Al Shafar General Contracting Company (ASGC), a leading UAE construction group, has been awarded the prestigious CSR Label by the Dubai Chamber for Responsible Business. ASGC CEO Bishoy Azmy receives the award from Hamad Buamim, president and CEO of Dubai Chamber (left). See report in Construction sector.
Child models present creations from the SUN TOMORROW Children's Collection during China Fashion Week in Beijing on March 31. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
People look at a closed entrance to a subway station in Istanbul on March 31. A major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday, including the capital of Ankara and the biggest city, Istanbul, where parts of the subway system were shut down and shopping malls were plunged into darkness. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said all possible causes of the outage were being investigated and did not rule out sabotage, but said that trouble with transmission lines was the most likely reason for the problem. Reuters/Osman Orsal
Sharing a lighter moment
US Vice President Joe Biden (R) reacts as he tells a funny story about his early career as a Senator during dedication ceremonies for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, Massachusetts on March 30. Seated onstage while Vice President Biden spoke are former US Senator Trent Lott (L), Connecticut State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. (2nd L), son of former Senator Kennedy, and Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of Senator Kennedy. Reuters/Brian Snyder
A half closed window is seen on a house painted with graffiti in a Rome neighbourhood on March 30. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a US-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang on March 30. The drill is part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle, which runs from March 2 to April 24. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji
Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy rides his bike during the Qatar MotoGP Grand Prix at the Losail International circuit in Doha on March 29. Reuters/Fadi Al-Assaad
Hug for 'Favourite Villain'
Actress Angelina Jolie is congratulated by her daughters Vivienne (L) and Shiloh after winning the Favorite Villain Award at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
Green with slime
Adam Sandler (L) slimes fellow actor Josh Gad on stage at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California on March 28. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
Out for a walk
A man pulls his camel as he sits in an auto rickshaw during a dust storm in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on March 29. Reuters/Amit Dave
Crew members work on the Airbus A320 that slid off a runway at the end of Air Canada Flight 624 at Halifax Stanfield Airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia on March 29. The Air Canada plane slid off a runway and suffered heavy damage while landing in the east coast city of Halifax on Sunday, sending more than 20 passengers and crew to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The incident happened shortly after midnight. The airline said in an update on Sunday afternoon that all but one of those admitted to hospitals had now been released. Reuters/Mark Blinch
Australian players celebrate after defeating New Zealand in their Cricket World Cup final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on March 29. Reuters/Jason Reed
Part of the game
A policeman tackles a protester before the start of the Cricket World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on March 29. Reuters/Jason Reed
Palestinian protesters run from tear gas canisters launched by Israeli troops during clashes following a protest marking the Land Day, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah on March 28. Palestinians mark Land Day on March 30, the annual commemoration of protests in 1976 against Israel's appropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee. Reuters/Mohamad Torokman
Actress Angelina Jolie waves as she accepts the Best Villain Award at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California on March 28. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
India's Saina now world's favourite
India's Saina Nehwal will replace Olympic champion Li Xuerui as the women's world number one badminton player, ending China's stranglehold at the top of the rankings.
China have long dominated the women's game and the last non-Chinese to be world number one was Denmark's Tine Baun in December 2010.
While Li, who won Olympic gold in London, has struggled with a foot injury, the other contender for the top ranking, All England champion Carolina Marin of Spain, lost in the semi-final of the India Open super-series.
World Champion Marin, who beat Nehwal in the All England final this month, lost to third-seeded Thai Ratchanok Intanon 21—19 21—23 22—20 in the semi-finals.
Olympic bronze medallist Nehwal, 25, will play Japan's Yui Hashimoto in the second semi-final but will advance to the top irrespective of her result.
"I want to be the best," Nehwal said before her top ranking was confirmed. "It's not about the ranking, it's about being consistent.
"Li Xuerui is injured. You can't ignore the fact that she's the best player in the world, but she's been injured over the last few months.
