Meyer Turku Floats Out Costa Cruises First LNGPowered Ship

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Meyer Turku Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku has floated out Costa Smeralda, the first LNG-powered ship in the Costa Cruises fleet.The float-out of the 180,000 GT cruise ship marks the beginning of the final stage of construction, before the ship’s scheduled October 2019 delivery.Costa Smeralda is part of an effort of Costa’s mother company, Carnival Corp, to bring the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ships into operation.Meyer Turku has worked together with sister shipyard Meyer Werft, Papenburg to create the LNG propulsion plant for the vessel.“With LNG a breakthrough in fuel technology, Costa Smeralda represents a major innovation for the international market and an important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector,” said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises.Once it begins operation in the second half of 2019, the ship will start its first cruise from Hamburg sailing via Rotterdam, Lisbon, Barcelona and Marseilles to Savona, Italy, where a naming ceremony will be held.last_img read more

Police seeking suspects in Montreal Macron melee that left partygoers injured

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal police are seeking the public’s help in tracking down numerous suspects who allegedly attacked party-goers in a restaurant as they celebrated the first year of French President Emmanuel Macron’s election.According to police, Macron supporters had gathered at a Saint-Denis Street establishment in the Plateau Mont-Royal district April 12.Authorities say up to 10 people wearing masks and scarves entered the restaurant and headed to the basement to disrupt the event, chanting “Happy Birthday Macron” in French.The rabble-rousers then started throwing things, including drink glasses and anti-Macron leaflets, before leaving.One person who tried to snap photos of the anti-Macron crew was struck with a flying chair and suffered a brain injury. Another suspect allegedly sprayed a customer with pepper spray.Police say half of the people they are looking for spoke French with Quebec accents while the other half sounded like natives of France.last_img read more

SBS Radio looks to improve content

first_imgSBS is conducting public consultation on the criteria proposed for its Radio Services Review with intention to help guide language programming.Running until 11 December, audiences, communities and stakeholders will have the chance to offer input on the audio and language content; a process expected to receive broad community feedback.SBS has committed to reviewing and updating its radio schedule every five years and is currently supporting up to 74 languages.The selection criteria is due to be finalised in March 2017, with the new schedule to launch before the end of 2017. Said criteria are going to be used with the 2016 census data to be released next year to determine which languages are provided by SBS Radio Services.Content manager Mark Cummins says programming must evolve to ensure SBS reflects the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities across the country.“Because SBS is often the gateway for many of the new communities to engage with Australian society, it has to be reflective and at the forefront of communicating with those communities. And particularly if it wants to communicate with young people, who constitute, really, the largest proportion of new arrivals, as in young under-30, under-40, you have to be utilising digital platforms as well,” he said.Emphasising SBS’ role as a well-recognised vehicle to help with integration, Cumming argued that reaching a broader audience, including younger listeners, is pivotal in helping the broader community move into the Australian society while at the same time preserving cultural identities. SBS will run both English and translated recorded notifications to inform audiences of the SBS Radio Services Review and the public-consultation process.Feedback can be left via Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more