November 17, 2019

Vistra strengthens executive leadership team with appointments of new Chief Commercial Officer and Regional Managing Director of UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, and Middle East

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Hong Kong, 16 October 2019 – Vistra, a leading global trust, corporate services and fund administration provider, today announced two executive leadership appointments – William Douglas as Chief Commercial Officer, and Derek Kemp as Regional Managing Director of the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, and the Middle East, effectively immediately. William is responsible for the commercial management and development of Vistra’s business globally. […]

Fusarium wilt of banana and plantain: A threat to the regional economies and food security

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From OECS Fusarium wilt of bananas, commonly known as Panama disease, is a destructive soil borne fungus that poses a threat to the production of all banana and plantain crops. Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 has reappeared and is now a priority pest threatening the region’s banana industry with serious economic, livelihood and food security […]

How China is heavily contributing to Middle East drone and missile proliferation

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By Paul Iddon The New Arab China has supplied armed drones to several Middle East countries, contributing greatly to the proliferation of these weapons in the troubled region in clear contravention of the MTCR’s noble objectives. The People’s Republic of China has contributed significantly to the proliferation of both ballistic missiles and armed drones in […]

Royal Caribbean apprentice competition attracts almost 35,000 entries

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By Harry Kemble From Travel Weekly Royal Caribbean International’s competition to find an apprentice to test its shore experiences has attracted nearly 35,000 entries since it launched just over two weeks ago. The winner of the competition to fill the Shore Explorer ‘Apprentice-Ship’ role, open to agents and consumers, will visit destinations including Japan, Alaska, Europe, the Middle East and […]

What rise of Jeremy Corbyn means for the Middle East

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By Martin Newland From Asia Times It is impossible to predict with any accuracy the political, economic and social developments in Brexit Britain over the course of this year. But whatever happens, there will be repercussions for the Middle East. It would do the region well to understand what they might be. Britain will emerge […]

Taraq Bashir heads Cayman Islands Central Procurement Office

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New Director Taraq Bashir brings rich experience to his job, having worked across four continents and the Caribbean. He has developed procurement functions in national and local government including strategies, laws and regulations. Mr. Bashir’s work has been recognised with industry awards for customer service, quality and innovation. Grand Cayman (GIS) – Director at the […]

Best walking and hiking tours

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8 Best walking and hiking tours across the world By Ashyln Molly From Travel Blissful Many millennials today are going back to the basics – closer to nature and being active. You can go for everything from massages to spa to yoga classes to MMA training sessions. However, old remains gold as walking and hiking […]

Colony Capital’s Abraaj deal faces investor resistance: sources

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By Hadeel Al Sayegh, Davide Barbuscia From Reuters DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. investment manager Colony Capital’s deal to take control of four funds belonging to Dubai-based Abraaj is encountering investor resistance, four sources familiar with the matter said, piling further pressure on the embattled Middle East buyout firm. Colony’s offer last month to buy the […]

Abraaj creditors meet in Dubai and London, with ‘fire sale’ option on the table

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By Frank Lane From Arab News Middle East’s largest private equity firm meets with creditors and investors in London and Dubai “Fire sale” of assets one of the options for Abraaj assets DUBAI: Investors and creditors of embattled private-equity firm Abraaj Group have met in simultaneous meetings in Dubai and London to discuss the future […]

Iran nuclear deal: UK won’t walk away, says Boris Johnson

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From BBC Britain has “no intention of walking away” from the Iran nuclear deal despite the United States pulling out, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says. Mr Johnson told MPs the UK would “strive to preserve the gains” made by the international agreement. The 2015 deal curbed Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the lifting of […]