"When she comes back she will be strong. The Chinese will come back and they will be ready for us."-Reuters
‘Full of joy’
Amanda Knox talks to the press surrounded by family outside her mother's home in Seattle, Washington on March 27. Knox she was "full of joy" following her acquittal by Italy's top court for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Reuters/Jason Redmond
Guests make their ways to the roof as they escape from Maka Al-Mukarama hotel during an attack by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab in Mogadishu on March 27. Islamist militants blasted their way into a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least seven people and trapping government officials inside, police and witnesses said. Reuters/Feisal Omar
Military fighter planes fly over during a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw, March 27. The parade commemorates the day when independence hero General Aung San gave the command to the units of the independence army to launch nation-wide resistance against Japanese occupation. - Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
Battling a fire
Firefighters battle a fire at the site of a residential apartment building collapse and fire in New York City's East Village neighborhood, March 26. Four apartment buildings in New York's East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, injuring 19 people, authorities said. - Reuters/Mike Segar
Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Crown Princess Mary pose for photos in front of Tokyo Tower as they take a boat trip in Tokyo Bay for briefing on preparations for the Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo March 27. The Danish royal couple is in Japan on three-day visit as part of a large promotion of Greenland in Japan. - Reuters/Toru Hanai
Soldiers descend from a helicopter during a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw, March 27. The parade commemorates the day when independence hero General Aung San gave the command to the units of the independence army to launch nation-wide resistance against Japanese occupation. Background reads "70 years". - Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
Eat, pray soccer
Students do morning exercises with soccer balls on a playground at a primary school in Linhai, Zhejiang province, China on March 26. Reuters/China Daily
Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi sits in the Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft at an air base in Baghdad on March 26. Coalition and Iraqi planes struck a sprawling complex of palaces in the city of Tikrit on Thursday where Islamic State militants have been holding out for more than three weeks. Iraq's Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi played down the role of Iranian advisers and the degree of interaction between them and the coalition. Reuters/Khalid al-Mousily
A woman displays a 100.20-carat diamond ring at a pre-auction viewing at Sotheby's in Los Angeles, California on March 25. Sotheby's says the ring is expected to sell for $19-25 million. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
A worker paints as he restores the gold foil on the thousand-hands Bodhisattva in Chongqing Municipality, China on March 25. The restoration project which started 2008 draws to an end for the statue originally carved in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Reuters/China Daily
DP World forms integrated global management structure
DP World, one of the world’s top three container terminal operators, has established a new management and business structure, integrating the P&O businesses acquired in March.
The terminal business will consist of seven regions, with a lean, Dubai-based head office led by CEO Mohammed Sharaf.
P&O’s other businesses - P&O Ferries, P&O Estates and P&O Maritime Services -- will come
under the management of DP World’s parent company, P&F World FZE, headed by Jamal Majid bin Thaniah as Group CEO.
P&O CEO Robert Woods and Sharaf have been working closely together as co-CEOs of DP World since the acquisition, successfully ensuring business as usual for customers while the integration work was being done.
Woods is due to retire in September and will stand down as co-CEO of DP World from the end of June. He will continue in a senior advisory role with the company, overseeing the P&O North America business until its sale, expected in coming months, and serving as chairman of P&O Ferries and chairman of P&O Maritime Services and retaining the roles of non-executive chairman for Southampton Container Terminal and Tilbury Container Terminal. He will also join the board of directors of P&F World.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World, said: “Robert has done an outstanding job as CEO. The strength of the P&O business is a testament to his leadership. As co-CEO since the acquisition, Robert has been generous with his time and experience, and I would like to thank him sincerely for his contribution. He has helped establish a foundation for the future that will ensure the long term success of the company while at the same time making sure customers continued to receive the high quality services they expect from our businesses. I am delighted he has agreed to continue as a Board member of P&F World and look forward to working with him in that role.
“The new structure now reflects the scale and characteristics of the enlarged DP World business and will enable us to meet the challenges of further growth planned to meet the needs of our customers in the future. Under Mohammed Sharaf’s capable leadership, we look forward to consolidating our position in the market and to continued expansion and new opportunities that will benefit our customers and our people.”
