He was only a high school senior when, in 1984 in the living room of his father, Dr. Edward Binyah Kesselly, Dr. S. Jabaru Carlon and others met to found the Unity Party to contest the 1985 presidential and Legislative elections.Young Kesselly recalled that UP’s founding fathers, by giving it the name “Unity Party,” were determined that the party would “epitomize Unity.” Its original motto was “One People, One Destiny.” He then told the Unity Party Leadership and membership that the best way to honor Dr. Carlon and all of its fallen heroes is by returning “to day zero—a day for us to reflect, start all over and finally realize that the Unity Party is an institution that was founded on ideals and principles, not on individuals and personalities. We should revert to its original path for which he and other great men suffered, bled and died—one that epitomizes Unity.” One could candidly say that with Unity Party’s standard bearer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, present at the funeral and listening, young Kesselly’s was a mouthful. What was significant about the Tribute was what he did not say, but preferred to hold on the ancient dictum: “A hint to the wise is quite sufficient.”The Daily Observer on Sunday morning called around to talk with some UP stalwarts to gauge their reaction to Mr. Kesselly’s call. Most of them said what the public already knew: that the party is in apparent disarray. UP has not held a congress since 2011 when they met to nominate President Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to succeed themselves on the UP ticket.The party’s youth wing has been critical of the leadership, and many members have bitterly complained that the administration has not rewarded it partisans with jobs. Said one, “The entire Cabinet is filled with ‘friends of the President,’ not with partisans, and this has seriously embittered the party rank and file.Ironically, one of those in the party leadership being criticized is young Kesselly himself, who heads one of the major components of government, the Liberia Maritime Authority. They say there is no party stalwart in the whole of Maritime except, of course, the Commissioner himself.Unfortunately, Mr. Kesselly could not be reached yesterday for comment on this allegation.But we wish to state that jobs for partisans alone are not what constitute a viable and properly functioning political party. A properly functioning political party is one that holds regular meetings of the rank and file. If it is the party in power, which UP currently is, it should keep the membership regularly informed about government policies and programs, in order to enlist party support. A political party, in developing countries, especially, should hold leadership seminars and workshops to empower the membership with leadership skills to keep them in top shape always, not just at election time.But the lack of jobs for the rank and file is not the only problem that has embittered the UP membership. Some of them, including leading businesspeople within the party ranks, complain that they are unable to get a single contract from the UP-led government. Here again, they complain that the party leadership is giving business opportunities only to “the President’s friends.” Several key partisans with some financial resources say they have been trying to get into the ownership of some of the oil blocks, but to no avail. They say the President’s friends are linking up with foreigners to purchase oil blocks; and these partisans are bitterly and painfully disappointed.Most Liberian leaders are very conversant with how American politicians do business. Both Republicans and Democrats in power reach out to their partisans not only with jobs, but contracts also. These beneficiaries, in turn, oil the parties’ money machines. That is in part of how the American middle class keeps democracy functioning.But it appears that successive administrations in Liberia have frustrated the development of a Liberian middle class. These administrations have consistently favored foreigners. Yet who can and will build Liberia in the way it should be built but Liberians themselves, in the same way the Americans and Europeans have built their countries and the Nigerians and Ghanaians are building theirs? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
-President stresses foreign service-cabinet collaborationThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited back to the country heads of diplomatic and consular missions for consultations through a two-day retreat (March 9-10) convened in Monrovia to deliberate on what can be done to further enhance Liberia’s relationship with the rest of the world and how to attract more investments, through bilateral means, to the country.The retreat, which began on Thursday and ended Friday, was held at a local resort in Paynesville under the general theme: “Promoting Liberia’s Transformation Agenda through the Liberian Foreign Service,” and its working theme is “The Liberian Foreign Service: A Partner for Transformative Economic Development.”The diplomats were here to examine lapses/gaps in communication and coordination between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the missions; develop strategies to bridge said gaps; and develop policies that will increase trade, which will support priorities set forth in the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).They, during the course of the retreat, developed policies by which Liberia can attract technical and logistical support for the justice and security sector in view of UNMIL’s drawdown, officials of the ministry said yesterday in Monrovia.The retreat brought together all 25 heads of Liberia’s diplomatic