Five in line for Sietas Group companies

first_imgThis is the result of the second phase of the extensive search for investors by the receiver of the Sietas shipyard, Berthold Brinkmann.During the first phase, a number of potential investors were approached by HSH Corporate Finance, which had been commissioned with the task, and interested parties were asked to submit indicative offers. During the second phase, these offers were put into more concrete terms and confirmed after an in-depth due diligence assessment.Receiver Berthold Brinkmann said: “The five binding offers that we have meanwhile received for the Sietas Group companies include both an overall solution as well as the acquisition of individual companies. I am optimistic that we will be able to find a solution for all three companies – Sietas shipyard, Neuenfelder Maschinenfabrik NMF and Norderwerft.”Informing the board of creditors about the confirmed bids today, Brinkmann said the five bidders are mostly strategic investors from the shipbuilding industry.In the final assessment of the offers, receiver Berthold Brinkmann will not only consider the purchase price, but also the preservation of as many jobs as possible.Now the bids will be examined thoroughly and the decision on whether the Sietas Group companies will be sold to one or more bidders will be decided in accordance with the board of creditors over the coming weeks.Currently, the Sietas shipyard is building a ferry with the capabilities of handling over-dimensional cargoes, the first offshore wind farm transport and installation vessel to be designed and constructed in Germany (keel laying] scheduled for July 2012 and delivery in 2013, as well as a dredger.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup trophy arrives October

first_imgThe FIFA Coca-Cola World Cup trophy, the world football’s greatest prize is expected to arrive in Ghana on Wednesday, October 14 for an expected thrilling two-day trophy tour.The tour, arranged by FIFA and beverage producers, Coca-Cola Company Limited will take the solid-gold trophy to a tour of 86 countries during its 225-day journey.A statement signed by Muhtar Kent, Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Company Limited said the tour is to allow thousands of fans enjoy a rare close-up view of the authentic FIFA World Cup trophy which will travel 134,017 kilometres and visit every nation in Africa.“I am especially thrilled that the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour takes place in all 54 nations in Africa and this opportunity is thus afforded to all African football fans. None of this would have been possible without a strong and loyal partner such as Coca-Cola,” he said.“Our programmes to support the 2010 FIFA World Cup, such as the Trophy Tour, will leave a lifelong impression on consumers that help to reinforce loyalty and preference for our business and our brands,” he added.The ceremonial start of the tour was held on September 1 in Zurich with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO, Kent accompanying the trophy on the first steps of its journey. Already, the prestigious trophy has been to Cairo, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Cape Verde.This is the second time in four years that the most cherished prize in the world football is making a trip to Ghana.Ghana’s Black Stars are also the first African team, apart from hosts South Africa to qualify for the event to be staged on African soil for the first time come 2010.Source: GNAlast_img read more

Teen killed in Washington state school shooting ‘tried to talk’ armed classmate ‘out of it’: Sheriff

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(ROCKFORD, Wash.) — When a Washington state high school student confronted a classmate who was armed with an automatic rifle and a semi-automatic handgun inside the school, authorities said the student “tried to talk” the armed classmate “out of it,” but the gunman fatally shot him.“That young man gave his life … to save his fellow classmates,” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told reporters Thursday.The shooting took place Wednesday at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington.According to ABC Spokane affiliate KXLY, friends and family identified the victim as sophomore Sam Strahan.“My heart goes out to her because she lost her husband three months ago,” Knezovich said, referring to Sam’s mother.“There’s nothing like that scream. You will never forget it,” he said. “I heard it one too many times. Half her family is now gone. Partly because of senseless violence.”Three other students were injured in the shooting and were transported to a local hospital.According to court documents, surveillance video showed the suspect — who has since been taken into custody — pull out two weapons — an automatic rifle and a semi-automatic handgun — inside the school that morning.But Knezovich said the automatic rifle jammed.“Thank God he had jammed that AR up so badly that it was not going to function,” Knezovich said.The suspect “transitioned to that pistol, and when one of the classmates that he knew came up to him and tried to talk him out of it,” the suspect fatally shot him, the sheriff said.The suspect, who is a juvenile and is not being named by ABC News, ultimately surrendered to a janitor who ordered him to lay down on the floor, the documents said.Knezovich said the janitor “confronted him, ordered him to the ground and held him there,” and then a school resource officer rushed in and helped the janitor take the suspect into custody.The families of the three injured students released a statement through the hospital where the students are being treated, saying, “In this, our darkest hour, we feel blessed and lucky in so many ways. Our daughters are recovering from their wounds, and we know that your thoughts and prayers are with us.”They added, “Our hearts are breaking for another family in our community who lost their son. We are keeping Sam’s family in our thoughts and prayers.”“We wish to express our overwhelming gratitude for the outpouring of support and love you have shown our families in our time of need,” the families said. “Everyone – our friends, Freeman School District, first responders, the trauma team and care providers at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, the communities of Freeman and Rockford as well as Spokane – have all been phenomenal. No words can express our gratitude.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more