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NASA TESTING ELECTRIC ‘AIR TAXI’ PROTOTYPE DESIGNED TO CARRY PASSENGERS IN THE SKY

11 SEPT 2021 NASA is commonly thought of as America’s space agency, but its name also emphasizes another research area. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is also America’s civilian aerospace research organization. In that role, it has been instrumental in developing new technologies ranging from rocket engines to aircraft …

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UNION: OVER 300 HMM SEAFARERS RESIGN AS PAY NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

10 SEPT 2021 More than half HMM’s 600-strong seafarer workforce have quit following management refusal to meet pay demands. Some 453 staff voted in the seafarers’ union strike ballot last weekend, more than 90% backing action in protest at a reluctance to give generous salary increases after a pay freeze between 2011 and …

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PERSISTENT BULLIES SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM SHIPS

09 SEPT 2021 A zero-tolerance approach to bullying should be in place on all vessels, with abusive crew members removed from the ship if they repeatedly harass a colleague, according to some mental health experts. Former chief engineer Stephan Vecchi believes the maritime industry must have a strict two-strike policy …

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PART II FISH FARMING IS FEEDING THE WORLD, BUT AT WHAT COST?

07 SEPT 2021  In September 2019, Gambian lawmakers gathered in the stately but neglected hall of the National Assembly for an annual meeting, where James Gomez, minister of the country’s fisheries and water resources, insisted that “Gambian fisheries are thriving. ” Industrial fishing boats and plants represent the largest employer …

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STUDY SUGGESTS A NEW NUMBER OF DAILY STEPS FOR HEALTH BENEFITS, AND IT’S NOT 10,000

6 SEPTEMBER 2021 There’s no magic number when it comes to exercise, but that doesn’t mean numbers aren’t important. After all, numbers are easy, convenient things to remember. And because exercise is something that can be easily quantified, having numbers as symbols of how much exercise we should be getting can serve …

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PART I: FISH FARMING IS FEEDING THE WORLD, BUT AT WHAT COST?

05 SEPT 2021 Gunjur, a town of some fifteen thousand people, sits on the Atlantic coastline of southern Gambia, the smallest country on the African continent. During the day, its white-sand beaches are full of activity. Fishermen steer long, vibrantly painted wooden canoes, known as pirogues, toward the shore, where …

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TWO CREW INJURED AND ONE POSSIBLY KIDNAPPED FROM GABON ANCHORAGE

03 SEPT 2021  The joint French and British reporting center monitoring activity in the Gulf of Guinea is confirming reports of a serious incident over the weekend in Gabon which left two crew members injured. Security services are reporting that a third crew member might have been kidnapped. The assault …

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SCIENTISTS IDENTIFY THE IDEAL LEVEL OF EXERCISE INTENSITY FOR BOOSTING FITNESS

01 SEPT 2021 We all agree that exercise is good for you: but how hard and how often should you push yourself to get the best results? A large study looking at the link between habitual physical activity and fitness levels shows that “moderate-vigorous physical activity” is the most efficient …

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HRAS URGES IMO TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY IN REPORTING OF SEAFARER ABUSE

31 AUG 2021  The UK-based charity Human Rights at Sea is calling on the International Maritime Organization to increase its level of transparency in reporting cases reflecting human and labor rights abuse of seafarers. The call is part of the maritime industry’s continued efforts to highlight the challenges facing seafarers …

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