTheatre on Twitter.ENTERTAINMENT: SUPERB SPECIAL OFFER NOW ON AT THE ALLEY THEATRE was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Durban captivates Dutch supporters

first_img21 June 2010Their outfits were bright, mesmerising and went perfectly with their sunny disposition … the Dutch fans invaded Durban on the weekend, both to support their team in a 2010 Fifa World Cup™ match and to soak up the the wonderful weather and atmosphere that the city has to offer.Durban Mayor Obed Mlaba on Saturday welcomed over 1 000 Dutch fans who had gathered to have a party before watching their team beat Japan at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in a group E clash.Great city, wonderful weatherRotterdam resident Kin Sneijder said: “Durban is a great city. The weather is wonderful, there is good beer, and the girls are very pretty.”Should the Dutch side make the knock-out stages of the tournament, they could play in Durban, and this would make their fans quite happy – the warm weather being the cherry on top.Mary Knopp watched her team sail to victory at the Fifa Fan Park and enjoyed the atmosphere. “It’s so wonderful; no one here gets violent about the soccer like back home. I am having such a great time, just dancing and singing,” said Knopp.The young Almere student is in South Africa to do volunteer work in Amanzimtoti at Operation Bobbi Bear, an organisation which deals with children and women abuse issues.Knopp, after falling in love with South Africa, has also become an avid Bafana Bafana fan. “This is my first day at the Fan centre. I will be back to support Bafana Bafana,” she said.Like most women, Knopp is impressed with the looks department of the Dutch team. In fact she is happier talking about Rafael van der Vaart than predicting where Holland will finish off in the tournament.Having ‘a ball’Veerle Leiden, who is also in the country to volunteer her services, is in awe of the beauty the province offers, and has been having a ball since the World Cup started.“The people, nature … everything here is so beautiful. I am glad the World Cup is here. It is doing a lot of good to unite and bring the country together,” said Leiden.Leiden is confident that her team will go quite far in this competition because they “have a strong team filled with talent”.The Netherlands became the first team to book their place in the Round of 16 after their 1-nil victory over Japan and Denmark’s defeat of Cameroon on Saturday.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

USDA halts import of fresh Brazilian beef

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting 100% of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil.  FSIS has refused entry to 11% of Brazilian fresh beef products. That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world.  Since implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots (approximately 1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian beef products due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues. It is important to note that none of the rejected lots made it into the U.S. market.The Brazilian government had pledged to address those concerns, including by self-suspending five facilities from shipping beef to the United States. The action to suspend all fresh beef shipments from Brazil supersedes the self-suspension.“Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions, and it’s one we undertake with great seriousness.  Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American consumers,” Secretary Perdue said. “That’s what we’ve done by halting the import of Brazilian fresh beef.  I commend the work of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for painstakingly safeguarding the food we serve our families.”last_img read more

Using Interior Poly As an Air Barrier

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Back in the 1980s, Canadian energy experts urged builders to use interior polyethylene as an air barrier material. If the poly was installed conscientiously, and all seams were sealed with Tremco acoustical sealant, the approach worked well — at least in cold climates.When the same techniques were later adopted by American builders in places like Ohio and North Carolina, builders learned an important lesson: “Climate matters.” In hot climates or mixed climates where air conditioning is common, interior poly can become a condensing surface for exterior moisture during the summer. In many cases, the result was mold and rot.These days, interior polyethylene is not recommended in most U.S. climates, especially in any home that may be air conditioned during the summer.But what if you are building in Alaska or northern Canada? Well, in those climates, interior polyethylene still makes sense. That’s why the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) in Fairbanks, Alaska, recommends that Alaskan builders use interior polyethylene as an air barrier.The CCHRC has produced an excellent video on this topic. In the video, Ilya Benesch, a building educator at the CCHRC, explains how to do a good job of air sealing with interior poly. If you are building in northern Canada or Alaska, the techniques shown in this video (below) are worth emulating.For more excellent advice on building techniques for very cold climates, visit the CCHRC website.[Author’s postscript: in July 2012, when I was vacationing with my family in Alaska, we all showed up unannounced at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, where we were warmly greeted by Jack Hébert and Ilya Benesch. Not only did Jack and Ilya give us a tour of the CCHCR facilities, they let us use the building’s showers — a generous gesture in… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Athawale to meet CM over lack of security

first_imgA day after Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale was slapped by a man in Ambernath, the Minister on Sunday said someone jealous of his growing popularity might have conspired against him.“I am a popular leader and [I] have no enmity with anyone. This might have been done at the behest of someone who is angry with me over something,” Mr. Athawali, president of the Republican Party of India-Athawale group (RPI-A), told reporters. The Minister also said security arrangements at the programme were not adequate. “Even when I was going to sit in my vehicle, I was not given security by the police station concerned. I will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and this incident should be investigated,” he said.Condemning the attack on Mr. Athawale, members of the RPI (A) staged protests in Ambernath, and in several localities in Mumbai, on Sunday. Pravin Gosavi, a former member of the RPI(A), slapped Mr. Athawale at an event in Ambernath on Saturday night, after reportedly approaching the Minister to get a picture clicked. He was beaten up by RPI(A) supporters.last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 29, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:We heard from Maria Laura Casalegno, a Young Champion working in MexicoYoung Champion Martha Fikre Adenew wrote about maternal health in LouisianaThe Maternal Health Policy Dialogue Series streamed live on the Wilson Center’s websiteYoung Champion Anna Dion updated us on her work in ArgentinaFormer MHTF staff member, Kate Mitchell, wrote about her work with community health workers in IndiaYoung Champion Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi wrote about her first month of work in India Some weekend reading:Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says maternal health is a priorityAn evaluation of women-led community mobilization intervention (PDF) for maternal and newborn healthA gel to replace the pill?Share this:last_img read more

