Nigerian Navy’s ENC Takes Delivery of New Vessel

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Nigerian Navy’s ENC Takes Delivery of New Vessel View post tag: DELIVERY View post tag: Nigerian Navy Authorities Nigerian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command, ENC, has recently expanded its fleet with a new P18N offshore patrol vessel (OPV).The Navy took delivery of the new vessel, named NNS Centenary (F91), on Friday in Calabar, according to DailyPost Nigeria.With this vessel the Nigerian Navy will further reinforce its presence in the country’s eastern maritime area, keeping the waters safe from oil thieves and pirates.NNS Centenary has the capability to carry helicopters and can stay at sea for two weeks. The vessel was commissioned in February 2015, along with three other warships. The newly built NNS CENTENARY is one of the 2 offshore patrol vessels acquired from China, the second being expected later in the year.[mappress mapid=”16858″]Naval Today Staff, Image: Nigerian Navy View post tag: NNS Centenary September 7, 2015 View post tag: africa View post tag: ENC Nigerian Navy’s ENC Takes Delivery of New Vessel Share this articlelast_img read more

Halal food rising in popularity amid COVID-19 pandemic, reports indicate

first_img“These are pre-COVID-19 projections,” Sapta clarified, noting that the overall halal economy would be impacted due to declining purchasing power. However, he said that the halal food sector was among those least affected by the health crisis, alongside the halal pharmaceutical and halal media sectors.On the flip side, halal travel, halal cosmetics and modest fashion would be strongly affected, he said, as people were cutting back on non-essential spending.The trend is not only visible in Indonesia, as other countries have also recorded a surge in demand for halal food. The United Kingdom Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC), a halal certifying body, reported a significant increase in demand for halal meat due to the outbreak.“With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the demand for halal meat has increased. Where the average customer would buy, for example, 1 kg each week, they are now asking for up to 10 times more in the same visit, thus putting a strain on the market to fulfill the increased demand,” the HMC said in a statement released on March 31.Despite Indonesia having a steadily growing halal economy — in 2019 the country became the fifth largest halal economy according to the Global Islamic Economy Indicator (as shown in the chart below) — the country has yet to fully benefit from it. The insight supports findings by McKinsey & Company, which showed a shift in consumer behaviors. Consumers prefer foods that are healthy and locally sourced more now than before the pandemic, the consulting company stated in an April 2020 report titled Reimagining food retail in Asia after COVID-19.Yet, even before halal food gained in popularity due to increased hygiene concerns in recent weeks, reports on the global and domestic halal economy showed that the industry has been growing for years.The world’s 1.8 billion Muslim consumers spent an estimated US$2.2 trillion in 2018 across different sectors of the halal economy, which indicated 5.2 percent year-on-year growth. The overall halal economy is projected to be worth $3.2 trillion by 2024, based on the 2019 State of the Global Islamic Economy report produced by DinarStandard, a research and advisory firm.Indonesia Halal Lifestyle Center chairman Sapta Nirwandar explained in a webinar on April 24 that Indonesia’s Muslim consumers spent around $218.8 billion across core sectors of the halal economy in 2017 and that the figure was estimated to reach $330.5 billion by 2025. The food and beverage sector will see the biggest growth in value as spending in the sector is forecast to hit $247.8 billion by 2025, up from a recorded US$170.2 billion in 2017. Halal food is rising in popularity as people turn to religious practices for comfort during this time of heightened uncertainty and anxiety, reports have shown.Inventure Knowledge, a local research and consulting company, said in a report published on Monday that concerns over the risks of COVID-19 had contributed to an increase in people’s awareness about the importance of consuming halal and hygienic food, as the SARS-CoV-2 is believed to have started in a wet market in Wuhan, China. The economic powerhouse has since imposed a blanket ban on wild animal trade and consumption.“Consumers are becoming increasingly aware that non-halal food and food that is not processed in a hygienic manner have great potential to cause diseases such as the one we see today,” said the report, synonymizing halal with healthy and hygienic food. As reported by DinarStandard, Indonesia ranks first for the most spending on halal food, amounting to $173 billion in 2018, significantly more than second-placed Turkey with $135 billion.However, Indonesia did not make it into the top five countries for most exports to members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, with the top five being Brazil, Australia, Sudan, Bangladesh and Turkey.The report also suggests that halal ingredients, halal feed, halal food-tech and meat-based meals and snacks are among the “hot sectors for growth” in 2020, emphasizing that there are prospective business opportunities to be tapped into across the halal food space.With the recent outbreak, people are looking to boost their immunity through healthy eating. The World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed to the public to consume more healthy food and avoid or reduce alcohol consumption as it weakens the immune system.“This reflects halalan thoyyiban [adhering to Islamic principles]. This is indirectly promoting halal food,” Sapta said during the webinar in response to the WHO guidelines, suggesting optimism about the growth of the halal food sector amid the pandemic. Topics :last_img read more

