Bibby Offshore has reached an agreement on the recapitalisation of its balance sheet with noteholders who hold 80% of the £175 million 7.5% senior secured notes due June 15, 2021 issued by its subsidiary Bibby Offshore Services. The terms of the recapitalisation should result in the Group having a debt-free balance sheet with an equity injection of £50 million to enable it to consolidate and expand its position within the offshore inspection, repairs and maintenance and construction markets.At completion of the transaction, Bibby Line Group Limited (BLG) will transfer its entire ownership in Bibby Offshore to the Group’s noteholders.Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore, said:“This transaction will result in significant investment flowing into the business and will provide the Group with an excellent and robust financial platform from which to continue to weather current market conditions and to capitalise on future opportunities within the offshore services market as it improves over the medium term. The elimination of our debt service burden, when taken together with the benefits of our cost-saving initiatives, will position our business well to maximise cash flow through the current market downturn.“We look forward to continuing to provide a high quality, responsive service safely to our customers. We would also like to thank our customers and suppliers for the loyalty and patience they have shown whilst we have worked to complete this transaction, our existing shareholder BLG, for its cooperation and financial support to date, and our noteholders who have agreed to make a significant financial investment in the Group in order to support the business moving forward.”
Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle UK’s first hand transplant operation by: – January 4, 2013 12 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share A former pub landlord from West Yorkshire has become the first person in the UK to have a hand transplant.Mark Cahill, who is 51, had been unable to use his right hand after it was affected by gout.Doctors say he is making good progress after an eight-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary.It is still very early to assess how much control of the hand will be gained – so far he can wiggle his fingers, but has no sense of touch.‘My hand’Mark Cahill, from Greetland near Halifax, said: “When I look at it and move it, it just feels like my hand.“Right now it feels really good, it’s not a lot of pain, it looks good, it looks a great match and I’m looking forward to getting it working now.”Mr Cahill’s new hand is still bandaged up, but he can already move his fingers. It is hoped that with time he will gain much greater levels of movement and sensation.He developed gout in his toes and feet 20 years ago. Five years ago it spread to his right hand leaving him unable to open his fingers or use his hand for anything. One option would have been a bionic hand, but he volunteered for the pioneering surgery.As well as being a first for the UK, it was also the first time a recipient’s hand has been amputated during an operation to attach a donor hand.The fresh cut, made where you would wear a watch, allowed surgeons to connect nerves in Mr Cahill’s arm with those in the donor hand with great precision – along with the bone, blood vessels and tendons.The operation took place on 27 December when a donor hand became available. ‘Extremely challenging’Prof Simon Kay, a consultant plastic surgeon at the hospital, said: “The team was on standby from the end of November awaiting a suitable donor limb, and the call came just after Christmas. “It was extremely challenging to be the first team in the UK to carry out such a procedure. “It is still early days but indications are good and the patient is making good progress.” He also paid tribute to the donor and their family.Leeds General Infirmary already has a reputation for reattaching hands which have been accidentally cut off.This operation has been planned for more than two years and the hospital was in touch with plastic surgeons across the country looking for people who might be suitable.Potential patients had to be assessed – both physically and psychologically – to ensure they were suitable for the procedure.The surgical team also liaised with surgeons in France who performed the first hand transplant in 1998.‘Mentally detached’The first recipient was Clint Hallam, from New Zealand, who had lost a hand in an accident with a circular saw more than a decade earlier.He later had the hand removed, complaining it was like a dead man’s hand with no feeling in it.He said he felt “mentally detached” from the transplant, which was wider and longer than his own. The skin was also a different colour.Clint Hallam received the world’s first hand transplantSurgeons do try to find hand transplants which are a close physical match to a patient, however, they are very visible, unlike a transplanted internal organ such as a kidney. Ensuring a patient is prepared for the mental challenge of living with a hand which is not their own is considered as important as the surgical element of the transplant.More than 60 hand transplants have been carried out around the world.Prof Norman Williams, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “This is yet another example of life-changing surgical advancements that are now possible.”“As with all procedures that improve the quality of life rather than save it, there is an ethical balance to be struck – especially as the lifelong anti-rejection medication that the patient would need to take carries its own risks. “Care always needs to be taken in choosing suitable patients who understand the risks and benefits.”By James GallagherBBC News
