Algeria reinstates two-term limits on presidency

first_imgAlgeria has reinstated a two-term limit on its presidency, seven years after the limit was lifted to allow President Abdelaziz Bouteflika run for a third term.The limit is part of a package of constitutional reforms that authorities say will strengthen democracy in the North African nation.Opposition leaders have however dismissed the changes as superficial.Among other reforms are the promise of an independent electoral commission and recognition of the roles of women and youth.The president will also be required to nominate a prime minister from the largest party in parliament.The changes are among the reforms promised by President Bouteflika following the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.Presidential term-limits were scrapped in 2008, allowing Bouteflika to bid for a third term in 2009. The 78-year-old was re-elected again in 2014, but has rarely been seen in Public since suffering a stroke the previous year.last_img read more

Infospectrum Partners with Baltic Exchange

first_img Author: Baibhav Mishra The Baltic Exchange and leading global maritime counterparty risk analysis company Infospectrum, today (24 October 2018) announced a collaboration that will see Infospectrum become the Baltic Exchange’s exclusive counterparty intelligence provider.The partnership will allow the Baltic Exchange to carry-out more detailed background checks of entities seeking to join the Exchange. It will also provide Baltic Exchange members with a means of sourcing business/company information, counterparty intelligence and credit reporting/credit ratings on their business partners.Members will be encouraged to draw upon Infospectrum’s market intelligence developed by its global team of risk analysts and consultants in the UK, the US, Singapore, Australia and Colombia. Information will also be used to support the Baltic Exchange’s dispute resolution service, reducing time and costs allocated to this complex area.Mark Jackson, CEO, Baltic Exchange, commented: “This is part of the Baltic Exchange’s drive to add value to Baltic membership. We want the wider commodity and financial communities to understand that Baltic Exchange member firms adhere to a strict code of conduct based on the principles of honesty and ethical trading, with access to impartial information from Infospectrum, a recognised and respected intelligence provider.”Panos Panousis, Managing Director, Infospectrum, added: “We’re delighted to be collaborating so closely with the Baltic Exchange. Greater transparency, and an improved understanding of the risks of our complex sector, benefits individual companies and the shipping industry as a whole. Our team of experts will help to speed up and enhance the Baltic’s new member onboarding process, identify whether or not a company is a Baltic Exchange member in our reports and provide business intelligence to the Baltic Exchange.”Sea News, October 25last_img read more

Puerto Aguadulce begins 2020 operations with largest vessel ever to call…

first_imgAPL Esplanade sails on the CMA CGM group’s Asia Central South America (ACSA1) service, which links East Asia with Central and South America. CMA CGM is a French shipping and container transport company and one of the world’s leading companies in container transport, operating more than 200 sea routes between 400 ports in 150 countries. APL Esplanade is the largest vessel ever to arrive in Colombia With a length of 369 meters, equivalent to approximately four professional soccer fields and a width of 51 meters, this vessel has the largest physical dimensions to call at any Colombian terminal. The event highlights the importance, capacity and competitiveness of Buenaventura Port, located close to Colombia’s major urban areas such as Bogotá, Medellín and Cali. “The shipping companies continue to build larger and larger capacity vessels. For Puerto Aguadulce, receiving this type of vessel is an honor and a great responsibility. We work continuously under our vision of being a strategic ally of the Colombian economy. At the end of last year, we received what is now, after APL Esplanade, the second largest capacity container vessel that has docked in the country. These calls confirm that Puerto Aguadulce is a terminal with global service standards, technology, infrastructure and security,” said Miguel Abisambra, Puerto Aguadulce general manager. A new event confirms Buenaventura as a strategic port city for Colombia and its foreign trade. Coming from Asia, the large-scale vessel, APL Esplanade, recently arrived at Puerto Aguadulce with a capacity of 13,892 twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs). After Colombia, its journey continues to other ports in South America. Sea News, January 14 Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Libre Wireless Collaborates with Si Labs for Wi-Fi Connected Digital Audio Broadcast Solutions

first_imgLibre Wireless Technologies has announced a strategic working relationship with Silicon Labs to develop and produce a range of turn-key wireless Digital Audio Broadcast modules and software solutions for next generation radios and audio products featuring DAB/DAB+ combined with Wi-Fi connectivity and media streaming capability.Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB/DAB+) continues to be a significant digital broadcast technology in several regions around the world. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi audio streaming is becoming very popular for audio products and consumers are beginning to expect it across the board. By combining forces, they can deliver extremely cost-effective DAB/DAB+ streaming solutions in turn-key embedded modules that deliver to companies proven DAB/DAB+ performance and the most compelling wireless streaming features all with the fastest time to market, lowest risk and lowest cost.LibreSync, by Libre Wireless Technologies is one of the most cost-effective and advanced wireless streaming technologies and module solutions. The combination of Libre’s Wi-Fi connected solutions and Silicon Labs’ best-in-class multi-band digital radio broadcast receivers will bring digital content and CD-quality user experience of DAB/DAB+ radio into the mainstream of wireless streaming audio.Libre plans to release new DAB/DAB+ and DAB/DAB+ combined Wi-Fi module products integrated with their industry-leading LibreSync software SDK for the industry’s best price/performance options. More details on specific products as well as customer sampling is expected in the fourth quarter of 2016.last_img read more

