AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — It was the celebration of a new season at Art in the Loft on Thursday night for Thunder Bay Theatre’s 2019 season reveal party.Actors, board members, theatre fans, and community members enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and good conversation of the theatre.Producing Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock talked about the theatre’s ongoing participation in the community and how they’ve expanded their efforts to bring the arts to more schools and areas throughout Northeast Michigan. Managing Director Molly Stricker went over the capital campaign which looks to completely renovate Thunder Bay Theatre in the next five years.Only two shows remain in the 2018 season. The theatre is taking a modern approach on “Romeo and Juliet” by making the Montague’s a Michigan University family and the Capulet’s a Michigan State family. “Peter Pan” will be the final performance of the season.The 2019 season has a lot in store with 9 different shows, a little something for everyone. Actor Adrian Rochelle is looking forward to the summer productions.“This season is very fantastical, I think that especially considering the summer season,” said Rochelle. “[It] brings you into a lot of shows that bring you to a different world and just make you get out of everywhere we’re living right now, and it’s such a fantastical kind of escape, but still things you can take away into your own life.”Spring of 2019 will feature a youth production of “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Glass Menagerie,” and one show yet to be announced.Summer 2019 kicks off with “Into the Woods,” the popular “Mamma Mia,” and “Carousel.”Fall 2019 has “The Marvelous Wonderettes Caps and Gowns,” “Macbeth,” and “Godspell” in store.To get the full list of showtimes and dates, visit Thunder Bay Theatre’s website https://www.thunderbaytheatre.com/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 2019 Season, Art in the Loft, Capital Campaign, Godspell, Into the Woods, Macbeth, Musicals, Party, Perfomance, Plays, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious Girls on the Run in Need of Volunteer Coaches for 2019Next Day 4, court plays recorded tapes of Nathaniel Ballard
RED BANK – Knowledge is power. Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital are inviting the public to learn more about the latest developments, treatment options, and medical advances in breast health at a special breast health event.“Your Body, Your Health, Your Way,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Conference and Education Center at Riverview Medical Center.The event will include an evening of education, fun, and exclusive access to the women’s health experts from Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital. Guests will hear from a multidisciplinary panel of Meridian Cancer Care experts, who will answer questions and discuss the latest news in women’s health, breast cancer prevention, and more.Guests will participate in a panel discussion and Q and A with Meridian’s radiologists, oncologists, genetics counselors, and surgeons, learn about nutrition, sample foods and recipes that promote breast health, and enjoy unique and exclusive opportunities such as custom bra fittings from the experts at Sweetest Sin Boutique in Red Bank. In addition, guests will have a chance to create their own pampered mammography experience.The moderator for the evening will be Dr. Mark Krasna, medical director of Meridian Cancer and panelists will include: Drs. Debra Camal, Peter Hetzler, Ian Horkheimer, Priti Patel and Bokron Won. Also participating will be Jackie DiBernardo and Jayne Murphy.The event is free but registration is required and may be completed at RiverviewMedicalCenter.com or by calling 800-560-9990.