DP World’s seven regions will be headed by an experienced team of professionals as follows: UAE - Mohammed Al Muallem: Al Muallem began his career with DP World at Port Rashid more than 20 years ago. He helped shape the DP World of today, leading the integration of Dubai Ports Authority, Dubai Customs and the Free Zone. He has been instrumental in the development of the continuous expansion of DP World’s flagship terminal at Jebel Ali. He will be based in Dubai.
Australia - Tim Blood: He has headed the Australia region, where P&O Ports was founded, for the past four years. An engineer by training, Blood joined the company in 1993 as terminal manager in Melbourne. Prior to joining P&O Ports he held a number of senior management positions in the construction, engineering, and energy industries. Blood brings with him a tremendous knowledge of the ports and shipping industry in Australia. He will be based in Sydney.
Europe and North/West Africa - Roger Roels: A veteran of the shipping and ports industry, Roels worked for Sea-Land Service in senior management positions for 17 years having been based in the USA, Europe and Middle East before joing P& O Ports. He will be based in London.
Middle East and South/East Africa - Grant Gilfillan: He was recently appointed to head DP World’s Constanta Terminal. An engineer by training, prior to this assignment, Gilfillan worked for P&O Ports in Australia in a senior management capacity. He will be based in Dubai.
Subcontinent - Ganesh Raj: With 20 years experience in the port and liner industry, having worked for AP Moller and P&O Ports during the course of his career prior to joining DP World, Raj is familiar with the Subcontinent ports and shipping industry along with the political and trade environment. During his career, Raj worked as terminal manager in Nhava Sheva and as CEO of the P&O Ports Chennai facility. He will be based in Mumbai.
Asia Pacific - Peter Wong: Wong joined DP World on completion of the acquisition of CSX World Terminals in February 2005. He has extensive experience in the shipping Industry having worked in North America, Europe and the Far East. Wong will be based in Hong Kong. He will be supported by Bryan Smith as the Head for Southeast Asia based in Manila, and Kris Chang in China based in Shanghai.
Americas - Dave Sanborn: A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Sanborn is a Sea-Land veteran who then moved on to work with APL and CMA-CGM in senior management positions prior to joining DP World in 2005. He has had extensive international experience, having been based over his career in the US, Brazil, Europe, Hong Kong and Dubai. He will be based in Caucedo.
Other senior executives in the corporate management team include executive vice president and chief operating officer Anil Wats, CFO Yuvraj Narayan, CIO Suhail Al Banna, SVP Commercial Michael Moore, SVP Business Development Matthew Leech, SVP HR Paul Hayward Smith and SVP Legal George Dalton, all of whom will be based in Dubai. - TradeArabia News Service
Quest for perfection
Members of Japan's Self-Defence Force's honour guard prepare for a ceremony for US Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on March 25. Reuters/Toru Hanai
A school bus is pictured after it crashed into a house at the Windermere Development in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania on March 24. The school bus carrying nine elementary school students careened off the road and crashed into a occupied home in suburban Philadelphia home on Tuesday, and no injuries were reported, police said. Reuters/Mark Makela
Farewell to a soldier
A serviceman poses with his son after a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi on March 24. According to Georgia's Defence Ministry, the 43rd battalion from the IV mechanized brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces is departing to Afghanistan to join a NATO-led mission called Resolute Support. Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili
In the line of fire
A rebel fighter looks inside a cannon on the frontline of Idlib city in northern Syria on March 23. Reuters/Khalil Ashawi
Wheel of goodwill
A man paints on one of the four newly built wheel of the Rato Machhindranath chariot in Lalitpur on March 23. The four wheels of the chariot are changed once in every twelve years. Rato Machhindranath is known as the god of rain and both Hindus and Buddhists worship Machhindranath for good rain to prevent drought during the rice harvest season. Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar