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With several scenic nature walks to explore, there’s no better way to truly experience Sentosa than on foot. These nature trails are suitable for hikers of all ages, so gather the family or your best friends for a day of exploring together.

Start your hike at Sentosa Nature Discovery, located at Imbiah Lookout, which brings you to Mount Imbiah, a forested hill that is one of Sentosa’s two protected natural areas. Cruise through 2.3 km of lush vegetation, wildlife animal models, and man-made structures that make perfect spots for photo ops. The area is also home to 80 different species of resident and migratory birds, so keep your eyes peeled and your phone cameras ready.

After completing the Imbiah trail, you will find yourself at Siloso Point, which marks the start of your exploration of Fort Siloso, just a 5 minute walk away. The Fort Siloso Skywalk, which leads to the entry point of the fort, offers stunning panoramic views of Sentosa as well as neighboring islands in the distance.

Once you’ve reached the fort itself, choose between the Heritage Trail, which takes you on a journey through time to the events leading up to Japanese occupation, or the Gun Trail, with impressive replicas of coastal guns that were in action during the Battle of Singapore.

Sand and salt mix available at these 2 Pittsfield fire stations Mon, 10 Jan 2022 17:18:27 +0000

The recent freezing weather here in the Berkshires has caused people to face problems with ice on their sidewalks and / or driveways.

With the weather not looking to warm above freezing until Thursday of this week, the City of Pittsfield would like to remind you that a free mix of sand and salt is available to residents.

The Department of Public Services announces that piles of sand have been placed in three locations around the city.

  • Barker Road. Fire station (ENGINE 1)
  • Peck’s Rd. Fire station (ENGINE 5)
  • 37 Elm Street (at the intersection of Deming and Elm)

The sand will be available for pickup by residents of Pittsfield for their personal use throughout the winter season. Residents are asked to limit their pickups to 50 pounds (one 5 gallon bucket) per visit.

Users of these batteries are urged to report any suspected abuse (loading vans, etc.) to the DPS Highway Division office (499 9314).

Due to recent freezing weather, I noticed Peck’s Road. The fire station was already running out of sand, just for the record.

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Keansburg, NJ police officer recovers from stabbing in drugstore Fri, 07 Jan 2022 21:37:08 +0000

KEANSBURG – An officer remains hospitalized after being stabbed Thursday afternoon while responding to a pharmacy robbery that resulted in the suspect being shot in the skin by police.

Keansburg Police received several 911 calls regarding the theft at the Keansburg pharmacy at approximately 3:20 p.m.

“Several officers” fired their service weapons at the thief after stabbing him, according to Acting State Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bruck did not disclose how many shots were fired, which led to the stabbing or the identities of the officers and the suspect. Early reports of the incident described it as a hostage-taking.

The veteran officer was still hospitalized at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel on Friday afternoon for additional arm surgery, Keansburg Mayor George Hoff said in New Jersey 101.5.

State rules require that the state attorney general’s office investigate any death during a meeting with a law enforcement official.

Friends of the man who was shot told CBS New York that he had previously struggled with mental illness and addiction.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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MS Norröna: the deadly fire of a ferry in the Irish Sea Thu, 06 Jan 2022 13:26:48 +0000

IRISH FERRIES, then B&I, first established its Pembroke Dock-Rosslare ferry line in 1979 after the construction of a £ 6million ferry terminal on the River Cleddau in Pembrokeshire.

For 11 years, they operated the route without serious incident, but that would all change on April 8, 1990.

The MS Norröna was launched on February 10, 1973 as Gustav Vasa in Rendsburg, Germany. The ship was a car ferry built for the route from Malmö in Sweden to Travemünde in Germany, a route she operated without problem for 10 years.

In 1983, the Gustav Vasa was sold to the Faroe Islands-based Smyril Line and renamed MS Norröna. She will spend the next 7 years covering the roads of Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, to the Shetland Islands, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

The ship was also often leased to other ferry companies if they needed to cover their routes, so the Norröna ended up covering the route from Pembroke Dock to Rosslare for B&I in April 1990.

The ferry left the Pembroke wharf at around 10 p.m. with 200 passengers and 78 crew on board and began the routine 60 mile crossing to Rosslare, which at the time took about 4 hours.

MS Norrona at Pembroke Dock, 1990.

