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Month: October 2016


500+ Convene in Côte d’Ivoire for Focus on Sustainability at World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting

$12 Million in New Funding Announced for Farmer Support Programs; Call to Action on Regional Threat Posed by Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Last week, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), in collaboration with Le Conseil du Café-Cacao, convened its annual Partnership Meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s […]

Arabic Science & Technology

‫شركة Comstor توفر حلول Cisco السحابية من جانب CloudHPT

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 31 أكتوبر 2016 /PRNewswire/ — أعلنت اليوم شركة Westcon-Comstor، وهي موزع لشبكات الاتصالات الموحدة الرائدة ذات القيمة المضافة إلى جانب البنية التحتية للشبكات ومراكز البيانات وحلول الأمن بشبكة عالمية شركات تجزئة متخصصة، عن قيام Comstor بتوسيع نطاق التزامها تجاه حل السحابة الحاسوبيةCisco Powered Cloud  في منطقة الشرق الأوسط من خلال اتفاقية […]

Arabic Sales

‫هونغوا تعلن عن “الحل الصيني الأميركي لصناعة الغاز الطبيعي المسال” وتوقع أول اتفاق مبدئي لبناء منصة للغاز الطبيعي المسال قبالة السواحل

بكين، 31 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر، 2016 / بي آر نيوزواير / — أعلنت شركة هونغوا غروب المحدودة (“هونغوا” أو “المجموعة”) (رمز السهم:  196.HK) أن المجموعة عقدت حلقة بحث لتطوير صناعة الغاز الطبيعي المسال الصينية الأميركية في بكين اليوم وأعلنت عن التوصل إلى “الحل الصيني الأميركي المتكامل لصناعة الغاز الطبيعي المسال”، بقيادة المجموعة وشركات الغاز الصينية الأميركية […]


Kuang-Chi GCI Fund to Invest $250m in Global Startups

Following Successful GCI Fund I, GCI Fund II Opened to Selected Investment Partners SHENZHEN, China, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Kuang-Chi Group has launched its second Global Community of Innovation (GCI) fund, which will invest up to $250 million in companies developing technology in industries including robotics, IoT, telecommunications, and digital health. The fund has […]

Arabic Other Language Science & Technology

‫Sequans وGemalto تُحدثان ثورة في عالم اتصالات إنترنت الأشياء مع أول تقنية LTE Cat M1 حقيقية

العرض الأول على مستوى العالم في مؤتمر GSMA Mobility Live! يبرز التحسن الكبير الذي طرأ على تقنية LTE-M فضلاً عن الحد من تعقيداتها بشكل كبير أمستردام – 31 أكتوبر 2016 – تقيم شركة Gemalto، الرائدة على مستوى العالم في مجال الأمن الرقمي (والمسجلة في بورصة يورونيكست تحت الرمز NL0000400653 GTO)، شراكة مع الشركة الصانعة لشرائح […]

Science & Technology

Sequans and Gemalto revolutionize IoT connectivity with first genuine LTE Cat M1 technology

World first demonstration at GSMA Mobility Live! highlights greatly improved efficiency and significantly reduced complexity of LTE-M AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Oct. 31, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is partnering with LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE:SQNS) to revolutionize Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity with LTE-M technology. […]

Fun & Games


A yacht race from Hong Kong to Haian Dao will take place on 3 November 2016 (Thursday). About 10 yachts are expected to participate in the race.

The race will start at 1330 hours on 3 November 2016 off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, and follow an easterly route through the harbour, Tathong Channel, Waglan Island and Po Toi Islands thence to Hainan Dao.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race route should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 is mandatory.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department No.140 of 2016

Threat to seafarers remains despite piracy clampdown

Monday, October 31, 2016, Worldwide

Kidnapping and hostage-taking persists off the coasts of West Africa and South East Asia, despite a 20-year low in piracy on the world’s seas, according to new figures from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

IMB’s latest global piracy report shows that pirates armed with guns or knives took 110 seafarers hostage in the first nine months of 2016, and kidnapped 49 crew for ransom. Nigeria, a growing hotspot for violent piracy and armed robbery, accounts for 26% of all captures, followed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Guinea and Ivory Coast.

But with just 42 attacks worldwide this quarter, maritime piracy is at its lowest since 1996. IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre has recorded 141 incidents so far this year, a 25% drop from the same period in 2015. A total of 111 vessels were boarded, five were hijacked, 10 were fired at, and a further 15 attacks were thwarted

The report shows one factor in reducing global numbers is a huge drop in low-level incidents off Indonesia. Though Indonesia still accounts for 34 of the 110 seafarers taken hostage this year, the total number of attacks has plummeted. IMB recorded 33 attacks off Indonesia in the first nine months of 2016, down from 86 for the corresponding period in 2015. Patrols by the Indonesian Marine Police appear to be working Vietnam has reported similar improvements, with six incidents so far in 2016 – four of them in Vung Tau – compared with 19 during the same period last year.

More vessels of all types are being targeted by armed groups along Nigeria’s rivers, anchorages and ports, and up to 118 nautical miles from the coast. Though many attacks are believed to go unrecorded, IMB received reports of 31 incidents in the first nine months of 2016, up from 12 in the same period last year in other Nigerian attacks so far this year, 13 people have been taken hostage onboard, and 29 kidnapped for ransom. In one boarding in July, five crew were captured and the chief officer shot in the head.

Worldwide over the past nine months, five crewmembers were assaulted, six were injured, and five threatened.

As for Somalia, zero incidents were recorded this quarter and just one attempted attack was recorded in the Gulf of Aden in the first nine months of 2016. But the situation ashore in Somalia, from where the pirate vessels set off, remains fragile

(For information about operations worldwide contact the respective GAC office. Details can be found at

Source: Extracts from International Maritime Organisation ( update dated 31 October 2016

Bunkering operations for LNG carriers in Canal anchorage areas

Monday, October 31, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has reassessed the current prohibition for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers to receive bunkers while in the anchorages of the Panama Canal. Effectively immediately, LNG vessels will be permitted to receive bunkers only within the Explosives Area of the Pacific Anchorage on a space-available basis, after coordination with ACP’s Flamenco Signal Station.

These bunkering operations shall not interfere with the vessel’s schedule to transit the Canal.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal, contact GAC-Wilfrod & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac. com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-57-2016 dated 28 October 2016

Source: GAC

Science & Technology

Threat to seafarers remains despite piracy clampdown, IMB reports

Kidnapping and hostage-taking persists off the coasts of West Africa and South East Asia, despite a 20-year low in piracy on the world’s seas, according to new figures from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB)…


South Sudan Ranks Among Most Deadly for Journalists

The Committee to Project Journalists says 95 percent of the journalists murdered around the world over the last 10 years were local reporters. Yet, in its latest report, it says many of those responsible go unpunished.The CPJ says such impunity is one …

Arabic Automotive

‫بوابة Yzer Motors متعددة اللغات على الإنترنت صانعة للتغيير

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 27 أكتوبر 2016 /PRNewswire/ — تدشن الشركة منصتها على الإنترنت التي تتميز بأنها سهلة الاستخدام ومتعددة الوسائط، وتقدم من خلالها حلاً ذكيًا لصفقات شراء السيارات أو تأجيرها من خلال موقعها الذي تم تدشينه في مطلع هذا العام، قدمت شركة Yzer Motors -وهي البوابة الأسرع نمواً لتأجير السيارات في دبي– ساحة تسويقية […]