By John BurtonRED BANK – State Commissioner of Education David C. Hespe made known his decision this week, allowing for a sigh of relief for many in the community and delivering a major setback for the charter school community.Hespe on Monday issued his nervously anticipated decision, in the final analysis denying the Red Bank Charter School’s proposal to expand its enrollment and facility – a proposal that had become quite controversial and contentious in Red Bank.In his brief, one-page letter sent to the charter school’s board of trustees on Monday, Hespe offered little in way of explanation other than saying the state Department of Education (DOE) had reviewed the charter school’s request “based on a review of its academic, operational, and fiscal standing as well as an analysis of public comments, fiscal impact on sending districts, and other information in order to make a decision,” concerning the charter school’s plan. But based upon his review of the school’s request and information provided and review of the public comments, Hespe decided against the proposal.In response to Hespe’s ruling Meredith Pennotti, the charter school principal, offered a released statement: “The Red Bank Charter School is disappointed in the Department of Education’s to deny the expansion to the charter school. This is a missed opportunity to have served Red Bank and an increased number of disadvantaged students via the weighted lottery. We look forward to continuing to serve our students and families with a high-caliber education.”“It’s quite relieving,” said Jared Rumage, the district’s superintendent of schools, after being notified Hespe had denied the charter school’s proposal.Rumage had been expressing his fears about what a larger charter school would mean for the public school district, saying it would have a profound impact on the district the state traditionally underfunds. He regularly said it would be “devastating” to the public school district.“Certainly, the board of education and I are very satisfied with the decision,” Rumage said, referencing Hespe’s action.The Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland St., had very quietly initially sought approval from Hespe and the DOE to double the enrollment to 400 students over a three-year period and to expand its facility to an available Monmouth Street property that abuts the school’s Oakland Street location. School officials had maintained given the school’s ongoing waiting list for placement, the availability of the neighboring property and the state’s modification to the random lottery system that would give added weight to more disadvantaged students, it was an ideal time to undertake this plan. Officials said the expansion would be a benefit for the community, offering families a choice in public schools.When the charter school’s submission became public last December, concern and opposition began and grew as all waited for Hespe’s decision. Public school officials said the expansion would mean the cutting or elimination of much-needed programs and staff members for the district that has considerable challenges. It would also mean additional taxes for property owners to help meet the cost requirements of the expansion; and the expansion would exacerbate what is already a heavily segregated district, with charter school white students outnumbering the number of whites in the primary and middle schools.The local board of education has made these arguments in the past, even taking the charter school to court, alleging it worsened segregation in the public schools and had a detrimental impact on the traditional public schools. The board was unsuccessful a decade ago with both the state education officials and the Superior Court of Appeals rejecting the arguments.The public school district out of its budget supplies 90 percent of the charter school funds – currently at approximately at $1.6 million – to provide a thorough and efficient education under the state formula. The charter school also receives additional direct state aid.Amanda Vega, director of communications for the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, provided a statement that noted: “Commissioner Hespe’s letter indicates the reason for denial was based upon information received during the 60-day public comment period. The Christie Administration has stated a strong commitment to strengthening not only the charter community, but also supporting public education overall.”As time progressed, public opposition grew. The borough council offered its bipartisan, unanimous opposition to the plan. Mayor Pasquale Menna had convened a special committee to study the proposal and reported it would have “devastating” effects on taxes and the public school. (Some charter school supporters alleged the committee’s verdict was politically charged and motivated.)Red Bank RiverCenter, which manages and advocates for the borough commercial Special Improvement District, issued a statement that the threat of higher taxes to support the expansion could have a negative impact on business recruitment and by extension the entire community. State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and the 11th District’s Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, both Democrats, all voiced opposition, especially in light of the state’s continued short funding of educational aid. Just last two weeks Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), who acknowledged he is ideologically supportive of school choice, also raised objections to the plan.One community member who attended a meeting in Trenton with Harold Lee, the state’s director for the Office of Charter Schools, said Lee told the Red Bank group he hadn’t experienced such an outpouring of community opposition, as had been the case for the Red Bank Charter School.“I’m in shock, in shock, in shock,” said a jubilant Board of Education Member Ben Forest over the denial. “Based upon the state policies of encouraging and expanding charter school’s I’m very proud the commissioner of education did the right thing.”Menna said what he was hearing from those in the know in Trenton, the expansion was a fait accompli. But “What I think tipped the scales was basically the community coming together to speak with one voice.”Indeed, both Hespe and Gov. Chris Christie are on the record as supporting school choice. Hespe last month announced at a school choice conference in Jersey City, that the Christie Administration hoped to expand the number of charter school classroom seats to 50,000, from its current approximately 41,000, by the end of the administration’s term in 2018.The Department of Education recently approved 16 charter school expansion proposals and gave the OK for three new ones.“This is a tremendous win for the people of Red Bank,” the mayor said, “and for the public schools, which have done an incredible job making up for years of challenges and really creating a fantastic educational atmosphere for people to grow in.”“The sweetest thing in all this, as I see it,” observed Marybeth Maida, a borough resident opposed to the charter school’s proposal, “is the community rose up and the community spoke. And what a great feeling to be part of a movement that made sense and prevailed.”“It was the perfect civics lesson,” Maida noted.The charter school could reapply to the DOE again next year or even seek to appeal Hespe’s decision to the state Superior Court of Appeals, according to a DOE spokesman.This year seven of eight charter schools that sought expansion through the charter renewal were approved by the state; nine of the 18 that requested expansion through the amendment process – as was the case with Red Bank – were approved, according to the DOE. Correction, March 10The Page 1 story “State Denies Red Bank Charter School’s Plan for Growth” in the March 3 edition of The Two River Times mischaracterizes the position of Red Bank RiverCenter. According to James Scavone, RiverCenter’s executive director, the business organization was neutral on the charter school’s expansion plan; but expressed concern about what a possible tax increase to pay for it would mean for the current business community and for RiverCenter’s efforts to attract new businesses.