At around midnight, 2 hours after the start of the crossing, a sailor saw smoke coming from the unoccupied cabins on the C-deck of the 9,000-ton vessel and sounded the alarm, but the vessel was already filling with smoke. .

Paris store manager Mr John Fitzpatrick, 42 ​​at the time, said he and his family owed their lives to his tendency to sleep light as he was awakened by the smell of smoke in their cabin.

Mr Fitzpatrick, of Golders Green in London, immediately woke his sleeping family, his wife Norah, 41, and daughter Clare, 7, told them to get dressed and together they started crawling on the ground to get out of danger.

Once the captain was informed of the fire on board, the vessel immediately turned around and returned to Pembroke Dock. But the quick wit of the crew, who no doubt saved lives, failed to save everyone and the fire aboard the MS Norröna ended up costing a life, that of a man believed to be a truck driver, died from smoke inhalation. two bridges over where the fire started.

Coast Guard spokesman George Clarke said firefighters and crew brought the blaze under control within two hours of receiving the captain’s distress call.

Three RAF helicopters were used to evacuate the wounded and bring firefighters and medics aboard the ship.

31 passengers, most of whom were suffering from smoke inhalation, required overnight treatment at Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest, with a woman in her 20s receiving intensive care there.

A second woman also needed intensive care, but was transferred to West Wales Hospital in Carmarthen.

The less seriously injured passengers were released after being interviewed by Dyfed-Powys police officers who also took their fingerprints to aid their investigation.

B&I Marine Superintendent Captain Peter McKenna told Irish Radio: “The cabins are not normally locked, but the area has not been allocated to passengers for this particular navigation. The cabins were close to each other in the same section. ″

McKenna said the company believed lit mattresses or paper started the fire.

Deputy Police Chief Eifion Pritchard said the fire was being treated as a criminal investigation.

He said at the time: “We don’t know the cause at this time, but there is reason to suspect that it may not have started accidentally.”

He also declined to comment on reports that the fire on board the Norröna started at two separate locations on the ferry’s C deck, which was a crew accommodation area that passengers could not access.

The strangest aspect of this whole situation is that the fire aboard the MS Norröna was the third fatal fire aboard European ferries in just three days.

On April 7, 1990, at 2 a.m., a fire was discovered aboard the Scandinavian Star, a ferry traveling between Norway and Denmark which for various reasons such as the malfunction of the fire doors and the barrier of the language, killed 200 people, including the life of the arsonist accused of having started the fatal fire.

Then the fire of the MS Norröna took place on April 8.

Finally, on April 9, a ferry christened Reine Mathilde was 13 miles from the Isle of Wight on the Portsmouth – Caen route when a fire broke out in the engine room. A crew member fighting the fire inhaled smoke and a 66-year-old passenger suffered a heart attack and died despite the efforts of two medics, who were already on the ship, to rescue him.

the MS Norröna was refitted after the fire, in 2004 she was renamed and now operates as a Christian outreach vessel.

No one has ever been charged with the fire aboard the MS Norröna, which claimed one person’s life, although it has been described by Dyfed-Powys officers as “non-accidental”.

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Elmwood Park, NJ, a man stabbed a woman with a kitchen knife Sun, 02 Jan 2022 17:30:28 +0000

A 25-year-old man in Elmwood Park has been charged with attempted murder after stabbing a woman with a kitchen knife on New Years Eve, Bergen County District Attorney Mark Musella has announced.

Emiliano Domi, a bakery employee, was arrested on Friday, according to the prosecution.

Elmwood Park police responded to a domestic violence incident around noon at a residence along Martha Avenue.

Police found a 43-year-old woman with a stab wound, Musella said.

She was in stable condition at a local hospital on Sunday.

Musella did not reveal anything further about Domi’s relationship with the injured woman.

In addition to attempted first degree murder, Domi is also charged with aggravated second degree assault, aggravated third degree assault, illegal possession of a third degree weapon, and illegal possession of a weapon. in the fourth degree.

He was being held in Bergen County Jail, awaiting his first court appearance.

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The holidays in 2022: what will they look like? Fri, 31 Dec 2021 15:59:07 +0000

IIf you thought 2021 was complex, prepare for 2022. As the travel industry is optimistic about the freedoms afforded by Covid-19 vaccines and as more destinations open up to vacationers, there will be always new documents, new buzzwords and new scenarios to be expected.

