Hyundai Merchant Marine Orders Pair of Bulk Carriers

first_imgHyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced in its regulatory filing that the company has exercised an option to build two 82,000 dwt bulk carriers for a total consideration of KRW 55.9 billion (approx. USD 52.7 million).The company did not disclose the name of the shipyard that will build the vessels.The company also said that the delivery of the vessels is expected in July 2016.World Maritime News Staff, October 22, 2013; Image: Hyundai-Vinashinlast_img

Gov’t presents $50,000 to Goodwill Sports and Development Committee

first_img Share Tweet 262 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNewsPoliticsSports Gov’t presents $50,000 to Goodwill Sports and Development Committee by: Dominica Vibes News – October 10, 2016 The Goodwill Sports and Development Committee (GSDC) has received a fifty thousand dollars donation from government to complete ongoing works at the facility.The Committee held a two-week radio campaign in September in order to raise fifty thousand dollars to complete the fencing and lighting project at that facility.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit heard the Committee’s appeal and pledged the funds.On Friday, 7 October 2016, Mr Skerrit presented the cheque to the president of the Goodwill Sports and Development Committee, Christina Sobers and indicated that it represents an initial contribution.“We have always indicated our willingness to partner with the Lindo Park Development Committee, we just felt that we needed to ensure that everybody has the information as required. We needed to know what is going to be done, how is it going to be done, when is it going to be done, what is the cost of doing it, and where we can partner we are more than willing to partner,” Mr Skerrit said.In addition to the fifty thousand dollars donation, the Prime Minister also committed further assistance to the Goodwill Sports and Development Committee as according to Sobers, additional works will be needed beyond the fencing.“I believe she indicated they will need additional lamps for the lighting and they will also need some synthetic material on the pavement for the jogging track that will allow for the shock to be absorbed, and we are giving a commitment that we will partner with you to have that completed,” the Prime Minister informed.Mr Skerrit said the government wants to ensure that the Lindo Park becomes “a shining example” of what community members can do together to make things happen for themselves.Mr Skerrit, who commended Sobers for her leadership, said government’s only interest is that everybody has access to the facility.“We will continue to partner with you…we will provide the resources to ensure that we complete the Lindo Park to the satisfaction of the residents and the sportsmen and sportswomen of the Goodwill community,” the Prime Minister assured Sobers.last_img read more

Alliance Française to pay homage to Aimé Césaire

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNewsRegional Alliance Française to pay homage to Aimé Césaire by: – April 25, 2018 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Aimé Césaire (Photo credit: The Operating System)(Press Release) The Alliance Française de la Dominique, in collaboration with the National Francophonie Commission, is organizing a tribute to pay homage to Aimé Césaire (June 26th 1913 – April 17th 2008) who was a Francophone and French poet, author and politician from Martinique. He was one of the founders of the Négritude Movement in Francophone diaspora. He wrote such works as Une Tempête, a response to Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, and Discours sur le colonialisme (Discourse on Colonialism), an essay describing the strife between the colonizers and the colonized.The event is scheduled for Friday April 27th at 6:00 PM. There will be a special appearance by his grandson Jean-Marc Césaire who will be conducting a presentation on the life and works of Aimé Césaire as well as a short film and exhibition.Members of the Press are therefore invited to document this momentous occasion. 169 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Outdoor Basketball Court Coming Soon To Soldotna Creek Park

first_imgAccording to the city, the court will address two needs with one project. The increased visibility and activity will help improve the overall safety in the park and provide more recreational opportunities for our youth. Carmichael: “The vision for this property is to provide expanded use while at the same time opening up the park for better sight and security.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will be constructing an outdoor basketball court at Soldotna Creek Park. Andrew Carmichael Parks & Recreation Director: “The fully funded and approved basketball court construction has begun. We will clearing trees in the area in order to begin construction on the recreational court.” center_img The total funds for the project, $55,000, were approved  in the City of Soldotna Five Year Capital Plan with funds from the city’s general fund. The court will be located between the community playground and the restrooms. The project should be completed by early summer, according to Carmichaellast_img read more

‘SA Experiment’ to boost skills

first_img4 October 2007Selected government officials are set to swap jobs with senior executives from some of the country’s top companies for up to six months as part of the South African Experiment, which aims to build skills through “action learning” ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Business Report reports this week that the project, which could involve between 40 and 50 private sector executives, echoes the two-year secondment of SAB chairman Meyer Kahn to the SA Police Service as chief executive in 1997, but on a much larger scale.According to the Presidency, the first phase of the programme, sponsored by the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management, will embrace service quality, which involves a unique partnership between South Africa’s private and public sectors.The Presidency said in a statement that the programme was an intervention “designed primarily to boost economic growth, diminish the gap between the public and private sectors, create capacity at historically disadvantaged tertiary education institutions, and stimulate a ‘can do’ mindset among South Africans”.Da Vinci chairman Roy Marcus told Business Report that he hoped the first batch of executives would be placed within South African Airways, the SA Police, the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism by February 2008.While initially focussing on tourism, Marcus said the programme would eventually target the manufacturing sector to tackle challenges relevant to exporting South African products.For the government’s part, Business Report stated that about 10 government officials would initially be placed in the private sector.According to the Presidency, the programme is based on the success of the “Belgian Experiment”, whereby British Professor Reginald Revans helped stimulate the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of that country by as much as 3% through an educational process known as “action learning”.“Action learning involves working on real problems, focusing on learning and actually implementing solutions,” says the International Foundation for Action Learning. “It is a form of learning by doing.”According to the foundation, action learning can be used to tackle strategic problems at board level, help the unemployed start their own business, develop skilled managers for new responsibilities, improve productivity in retailing and manufacturing companies, bring about major change in large organisations, and even improve services in health and education.Marcus told Business Report that tangible benefits of the South African Experiment would be visible by July 2008, and that with the right support, the programme could add between 2% and 3% to South Africa’s GDP growth.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Revamped Aids council launches

