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Activist lectures on low-wage workers

first_imgSocial justice activist Kim Bobo discussed the injustices commonly faced by low-wage workers in a lecture titled “Making a Difference for Low Wage Workers” Thursday at the Vander Vennet Theatre.Bobo, executive director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, focused on addressing the issues of benefits, fair pay, equal treatment and healthy working conditions for low-wage workers. “These problems are not somewhere else, they’re here,” Bobo said. “We’ve got to stop the bleeding of wages in society … to dramatically change things.”Bobo said wage theft is an activity where employers illegally underpay workers for the work they have already completed. She said this activity is left largely unreported and unnoticed throughout the nation.“It’s just not enough to barely make ends meet,” Bobo said.Bobo suggested one small, yet significant, way of changing injustices to low-wage workers is by leaving cash tips.“Tip stealing is a pretty common way of employers stealing from workers,” said Bobo.However, said the best change can only come in the form of young adults getting more active in the cause to help low-wage workers.“It’s not the elders and it’s not the faculty … it’s the younger leaders,” she said.The younger generations should involve their friends and family members in the cause, as well as apply for internships within the community that help to address issues of low wage workers.“We just have to love our neighbor as we do ourselves,” Bobo said.last_img read more

Allan Loeb to Pen Disney Film Bob the Musical Alongside Frozen’s Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez

first_imgWith the new movie musical Frozen shattering box office records left and right this winter, Disney is making the wise decision to move forward with another onscreen tuner they’ve had in the works for years: Bob the Musical. Allan Loeb, who penned the 2012 film adaptation of Rock of Ages, has signed on to write screenplay for the new animated movie musical, joining Frozen composing duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who will write the music and lyrics, according to The Hollywood Reporter. No casting or filming dates have been announced. Bob the Musical tells the story of a regular guy (named, uh, Bob) who, after getting hit in the head, can suddenly hear the inner songs sung by the hearts of all of his family and friends. He’s not happy about it, but Bob’s life has become a musical. That all sounds awesome, Disney, but where does Idina Menzel fit in (hey, we can dream, can’t we)? Disney has been brainstorming Bob since 2004, with a variety of composers, directors and writers attached. Adam Shankman, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been rumored to be involved with the film throughout the years. In addition to Rock of Ages, Loeb has penned the screenplays for 21, Things We Lost in the Fire, The Switch, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Dilemma, Just Go With It, Here Comes the Boom and So Undercover. Lopez is the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. His wife, Anderson-Lopez, wrote songs for Disney’s Finding Nemo: The Musical. View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Glenn Close & Billy Magnussen Team Up & More!

first_img Star Files View All (5) Glenn Close Bebe Neuwirth Billy Magnussen Patina Miller Idina Menzel Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Stage Favorites Glenn Close, Billy Magnussen and Julia Stiles Team Up in The Great Gilly HopkinsThree-time Tony winner Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden, The Real Thing), along with Tony nominees Billy Magnussen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and Kathy Bates (‘night, Mother) and Broadway vet Julia Stiles (Oleanna), will star in the film adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s young adult novel The Great Gilly Hopkins. Deadline reports that the script has been adapted by Paterson’s son, David Paterson, and that the movie follows a young woman who longs to be reunited with her enigmatic Mom.Maggie Smith to Star in Film Adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the VanAnother stellar theater vet lineup. Tony and two-time Oscar-winning legend Maggie Smith will star in the screen adaptation of Tony winner Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van. According to Variety, Tony winner Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, Carousel) is on board to helm the BBC film. Smith played the role of genteel vagrant Miss Shepherd in the 1999 West End production; the show has not yet run on the Great White Way.Megan Hilty’s Secret Warren Beatty ProjectBroadway bombshell Megan Hilty has been working on a top secret screen role for Hollywood legend Warren Beatty. The Smash star told EW: “I don’t know that I can speak much about it; I haven’t even read the script. He won’t let me read the script!” Apparently the movie is currently known as The Untitled Warren Beatty Project.New Version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple and Madam Secretary, Starring Patina Miller, Both Picked Up by CBSThe previously reported modern version of Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple, starring Matthew Perry, has, according to Variety, been picked up to series. The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway in 1965 directed by Mike Nichols and starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney. It was adapted into a film in 1968 and later a TV series for ABC. It has been revived twice on Broadway, once in a 1985 production with Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers in a gender-reversed production and in 2005 with Producers stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. Meanwhile, Tony winners Patina Miller and Bebe Neuwirth, along with Jersey Boys’ Erich Bergen, also have good news from CBS. Deadline reports that their pilot, Madam Secretary, has been picked up.First Track Released From If/Then’s Cast Album, Starring Idina MenzelWe’re relieved we won’t have to learn to live without this. The first track from the upcoming If/Then cast album, “You Learn To Live Without,” has been released. Hear below why Idina Menzel and the show’s writers, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, got nominated for Tonys for their work on the tuner, currently running at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. View Commentslast_img read more