Here’s what to look out for on your vacation in the coming year.

Vaccine passports

Prepare to hold up this vaccination record with pride – an increasing number of destinations require you to present full proof of vaccination in order to enter the country or its inland sites. Sounds simple to most adults, but trickier for family vacations – while 82% of over 12s have now been doubly vaccinated in the UK, most of those under 12 have not. have not done.

Yet several countries already effectively ban unstung children from indoors, with strict rules regarding proof of full vaccination. Some – like France and Germany – only apply the rule over the age of 12, but New York recently implemented rules for children as young as five. Regardless of the new variations and the increase in cases, vaccine passports seem to be a part of everyday travel. Austria is trying to help families enjoy normal travel with their Holiday Ninja Pass, a record of frequent Covid tests that can be used by teens and children while traveling – albeit at the time of writing , all except those with a recall must currently quarantine upon entry into Austria. Enter our next hot topic …

Booster jabs

Forget about double shots – getting ‘boosted’ will be the new must-have status for vacationers in 2022. Just months after the first vaccines were approved, researchers were drawing conclusions about how long they provide effective protection, most of them conclusive that immunity wanes about five to nine months after your second jab. Hence the mega-deployment of booster injections in the UK as the first shot crossed the five or six month line. As the travel industry learns to live with Covid-19, boosters will be increasingly vital for overseas travel.

Some countries already insist that you must have received a “final” dose of vaccine within the past nine months to enter – Austria and Croatia each have 270-day “expiration dates” on evidence. complete vaccination. Elsewhere, the EU recently voted to cap the validity of vaccine passports at nine months, meaning you’ll need a reminder after that date to keep your NHS Covid Pass (or similar) valid across Europe. ; and France has already insisted that those over 65 receive a reminder so that proof of vaccination is considered valid when traveling.

Post-Brexit ripples

You might have thought that post-Brexit rule changes (like the need to have your passport stamped when entering and leaving the EU) would have been completed by 2021. But the Etias system will be the next thing. to come – this is the European Travel Information and Authorization Scheme. From an unconfirmed “end of 2022” date, travelers from the UK will need to pre-register their details and pay € 7 to access all Schengen countries in Europe.

Rather than a visa, Europe claims Etias is “a pre-travel authorization system for visa-exempt travelers” – a concept similar to the US Esta and the Canadian eTA.

Elsewhere, the EU’s long-planned Entry / Exit System (EES) will also enter into force from 2022, with the collection of facial and fingerprint biometric data from every non-EU visitor to the EU. European Schengen area. Industry experts including The independentSimon Calder of Simon Calder predicted chaos for those arriving by road, rail or ferry, without an electronic gate system or equivalent in place for these travelers.

With long-stay visas for European countries proving difficult for British travelers in 2021 – Britons cannot stay longer than 90 days in a 180-day period – there is hope on the horizon when it is about visiting specific countries within the EU. Portugal, Spain, Malta and Greece are all expected to cooperate with frequent UK visitors and secondary residents by creating easier or cheaper visas for stays longer than three months.

Finally, beware of rising roaming costs from your mobile network provider – until January 2021, phone users could mainly use their phones across the EU without adding to their mobile tariffs. After Brexit, Three, EE and Vodafone all announced plans to start charging customers extra for the privilege – EE changes come in from January, while Three adds a fixed fee for European usage to from May. The Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man will be exempt from the new taxes.

Selective destinations

The ability to filter out certain types of tourists and reopen to visitors in phases means some countries may start to become more exclusive – and not just to unvaccinated travelers. A Bali tourism minister made waves in September when he said the island would aim for “quality tourism” and suggested that backpackers would not be allowed at first. The minister quickly corrected his wording, but many countries, from Vietnam to New Zealand, are implementing gradual reopenings that start with certain nationalities or visa holders before opening up to the rest of the world.

Other popular vacation spots have used the general tourism collapse caused by the pandemic’s border closures to question who should be allowed to return once travel resumes, and how it could be managed. Venice – which has suffered from the effects of overtourism for years – is expected to introduce visitor fees, an online reservation system and even theme park-style turnstiles from next year, in order to control the number of tourists allowed to enter. Months released a ‘roadmap’ on how tourism could restart once global Covid cases decline, suggesting that a ‘new normal’ may not be reached until 2024.

Last minute getaways and “trip stacking”

If we’ve learned anything from the emergence of the Omicron variant, it’s that travel rules can change in the blink of an eye. It will have shaken the faith of many travel fans who envisioned the industry’s recovery as a steady upward trajectory, rather than two steps forward, one step back. More flexibility on moving or changing bookings has been a blessing in the pandemic era, with many other travelers trusting tour operators as the safest way to book travel.

It therefore seems likely that more travelers will wait to book closer to their planned travel dates, in order to have a clearer picture of the travel landscape at this point. In terms of advance bookings, a more preferred trend is “trip stacking” – booking two trips for the same period in the hope that at least one of them can come true.

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Paterson, NJ, Police kill suspect in gun arrest Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:05:49 +0000

PATERSON – Police shot dead a man during their investigation into an earlier incident on Thursday evening, according to the state attorney general’s office.

The shot was fired by an officer near East Main and Hillman streets shortly before 9 p.m., according to Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck.

The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, was pronounced dead instantly.

Photos show a heavy police presence on Main Street around 9 p.m. when the shots were fired.

Bruck did not disclose details of the incident.

Scene from a shootout on East Main Street in Paterson 12/29/21 (RLS Metro Breaking News)

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Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh told CBS New York the man shot at police who then fired back.

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New passenger ferry celebrating Isle of Man heritage comes to life Thu, 30 Dec 2021 09:33:00 +0000

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company claims the title of the oldest operating passenger transport company in the world. A few years ago, she decided to replace her current ferry, the Ben-my-Chree, with a new one. Called Manxman, the new ship will have enough room for 949 passengers, plus 495 square meters (5,328 square feet) of additional space for vehicles and other types of cargo.

The name of the new ship was revealed in 2020, following more than 7,500 people submitting their favorite from the shortlisted picks. King Orry was among them, but Manxman ultimately won. Customers were also involved in the design process and were able to submit their preferences for future onboard services.

These included additional space for those traveling with pets, children’s area suitable for a wider range of ages, more charging points for devices, and more variety in dining options. and drinks. All of these, and more, will be revealed as the new onboard services once the ship is ready to take off.

Those who are passionate about shipbuilding know that the keel laying ceremony is one of the most beautiful and exciting parts. The ceremony that marked Manxman’s birth took place on Christmas Eve at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. A centuries-old tradition has it that a coin is placed under the keel, to bring good luck to the captain and crew on board the new ship.

The part that was placed under Maxman’s keel is not ordinary. An Isle of Man coin issued in 1979 depicting a ship was presented to the President of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company by Treasury Minister David Ashford MHK and Bill Henderson MLC, a member of the department responsible for coins and cash.

The new ferry, which is expected to enter service by 2023, will also have a collection of works of art on permanent display. The special collection will highlight and celebrate the great maritime heritage of this unique island.

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Rebels without a cause: the anti-heroes of 2021 who made us laugh and laugh Sun, 26 Dec 2021 02:30:00 +0000

In the rough waters of the Irish Sea, Dale McLaughlan clung to his jet ski for life. The rule-breaking trip to visit his (three-week-old) girlfriend was fit for the Milk Tray man but he felt, he later said, more “like a shitty James Bond.” On his headphones, the very appropriate music of Wet Wet Wet’s Love is All Around kept his spirits up. The waves were like “a kick in the teeth”.

crashed it and destroyed its GPS. He had no idea where he was, but he had gone too far to turn around.

To calm his mind in the midst of this danger, he focusesed on the object of the quest. He had met Jessica, a mother of two, while working at a Isle of Man pub in September 2020. He saw her step into a tight black skirt and top and “that was it”.

She sounded excited and within a week he had told her, “I really think I love you.”

When Covid suddenly took hold, the island was locked down. Dale had to return home to Scotland.

As he stood on the ferry deck and watched the Isle of Man pull away, he knew it was the biggest mistake of his life. His depression worsened as he pined for Jessica.

Back in Scotland, he applied for humanitarian visitation rights, but was refuse.