25 days agoChelsea striker Ike Ugbo in financial limbo at Roda JC

first_imgChelsea striker Ike Ugbo in financial limbo at Roda JCby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Ike Ugbo is in financial limbo at Roda JC.NRC says the club want to use his wages to spread across the rest of the squad, instead of their star loanee.Ugbo earns about ten times what his team-mates take home and the coaches would rather have one angry unpaid player than several.Fingers are being pointed at investor Mauricio Garcia de la Vega, who the club are desperate to get rid of after he attempted to take over the club last summer.Ugbo, 21, has scored four goals on loan in the second tier of the Dutch pyramid. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trudeau tells UN of Canadas shame over Indigenous Peoples

first_img(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking at the United Nations Thursday. Photo: Catherine McKenna)The Canadian PressUNITED NATIONS, N.Y. _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used a speech to the United Nations on Thursday to probe a source of national shame: the historic struggles of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.He spoke of forced migration and forced family separation in residential schools, which he said left a devastating legacy on reserves to this day.He said Canada came to exist without the consent and participation of the Indigenous populations who had lived there for millenniums.“For indigenous peoples in Canada, the experience was mostly one of humiliation, neglect and abuse,” he said.It was the major theme of his address, which did not gloss over the country’s failures and even referred to the international condemnation they have drawn.But he also looked ahead to at a series of solutions: better infrastructure on reserves, better housing, signing of the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples and a dismantling of the old Indian Affairs department.“Canada remains a work in progress,” he said. “For all the mistakes we’ve made, we remain hopeful.”Trudeau used these examples to bolster his main point here at the UN this week: that Canada is ready to take on complex challenges, at home and abroad, and deserves a seat on the Security Council.The rest of the speech focused on climate change, international trade rules aimed at helping workers and his controversial tax reform which he cited as an example of his middle-class-friendly policies.Trudeau drew applause when he promised to keep supporting the international climate-change treaty.“There is no country on the planet that can walk away from the challenge and reality of climate change.” he said.He also promised to stick to his efforts to empower women and girls.The prime minister’s reference to his tax plans drew a Twitter rebuke from Conservative MP Garnett Genuis:“Unbelievable. Trudeau praising his terrible small business tax grab during UN speech. Save that for home at the very least.”Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Two new resources to enhance level of care for patients with obesity

first_imgRelated StoriesHarnessing target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat obesitySupervised fun, exercise both improve psychosocial health of children with obesityResearchers propose new avenue in the search for anti-obesity drugsCompetency-based medical education focuses on the core knowledge and a set of skills that a health professional needs, yet effective and evidence-based obesity care occurs in a variety of settings, including the community and within the health care delivery system. The proposed standard of care for adults with obesity, developed by the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, provides health professionals, payors, community organizations, policymakers and those affected by obesity with guidance on foundational components of evidence-based obesity care.”Our goal was to develop a practical, tangible, measurable and simple standard of care for the treatment of adult obesity, across care settings and representing practices that positively impact the health of people impacted by obesity,” said the study’s lead author William H. Dietz, Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance. “The core principles governing the standard of care include shared decision-making, when to use adjunctive therapies, and when to move patients to higher intensity treatments, as well as providing assurance that patients have access to appropriate levels of care, regardless of when they enter the healthcare system.” Source:The Obesity SocietyJournal reference:Kushner, R. et al. (2019) Development of Obesity Competencies for Medical Education: A Report from the Obesity Medicine Education Collaborative. Obesity. doi.org/10.1002/oby.22471 Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Advocates for obesity prevention and treatment have designed two new resources for medical educators, healthcare providers and community programs that will enhance the level of care for patients, according to two new studies published online today in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society. The resources include the first set of competencies for how to care for patients with obesity for undergraduate and graduate medical education, and a proposed standard of care for people with obesity.The Obesity Medicine Education Collaborative (OMEC), an intersociety initiative that includes The Obesity Society (TOS), has created 32 obesity-focused competencies to improve obesity medicine education in medical schools and for advanced healthcare providers.To develop the competencies, the Collaborative used the Six Core Domain Competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as a guiding framework. The core domains used and the number of competencies for each domain include Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (5); Patient Care and Procedural Skills (5); System-Based Practice (4); Medical Knowledge (13); Interpersonal and Communication Skills (3); and Professionalism (2) for a total of 32 competencies.The competencies can be applied to the assessment of learners within a training program, or assessment of existing or planned curricula. The competencies can also be used in the assessment of non-training educational environments. A major challenge facing medical educators today is adequately training current and future health care providers in the prevention and treatment of obesity. The OMEC obesity-focused competencies provide the framework to improve provider education and thus also improve patient care in the treatment of obesity.”Robert Kushner, MD, Study’s Lead Author, Past President of TOS and Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicagolast_img read more