missions across the world.In light of her impending departure from office, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called for a robust and effective intra-governmental working relationship so that her administration can finish on a strong note.The President said diplomats need to bring back home what they have learned in other countries to help build Liberia, adding that the consultation is necessary because it will help broaden the understanding of the workings of various segments of the government.She called on members of Liberia’s diplomatic and consular missions across the globe to share with their colleagues at home (members of the cabinet) best practices, policies and programs that are making tremendous impacts in their areas of assignment to see how they can be implemented locally.President Sirleaf said the meeting was also convened to thank the Foreign Service officials for sticking with her throughout the years.“This is an opportunity to thank you all for being with us all these years and the successes we had had together collectively. We want to appreciate you for what you have done. You are career public servants, which mean you move from one administration to another. So what we are doing will pass on to the next people,” the President said, adding that though there will be changes, reforms, new policies and approaches, “but there are some things that will remain. There are certain fundamentals, foundations we have put in place that anyone who succeeds me will want to build upon. You will be the ones that will be part of the continuity and will be able to carry on these things that will help to further improve the country as the new administration will want to.”The President said that “all of these should be done with one thing in everyone’s mind—the interests of the country’s. In all that we are doing and want to do, the country’s interests remain paramount.”Meanwhile, MOFA authorities said that retreat is meant to provide a platform for determining viable strategies and options that Liberia’s missions abroad can use to deepen engagements with host governments and the private sector in their jurisdictions to encourage investment in Liberia and enhance development partnerships, support and cooperation between respective countries.Minister Marjon Kamara said participants are expected to deliberate on ways by which the ministry can achieve its top three priorities over time, namely: Operationalize the implementation of existing bilateral and multilateral agreements for speedy economic recovery and growth; transforming the Liberian Foreign Service; and improving service delivery to and relations with Liberian citizens, national agencies, and foreign nationals and institutions.Though the retreat has been long overdue, Minister Kamara said “there could have been no perfect time like this. This retreat has provided the platform where we are to meet and share ideas. I’m glad for your presence.”A working session was convened immediately after the opening program, during which the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Commerce and Industry, Justice, National Investment Commission, General Services Agency, and the National Elections Commission made presentations.It is anticipated that at the end of the retreat there will be an acceleration of the Ministry’s efforts to operationalize existing bilateral and multilateral agreements for speedy economic recovery, growth and developmentLiberia currently has 21 embassies, two permanent missions and two consulates-general accredited near various capitals in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.This is the second time diplomats have been invited for a retreat; the first was in August 2011.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar has revealed he could yet sign a new deal with Aston Villa this summer.The Dutch defender is out of contract at the end of the season and was expected to quit the club, with talks on hold until they seal Premier League survival.But, after helping Villa to the FA Cup final against Arsenal with Sunday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, Vlaar insisted it is possible he could extend his stay.“Yes it is,” said the 30-year-old, who signed from Feyenoord in 2012. “Things have changed for me in the past few months since [Tim] Sherwood took over.“It’s been a hard season for me with all the injuries. Now I just want to play and be important for the team. This helps – you can trust me on that.“I don’t know about my future but to be part of this feels so good. To feel the joy and relief after the West Brom game [the quarter-final]. So many people came on the pitch.“The impact for the fans; how big this club and what it all means – I called my dad and said ‘This really means something’. It’s great. Everything helps.”Vlaar helped Villa to their first FA Cup final in 15 years as Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph scored to shock Liverpool at Wembley following Philippe Coutinho’s opener.Villa are still in danger of going down but Vlaar insisted they deserved their victory and he has been blown away by the Cup fever.“It feels really good – unbelievable. This is just so big for the club and the fans,” said the Holland international.“I’m not that familiar with the English FA Cup. I don’t think I realised just how big it is. You can just see it in the stands and out there on the pitch with us. It’s massive.“It’s great and I think we really deserved it, to get through to the final.“We showed great character after losing Nathan [Baker] so early and then going behind.“We’ve shown we can do that. We did it against QPR. We got the equaliser within a few minutes. The team spirit is really good.”