He thought about paying a fisherman to smuggle him across the 43 mile stretch of water, but then a friend told him about someone who used a jet ski to get to the Isle of Man to do of motorcycle.
competitions. That afternoon, Dale had used every penny he owned to buy a jet ski, GPS, dry bag, and drysuit. The whole package cost him about six thousand dollars.

He also took a Covid test, which came out negative. And at 5 a.m. the next morning, he was out on the water, rolling the waves towards his lover.

When he lost the GPS it was still dark and he couldn’t see anything. He remembered that the sun was rising in thSo he tried to use the light of the dawning dawn to guide him. His hands were numb. His shoulders ached from hanging on to the handle of the jet ski. One moment he was looking at the sky, the next moment he found himself staring into the black abyss of the sea.

But the cheesy ballads and thought of Jessica kept pushing him.

And then, with the fuel gauge nearly empty, earth appeared. He was not sure of the exact destination and therefore embarked on a 24 km trip in the wrong direction.

He had landed in the wrong town on the Isle of Man and had to walk for hours before he finally found Jessica. They had what, out of politeness, was then called “a romantic reunion” and then drove to the pub, where Dale was arrested for flouting the Covid rules. He did not deny it and was jailed for four weeks.

He returned to Scotland in time for Christmas, by which time he was quite infamous. When he got home, his tires were punctured.

But Dale was unrepentant. “I did it for love,” he said later. “It might be called a crime of passion.”

Sadly, Dale and Jessica didn’t last the course – they broke up earlier this year – but he was undoubtedly one of the anti-heroes of the pandemic. These were people who were so different from the real heroes – the frontline staff – but who perversely supported our minds in their own way, vicariously letting us live out the fantasy of giving every curtain two fingers and wagging our fingers. . , even as we obediently remained in our homes.

The pandemic has wreaked terrible havoc here and around the world and forever changed Irish society, but the relentless knowledge of it weighed on us and we longed for tiny glimpses of normal human history.

Anti-heroes should not be confused with anti-maskers. No ideology supported their madness; their goals were purely on love, life and evil.

The leader among our local anti-heroes was Kirstie McGrath and Niamh Mulreany, also known as Dubai Boob Job Women. In an atmosphere where someone on Twitter was likely to accuse you of killing their grandmother if you strayed outside your 5k, Kirstie and Niamh flew to Dubai to have cosmetic enhancements – “colloquially called a boob job,” Judge Miriam Walsh noted – then refused to submit to the mandatory hotel quarantine upon their return to Ireland.

And Ireland, to paraphrase Conor McGregor’s sister Erin, couldn’t get over their necks.

At the hearing to decide their sentence, Judge Walsh questioned whether new breasts were an “essential trip” and a Garda warned that the women’s release would make a mockery of the Health Care Act under which they were charged.

To the pearl masses at home, it didn’t matter that the two had three negative Covid tests throughout the saga and neither of them actually bought their new breasts – which were supposed to be birthday presents – at the end. The vanity and recklessness of the mission infuriates people, and the icing on the cake is that they are given free legal aid.

In public, the two women pulled their fluffy hoodies over their heads, as if they were murderous dragged into court.

And yet, as politicians and health officials beat us with dire predictions, women were an oasis of frivolity in a wasteland of seriousness.

At least they united the country in a tut choir. Ireland had one of the highest foreclosure regulatory compliance rates in the world. Having an example made of one or two daring kids, who were forced to sit on the naughty walk in front of all of us, probably helped with that.

The anti-heroes of the pandemic can be distinguished from the disregard of the rules of politicians – who, as the chief finger, could be accused of hypocrisy. They were very different from former European Commissioner Phil Hogan or Supreme Court Justice Séamus Woulfe, for example.

While the Dubai Two or the Jet Ski Romeo arguably contributed to the nation’s mirth with their mad escapades, the offense of judge and politician – attending a golf company dinner – was not the idea of fun for no one. But fun could also be part of the problem.

Perhaps the most vilified of all lockdown anti-heroes was Jay Bourke, the raffish publican, who owned the Berlin bar from Dublin. Bourke went abroad shortly after a video of bacchanal socializing at the bar – what he called “30 seconds of madness” – went viral in August of last year. Bourke was deeply contrite and the bar staff put a notice in the window saying “we screwed up”. The apologies have served no purpose. Earlier this year, Gardaí opposed the renewal of the bar’s license and the judge granted that objection.

