zoom Viking Star, the first of three cruise ships which Fincantieri is building for the California-headquartered cruise liner company Viking Ocean Cruises, was handed over on Saturday, March 28th at Marghera shipyard.Viking Star, like its two sister ships Viking Sea and Viking Sky, are intended to operate in the small cruise ship segment.The ship features a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons and 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.The ceremony was attended by Torstein Hagen, founder and chairman of Viking Cruises, while Fincantieri was represented, among others, by Giuseppe Bono, CEO.Viking Star will take on her first guests on April 11. She will then set sail from Istanbul, making her way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic on her way to be officially christened May 17 in Bergen, Norway.The following video brings you a taste of the ship’s sea trials in the Aegean Sea mid-December:
A Cambridge University lecturer has won a court battle against her lawyer ex-husband who claimed he should not have to pay her maintenance because she is too hardworking.Three judges have refused “belligerent, unhelpful and dictatorial” London solicitor Goran Mickovski’s bid to stop payments to his ex-wife, Kathleen Liddell.The former couple shared a £1.2m family fortune when they split in 2011 after 11 years of marriage.After they broke up, 40-year-old Mrs Liddell moved from part-time to full-time hours despite having “tiny children” to care for, saying she needed to work “as hard as she can” to “survive financially”. I understand and accept her decision to work full time… she is working as hard as she can and she can’t earn any moreJudge Markanza Cudby But Lady Justice Macur dismissed Mrs Mickovski’s challenge to Judge Cudby’s order, saying: “The wife says, ‘I need to work in order to survive financially’. She was struggling. Each month her outgoings exceeded her income.”That is why she needs maintenance going forward and why the judge made the findings that she did. The judge congratulated her for getting herself back to work full time with tiny children. “The judge found that the husband had not been accurate in his assertions… she accepted the evidence of the wife. We intend to refuse the husband permission to appeal.”Mr Mickovski was given two months to pay the £34,000 to his ex – who represented herself in court – along with £3,543 in legal costs.He must keep on paying her £723-a-month maintenance until he comes up with the £34,000 lump sum The former matrimonial home in Islington of Kathleen Liddell and Goran MickovskiCredit:Richard Gittins/Champion News Judge Cudby found last year that Mrs Liddell still needed the maintenance payments as she was struggling to make ends meet.”She receives no real financial contribution from her partner,” the judge said, adding: “I’m satisfied that she works hard… I understand and accept her decision to work full time… she is earning £53,000-a-year and I accept she is working as hard as she can and she can’t earn any more.”The judge also branded Mr Mickovski “belligerent, unhelpful and dictatorial” after hearing him give evidence.But his barrister, Stephen Lyon, told the Court of Appeal that Judge Cudby’s decision not to end the maintenance payments had left his ex more comfortable than she needed to be, when by now she should be financially “independent.””The increase in salaried income that she gained by going full-time matched the level of maintenance he was paying, therefore she no longer needed it,” he said.”There was no continuing need for financial support from the former husband at £723-a-month,” he told the judges.Mr Lyon insisted that Mrs Liddell was “in a position now to be independent of the husband and that she could immediately adjust without undue hardship to the immediate termination” of maintenance.The wife’s five-bedroom home “arguably exceeded her needs,” he argued, adding: “There was no consideration of need.””We say the judge gave no reasons for her decision and no analysis. The impression one gets from the judgment is that the judge is saying, ‘you’ve not convinced me you can’t afford it, so you can carry on paying’. That’s not the law, bluntly.” But her 43-year-old ex-husband later took her to court, asking Judge Markanza Cudby to stop the £723-a-month maintenance he had been paying her because his ex-wife’s wages had increased. However, Mrs Liddell was “congratulated” by the divorce judge for her strong work ethic.The judge went on to order her ex-husband to pay her the whole sum of the maintenance she was due for the next four years at once in a £34,000 lump sum.Two more judges at London’s Court of Appeal heard Mr Mickovski challenge that order, arguing that his ex-wife had been left in a financial position that “exceeded her needs”.Lady Justice Macur and Lady Justice Eleanor King heard that the former couple lived in an £800,000 home in Islington, north London, which made up the bulk of their £1.2m wealth.As well as the maintenance payments, Mrs Liddell received a £555,000 lump sum when the marriage broke down and, in return, signed her half of the house over to her ex, who still lives there.The academic used the money to buy a five-bedroom property in Cambridgeshire near her £53,000-a-year job at the University’s law faculty.She now shares the house with her new partner, a chartered accountant, while Mr Mickovski, who is also required to pay child support, has re-married a businesswoman working for British-American Tobacco. The case made its way to the Court of AppealCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Image Resources NL recently announced the execution of a binding Heads of Agreement with Sunrise Energy Group Pty Ltd for the supply and construction of a 3-4 MW AC solar farm to be built next to the company’s high-grade, zircon-rich Boonanarring mineral sands project located 80 km north of Perth, which is currently under construction and scheduled to be commissioned in the Q4 2018.Subject to receipt of all necessary approvals, the Solar Farm will be built, owned and operated by Sunrise Energy Group on land owned by Image and leased to Sunrise Energy Group. The solar farm will be located approximately 20km north of Gingin, adjacent to the Boonanarring mine and processing facility and connected directly to Image’s embedded electrical supply network in a “behind the meter” configuration. “We are pleased to be one of the pioneering WA mining companies adopting distributed renewable electricity generation” said Patrick Mutz, Managing Director of Image Resources. “This solar farm is expected to produce around 25% of our electrical requirements at Boonanarring. Not only will the solar farm supply power in an environmentally sustainable manner, its construction will result in a further A$6-$7 million of capital investment by Sunrise Energy Group into a long-life asset located in the shire of Gingin, creating both construction and operational employment. It could also provide a small savings in annual electricity costs to the company.”Sunrise Energy Group will now work, at its cost, to complete all of the remaining development activities, including securing all required approvals, over the next 6-8 months, with construction anticipated to commence in early 2019.The binding provisions of the HOA are customary for an agreement of this nature and include exclusivity, confidentiality and the reimbursement of certain costs incurred by Sunrise Energy Group in the event Image decides not to proceed with the project during the project approvals phase. “We are excited to be working with Image Resources on this solar farm project” said Neil Canby, Executive Director, Sunrise Energy Group. “The adoption of large-scale distributed generation by the commercial and industrial sector in WA has been very limited to date. The WA market is a very different market to the National Electricity Market applicable to the Eastern States, having unique challenges and opportunities. Image Resources has taken the time to work through our commercial model and evaluate the opportunity as a potential large load industrial customer, including the social, environmental and economic benefits of having distributed renewable energy generation for their mining project.”Canby goes on to say, “This proposition is not unique to Image Resources. This is a model that can be used for many large rural loads across WA that are connected to the grid. We look forward to making this project a huge success for Image Resources. Sunrise Energy Group is proud and committed to be leading the charge in this exciting new energy supply segment.”