Peruvian Congress Approves U.S. Troops to Enter the Country

first_imgBy Dialogo October 22, 2012 On October 18, the Peruvian Congress approved the draft resolution to authorize the entry of U.S. troops into the country in November, informed the Secretary of Parliament. The foreign military members are Marines and Special Forces that, along with Peruvian Military, will perform training in field activities, according to the resolution. Congressman José Urquizo, head of the Congressional Defense Committee and former minister of Defense, supported the measure, and stated that the draft sent by the presidency “fulfils all the requirements established by the Peruvian Constitution.” Urquizo explained that the authorization is for the entire month of November, and it responds to an established schedule for the entry of foreign troops into Peruvian territory.last_img read more

Ten Female Officers Among Brazil’s New MINUSTAH Contingent

first_imgAnother official, Lieutenant Paola de Carvalho Andrade, is a journalist who will work in the Social Communications Section (G10) of the 22nd Contingent of the Peacekeeping Engineering Company (BRAENGCOY). This is her second tour with the Brazilian contingent to MINUSTAH; the first was in 2007-2008, when she was a member of BRABAT 8. “We received a variety of training. Some of it is directed to all of the Soldiers from the Contingent, and other parts are specific to each area of operation,” Lt. Carvalho Andrade said. One of these officials, Lieutenant Coronel Maria das Graças Andrade de Jesus, is an attorney who will provide legal advice to the 22nd Contingent of the Peacekeeping Infantry Battalion Command (BRABAT 22). “Representing Brazil in a Peacekeeping Mission is a source of pride for any Soldier,” Lt. Col. Andrade de Jesus said. “The motto of BRABAT 22 is ‘Everything for an ideal,’ with the certainty that there will be constant challenges, but we will use our most noble efforts – such as courage, perseverance, and faith – to overcome them.” “The problems of countries such as Haiti, East Timor, and Sudan are everybody’s problems. When a human being is disrespected, everyone is,” she said. “MINUSTAH and other missions provide hope to rescue dignity, autonomy, and respect. That motivates us.” More than 200 female members of the Brazilian Military have served in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Currently, 10 others are preparing to be deployed to the Caribbean country in May, when they will take part in the 22nd Brazilian Contingent of the peacekeeping mission. “There’s an undeniable amount of motivation to participate in the Peacekeeping Operation, representing my country,” Lt. Col. Andrade de Jesus said. “Taking part in BRABAT 8 was an extremely rewarding experience, as the Brazilian battalion is respected and admired by the Haitian population and by the contingents from the other countries taking part in the mission.” Brazil currently has 14 women in BRABAT, four in BRAENGCOY, and one in the Marine Group, according to the Ministry of Defense. In addition to her role as legal adviser, she also took part in Civilian/Military Cooperation (CIMIC) initiatives, including distributing food and toys, and providing medical and sanitary guidance developed by the Battalion. “G10 serves as a Communications Department, with the most interesting task being to contribute to the maintenance of troop morale,” she said. What most caught her attention during the first mission was the opportunity to interact with people from different countries and cultures. “In that way, we’re able to provide the Haitian people with a better quality of life and security.” In addition to her role as legal adviser, she also took part in Civilian/Military Cooperation (CIMIC) initiatives, including distributing food and toys, and providing medical and sanitary guidance developed by the Battalion. Mission helps Haiti to walk alone “G10 serves as a Communications Department, with the most interesting task being to contribute to the maintenance of troop morale,” she said. The first phase of the preparation is decentralized. The soldiers receive information about the mission and the specifics of Haiti, as well as marksmanship, healthcare, and human rights training. Then they carry out specific activities, such as Social Communications internships, general staff preparation internships, and courses for interpreters. Another official, Lieutenant Paola de Carvalho Andrade, is a journalist who will work in the Social Communications Section (G10) of the 22nd Contingent of the Peacekeeping Engineering Company (BRAENGCOY). This is her second tour with the Brazilian contingent to MINUSTAH; the first was in 2007-2008, when she was a member of BRABAT 8. The training that the two