Ghana could take a go at Cape Verde at full strength when both clash at the last eight of the Africa Cup of Nations billed for Port Elizabeth on Saturday.The Stars quest of winning a fifth Nations Cup that spans three decades have been boosted by positive news on injured trio; Anthony Annan, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and Mubarak Wakaso.Information pieced together by GNA Sports indicate that while Boakye-Yiadom and Wakaso are close to 100-per cent fitness, Annan could get a clean health bill less than 24 hours after the Stars spank Niger 3-0 to move their campaign to gear.The three players are expected to join their colleagues at training for the first time in as many days.Wakaso’s return means he might be thrown a starting role on Saturday having missed out on the game against Niger due to card accumulation.Forward Boakye- Yiadom who is yet to have a taste of the tournament as a debutant will give Coach Kwasi Appiah another option in attack where the team has thus far solely depended on Asamoah Gyan. The decision on Annan should be determined in the next few days whether he will be able to join the party after playing only 17 minutes in the Stars’s opener with Democratic Republic of Congo.The midfielder has laboured to shake-off an injury he picked up during Ghana’s build up to the tournament in Abu Dhabi when the team engaged Egypt in a friendly.Wakaso, substituted in the second Group B game against Mali where his first half penalty gifted Ghana all three points limped off in the second half after a knock.
Share on Facebook Uefa news Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Read more Share on LinkedIn The FA Share on Messenger Euro 2020: get ready for games from Bilbao to Baku and more minnows Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Twitter Hampden Park’s hopes of staging the opening game were also dashed, with the match going to Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.Staged across 12 countries, Euro 2020’s unusual format was the former Uefa president Michel Platini’s brainchild – a one-off gesture to celebrate the tournament’s 60th birthday.As well as deciding where the first game, on 12 June, will be and what to do about the difficulties in Brussels, the executive committee also announced where each of the six groups’ games will be played.Baku and Rome will host group A, group B games will take place in Copenhagen and St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Bucharest get group C, Glasgow and London will share group D, group E will be staged in Bilbao and Dublin, while group F’s fixtures will be in Budapest and Munich.In a statement, the Football Association of Wales said it was “extremely disappointed” that its bid for four Euro 2020 games had been unsuccessful.“Over the past four years, Wales has successfully staged three Uefa events – firstly, the Super Cup final in 2014, followed by the men’s and women’s Champions League finals in June this year,” it said.“Uefa ranked the Champions League final as one of their best events and praised the way in which the Cardiff 2017 local organising committee delivered the showpiece. The concept of taking Euro 2020 to different countries was devised to allow smaller countries, like Wales, to have a unique opportunity of being involved in staging a major tournament. Wales has never staged a Euro or World Cup final and this was its one and only chance of doing so.“The FAW complied with all of the bid requirements and has written to Uefa to request feedback on the decision so that it can understand the reasons behind the vote for future reference.”The statement concluded by wishing Uefa and Wembley all the best and saying it would now concentrate all its efforts on ensuring Wales qualify.While the decision has come as a blow to the Welsh, and Belgians, it is a coup for the English FA, London and Wembley Stadium, which hosted several games at Euro 96. If England qualify they will play at least two group games at Wembley, just as Ireland and Scotland will get two home matches if they reach the tournament.The FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, said: “We are delighted to help Uefa by hosting the additional four matches at Wembley Stadium. It’s an honour to be one of the 12 nations that will play a part in this prestigious Euro for Europe tournament and I would like to thank the Uefa executive committee for giving us the opportunity to stage these games.” Wembley will host seven games at Euro 2020 after Uefa on Thursday handed the stadium the four matches scheduled for Brussels.Uefa decided to reallocate the three group fixtures and one last-16 game given to the Belgian capital because of delays in the building of a 60,000-capacity stadium on the site of Heysel. Belgian authorities failed to provide guarantees the stadium would be ready.Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Stockholm’s Friends Arena – the venues for last season’s finals of the Champions League and Europa League respectively – had hoped to pick up the Brussels games but Uefa opted for Wembley, which had already been chosen for the semi-finals and final. Topics Euro 2020
Concussions suffered by three quarterbacks and a running back Sunday has prompted NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith two renew his call for the league to hire “concussion specialists” with no team affiliation who would man the sidelines to oversee concussion protocols and treat players.The players’ union continues to be frustrated over what it perceives to be an inconsistency among teams to adhere to concussion guidelines.The concussions suffered Sunday by quarterbacks Michael Vick, Jay Cutler, Alex Smith and running back Fred Jackson drew particular attention Monday from the union, which will review the injuries and adherence to guidelines based on initial observations, NFLPA sources said. Players are entitled to file a grievance if they want to pursue claims against teams. Union sources say most players are reluctant to file complaints for fear of decreased job security.Only one of the defensive players involved on the hits to the quarterbacks is under league review for potential discipline, a source told ESPN. Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins drew a penalty flag for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cutler and could be fined.Smith suffered a concussion when tackled by Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Vick left with a concussion after being hit by Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims. Neither of those hits were penalized and the league has determined both were perfectly legal.NFLPA sources said the union wants the league to accept responsibility for creating a disciplined, prompt and safe environment for players who are injured during the course of a game. They said the union wants concussion specialists, paid not by the teams but by the league, to assume the duties of caring for players, in accordance with normal employer workplace oversight.In last year’s collective bargaining negotiations, the union gained access to player medical information and the ability to conduct its own reviews of how teams evaluate and treat all injuries, including head and neck trauma.
5 min read February 1, 2013 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. A failed congressional campaign inspired attorney Reshma Saujani to start Girls Who Code, a non-profit in New York that seeks to address the gender gap in technology.Saujani, an Indian-American child of political refugees, launched her underdog campaign in 2010, motivated by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run. While she didn’t win, the support she received from other women pushed her to “pay it forward.” During her campaign, she’d learned that job growth came from technology – but only a small, mostly male fraction of the U.S. work force could fill those jobs. “As a nation, we’re missing out not just on innovation, but the innovation of an entire gender,” she says. “Our country depends on teaching girls to get into these fields.”Taking her renewed passion for public service, Saujani last summer launched Girls Who Code, training underprivileged teenage girls in computer science. She recruited executives at Twitter, GE and eBay to support the program. This year, with a $435,000 grant by the Knight Foundation, she plans to expand Girls Who Code to three cities, and eventually launch Girls Who Code clubs in schools.Saujani was recently named a Next MAKER by Makers.com, which honors trailblazing women leaders across the globe, joining the ranks of Madeleine Albright, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and her mentor, Clinton. She’s now a candidate for New York City Public Advocate, running on a platform focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.Edited interview excerpts follow.Entrepreneur: Will training and mentoring girls in tech have more of a social impact or economic impact?Saujani: They’re intertwined. If we teach a million girls to code by 2020, there will be a tangible change in the economic future – more jobs, less pay inequity. There’s an access issue in this country. In NYC, 76 percent of public school students don’t have access to a computer in school. So students are missing a fundamental language that we use in business. Socially, there