Chelsea 5 Manchester City 1Second-half goals from Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Bertrand Traore took Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Two minutes after Diego Costa’s diving header from Hazard’s cross, teenager David Faupala – one of five players making their full debut in a vastly under-strength Manchester City side – equalised for the visitors.But Willian struck two minutes into the second half, Cahill volleyed home after a mistake by Fernando, and Hazard curled in a free-kick to put the Blues in control.Oscar had a penalty saved and Traore hit the post before heading in the fifth from Oscar’s cross with two minutes remaining.City’s youngsters had Chelsea worried before the irrepressible Willian restored the hosts’ lead.He rampaged forward, found Hazard and collected the Belgian’s return pass before firing into the far corner.When Fernando failed to properly clear Hazard’s ball into the box four minutes later, Cahill was on hand to score.And Hazard delightfully steered in the fourth – only his second goal of the season, with both of them coming in the FA Cup.Oscar had the chance to make it five after fellow substitute Traore was fouled by Martin Demichelis, but his spot-kick was saved by Willy Caballero.Oscar atoned by setting up Traore, who scored with a looping back-header.It meant a second successive domestic 5-1 victory for Chelsea and their third win by that scoreline in five matches – and Traore has netted in all three.They dominated most of the game and Pedro almost gave them an early lead when he exchanged passes with Cesc Fabregas before nudging the ball beyond Caballero and against the far post.Fabregas was involved in the opening goal too, lifting the ball towards Hazard, whose left-wing delivery enabled Costa to score from five yards out – the striker’s 13th goal of the season.Although Chelsea were on top, forwards Faupala and Kelechi Iheanacho, both 19, looked a threat on the counter-attack.Faupala had an effort saved by Thibaut Courtois and Iheanacho fired over before a slick City move culminated in Iheanacho teeing his strike partner up to score from close range.Chelsea were somewhat unlucky as Cesar Azpilcueta’s attempted clearance struck Faupala and rebounded into the net.And they would have quickly regained the lead had Caballero not made a stunning save to deny Pedro at point-blank range following Fabregas’ cross.Within six minutes of the start of the second half, though, Chelsea were two goals to the good, and Hazard struck on 67 minutes.As City’s impressive youngsters wilted, Chelsea brought on one of their own bright prospects in Traore, who shot against the post after Hazard had pulled the ball back for him but eventually got his name on the scoresheet.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba; Mikel (Matic 82), Fabregas; Pedro (Oscar 69), Willian, Hazard; Costa (Traore 69).Subs not used: Begovic, Miazga, Loftus-Cheek, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
14 November 2003The government has signed a deal with rail utility Spoornet to enhance economic infrastructure in the Siyancuma Municipal District in the Northern Cape.The agreement, signed during a provincial Trade and Investment Expo held in the province’s capital, Kimberley, will see the upgrading of the 85km Belmont-Douglas railway line.The national transport department will provide R20-million to the project, the provincial department of economic affairs will inject R5-million, while Spoornet will provide the necessary materials and equipment such as coaches.Provincial MEC for finance, economic affairs and tourism Goolam Akharwaray said the agricultural growth potential around the Siyancuma Municipal area was immense due to the rich soil conditions and abundance of water sources.“It is therefore essential that this potential is tapped to its maximum,” Akharwaray said. “In pursuance thereto it is necessary to enhance the economic infrastructure that will facilitate such growth.”The Belmont-Douglas railway line is essential for transporting wheat, maize, ground nuts, cotton, lucerne and other fruit produced in the province. At present, some 160 000 tons of agricultural produce is transported through this line every year.However, the line as it stands is not capable of handling any growth, prompting the need for the upgrade.The line’s carrying capacity will be increased from 26 tons to 44 tons per wagon, and the speed at which the goods are carried will be increased from 30km/h to 80km/h.About R58-million will be invested to cover the costs of capital materials, coach upgrades and labour. The project will run over a 12-month period, and up to 500 jobs will be created.Source: BuaNews