first_imgThe South African National Aids Council has responded to recommendations for a new structure, and has reformed and relaunched. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library) Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe addresses the inaugural South African National Aids Council plenary meeting held at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on 4 October.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Fareed Abdullah  CEO, South African National Aids Council  +27 12 395 9103 RELATED ARTICLES • Aids activist gets Clarins award • Board game makes Aids education fun • HIV testing drive for SA students • Taking HIV testing to the masses • Software speeds HIV diagnosisSource: Plus NewsAfter a troubled past, a revamped South African National Aids Council (Sanac) was recently unveiled, coinciding with the announcement that the country has achieved universal access to HIV treatment. South Africa must now ramp-up prevention, said Dr Fareed Abdullah, the new Sanac CEO.The newly reformed body has embarked on a wide range of initiatives to improve its effectiveness and the country’s HIV prevention efforts, including increasing national funding for prevention activities, reinvigorating provincial Aids councils and broadening representation within the body’s leadership.In 2010, Sanac released a mid-term review of the country’s national strategic plan on HIV, which found that the national Aids body was not user-friendly, failed to coordinate provincial HIV responses, and faced shortcomings in provincial monitoring and evaluation. The report proposed a new Sanac structure to make it “fit for purpose”.Responding to these recommendations, and to criticism by civil society, Sanac was reformed over the last 18 months.The body will now hold a new, annual meeting comprised of representatives from the research community, labour unions and people living with HIV. At this meeting, participants will discuss major policy issues and review progress on the country’s current national plan to address the twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis.Sanac leaders, representing diverse groups including women, sex workers and businesses, approved the restructuring on 17 August 2012. New leaders, following nomination and selection, will undergo an orientation at the end of October, according to South African deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, who chairs the body.The inaugural session of this plenary body took place on 4 October in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, which Motlanthe has described as the epicentre of the country’s HIV epidemic. Treatment grows but prevention lags At the meeting, Sanac announced new figures showing that two million South Africans are now on antiretrovirals; this figure covers about 80% of those estimated to need treatment in the country, surpassing the country’s 2006 universal access target, according to a UNAids report.The country funds about 80% of its HIV response domestically, and about 70% of this is earmarked for treatment – leaving less than 20% for prevention. In the first quarter of 2012, the country only met about 30% of its condom distribution target, handing out 84-million condoms – about one condom per month for each of South Africa’s estimated 24-million males.According to Abdullah, Sanac has begun negotiating with the treasury department to try to allocate more money towards prevention. Resurrecting provincial AIDS councils? Provincial AIDS councils have been historically ineffective, but Sanac will be helping to strengthen these, Motlanthe said in a statement.“Each province has unique economic, social, infrastructural and cultural characteristics. There are population dynamics, health and community systems, and human resource issues that determine the impact of programmes, thus requiring context-specific approaches… for success,” he said. “This underpins the importance of having functional and efficient Provincial Councils on Aids to better monitor the provincial responses.”According to Abdullah, Sanac will now be providing resources to provincial Aids councils and has been advocating for high-level politicians to join these groups. Already, KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize has begun taking an active role in his province’s council, drawing the attention of several other premiers, Abdullah told Irin News.last_img read more

