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Sustainable yachting: innovative solutions for the future

Following on from recent coverage of Kongsberg Maritime's current products and systems for sustainable yachting, the company's ongoing investment into research and development is also focusing on a number of innovations that could be beneficial for superyachts in the future. According to Oskar Levander, senior vice president of Business Concepts at Kongsberg Maritime, there are two main trends with regards to emerging technology in the maritime industry, and these are digitalisation and the environment. “In terms of digitalisation, the key is to connect the vessel in a completely different manner and enable new ways of operating, managing and designing it,” Levander explains. “For example, there are exciting opportunities coming from the ...

One more for the road! 2020’s ‘Race faker’ trend peaks as Alec ‘Trump’ Baldwin’s wife Hilaria is ...

One more for the road! 2020’s ‘Race faker’ trend peaks as Alec ‘Trump’ Baldwin’s wife Hilaria is outed for having posed as Spanish. Hilaria Baldwin, the wife of late-night TV’s ‘Donald Trump’, actor Alec Baldwin, appears to have been impersonating a Spanish person for years, potentially making her the highest-profile ‘race faker’ exposed in 2020. A series of now-deleted Twitter posts went viral on Sunday, after a user by the name ‘Lenibriscoe’ shed some light on Baldwin’s curious media appearances. In one of the clips Baldwin seems to be having some trouble maintaining a Spanish accent while giving an interview on Good Morning America. Another video from the show Today has the 36-year-old Bay-Stater say she could not remember the English w...

Maradona daughter rages at ‘sons of b*tches’ as autopsy finds NO alcohol or narcotics in Argentine icon’s body at time of death

The daughter of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has launched a tirade at his critics after an autopsy revealed there was no alcohol or narcotics in the World Cup winner's body at the time of his death aged 60 in November. The autopsy revealed no traces of alcohol or narcotics but did confirm the presence of psychotropic drugs used to treat anxiety and depression, according to ESPN. At the time of his death just outside Buenos Aires on November 25, Maradona was recovering from brain surgery which had been carried out two weeks previously. A preliminary autopsy had already concluded that the former Barcelona and Napoli star had died in his sleep after suffering acute pulmonary edema, a build-up of fluid in the lungs, caused by conge...

Meghan Markle settles privacy claim over park photos

Meghan Markle has settled a claim against a news agency which took photographs of her and her young son Archie in a Canadian park, the High Court in London was told on Friday. The Duchess of Sussex brought privacy and data protection claims against the Splash News and Picture Agency in March over the long-lens photographs. A lawyer for the American former television actress, who married Prince Harry in 2018, said Splash UK went into administration after the claim was issued and served. Judge Matthew Nicklin told the hearing: "In light of the administration, the parties have agreed to settle the claim against Splash UK. "The administrators of Splash UK have undertaken that, should the entity come out of administration, Splash U...

WHO urges families to wear masks at holiday gatherings to prevent Covid-19 spike

The World Health Organization in Europe warned Wednesday of a "further resurgence" of Covid-19 in early 2021, as it urged families to wear face masks during this year's Christmas gatherings. The UN health organisation said in a statement that while some "fragile progress" had been made, "Covid-19 transmission across the European region remains widespread and intense." "There is a high risk of further resurgence in the first weeks and months of 2021, and we will need to work together if we are to succeed in preventing it," WHO Europe said. It urged the public "not (to) underestimate the importance of your decisions" and take extra precautions as many prepare to gather for the holidays. If...

Christmas comes early for Cristiano! Georgina Rodriguez gets in festive mood as she poses in lingerie in front of tree

Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez has already embraced the holiday spirit, posing in red lingerie next to a Christmas tree to give her Portuguese football star partner an early festive cracker. The 26-year-old model shared her photos on Instagram, triggering words of praise and admiration from her followers, including Ronaldo, who wrote “Mamamia” under her photo. “Loving yourself is the start of an eternal love story,” Rodriguez captioned her Christmas photos. Ronaldo’s long-time partner was seen lying on a white sofa, wearing tight-fitting lingerie and slippers. The brunette posed next to a Christmas tree decorated in white and gold. Ronaldo and his girlfriend have definitely embraced the festive holiday spirit, with the P...