women have undergone is the same as the training for the rest of the mission personnel. The main expectation is for Haiti to be able to reestablish its state structures and for its institutions to resume operations, Lt. Carvalho Andrade said. Intense preparation Lt. Carvalho Andrade said the peacekeeping missions increase awareness about the challenges experienced by other peoples. The training that the two women have undergone is the same as the training for the rest of the mission personnel. “We received a variety of training. Some of it is directed to all of the Soldiers from the Contingent, and other parts are specific to each area of operation,” Lt. Carvalho Andrade said. “The problems of countries such as Haiti, East Timor, and Sudan are everybody’s problems. When a human being is disrespected, everyone is,” she said. “MINUSTAH and other missions provide hope to rescue dignity, autonomy, and respect. That motivates us.” “In addition to rotating the Soldiers, these internships put them in contact with those who have already served in previous missions,” Lt. Carvalho Andrade said. “Finally, there’s a centralized preparation session: For one month, the soldiers participate in training sessions that simulate real situations. They perform tasks and are subjected to the pressures that they will encounter in Haiti.” Intense preparation “MINUSTAH will not solve the problems of Haitians, but it can minimize them, providing the tools and security they need to get organized and go about their business,” she said. “During these 11 years of the mission, we’ve earned the respect of the UN and the Haitian population. That strengthens Brazil’s image, and even more so, it strengthens our identity and our awareness of being able to get things done – and do good.” center_img Brazil currently has 14 women in BRABAT, four in BRAENGCOY, and one in the Marine Group, according to the Ministry of Defense. More than 200 female members of the Brazilian Military have served in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Currently, 10 others are preparing to be deployed to the Caribbean country in May, when they will take part in the 22nd Brazilian Contingent of the peacekeeping mission. Haitians support the Brazilian battalion Haitians support the Brazilian battalion During the mission, she will provide information to the communications outlets of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces. She also will serve as a link for those interested in learning more about BRAENGCOY, including news organizations, military groups, and civilians in Brazil and abroad. The 22nd Brazilian Contingent of the humanitarian mission is expected to remain in Haiti for six months, but its stay may be extended by the UN. What most caught her attention during the first mission was the opportunity to interact with people from different countries and cultures. “In that way, we’re able to provide the Haitian people with a better quality of life and security.” Mission helps Haiti to walk alone The 22nd Brazilian Contingent of the humanitarian mission is expected to remain in Haiti for six months, but its stay may be extended by the UN. “The experience in Haiti exceeded my expectations. I believe that it has been one of the high points of my career as an attorney and an officer,” she said. “I had the opportunity to lead and be led, to learn and to teach, to revisit concepts and values, to exchange experiences, in short, to grow professionally and as a human being.” Lt. Carvalho Andrade said the peacekeeping missions increase awareness about the challenges experienced by other peoples. During the mission, she will provide information to the communications outlets of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces. She also will serve as a link for those interested in learning more about BRAENGCOY, including news organizations, military groups, and civilians in Brazil and abroad. The first phase of the preparation is decentralized. The soldiers receive information about the mission and the specifics of Haiti, as well as marksmanship, healthcare, and human rights training. Then they carry out specific activities, such as Social Communications internships, general staff preparation internships, and courses for interpreters. One of these officials, Lieutenant Coronel Maria das Graças Andrade de Jesus, is an attorney who will provide legal advice to the 22nd Contingent of the Peacekeeping Infantry Battalion Command (BRABAT 22). This time, Lt. Col. Andrade de Jesus will also provide legal assistance to the battalion command — guiding and supervising the conduct and regularity of the investigative procedures being handled by the Contingent, proposing preventive training measures for the Troops, preparing recommendations, and