9 Leadership Lessons from the Best Boss I Ever Had

first_imgI walked into the restaurant five minutes early for our 6:30PM reservation.  He was waiting to greet me by the bar. I couldn’t help but smile.  I’ve never forgotten the sales lesson “showing up on time means you’re five minutes late.”  He was always five minutes early. As we slid into the corner booth it certainly felt like old times.  After working together for more than a decade, we had enjoyed some great dinner conversations and it was good to reconnect. He had been a mentor, friend and hands down the best boss I ever had. Dinner with him was always a special occasion and I would usually reflect upon the evening long after it ended.  The big insight might come in a brief moment but it was always included.  Many of the lessons I learned from him are foundational principles I still practice today. Working for him was a life-changing experience. If you have ever worked for an extraordinary leader, I’m sure you can relate.  The best leaders are acutely aware of the impact they have on people and recognize that leadership is about helping people become their very best.  Leadership isn’t a job.  Leadership is a responsibility. What makes a leader extraordinary?  I’ll offer up 9 leadership lessons from my best boss’ playbook.  This is what I loved about working for him: 1. He Had A Vision – He was future-directed.  He could clearly articulate where we were going and how we were going to get there. His confidence and optimism about our future success was contagious.  I would constantly leverage his vision as a source of inspiration for our sales organization.  I still miss his Good News Friday weekly update. 2. He Was Present With Presence – He put in the work.  Trade shows.  Client presentations.  Office visits.  His impact was felt daily throughout the organization and he was always willing to give more.  A phone call to an employee who made a big contribution.  A handwritten note to welcome a new client.  A lunch and learn with the team during an office visit. He cared about the culture of the company he was leading and worked tirelessly to continue making it our competitive advantage. 3. He Put Me In A Position To Succeed – He wanted to understand how he could help me succeed.  He would work with me to eliminate barriers that might inhibit our success. He created opportunity to help me contribute more to the business.  I felt empowered in my work and was afforded the autonomy to make my own meaningful contribution and imprint on the business.  He was generous with recognition when it was warranted.  There was an incredible sense of pride and belonging in our organization among the top performers. 4. He Was Invested in Me – He was a catalyst for my continued learning and development.  What he couldn’t offer, he encouraged me to seek out on my own.  He was always interested in my future, and made sure we were in alignment in support of my goals.  He is one of the best listeners I have ever known – but he didn’t stop there.  He would follow up and follow through.  He never made promises he didn’t keep and the conversations that led to commitment were always supported by action.  Always. 5. He Was My Friend – His investment in me went way beyond the office.  He cared about me as a person and helped me understand that a life lived well was more about what happened outside of the office than what happened from 9-5.  I will never forget the time he invited me to spend Thanksgiving with his family.  I doubt he remembers, since it happened in a quick, casual telephone conversation without any preemptive thought or planning, but I didn’t forget.  The friendship transcended business and served to reinforce my commitment to him as my CEO.  How do you think I responded if he needed a little extra from me to close out the quarter? 6. He Would Have Fired Me for Underperformance – Our friendship never interfered with the obligation to the business.  He was very clear in his performance expectations and candid in evaluating my contribution on a consistent basis.  His clarity meant that I always knew exactly what was expected of me.  If I couldn’t deliver my sales number, he was obligated to find a sales executive with the talent to hit the performance target.  That wasn’t personal.  That was the job and I respected that deeply.  I also didn’t miss that number. 7. He Respected My Opinion Even When It Was Different than His Own – We didn’t always align and he was very open to my perspective.  As I matured in my role, I would confidently express my opinion, and occasionally I could be aggressive in taking an opposing view on critical business decisions.  I actually think he enjoyed the debate and defending his own position with conviction.  It was also clear that he wanted my unequivocal support of key decisions, even if the decisions weren’t consistent with my opinion (as long as they were consistent with my values). 8. He Could Admit When He Was Wrong – His unique blend of confidence and humility brought him support in times of adversity and challenge.  He made mistakes.  We all do.  He could admit when he was wrong. Being open about our missteps was critical to inviting more ideas and building a better business. Nobody was on the chopping block for making a mistake.  We’d all make them and learn and grow together as a result.  He was a true Collaborative Leader. 9. He Was All In – He lead by example and it was abundantly clear to everyone that the business was his life’s work.  His commitment to success was less about him and very much about creating something unique, special and sustainable for the people who were investing their time and talent into the organization. Yes, he wanted to win.  I believe he wanted to win more in the service of others than for what it meant to him personally. His selfless approach to leadership earned an incredibly loyal following and is the primary reason I stayed with the organization for much longer than I had ever planned.  I wanted to work for him. The phone call offering my resignation was one of the toughest calls I ever made.  I didn’t want to disappoint him, but it was my time.  We’d circled around this a couple times in the past.  I was tempted by an offer or two on our journey together and he always made a strong enough case to convince me to stay. However, the last time was different.  He acknowledged my readiness and the time was right.  Leaders don’t hold people back.  They prepare them for what is next in work and life.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without his contribution. Thank you, John, for everything. Next time dinner is on me.To read the original post, please click here.last_img read more

Paes, Sania in doubles quarters at Indian Wells

first_imgAustralian Open winners Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek saw off a stiff resistance from Juan Monaco and Kei Nishikori to advance to the quarter-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters here.The seventh-seeded Indo-Czech pair scored a tough 7-6(5), 6-4 win in the second round over their unseeded opponents.They will now fight it out with giant-killing Spanish pair of Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal for a place in the last-four stage.Lopez and Nadal had knocked out third seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic in their opening round.The Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna had suffered a first round exit in the USD 4,694,969 hard court event. They had lost to French pair of Julien Benneteau and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Sania-Vesnina in WTA quartersMeanwhile, Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina too moved into quarter-finals of the WTA event of Indian Wells after scoring a hard fought win over Timea Bacsinszky and Alberta Brianti, here.The second seeds dominated the proceedings in the beginning but lost the second set before winning the second round match 6-1, 3-6, 10-2.They face Argentine pair of Gisela Dulko and Paola Suarez in the last-eight stage match.Sania had exited the singles event after losing the second round match against Anabel Medina Garrigues.last_img read more