zoom South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) said on Monday that its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran for the construction of offshore plants has been terminated as no progress was achieved on the deal.The MoU, signed in September 2016, was intended to provide the much-needed boost to DSME’s depleted offshore engineering orderbook, which has been one of the reasons behind the shipbuilder’s financial woes.The MoU was linked earlier to the construction of at least five jack-up rigs worth around USD 205 million each for the oil producer Iranian Offshore Oil Co. (IOOC).The deal came on the heels of the lifting of sanctions against Iran in January 2016, a move which saw international delegations rush to the country to negotiate shipbuilding deals as Iran looked to renew its outdated fleet.The post-sanction cooperation between the two nations has also seen DSME sign a business agreement on operation and technology instruction with the Iranian government for Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex Co. (ISOICO).The offshore industry downturn and the overall slump in the shipbuilding industry stemming from oversupply across the board have seen DSME resort to debt restructuring measures aimed at cost-cutting.DSME has achieved two profitable consecutive quarters in the first half of this year, returning to black after last year’s red ink.The sales for the first half of the year amounted to KRW 6.1 trillion (USD 5.4 billion), the group’s operating profit came at KRW 888 billion, while its net income reached KRW 1.448 trillion.DSME and its two compatriot yards suffered a major blow last year in their order intake, which stood at USD 10 billion in 2016, slashed from USD 24.3 billion in 2015.World Maritime News Staff
A partially burnt body was found inside a vehicle in Horombuwa, Monaragala.The Police said that the body of a 50 year old person was found inside the vehicle this morning.
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WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth says a girl who suffered repeated sexual abuse and died of a drug overdose was failed over and over again by the province’s child welfare system.The girl — identified only as Angel — was born to a mother with addiction issues and was apprehended by social workers 14 times by the time she was 12, says a 118-page report from Daphne Penrose released Thursday.But each time, the girl was returned to her mother without a proper assessment of the home and without supports for the family.“The (child and family services) agency conducted no meaningful assessments as to whether Angel’s mother was ready or able to provide safe care to Angel. So inevitably, Angel would be returned home, left in the risky situations, and when the risk became so sufficient, she was reapprehended again,” Penrose said.“When she was in care, CFS did not complete any long-term planning and did not demonstrate an understanding of their legal mandate to protect and provide for Angel.”Penrose, an independent officer of the legislature, makes six recommendations in her report, including a call for greater oversight to ensure agencies are meeting minimum standards.Penrose also says children need better protection from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.Angel was sexually abused the first time when she was 21 months old, the report said. When she was seven, her family was waiting for housing on a reserve and living at the local healing centre. While her mother was out, another resident watching over Angel fell asleep and a third resident came into the room and sexually assaulted the girl.Angel dealt with her childhood trauma by acting out, Penrose said. She numbed herself with solvents and attempted suicide at age 11. She was later forced into the sex trade, became addicted to drugs and died of an accidental overdose in 2015 at the age of 17.She was in care at the time. The man who provided her drugs later pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death.“In Angel’s case, the public systems that should have protected her did not,” Penrose said.Penrose is also calling on government, police forces and others to expand outreach programs for exploited youth and to raise public awareness about the “relentless” sexual exploitation of children and youth.“As a community, we all have a role to play in making sure that people understand that … sexual exploitation is a violation of children’s human rights and we need to stop it from happening.”The report also calls for expanded mental-health services, specifically addressing childhood trauma and addictions. It can be hard to get a child into treatment, and even those going in voluntarily can find themselves turned away outside office hours, Penrose said.Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
10 October 2008Since mid-September, the notorious Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), has killed over 200 people, including 159 children, according to a new United Nations report. A preliminary report issued by the UN Human Rights Office and the peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, said that in the past few weeks, LRA elements have carried out attacks on 16 areas in Dungu when 52 people were killed. An additional 159 children and 10 adults have been abducted and executed by the rebels. During joint fact-finding mission to Dungu from 29 September to 8 October, the investigation team met with three children who escaped their abductors and with survivors, host families, and school and church officials. “In all localities that suffered attacks, the LRA elements conducted a campaign of killing, systematic abduction of children, and burning of almost all houses,” the publication noted. Simultaneous attacks on 17 September resulted in the populations of the villages of Duru, Kpiaka, Kiliwa and Madola – all less than 90 kilometres from Dungu, the area’s main town – being either killed or abducted. Tens of thousands fled to Bangadi, more than 100 kilometres northwest of Dungu, the report said, while the population of the town of Gangadi has swelled from 10,000 to 25,000. The report said these attacks could be “reprisals and dissuasive attacks aimed at preventing splits and desertions possibly underway within the LRA.” It also suggested that they could be in response to the continued deployment in the region of Congolese armed forces (FARDC), supported by MONUC, “signalling the possibility of joint action against the LRA.” Earlier this week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that at least 5,000 refugees from the DRC have arrived in South Sudan recently after fleeing “ferocious” LRA. UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said that an estimated 150 Congolese are crossing every day into the villages of Sakure and Gangura, in the Yambio area of South Sudan.