A severe punishment. Much of the anger that pervaded the lockdown was the resentment people felt upon hearing that someone else was having fun for some reason, and the sight of a bartender pouring gunshots into the mouth. open patrons predictably caused the beating of veins in temples across the country. There was a war going on and these people were shamelessly partying.

We may have missed the symbolism of the bar name. The pre-debaucheryThe festival of WWII in the German capital of Berlin has been compared by composer Alban Berg to the people “dancing on a volcano”. At Christopher Isherwood Cabaret, Sally Bowles and her friends turned a blind eye to the overwhelming horror but surely, looking back on the story, only the meanest spirits would have blamed them for their last desperate blow for fun. It was irresponsible but understandable.

We’re long enough in the pandemic that most of us understand the ultimate lie in it all was the phrase: we’re all in the same boat.

On the contrary, the lockdown accentuated the inequalities that already existed in Irish society. We have seen more than ever the divide between middle-aged people with their backyard gardens and homes and young people, working together in cramped apartments at the kitchen table and deprived of everything that previous generations had. took for granted: the space to live and the freedom to socialize and experience the mistakes and chaos that are an integral part of every self-respecting young person.

The anti-heroes of the pandemic were a protest against all of this. With their breasts, their boats and their bars, they stormed the barricades of decorum and common sense. And when the tutting is gone and the history books are written, it will be the colorful footnotes that will make the whole tragedy a little more bearable.

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Christmas Service available to Sailors as a digital download from the Isle of Man Register Fri, 24 Dec 2021 15:09:43 +0000

A special Sailor Christmas Service available for digital download for the crew during the holiday season has been developed by the Isle of Man Ship Register (IOMSR) and the Dutch Sailors’ Mission Association – Nederlandse Zeevarenden Central (NZC).

OMSR Director Cameron Mitchell said the Christmas celebration is now available on its Crew Matters sailor welfare app, having been registered at St Nicholas Church in Monnickendam in the Netherlands by the Dutch Seamen’s Mission Association, which is a member of the International Christian Maritime Association. (ICMA).

Mr Mitchell, a former sailor himself, said he hoped the service would give sailors a boost over Christmas and pointed out that the Crew Matters app is available free to the 1.6 million sailors in the world via Apple Store and Google Play (see links below).

“With around 400,000 sailors coming from the Philippines, we recognize how important their faith is to them, as well as to Christian sailors of other nationalities,” he said. “So when ICMA and the Stella Maris marine charity approached us to broadcast the service on our app, we thought it was a brilliant idea.

Religious charities do vital work in the port, the key now is to harness technology to extend this support to sailors at sea. Due to work and covid restrictions, many sailors will not be able to visit the ports. churches at Christmas. We hope this Mass will bring some spiritual comfort as so many sailors are far from home and their loved ones. “

Jason Zuidema, Secretary General of ICMA, welcomed the initiative. “It can be difficult to be away from family and friends during the Christmas season,” he said.

“For this reason, sailor missions around the world prepare little gifts for sailors, to bring them a little cheerfulness and let them know that their hard work is appreciated. Seafarers cannot attend Christmas celebrations at home with family and friends so it’s great that we can help them organize the celebration. “
Cameron said that in addition to church services, the app provides a range of useful services in accordance with comments from the sailors themselves.

“The app is designed for sailors by sailors,” he said. “We talked to sailors and listened to how we can improve their lives at sea. This includes fitness and wellness sessions, educational classes and events like mass. Seafarers can also record their shifts in a seagoing service log, and if they are feeling stressed or sick, there is a live SOS feature that provides immediate access to a confidential hotline or to a chat box feature connecting to ISWAN’s team of specially trained counselors and psychologists – one day seven days a week.

On a practical level, Cameron said the app also solves the problem of storing seafarers’ documentation in one place, as well as providing a link to the Nautilus union with details on members, news, information, etc. careers, jobs and training opportunities. He said the app contains a wealth of information from the ship register, including the captain’s manual, port services and vessel traffic.

“The feedback we get from sailors and shipowners is really positive,” he said. “Seafarers want more positive things to do at sea, while shipowners want to find new ways to help seafarers and embrace digitalization. “

Download the Crew Matters app on Apple via this link.

Also with GooglePlay here.

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