Malaysia stuns Alab Pilipinas in ASEAN Basketball League

first_imgBalkman led the way with double-double 31 points and 14 rebounds, while Ramos added 16 markers and 11 boards for Alab Pilipinas, which remained on top with 5-1 win-loss slate.Back-to-back MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr., who is recently involved in a controversy with his PBA team Blackwater Elite, struggled heavily against the Malaysians as he was held to just five points.Both teams had a tight exchange almost the entire game before the Dragons surged to a 70-67 with over a minute left in the match. Alab was able to take the lead for the last time at 71-70 on back-to-back hits by Balkman and Ramos.The Alab Pilipinas will just have a brief rest as they will return to action tonight against the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions at Sta. Rosa, Laguna./PN Renaldo Balkman and San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas suffered their first defeat this season. ABS-CBN MANILA – San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas suffered its first defeat in the 2018-2019 ASEAN Basketball League following a 71-72 loss to Westport Malaysian Dragons on Wednesday night at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.Holding to a slim 71-70 advantage after an inside conversion by Peter John Ramos, the Dragons came up with a retaliation on a layup by Jonathan Wong with 18 seconds left in the match.The Alab Pilipinas still has a chance to snatch the victory but Ethan Alvano committed a crucial turnover on a wayward pass to his teammates Renaldo Balkman and Caelan Tiongson.Wong finished the match with 21 points, while Nnanna Egwu and Chris Eversley contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Dragons, which improved to 3-3 win-loss slate.last_img read more


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Taekwondo: Cameroun, others confirm for Korean Ambassador, Nigeria Opens

first_imgAthletes from Cameroun, Delta, Imo, FCT and Kaduna are amongst the first to register early for the upcoming Korean Ambassadors Cup and Nigeria Taekwondo Open Championships, scheduled to hold December 1 to 2 and 9 to 11 respectively in Abuja.200 athletes are expected to participate in each of the events, which are being organized by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, with the Republic of Korea embassy the host and sponsor for the Korea Ambassador’s Cup.This is the first time that the NTF will be organizing its own tournament. Prior to now, events have been privately owned or the multi-sport games. Registration for both competition events is being done via an online registration portal through the newly commissioned website of the Federation, www. .In-between the events, the Federation will hold its fourth quarter board meeting, Annual National Congress [to debate its constitution], a National Referee Course and a National Black Belt Grading. Events will end with a planned NTF Awards Gala Night to recognize persons who have contribute to the development of Taekwondo in Nigeria.Registration is expected to close on 20th November 2017.last_img read more

Animal Activists to Rally at Assembly Tonight

first_imgBut animal activists say the “Yes” vote shows that most people want some form of intervention. They say that since the Borough hasn’t followed the advisory vote they are “ignoring the wishes” of their constituents. A proposal to grant the Borough limited authority over animal issues was approved by voters last October, but only after absentee and questioned ballots were counted. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Brent Johnson helped put the advisory question on the ordinance… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Animal activists are planning to flood the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting in Soldotna tonight, calling for a new domestic animal work group to discuss abuse issues.center_img Johnson: “There’s a lot of people in our borough outside of cities who are concerned about pets, the fact is that they don’t want to tax themselves. If somebody’s going to vote no on it they’re hardly going to vote yes on Prop A2, so we have all the people who voted no on Prop A1 voted no on Prop A2 and a good part of those who voted yes also voted no on the tax part. So it would seem many people would like that just to come out of the general fund, something I am not willing to do, but it is interesting.”  Currently, only areas within incorporated cities, like Kenai or Soldotna, have public animal control.last_img read more

Open House on Proposed Federal Hunting Changes Next Week

first_imgKenai National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andy Loranger says the proposed rules will not have a major impact locally… U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan says federal agencies are again overstepping their bounds… Loranger said the only real impact will be that it’s currently allowed to take a black bear on the KNWR same day airborne if that bear is taken over bait. That will no longer be possible if these regulations pass. Sen. Sullivan (R-AK): “With these new proposed regulations – which I want to emphasize to the committee only focus on Alaska – the Fish & Wildlife Service will administratively impose, via regulatory action, a regime that will preempt science-based management approved by the Alaska Board of Game in an open and public process. This is a perfect example of where an agency philosophically disagrees with federal law so they bypass the will of congress and seek to regulate policy through their regulations, again, just on one state.” An open house will be held at the Refuge Headquarters in Soldotna on Tuesday, February 16th, from 4-5pm and public comment will be taken from 5:30-7:30pm. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Next week the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host an open house on refuge hunting rules proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service although local managers say few impacts will be felt here. Loranger: “So this regulation would not affect normal hunting or traditional hunting of brown bears under state seasons and bag limits here on the refuge. One of the specifics in the proposed rule is that it would prohibit in all refuges in Alaska taking brown bears over bait. That would not be a change here on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge [KNWR]. That’s already not allowed through our program here. We have an exception for the allowance of baiting on the refuge and it’s specific to the baiting of black bears and that’s done under the auspice of a refuge special use permit.” Other changes related to hunting wolves and coyotes during the denning season are not relevant to the KNWR. He told a Senate Environment & Public Works Hearing in January that the agency wrote new rules which will only affect Alaska and change the relationship between the state and federal government from one of cooperation to subservience.last_img read more

Delays On Seward Highway Friday For Avalanche Mitigation

first_imgThe DOT warns of road closures, short delays, and traffic stops. They’re asking motorists to be prepared to stop and watch for maintenance equipment on the roadway. Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 10am-3pm.England: “Reminder to drive for conditions at all times, sanding and plow trucks will be on the roadways. Keep in mind that 511 is updated as often as possible, but driving conditions can change fast and rapidly.” Shelly England with the Department of Transportation: “We do have a few areas of avalanche mitigation work today on the Seward Highway, expect delays. Don’t forget to check 511 before you travel for specific areas of work.”  FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State Department of Transportation says Avalanche Hazard Reduction work will be performed on the Seward Highway on Friday in two seperate stretches of roadway, MP 21-23, near Moose Pass, and MP 90-99 near Girdwood.center_img Any additional details will be posted as they are made available. Check or call 511 for more information.last_img read more