A rich collection of stories about life in the Donegal Gaeltacht has been meticulously recorded and will be launched tonight by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaelige, Gaoth Dobhair.The project, which has spanned five years, included interviews with people aged from fifty to over a hundred years old and was carried out by Gaoth Dobhair man Dónall Dinny Ó Gallchóir.Not only does the research give an insight into life in the Gaeltacht but also an insight into the Irish language spoken at that time. The research has seen the publication of Bailiúchán Béaloidis Ghaeltacht Thír Chonaill along with its website www.bealoidis.com.Among those set to speak at the launch is Dinny McGinley, TD, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dr Lillis Ó Laoire of NUIG and Professor Dónall Ó Baoill of Queens University, Belfast.BAILIÚCHÁN BÉALOIDIS GHAELTACHT THÍR THONAILL was last modified: September 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)
When Krystina Kessler went to county officials in early 2003 to ask to be removed from her abusive home, she thought life was finally going to get better. But after being shuffled through a string of foster and group homes where she said she encountered violence and prostitutes, the 16-year-old decided she would be better off on her own and ran away from the system designed to protect her. “When kids are running away or making allegations about a home, that should be a clear clue something is going on because they are being placed in uncomfortable and unsafe situations,” said Krystina, a former sheriff’s Explorer scout and A-student who is now living with a friend’s mother. “There’s a lot of kids running away.” Krystina, whose story has been confirmed by county officials, is one of a growing number of foster children in Los Angeles County who officials say have run away, been abducted or are just listed as missing from the system. While the number of children in foster care has declined, the number of foster runaways and abductees jumped 23 percent in Los Angeles County in the past three years – to 913 as of Dec. 1. Statewide, foster runaways more than doubled in the five years since 1999 – to 1,160 last year . Nationally, the number rose 25 percent since 1999 – to 10,560 in 2003, the latest year available. State and county officials are quick to point out gains in the system – including a drop in foster care abuse cases, fewer children in the system overall, and less time, on average, for children in foster homes. They also say they are working to improve the quality of foster homes. But challenges remain, they add, because of inadequate funding for proper oversight. David Sanders, director of the county Department of Children and Family Services, said he believes some of the increase in runaways involves a growing number of older children who are increasingly left unadopted in foster care. “One of the things I believe has happened in a lot of jurisdictions is as the number of kids in care has come down, the kids left in care are a little older, and that is the age most likely to run,” Sanders said. Andrew Bridge, former director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, said safety is a critical question. “When you talk to most social workers and kids who run away from group homes and ask them why kids disappear, it always seems to come down to the issue that they just don’t feel safe,” he said. The increases in foster runaways are coming even after officials three years ago acknowledged hundreds of children were missing from the system and the county Board of Supervisors moved to address the problem. Supervisors directed officials to create a special task force and Web site with the names and pictures of the children, and ordered various departments to work more closely with law enforcement to find the children. But efforts to locate the missing children have met with little success, and after the retirement of its chair, the Children Missing in Foster Care task force was disbanded. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said he plans to introduce a motion Tuesday asking Sanders to report on the status of the board’s earlier requests and to restore the task force. “Supervisor Gloria Molina is very concerned about this,” said her spokeswoman, Roxane Marquez. “At Tuesday’s board meeting, Dr. Sanders will need to explain why the board directive was ignored. Clearly, it was. “More importantly, he’ll have to explain why there is no plan to find all these missing kids. The department should be acting with the same urgency as if it was their child who ran away.” Eric Ball, director of DCFS’s Runaway Adolescent Program, said his efforts are hampered by staffing. He used to have seven employees working to locate missing children – now he only has five, he said. His program, which includes two employees who drive throughout the county searching for runaways, locates about five to 10 children a week, he said. The Web site helps DCFS find about five children a month. “About 50 percent are hardened street kids who have had bad experiences with the system or the court system and are not willing to come back,” Ball said. “A lot of these kids end up being prostituted or turning to survival sex to try to make ends meet.” In the last decade, officials say about 10 children in the county who were abducted or ran away were slain or died in accidents, including 14-year-old runaway Desiree Collins, who was shot to death in early 2002 in North Hills. “The government doesn’t keep track of how many of these kids from foster care die out there,” said William Tower, president of the California chapter of the American Family Rights Association. “Do you know why? Because it scares them to death.” Sanders said he plans to have workers compare the lists of foster runaways and abducted children over the last few years with coroner’s records to determine whether some might have died. And Sanders said that despite the disbanding of the task force, the department is undertaking steps to stem foster runaways, including a San Fernando Valley pilot project that provides mental health and other services to older youth at risk of running away. “In talking to youth, they frequently run to people they know or to their family,” Sanders said. “And maybe that family is an appropriate place for them to be. I think the running behavior suggests they are dissatisfied with the group home or foster home.” Krystina, who said she someday wants to be director of DCFS, spoke at the supervisors’ meeting last month, requesting an investigation into why children are missing from the system. After the hearing, Antonovich directed his children’s deputy to find her a new social worker, who now is working to help Krystina’s current caretaker become her foster parent. “I really believe I can make a difference,” Krystina said. “I think there is a purpose for everything. I see how many kids need help. I want to fix the system, which I will some day. “And I really want to be adopted. I want to have a normal life and be in a family. I can’t get that in foster care. I’m trying to find a family forever.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 firstname.lastname@example.org AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