Premier League, La Liga Back on DStv, GOtv This Weekend

first_imgPremier League and La Liga are back and DStv and GOtv subscribers can look forward to the first round of action from 11-14 September 2020.Just a month and a half after the 2019-20 season wrapped up in late July, England’s topflight clubs are back in action and set for another marathon campaign which is set to squeeze a full season into a schedule which is a full month shorter than usual.The action gets underway early on Saturday afternoon with newly promoted Fulham welcoming London rivals, Arsenal to Craven Cottage. This is airing live on SuperSport Premier League at 12:30pm. The Gunners ended 2019-20 on a high by winning the FA Cup, and began 2020-21 in a similar vein, defeating Liverpool on penalties to claim the Community Shield title. Meanwhile, Champions Liverpool, will be in action in a potential thriller in the late game on Saturday when they welcome newly-promoted Leeds United back to the Premier League, with the Whites set to play a top-flight match for the first time in more than 16 years. This will air live on SuperSport Premier League at 5:30pm.Premier League matches, Crystal Palace vs Southampton will also air live on SuperSport Premier League at 3pm on Saturday, while West Ham United vs Newcastle United will air at 3pm on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Football.West Bromwich Albino v Leicester City will air live on SuperSport Premier League at 2pm. While Tottenham Hotspur v Everton will air at 4:30pm on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Football. Lastly on Monday, 14 September, Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea, live on SuperSport Premier League at 8pm and Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers, live on SuperSport Premier League at 8pm.Despite the absence of ‘heavy hitters’ from the first round of La Liga matches this new season, due to their participation in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League’s recent ‘mini tournaments’, there remains some great football to be played over the weekend, with the pick of matches coming from the ‘Derby del Turia’ between Valencia and Levante at Estadio de Mestalla, airing live at 8pm on SuperSport LaLiga and SuperSport GOtv LaLiga.Nigerian fans will be glued to the screens for the clash of Villarreal and newly promoted Huesca, which will air live on SuperSport LaLiga and SuperSport GOtv LaLiga at 5:30pm. The Yellow Submarine will be hoping for another strong campaign from Super Eagles star Samuel Chukwueze, who played such a key role in powering the team up the log after last season’s ‘restart’.Other matches on La Liga this weekend includes Granada v Athletic Bilbao on Friday at 8pm, airing live on SuperSport LaLiga, SuperSport Football, SuperSport GOtv LaLiga and SuperSport GOtv Football.On Saturday 12 September, Eibarv Celta Vigo at 3pm and Cadiz v Osasuna at 8pm both airing live on SuperSport LaLiga and SuperSport GOtv LaLiga. Real Valladolid v Real Sociedad will air live on Sunday 13 September at 3pm on SuperSport LaLiga and SuperSport GOtv LaLiga. On Monday 14 September, Deportivo Alaves v Real Betis will also air live on SuperSport LaLiga and SuperSport GOtv LaLiga at 8pm.SuperSport promises the best coverage throughout the 2020-21 football season as DStv and GOtv customers get to see all their favourite stars from the African continent dominating in leagues across Europe. SuperSport is the only platform that offers English commentary from the legendary La Liga.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Neymar double helps red-hot Barcelona to 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad

first_imgNeymar scored a brace as Barcelona moved seven points clear at the top of La Liga after yet another convincing victory – a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.Luis Enrique’s red-hot side have now scored 14 goals in just three games after successive high scoring triumphs over Real Madrid and AS Roma respectively. The deadlock was broken on this occasion after just 22 minutes when Neymar smashed the ball into the back of the net from a Dani Alves low cross.Alves was also the provider of Barcelona’s second goal when he found Luis Suarez with a deep cross and the Uruguayan finished with an acrobatic effort just three minutes before the half-time break. Barcelona extended their lead on 53 minutes when Neymar sealed a double after meeting a cross from Jeremy Mathieu.It was a frustrating afternoon in front of goal for Lionel Messi but he finally got on the score-sheet – his first league strike in two months – in added time as he tapped in a Neymar pass to complete the rout.Luis Enrique’s side move to 33 points with 11 wins from 13 games.– This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more

Deputies searching for missing 88-year-old woman in Boca Raton

first_imgPalm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a missing 88-year-old woman who was last seen Friday at around 1:30 p.m.According to officials, Mildred Granino was last seen leaving her residence located in the 8500 block of Bella Vista Drive. She was driving a 2018 white SubaruImpreza with Florida tag # LPZF57. Police say has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.Mildred is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds. She has gray hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white sweatshirt.Anyone with information about Mildred Granino’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 688-3400last_img