is a huge impact. When girls build, they make things to improve their community.Entrepreneur: Do you know how to code?Saujani: I wish I did! I was always intimidated by math and science growing up and I still am now. I don’t want other girls to feel as I did. I wish I could build an app. Even as I run for office, it’d be great if I could make changes to my website myself. There’s a vulnerability that comes with not knowing. That is true for small-business owners as well. Think about the small family restaurant down the street — if everyone else is on Seamless and she’s not, how does she compete?Related: PopTech’s Andrew Zolli on Resilience and Solving World ProblemsEntrepreneur: Has the tech community been supportive of nurturing girls?Saujani: Yes. Both men and women have come out to support us. My relationship with the CEO of Twitter evolved because I reached out to the women of Twitter networking group. They helped recruit other female engineers and entrepreneurs to support us. Men support us because they have daughters, and they see that computer science education isn’t happening in school.Entrepreneur: Are young women less interested in becoming tech entrepreneurs than young men are? Is that a myth?Saujani: We make it true by saying it. If we encourage girls to take risks like we do for boys, there will be more gender parity in entrepreneurship. We have to start encouraging our girls to fail fast, fail hard and fail often. Girls Who Code is a natural place for this. I saw the confidence level in our girls enormously increase in the eight weeks of the program. In the beginning, they could hardly introduce themselves. By the end we had them making presentations in a room of 100 people and doing science fairs at the New York Stock Exchange. They were not the same girls they were when they started. We shouldn’t have a creative culture or society that makes it more acceptable for men to fail than women.Entrepreneur: Was it difficult to recover from your congressional race?Saujani: I gave myself two months to mourn it and ask questions of what went wrong during the campaign. Putting together a campaign is like starting a business — you learn about how to hire, how to run your budget, what your message is, what your mission is.Related: The ‘White African’ and Nairobi’s Tech HubEntrepreneur: Is failure now part of the zeitgeist of our culture?Saujani: The economy has changed so significantly that if you ask young people what they want to do, they want to become entrepreneurs. Failure is part of that. If you are passionate and smart and you have an idea and you fail, it doesn’t preclude you from doing anything else. Exploring these things is about finding your dharma and figuring out what you’re put on this earth to do.Entrepreneur: How do you find your dharma?Saujani: The best test: Do you bound out of bed in the morning? I don’t sleep enough, but I jump out of bed every morning. I love what I’m doing, I love Girls Who Code and I love running for office. I did not feel that way for most of my career. I was curled up in the fetal position for most of my career! What are you getting out of your work? What are you losing? Do the cost benefit analysis of sticking with something that you don’t love, and see if it’s worth it to you. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Alex Keerma TORONTO — A new 192-suite adults-only resort-within-a-resort has elevated the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, one of the destination’s top all-inclusives. Mexico-bound clients will also find a brand new 122-room stand-alone property in Los Cabos for the luxury market.In the north hotel zone of Puerto Vallarta, the all-inclusive Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort has expanded its offerings with ‘The Hacienda’, adding an additional 192 suites for a total of 451 guest rooms.Hilton Puerto VallartaThe adults-only space includes four suite categories and features unique amenities such as private patios, terraces with Jacuzzis and rooms with swim-up pools. General Manager Hernan Vanegas says the upscale enclave will be surrounded by lush vegetation “and will be characterized by its privacy, stand-out design and personalized service that will maximize the experience for this adult-only section”.Vanegas adds: “In a destination as multifaceted as Puerto Vallarta, we seek to provide guests with authentic experiences that complement the beauty of the location and highlight its Mexican heritage.”In addition to an expansion on the rooms, The Hacienda will incorporate new culinary offerings including: La Catrina, a fine dining Mexican restaurant; Talavera overlooking The Hacienda section’s main pool; El Pozo, a wet bar offering exotic cocktails; La Serenata, an outdoor terrace surrounded by lush vegetation and Mexican music; and ‘El Rincon’, a gourmet deli.The Hacienda accommodation at Hilton Puerto VallartaFor the incentive and convention clients, the hotel will offer more than 21,15 square feet of meeting space, divided in two main ballrooms – 1,500 and 850 people in theatre style respectively – both divisible in breakout rooms.Meanwhile Montage Hotels & Resorts has expanded its footprint in San José del Cabo with Montage Los Cabos, a 39-acre seaside resort set within secluded Santa Maria Bay, known as one of the destination’s best beaches for swimming and snorkelling. Montage Los Cabos has 122 guest rooms and suites and three private Casas as well as four dining concepts and three pool experiences. There’s also walk-in access to swimming, diving, snorkelling and non-motorized water activities, the 40,000-square-foot Spa Montage, fitness centre, Paintbox children’s program, indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, and a variety of off-site experiences and programming.Presidential Suite pool at Montage Los CabosStarting in late 2018 guests will be able to play 18 holes at the Fred Couples Signature Golf Course located at the adjacent Twin Dolphin Golf Club.“Expanding our portfolio into Mexico is an incredible milestone for our company,” said Alan J. Fuerstman, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Montage International. “Montage Los Cabos is located in one of the most spectacular locations in all of Los Cabos and offers guests and residents the opportunity to experience the authentic spirit of Mexico, coupled with the exceptional service culture for which Montage is known.”Ocean view room at Montage Los CabosThe resort’s signature restaurant, Mezcal, is a modern Mexican kitchen featuring reimagined interpretations of ancestral culinary traditions, with specialties including octopus tiradito, crispy pork belly taco and a traditional tamal de rajas. Other dining venues include the beachfront Marea for breakfast, lunch and dinner with views of the Sea of Cortez, and Paletas, a contemporary marketplace serving everything from freshly baked Mexican pastries to gourmet sandwiches.An introductory offer gives guests US$100 resort credit for each night and a $300 per night resort credit for stays in a suite or residence. Credit is applicable towards a variety of resort experiences including dining, Paintbox and Spa Montage. Monday, June 11, 2018 About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Hilton, Los Cabos, Mexico, Montage Hotels & Resorts, Puerto Vallarta Share Resort news from Mexico’s Pacific Coast with debuts in Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos
Sunwing launches Let It Snow sale, celebrates first Ottawa-Miami flight Travelweek Group Posted by Share Monday, December 17, 2018 TORONTO — Sunwing says clients can trade in the bitter cold and snow for sun and sand with its annual Let it Snow sale, offering savings worth up to $2,000 per couple off all-inclusive winter vacation packages to top-rated resorts across Mexico, Central American and the Caribbean booked by Dec. 21.Vacationers can also get perks including Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, unlimited specialty dining, discounted spa treatments and more, depending on their selected resort.One resort taking part in the sale, the five-star Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, offers spacious suites with swim-out options, 12 pools and spa facilities featuring traditional Mayan Baths. There’s also the popular Riu Bambu in Punta Cana, with five specialty restaurants, exclusive complimentary access to Splash Water Park, regular pool parties, complimentary kids clubs and more.Perennial family-favourite Royalton White Sands in Montego Bay also has an on-site water park that includes a pirate-themed splash park. There’s also daily land and water sports program, nightly entertainment and a supervised kids’ club.Meanwhile Sunwing is also celebrating its inaugural flight to Miami from Ottawa, which took off Dec. 15. The flight marks the first of this season’s new weekly direct flights from Ottawa to Miami, departing every Saturday until March 30, 2019, inclusive. Sunwing is anticipated to be the only leisure carrier to offer direct flights from the Canadian capital to Miami this winter.“We’re excited to be offering our customers in Ottawa even more options for their winter escape this year with the addition of Miami as a new flight route,” says Reg Mendes, Vice President of USA and Cruises for Sunwing. “This new direct flight service will offer Ottawa travellers more ways to Vacation Better in Florida both on land and at sea with Sunwing vacation and cruise packages and convenient transfers to PortMiami from Miami International Airport.” The city is the perfect base from which to explore Southern Florida or embark on a cruise, he adds.Sunwing offers Caribbean cruise packages with NCL and MSC Cruises sailing from Miami (including transfers from the airport to nearby PortMiami). Two of the most popular cruise ships are MSC Seaside and the new Norwegian Bliss. Customers can also opt for a Cruise & Stay package and get a vacation in Miami or Fort Lauderdale before or after they sail. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Miami, New Routes, Savings, Sunwing