However, while the township was well-known for resistance actions like the Alexandra bus boycott, “from today, Alex must be known for development and progress.” It is anchored by a 2 800m² Pick n Pay, the first in Alexandra. Other national retailers have also taken space, providing a quality shopping environment structured along the lines of leading shopping centres in the country, according to the developers. To loud cheers, Zuma said all townships needed to have infrastructure like the Pan Africa Shopping Centre, and basic services like water, roads and electricity. Economic development should not only be the preserve of the former white suburbs, but should spread to previously disadvantaged communities. “One can walk to the township and buy a suit without spending any transport money,” Zuma said. “Parents working at the centre can now spend quality time with their children. Before the opening of the centre, parents only had a chance to see their children during weekends because they had to wake up very early and knock off very late when their children were already asleep.” “Alexandra is home to many leaders of the ANC,” Zuma said. “We can count leaders like Kgalema Motlanthe, Alfred Nzo, Thomas Nkobi and many more who were residents of this township. [It] has given this country expertise and talent.” Zuma said it was apt that such a huge development was built in Alexandra, one of South Africa’s best-known townships, which played a remarkable role in the fight against apartheid. Mall developers Pan Africa Development Company’s CEO Tebogo Mogashoa said the 16 000m² shopping centre was already fully let and more than 1 000 jobs had been created. A few hours earlier, Zuma had been to Soweto, where he had laid a wreath at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and had visited Maponya Mall. “Pan Africa Shopping Centre represents the dreams and aspirations of the Alexandra people,” Mogashoa said. “We developed it for them”. Infrastructure In the south of the city, a similar kind of development had taken place, he said, referring to Maponya Mall in Soweto. Source: City of Johannesburg Opening the shopping centre was an important occasion, he said. “This is a celebration of investment in the city of Johannesburg. But this is not only a celebration of investment, but what we are seeing today is urban renewal and rejuvenation.” The Pan Africa Shopping Centre is located in one of the busiest and most cosmopolitan areas of Alexandra, with a plethora of informal traders and an assortment of shops selling a range of goods from traditional medicine to exclusive boutique clothing. “During the opening of the mall, Richard Maponya said we had taken Sandton and placed it in Soweto. This shopping centre is part of developing our townships and also part of empowering our people.” The centre The shopping centre would be a catalyst for employment in “ekasi” – the slang term for township – and people would be able to shop “right on their doorstep”. “Surely but slowly, we are changing the face of our townships,” he said. The Pan Africa Shopping Centre, a fully integrated shopping mall and taxi facility located in the heart of Alexandra, was officially opened by President Jacob Zuma on Sunday. 27 May 2009 Gone are the days when Alexandra residents had to travel to other parts of the city to do their shopping. A new mall, featuring the country’s major retail chains, has just opened for business in the township to the north of Johannesburg. Falling under the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP), a programme to upgrade infrastructure and living conditions in one of Johannesburg’s oldest townships, the Pan Africa Shopping Centre forms part of a comprehensive retail and taxi node that includes a 50 000m² taxi rank, a three-level holding facility for taxis, public parking and structured informal trading. Besides the Pan Africa Shopping Centre, Zuma said Alexandra boasted some other economic and social developments. Quality schools, houses and infrastructure had been built since the inception of the ARP. Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and several government officials also attended the function, along with thousands of Alex residents who wanted to catch a glimpse of the President.
On Earth, humans break from a walk into a run—where both feet are lifted off the ground—when their speed reaches about 2.1 meters per second. Calculations predicted that the transition speed would be lower on the moon due to the reduced gravity, at about 0.86 meters per second, but lab simulations have suggested higher values than that. Short of flying a crew to the moon, the only way to test things out in lunar gravity is by hopping onto NASA’s adapted DC-9 aircraft that can fly a roller-coaster path—so the researchers did just that. During each cycle on the so-called vomit comet, volunteers had 20 to 30 seconds to test out varying walk and run speeds on a treadmill (similar to what’s pictured) when the gravity on them fell to one-sixth of that on Earth. The results confirm that the walk-to-run transition speed is indeed higher than predicted by theory, at an average of 1.42 meters per second. This is possibly due to the additional force that swinging arms and legs exert on the body, as the effect of such force is more pronounced in lunar gravity, the team reports this week in The Journal of Experimental Biology. The researchers hope such studies could lead to more agile space suits.