carrying out other missions defined by the commander of BRABAT 22. This time, Lt. Col. Andrade de Jesus will also provide legal assistance to the battalion command — guiding and supervising the conduct and regularity of the investigative procedures being handled by the Contingent, proposing preventive training measures for the Troops, preparing recommendations, and carrying out other missions defined by the commander of BRABAT 22. “There’s an undeniable amount of motivation to participate in the Peacekeeping Operation, representing my country,” Lt. Col. Andrade de Jesus said. “Taking part in BRABAT 8 was an extremely rewarding experience, as the Brazilian battalion is respected and admired by the Haitian population and by the contingents from the other countries taking part in the mission.” “MINUSTAH will not solve the problems of Haitians, but it can minimize them, providing the tools and security they need to get organized and go about their business,” she said. “During these 11 years of the mission, we’ve earned the respect of the UN and the Haitian population. That strengthens Brazil’s image, and even more so, it strengthens our identity and our awareness of being able to get things done – and do good.” “The experience in Haiti exceeded my expectations. I believe that it has been one of the high points of my career as an attorney and an officer,” she said. “I had the opportunity to lead and be led, to learn and to teach, to revisit concepts and values, to exchange experiences, in short, to grow professionally and as a human being.” By Dialogo February 24, 2015 The main expectation is for Haiti to be able to reestablish its state structures and for its institutions to resume operations, Lt. Carvalho Andrade said. “In addition to rotating the Soldiers, these internships put them in contact with those who have already served in previous missions,” Lt. Carvalho Andrade said. “Finally, there’s a centralized preparation session: For one month, the soldiers participate in training sessions that simulate real situations. They perform tasks and are subjected to the pressures that they will encounter in Haiti.” “Representing Brazil in a Peacekeeping Mission is a source of pride for any Soldier,” Lt. Col. Andrade de Jesus said. “The motto of BRABAT 22 is ‘Everything for an ideal,’ with the certainty that there will be constant challenges, but we will use our most noble efforts – such as courage, perseverance, and faith – to overcome them.” It’s good to know that Brazil is certainly a country that is respected and admired everywhere; however, most of our politicians are an embarassment to Brazil because of so much corruption. We have to put an end to these corrupt officials, who are a great embarrassment to our nation. Also, they did not need to take their clothes off and make scandals in public as feminists of FEMEN to prove the strength of women. Congratulations! In Brazil, there are thousands of important women in the Federal, State and Civil police forces who demonstrate their strength through work and expertise, not by showing off their breasts. We need to take care of our country’s needs first. Congratulations to the Lieutenants who represent our beloved Brazil so well. Make sure you visit my website www.clubedoscompositores.com.br to print the poem for International Women’s Day to give away to your friends. Before the poems, there are songs with lyrics of my own. I think you will like the songs and get quite a laugh out of my humorous poetry. I am a reservist. I am 78 years old. Our Armed Forces are beautiful, and our national anthem is undoubtedly the most beautiful in the world. God be with you. This honorable Army that deeply honors its servicemembers and people shall never oppress its own people. Jungle! (‘Selva’, or ‘Jungle’ in English, is an expression used by Brazilian Army soldiers in the Amazon). It seems to me that this mission to pacify Haiti is an international staging to cover up much more important problems like the escalating Bolivarian network (Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay) that openly exports drug trafficking and heavy arms to Brazil before going to the rest of the world. What Haiti urgently needs is a social and food program. After all, it’s a neighbor of the U.S and Cuba. Wouldn’t the Salvation Army be more relevant for such tourist missions? Women will always stand out in any environment, it’s very important to take them into account and history has told us so many times… let’s give them a vote of confidence…. Our Brazilian women have the potential do many things, even the impossible because they are trained to do any kind of task. Moreover, Brazil is an intelligent nation. Congratulations. It makes me happy.last_img read more