Two goals down at the first break, and a player down, it could have spelt the end of Cote d’Ivoire’s hopes before the start of the second period. The extra three minutes produce a goal apiece, with Djimi looking like he had clinched victory for the central Africans with his hat-trick goal, only for Rashid Mohamed to level matters and take the game to a penalty shootout. In the first period the combination shared the goals, with Olawale getting the first and third, both set up by Yahaya, while his partner got the second, to leave Nigeria in control with a 3-1 lead at the first break. The teams then swopped goals as the game ebbed and flowed at a fast pace. The final break was signalled with Cote d’Ivoire 5-4 ahead after Salomon Ouraga got on the scoresheet and Djimi completed a hat-trick, while Moustafa Abdelrahman and Ahmed replied for Egypt. SA’s opponentsMorocco went on to thrash Mozambique 9-3 to finish fifth, while Senegal were edged out by the champions, Nigeria, in the semi-finals, going down 7-6 after leading 4-1 heading into the second period. Despite both teams going at it hammer and tongs in the second period, neither was able to score as a combination of wayward shooting, great goalkeeping, and some bad luck prevented any change to the score taking place. The play swung back and forth, and even though Cote d’Ivoire managed to pull edge the third period, another Olawale goal took the final tally to 7-4 to Nigeria. Third place playoffLast year’s champions Senegal faced Egypt in the playoff for third and fourth place. Two early goals by the Senegalese, which put them 2-0 ahead after only 90 seconds, proved to be the difference in the game. While the Nigerians beat the Senegalese, it took an astonishing finish to take them into the final. While the 2007 champions appeared to be the better side out on the sand, the scoreboard after the first period did not reflect that at all. Scoring against the run of play, Senegal enjoyed a 4-1 lead. It was a tight contest heading into the final period, with Senegal only 3-2 ahead, but they pulled 6-3 ahead before Mohammed Rashid scored a late consolation goal for the Egyptians. SAinfo reporter The match was played at a hectic pace, with no let up, and both teams going all out to take control as play swung from end to end. With shots raining in on both goalkeepers, either team could have scored numerous times before Cote d’Ivoire got the first breakthrough – but the opening goal came seconds after a missed chance at the other end. Both teams had already qualified for the Beach Soccer World Cup by making it into the title decider. After the match there was some consolation for Cote d’Ivoire as their goalkeeper Kevin Enam was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament. Nigeria’s win came on the back of a superb defensive performance, most notably by Ogbonnaya Okemirri who was rock solid in containing the Cote d’Ivoire strikers. From villain to heroThe match between the Cote d’Ivoire and Egypt saw Ivorian goalkeeper Kevin Enam go from villain to hero. Egypt equallised a minute into the final period when Ahmed scored his third, and he netted his fourth from the penalty sport 90 seconds later, to put the Sand Pharaohs ahead. The semi-finals had produced two thrilling contests. In an absolute humdinger, Nigeria sneaked past Senegal by seven goals to six, while Cote d’Ivoire overcame a disastrous first period to oust Egypt in a penalty shootout after the teams had ended regulation time level at 8-8. He was firstly shown a yellow card after he tried to gain some ground on a free kick after being warned not to, and he then deliberately tripped opposition goalkeeper Mohamed Issa, who already had the ball safely in his hands, to be shown red. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material A pinpoint shot into the bottom corner from Elahalim gave the Egyptians hope of a place in the final, but Ehounou, only seconds after being booked for incessantly chirping the referees, was able to take the match into extra time. Third periodIn the third period, Senegal opted to defend their lead and they paid dearly for it as Nigeria were able to run at them and create opportunities. Within a minute the lead was reduced to two goals, after Yahaya drew a foul and smashed the resulting free kick home. Then, a flurry of four goals within only 90 seconds turned the match on its head. Isiaka Olawale netted twice to even the scores and Baba struck to put Nigeria ahead for the first time. However, the lead lasted just 35 seconds before Jean Koupaki pulled Senegal back on level terms again. Goal blitzBut a blitz of three goals within two minutes of the start of the second period, one from Ludovic Ehounou and two from Landry Djimi, put the Ivorians ahead. From that point onwards, the goals were shared, with both teams netting four times. Mourtada Ndour starred for the winners, scoring four times. South Africa failed to advance beyond the group stage, but pre-tournament predictions that the host’s group was the toughest were proved correct. SA went down to Morocco in their opening match and then fell 7-6 to the defending champions Senegal after extra time. 7 July 2009 The well organised and slick Egyptians were given a further boost they could not have dreamed of a couple of minutes later when inspirational Cote d’Ivoire star and playmaker Frederic Aka was red carded following two instances mindless stupidity. First semi-finalIn the first match, Nigeria fought back from three goals down to edge past Senegal 7-6, and then, just when spectators though that spectacle could not be bettered, Cote d’Ivoire overcame a disastrous first period to oust Egypt in a penalty shootout after the teams ended the regulation time at 8-8. The second stanza was almost identical to the first, except that Cote d’Ivoire were able to get on the score sheet again with only 40 seconds of the period left when Thomas Ehounou scrambled the ball into the net. Enam gained the plaudits after the match following his penalty save of Ahmed Hany’s kick, which secured the win for his side, but earlier in the contest he was cast in a less favourable light after the unique challenges of playing football on a beach exposed him twice. In the first period he was beaten by two shots, from Almoataz Elahalim and Ahmed Ahmed, both of which bounced bizarrely off the uneven sand and beat him. Nigeria’s Olawale picked up two big awards – Player of the Tournament and Top Goal Scorer. Lead doubledBefore his strike, it was once again Olawale and Yahaya who were giving the Ivorian defence a tough time. They both scored again, while Victor Tale also found the back of the net. At the end of the second period, the Nigerians had doubled their advantage to 6-2. Egypt kept their lead for six minutes until Ouraga somehow managed to squeeze a goal from a sandy scramble in the goalmouth with only four minutes remaining in the game. Cote d’Ivoire leadDidier Kabletchi netted the first for Cote d’Ivoire from a quick break after Nigerian Isiaki Olwale had mis-kicked with a wide open goal in front of him at the other end of the park. However, from that point on Nigeria took command, with the front running duo of Olawale and Baba Yahaya combining brilliantly to bamboozle the stressed Cote d’Ivoire defence. Olawale scrambled the ball into the net from a melee in front of the goals to level things up once more with just over three minutes to play. Then, in contrast to his first two goals which were rocketed into the net, he displayed a delicate touch to guide the ball into the corner and away from the outstretched arms of keeper Ndiaye Al Seyni. Nigeria were crowned African champions when they beat Cote d’Ivoire 7-4 in a thrilling final of the Africa qualifiers for the 2009 Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup in Durban on Sunday. It was a second title for the West African powerhouse, following their success in 2007. With only five minutes left in the match, Koupaki slotted his second to take Senegal back into the lead. Instead of sticking to what had worked for them, the defending champions opted to once more defend their lead. It didn’t work.