Road Warriors: Alab posts 3rd straight win Read Next View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA IMAGESGinebra halted its three-game losing skid and dealt San Miguel its first defeat, 100-96, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Despite missing Greg Slaughter in the rematch of last year’s all-Filipino Cup Finals, the Gin Kings drew huge contributions from Jervy Cruz and unheralded big man Raymond Aguilar while also getting big games from LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:GINEBRA 100 — Tenorio 23, J. Aguilar 23, Cruz 17, R. Aguilar 16, Ferrer 11, Thompson 6, Caguioa 2, Mercado 2, Wilson 0.SAN MIGUEL 96 — Fajardo 33, Ross 16, Lassiter 16, Santos 12, Lanete 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Pessumal 4, Heruela 2, De Ocampo 0, Mamaril 0.Quarters: 19-33, 44-52, 75-66, 100-96. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cruz fired 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while Raymond Aguilar stepped up with 16 points. Tenorio had 23 points, four rebounds and six assists while Aguilar also scored 23 to go along with nine rebounds.“It was tough. Who would’ve thought that we can come out and win that game after the way we’ve played the last three games?” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone as the Gin Kings leveled their record to 3-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Today, we played a very controlled game and was able to make plays. At the start of the game, I thought this is a mismatch. The first quarter looked like an absolute mismatch and we had no chance. But our guys dug in, made a run at halftime, and carried that momentum in the second half. We got ahead and started believing. I think we forgot how good of a team we can be.”Starting slow and falling behind by 16, 33-17, in the first half, Ginebra swung the momentum to its favor as it staged a telling 22-2 blast in the third quarter to take a 68-61 lead. MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The Gin Kings even held a 10-point lead, 97-87 with 2:10 remaining before the Beermen made one last rally, bringing the lead down to two, 97-95 with 1:00 left to play.Tenorio could only muster a split on his free throw with 24.6 seconds remaining, opening the door for San Miguel. Arwind Santos, however, muffed a couple of game-tying 3-pointers and Chris Ross was called for a technical foul for deliberately shooting a free throw that was supposedly for Chico Lanete with 4.5 ticks left that led to another freebie by Tenorio.Lanete made his first charity and intentionally missed his second, but a fight for the loose ball gave Ginebra the possession. Aguilar was fouled and he sealed the game at the line.It was a valiant effort from four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, who anchored his side with 33 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the defeat.Lassiter and Ross both had 16 markers and combined for 15 boards and nine dimes as San Miguel saw its five-game winning run snapped.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises
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zoom d’Amico International Shipping S.A., an international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market, said that its two additional MR “ECO” vessels built at Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co., Ltd. (Vietnam) have been launched.The first vessel, MT High Sun (Hull n. S408, 50,000 dwt) ordered in March 2013 was launched and delivered on May 22 to Eco Tankers Ltd. (Malta), a JV with Venice Shipping and Logistics S.p.A., in which DIS has 33% interest.The second vessel, MT High Fidelity (Hull n.S 409, 50,000 dwt) ordered in March 2013 was launched on the same day and is expected to be delivered to d’Amico Tankers Limited (Ireland) in Q3 2014.Both vessels are already fixed in time charter to a leading Oil Refining Company for a period of respectively three and two years at very profitable levels.The two newbuilding vessels are the latest IMO II MR design with the highest fuel efficiency. The design is the utmost HMD concept of hull shape and propulsion efficiency leading to a fuel saving of 6-7 T/day compare to the average consumption of world existing MR fleet.The vessels will have an attained Energy Design Index (EEDI) falling already well within the IMO phase-in 3 requirement due for vessels to be built after Jan 1st,2025, being of 31. 5 % lower than the current IMO reference line.d’Amico Tankers Limited fleet includes 38.8 double -hull product tankers (MR and Handysize) with an average age of about 5.8 years (of which 20.3 owned vessels and 18.5 chartered-in vessels), including 4 .3 ‘Eco design’ newbuilding vessels delivered in the first half of 2014.d’Amico Tankers Limited has currently a total of 11 new ‘Eco design’ product tanker shipbuilding contracts, which include 7 MR and 4 Handysize vessels, at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd.Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, said: “I am very happy to announce that two further ‘Eco’ vessels will join DIS modern fleet and have already been fixed in Time Charter to an important refining company at very good rates.We are actually seeing a constantly growing demand from Oil -majors and leading market players for these types of ships. In fact, these vessels will allow significant bunker cost savings and a consider able reduction of CO2 emissions. These two vessels and their unique design were also the result of a very close and successful cooperation between the technical team of d’Amico Group and Hyundai Mipo shipyard.”d’Amico, May 26, 2014