WHO names candidates for next director-general

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) today released the names of 6 candidates for the role of the agency’s next director-general, 4 of whom are from Europe, with 1 each from Asia and Africa.The current director-general, Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, will step down next June, after more than 10 years of service. The new director-general will start the position on Jul 1, 2017.The director-general is the de facto head of the WHO, overseeing all technical and administrative tasks for the organization. The WHO’s 194 member states had 5 months to submit nominations.The candidates are Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, from Ethiopia; Flavia Bustreo, MD, from Italy; Philippe Douste-Blazy, MD, from France; David Nabarro, MD, from the United Kingdom; Sania Nishtar, MD, from Pakistan; and Miklos Szocska, MD, of Hungary.The candidates have some similar backgrounds; five are medical doctors, and all but Nabarro and Bustreo have served as health ministers in their home countries. Nabarro is currently a special adviser to the United Nations on sustainable development, and Bustreo is an assistant director-general at the WHO.Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which publishes CIDRAP News, said the next director-general faces “immense” challenges given the WHO’s lack of funding and organization.”There hasn’t been a fundamental change in structure at the WHO even post-Ebola,” said Osterholm. “Until we get serious about [the] shortcomings of the WHO, it’s a mistake to pin too much on the director-general.”The pool of candidates will be narrowed down to three through interviews with the WHO’s executive board by next January. An election will be held in May of 2017 at the World Health Assembly.See also:Sep 23 WHO news releaselast_img read more


BW Offshore in arbitration with Addax. Statoil, Petronas not extending FPSO deals

first_imgNorwegian FPSO supplier BW Offshore has been informed by Statoil and Petronas that the contracts for two FPSO units will not be extended and will run out next year.On top of this, the company has initiated arbitration against a client who is not paying an FPSO lease. All this was revealed by BW Offshore on Monday as it presented its third quarter 2016 financial results.The company operates the FPSO Peregrino for Statoil and Sinochem on the Peregrino oil field offshore Brazil. According to BW Offshore, during third quarter it was notified that Statoil, due to a change in the operating model, will not exercise options for extension of the contract beyond June 2017.Also, Petronas told BW Offshore it would not extend the contract for the FPSO Berge Helene beyond May 2017. The FPSO is currently located in Mauritania.“BW Offshore is in dialogue with the client about work to be undertaken for the disconnection and demobilization of the FPSO from the field,” the FPSO owner said.Furthermore, the company is now working to collect unpaid dayrate from the Sendje Berge FPSO, working for Addax, a subsidiary of Sinopec, in Nigeria.“The company has for some time not been paid the full contractual rate by Addax Petroleum Exploration Limited for the FPSO Sendje Berge. BW Offshore considers the arguments for not paying full rate unjustified and have started an arbitration process,” the vessel owner said.During the third quarter the company submitted a claim to the arbitration tribunal of $52.6 million.“BW Offshore is currently awaiting the outcome of a forthcoming hearing by the arbitration tribunal,” BW Offshore said.Despite these developments, BW Offshore provided a relatively optimistic outlook, at least for the long term. The company, however, did acknowledge the oil and gas markets remained challenging with field developments still being postponed.The company’s short- and medium-term expectations for low market activity with few awards were unchanged, however, a positive long- term outlook is maintained as offshore developments remain an “important part of the oil and gas supply to meet future demands as the supply and demand of oil in world markets is rebalancing.”Apart from the expected expiration of Sendje Berge FPSO contract, BW Offshore has three more uncontracted units: BW Athena, Azurite Indonesia, Belokamenka.Other than this, BW Offshore has 13 units under long term contract, with the earliest expiring in 2017, the longest in 2024 (optional extension periods excluded).Also, liquidity-wise, BW Offshore said that, with “strong support from all stakeholders,” the company completed all its previously announced financing initiatives during the third quarter.“The new long-term financial platform will contribute more than $500 million in improved liquidity in the period through 2020 and give the Company a secure basis for operation until an expected market recovery. This initiative, as well as the continued strong operating cash flow, is expected to cover all medium-term liquidity requirements. Further, all the Company’s firm capital commitments are fully financed,” BW Offshore said.BW Offshore posted 3Q 2016 net loss of $11.2 million, compared to a loss of $7.3 million a year ago. Operating revenue was $159.6 million, down from $308.7 million a year ago.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more


Why I was totally wrong about Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Opinion

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Ian Cruise explains why Manchester United’s super Swede is proving his worth, and proving his doubters completely wrong.Diego Costa is the Premier League’s top scorer and Alexis Sanchez continues to prove why Arsenal simply have to break the bank to keep him. (Or why Arsenal have to convince Arsene Wenger he has to break the bank to keep him. Anyway, you know what I mean…).Elsewhere, Sadio Mane’s sparkling form at Liverpool marks him out as one of last summer’s best bits of transfer business, while the remarkable statistic that surfaced last week showing N’Golo Kante has amassed more points since his arrival in England, with Leicester and Chelsea, than any other TEAM bears out both his contribution and importance.But still, for me, the player of the first half of the Premier League season is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And, again for me, that has come as a surprise.I can’t have been the only one (although maybe I was?) who thought that, at the age of 35, after three years as the self-proclaimed ‘King of Paris’ bossing the less than competitive French Ligue Un, he would find the English top-flight a much tougher nut to crack and quite possibly a bridge too far.How wrong I was.Not only has he scored 13 Premier League goals so far, his all-round contribution to Manchester United has been little short of sensational.His work-rate is second to none, and the example he sets his younger team-mates surely can’t help but rub off on them. Already, despite his pre-eminence during his breakthrough season last year, you can see an improvement in Marcus Rashford, albeit in a predominantly cameo role, while Anthony Martial also seems to be rediscovering his mojo. I don’t think that’s a happy accident.Jose Mourinho clearly knew what he was getting when he signed the veteran Swede – the pair worked together at Inter Milan, of course – and his judgement in bringing him into the hurly-burly world of English football has been proven overwhelmingly correct. I don’t think any individual has been more influential on his side.His impact has been likened to that of Eric Cantona, and there’s no doubt he’s well on the way to achieving similar cult status as that attained by the mercurial but volatile Frenchman. (And if he can continue in that vein and usurp that frankly dreadful ’12 Days of Cantona’ festive terrace anthem, he will be doing us all a favour!)It’s not going to be enough for him to continue his remarkable record of winning the League title in his first season with every club he has played for, but it might just be enough to earn United a Champions League spot next season, a feat that looked highly unlikely not that many weeks ago.Mourinho has already stated publicly he intends to take up the option of keeping Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford for another year, and there’s every chance a genuine title tilt will follow next term.I certainly won’t be making the same mistake of writing him – or them – off. 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic last_img read more