US election: Joe Biden – ‘Each ballot must be counted’

first_imgDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has called on people to be patient with the US election result. “The process is working,” he said on Thursday afternoon, as several battleground states continued to count votes. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Follow live updates: Biden calls for calm as US awaits key results- Advertisement –last_img

Belgium opens borders for travel to EU countries, the Netherlands lifts a negative recommendation for Croatia

first_imgLast night, the Belgian and Dutch governments decided to open their borders to certain countries, ie to abolish the negative recommendation for travel.. Photo: Pexels.com The Netherlands on June 15 lifts a negative recommendation for travel to 12 countries, to Croatia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Italy and the Dutch overseas territories. All countries for which the negative recommendation has been revoked are marked as countries that can be traveled to, but responsibly and with increased caution. “Along with Germany, Belgium and Italy, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Marc Rutte especially pointed out Croatia as a popular holiday destination ” Novak emphasizes.center_img Belgium has thus decided to open its borders on June 15 for travel to EU countries, Schengen and the United Kingdom. “Crossing borders will be possible subject to reciprocity with neighboring countries, and the Belgian government advises citizens to be well informed before traveling, to regularly monitor the situation in the countries they intend to travel to or are currently in, and to regularly follow the pages of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. . The decision to travel outside Europe will be made at European level.”Said Ivan Novak, Director of the CNTB Representation for the Benelux countries. The Netherlands, as a receptive tourist destination, opens its borders to all EU and Schengen countries except Sweden and the United Kingdom, with mandatory compliance with sanitary and social distancing measures.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta can’t repeat Mesut Ozil mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Martin Keown

first_img / Comment 1 min. story Coral BarryThursday 5 Mar 2020 8:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link879Shares Mikel Arteta can’t repeat Mesut Ozil mistake with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Martin Keown Skip Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leading goalscorer (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has warned Mikel Arteta off handing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a massive new deal with the Arsenal striker’s contract set to expire next summer.Arsenal have been working on convincing Aubameyang to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal amid relentless transfer speculation about their top goalscorer.The Gunners continue to find themselves in tricky contract situations, with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey running down their deals and demanding massive wage boosts to sign new contracts.Arsenal gave in to Ozil’s demands, but allowed Ramsey to leave the club on a free transfer last summer.ADVERTISEMENT About Connatix V67539 Read More Top articles ‘I wouldn’t want to see him go, but they don’t want to be held to ransom either.‘You could argue with Ozil that’s what happened because at the time [Alexis] Sanchez and Ozil were two big players and they didn’t want to lose both so they invested heavily in Ozil.’Ozil penned a reported £350,000-per-week deal just months before his deal was due to expire, while Alexis Sanchez was sold to Manchester United mid-way through the season.Despite investing heavily in Ozil, the German has failed to deliver consistently on the pitch for Arsenal and reports claim the London club have repeatedly tried to offload the playmaker.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta spoke about the future of Aubameyang ahead of Arsenal’s game against West Ham this weekend and confirmed he wanted his and Lacazette’s contract talks concluded quickly.‘We will have to do that [contract talks] at some stage before the end of the season for sure,’ Arteta said.‘We will see the intentions that we have, his intentions, and where we are sitting at that moment.‘I think it’s difficult to predict that context right now.‘For me, it’s very easy, I want to keep him in any circumstances.’MORE: Arsenal keen on Jonathan David as potential Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replacementMORE: Arsenal begin talks to sign Feyenoord midfielder Orkun KokcuFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Read More Full Screen SPONSORED Read More With Alexander Lacazette’s deal also nearing it’s expiry date, Keown urged Arteta to consider offloading both his strikers.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Key decisions need to be made [with Aubameyang and Lacazette],’ Keown told Goal.‘Are they going to stay or not? Do Arsenal have to face up to the prospect of perhaps losing Aubameyang? Coming Next 1/1 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire PLAY Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Video Settings Read More Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Nortel’s UK scheme to exit PPF after £550m asset recovery [updated]

first_imgAfter a decade-long battle the UK pension fund of bankrupt Canadian telecoms company Nortel Networks is to exit the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) due to a £550m (€628m) windfall from the group’s liquidation.The payment will bring the total recoveries for the scheme to £1.2bn, according to the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan’s trustee board.The trustees said today they would seek a full insurance buyout of the fund to ensure members received benefits higher than they would have received had the scheme entered the PPF, the UK’s lifeboat fund for defined benefit schemes.Members would be offered the opportunity to transfer out of the scheme – which is not possible in the PPF – or to take a “pension increase exchange”, which involves individuals sacrificing future inflation-linked uplifts in exchange for a higher nominal annual benefit. “Preliminary discussions have been held with a number of insurance companies to obtain indicative quotations which will be firmed up as members make their decisions re options,” the trustees said. “The [board] expects to choose an insurance company late summer 2018.”The scheme has been in the PPF’s assessment period since Nortel went bust in 2009. Since then the trustees and the PPF have worked to secure cash and assets from the liquidators of Nortel in the US and Canada.In 2016 a landmark legal ruling put the company’s pension funds on a par with bondholders. The UK scheme was Nortel’s biggest single creditor.“The opening and middle game period have come to an end after nine long years and we have reached the beginning of the end.”David Davies, chair, Nortel Networks UK Pension PlanJonathon Land, head of PwC’s pensions credit advisory practice and an adviser to Nortel’s UK pension trustees, said the ruling was a “turning point in the scheme’s fortunes”.“The trustees should be very proud of their achievements and this excellent result,” Land added. “They could easily have stepped back when the group entered insolvency, but instead were determined to have an equivalent seat at the table to other stakeholders and secure a better outcome for the schemes’ members.“It is particularly pleasing that the many years of hard work will enable extra money to be placed into the pockets of pensioners, who helped to generate Nortel’s assets.”David Davies, chair of the trustee board, said: “In chess parlance, the opening and middle game period have come to an end after nine long years and we are now in the end game – we have reached the beginning of the end.”The scheme said it expected to exit the PPF’s assessment process formally in October.A spokesperson for the PPF said: “We have been closely working with the trustees and other parties since 2009 to reach an outcome that was in the best interests of scheme members and our levy payers. During this time Nortel pension scheme members have had the reassurance that they have been protected by the safety net of the PPF.“We are pleased that a settlement was agreed that provided sufficient recoveries to offer members benefits above PPF compensation levels and ensure no claim on the PPF.”The Nortel UK scheme had a buyout deficit of more than £2bn at the time of the insolvency, and catered for 40,000 members. The trustee board pursued litigation in Canada, the US, France and the UK to secure recoveries from the so-called “lockbox” of Nortel assets, worth an estimated $7bn.last_img read more

Manatua Cable Manufacture Moves Forward

first_imgAvaroa Cable has passed the halfway mark in manufacture of the 3600km Manatua Cable, connecting Samoa and Tahiti with branches to Niue, Cook Island and Bora Bora.The fibre optic cable, its six branches for landings across Polynesia and the 32 repeaters, are being manufactured in a specialist facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.Cable manufacture is on target for completion and final testing in September 2019. The cable will then be loaded on the ship for delivery to the South Pacific.Cable laying will start in Apia, Samoa later this year, following completion of the detailed marine survey work undertaken in June.The announcement complements separate activity by ACL in the Cook Islands to prepare for the cable arrival.Work is well advanced for the construction of the two cable landing stations, one each on Rarotonga and Aitutaki, with contracts now being in place for the cable landing stations and the cable land routes.Completion of the Trans Polynesian Information Superhighway is on target to be live in May 2020, the company noted.Dr Ranulf Scarbrough, ACL CEO and vice chair of the Manatua Cable Consortium said: “After many years of preparations, its fantastic to see the cable being manufactured at last, a clear sign that very soon Rarotonga and Aitutaki will be benefiting from world class, international fibre connections. This is a very busy period for ACL and the whole team are focused on ensuring the engineering preparations are undertaken to the highest standards.”last_img read more