The 2012 Investing in African Mining Indaba attracted more than 7000 mining professionals and investors from all continents of the world, representing more than 1,500 international companies from 100 countries and approximately 45 African and non-African government delegations.2012 was certainly a tumultuous year for many, particularly those in the South African mining industry. It was characterised by the Marikana tragedy, related wildcat strikes and the knock-on effect on other areas of the South Africa economy.The unrest in the mining industry has been identified as the cause, either wholly or in part, of South Africa’s credit ratings downgrades, our slowing economic growth rate (now at just 2.5 per cent, compared to other developing countries which are expected to grow between 5 and 6 per cent), and of an estimated loss of approximately R10.1 billion in the platinum- and gold-mining sectors alone.At this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, Brand South Africa set off the proceedings by hosting a Roundtable Discussion evening on the eve of the main conference. The Brand South Africa roundtables are a fresh platform to encourage robust debate and engagement.The aim of this Roundtable Discussion with the theme: Transformation – A basis for growth and success of the South African Mining Industry, focused on South Africa’s mining sector, which contributes significantly to South Africa’s GDP and exports.It was to interrogate specific findings from the various measurements and reports that measure competitiveness such The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index (WEF GCI), The Mo Ibrahim Index that rank African states on governance and other performance criteria, The IMD Competitiveness Yearbook, The Anholt GfK Roper Nation Brand Index, focusing on the current state of transformation in the sector, whether financial and social sustainability of the South African mining sector can be improved, the funding structures of BEE deals, how banks can contribute to the broader transformation process in SA mining and what needs to be done to improve or change the status quo? Although the criteria and focus of these indices may differ, their purpose is to assess country performance. However, such indicators also influence debate and the manner in which a country, like South Africa, is perceived internationally.As it is commonly acknowledged, a country’s international reputation is an important factor when establishing or enhancing trade, business, investment and related diplomatic relations.On the domestic front South African citizens, business, labour and government representatives are well known for robust debate on issues they believe impact on the national economy or the nation’s reputation and competitiveness in the international system.Telling our own brand story goes a long way towards changing perceptions of our country and improving its image – especially by debunking negative perceptions about South Africa, our region, our continent of Africa and our place in it.Our reputation as a country is important, as it affects our national competiveness which impacts on investment and thus jobs and growth; and on our national sense of pride and social cohesion.
After the public spat with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Uber has announced it will transfer its 16 self-driving cars from San Francisco to Arizona.The DMV revoked the registration of all Uber self-driving cars in the state two weeks ago, and called on the firm to file the correct permit. Uber argued that it didn’t need a self-driving permit, but a few days later, shut its self-driving operation down in San Francisco.See Also: Google Waymo unveils customized self-driving minivanAt the time, Uber said it was 100 percent committed to having its cars registered in California, but declined to say if it would apply for the permit. It appears, with this move, that the company does not plan to work with the California DMV anytime soon.“Our cars departed for Arizona this morning by truck,” said an Uber spokesperson in an email to The Verge. “We’ll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we’re excited to have the support of Governor Doug Ducey.”No special permits needed in ArizonaThe ride-hailing company will most likely not have to apply for any special permit, meaning it will not need to pay for registration or send detailed reports of crashes to the state’s DMV.“Arizona welcomes Uber self-driving cars with open arms and wide open roads,” said Governor Ducey in a statement. “While California puts the brakes on innovation and change with more bureaucracy and more regulation, Arizona is paving the way for new technology and new businesses.”The firm is not the first self-driving firm to make a dash for Arizona, Google’s Waymo already tests a few of its self-driving fleet in the state. The issue is that Arizona has a similar climate in most areas to California, making it less valuable than Michigan or Norway, which have a chilly climate self-driving cars struggle to work in. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Arizona#autonomous cars#California#Otto#San Francisco#Self-Driving#Uber Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has held the handover ceremony of Seabourn Encore, the first of two ultra-luxury cruise ships ordered by US-based cruise line Seabourn, at the Marghera shipyard in Venice. The new cruise ship features a length of 210 meters and a width of 28 meters and is able to accommodate 600 passengers, based on double occupancy.Launched in March 2016, the 40,350 gross ton Seabourn Encore completed the final round of sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this month.The newbuilding will be officially christened at a ceremony in Singapore on January 7, 2017. The vessel will then depart on its inaugural voyage, bound for Indonesia, according to Seabourn.The cruise vessel is part of Seabourn’s fleet modernization program which started in 2009.“Seabourn Encore is a particularly innovative project, focused on energy optimisation and minimum environmental impact. The ship was built using the very latest technologies, whose standards exceed the requirements of the relevant regulation,” Fincantieri said.Dry dock works for the second vessel, Seabourn Ovation, are expected to start in two days at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente, the shipbuilder revealed.Seabourn Ovation is scheduled to join the company’s fleet in 2018.Image Courtesy: Fincantieri