Bill Gates says bars and restaurants should 'sadly' be closed for 4-6 months, no return to ‘normal’ until 2022

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates believes a return to “normal” life is further down the road for the US than people expect, despite a Covid-19 vaccine being approved and distributed this week. Conceding that by the summer of 2021, the US should be “way closer to normal than we are now,” Gates, who has donated millions to vaccination efforts through his foundation, believes a full return to normal will likely not be possible until after 2022. The billionaire told CNN on Sunday that “unless we help other countries get rid of this disease” and see “high vaccination rates” within the US, the “risk of reintroduction” will be possible. “Big public gatherings” should continue to be banned and most bars and restaurants around the country should “...

Ferrari's Camilleri will be a hard act to follow

Ferrari was facing a fresh challenge of finding a new leader of the same standing as Louis Camilleri on Friday, just as the Italian luxury carmaker is rolling out new hybrid models and getting ready for its first ever SUV. Chief Executive Officer Louis Camilleri, 65, retired with immediate effect citing personal reasons late on Thursday, after being in the role for nearly two and a half years. Chairman John Elkann, the scion of Italy’s Agnelli family, will lead the company on an interim basis while a permanent successor is found. It was not long before names of possible candidates emerged. A spokesman for F1 dismissed rumours that the former head of Ferrari’s racing team and ex-Lamborghini chief Stefano Domenicali could take Camilleri’s ...

Rome and Milan ranked among 'worst cities in the world' by foreign residents

Italy’s two biggest cities once again get poor marks from international residents for career prospects, income, work-life balance and public transport. Rome and Milan are among the five worst cities in the world for foreigners to move to, according to the latest Expat City Ranking by InterNations, an information and networking site for people living overseas. The site asked members to rate more than 25 aspects of urban life abroad, resulting in Milan coming 63rd out of 66 cities and Rome a dismal 65th. The only city that performed worse was Salmiya in Kuwait. The other end of the ranking was dominated by Italy’s neighbours in southern Europe, with Valencia and Alicante in Spain and Lisbon in Portugal taking the top three spots. Rome came at...

Porn star Kendra Sunderland kicked off Instagram following X-rated comments about platform’s CEO

A verified account and 2.2 million followers wasn’t enough to save Kendra Sunderland from getting booted off Instagram after the porn star made salacious comments about sexual acts with the social media site’s CEO. The saga began several weeks ago when the 25-year-old adult actress posted a topless photo of herself on the platform and then claimed in a comment that she was allowed to violate the site’s stringent nudity rules because she was “blowing” the “CEO of Instagram.” Despite Instagram having famously strict rules around nudity, Sunderland’s account remained in place. Matters escalated further this week, when she posted an Instagram Live video of herself topless, in which she mimicked sex acts with a dildo and made similar claims ab...

Marine Italia leads Azimut in Asia

Not even Covid can slow down Azimut’s popularity in Hong Kong. A Grande 35 Metri is scheduled to arrive in December, marking the first unit in Asia of Azimut’s flagship model, at least until the brand unveils its 38m Trideck. And earlier this year, Hong Kong welcomed its second Grande 32 Metri, currently the brand’s second-biggest model. Like several local dealers, Azimut Yachts Hong Kong has had a bumper 2020 as travel restrictions forced the city’s residents to spend less time overseas and more time at home yachting, exploring the city’s islands, bays and beaches. From April through September, the dealer sold 11 new Azimut yachts from a Magellano 43 to the 115ft Grande 35 Metri. Parent company Marine Italia secured a similar number of s...

Huawei passes Samsung Electronics as world's No. 1 supplier of smartphones

Huawei has passed Samsung Electronics as the world's No. 1 supplier of smartphones, Canalys reported. The company achieved such indicators at the end of the second quarter of 2020. According to analysts, Huawei sold 55.8 million smartphones in April-June, which is 5% less than a year ago, while Samsung sales fell 30% amid the COVID-19 pandemic - to 53.7 million smartphones. In the past nine years, either Samsung or Apple has been in the lead in smartphone sales in the world....