ISACA Oceania Computer Audit, Control and Security (Oceania CACS) 2017 – CSO Australia

ISACA Oceania Computer Audit, Control and Security (Oceania CACS) 2017 QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601

Sunday 10th to Tuesday 12th September 2017

Main conference: 11-12 September http://www.oceaniacacs.com.au/

Event Summary:

Oceania CACS is an IT conference with a business focus. This years conference, entitled Building trust in an environment of technology driven change, will explore the accelerating impact of technology-driven change and the solutions that can be put in place to mitigate potential risk to the business. Key topic areas of the dark web, cyber security and empowering women in IT roles will all be tackled at the upcoming ISACAs Oceania Computer, Audit, Control and Security (Oceania CACS) Conference, on the Gold Coast on September 11-12, 2017.

Conference highlights include: Over 40 presenters in three separate streams focusing on Governance, Assurance and Cybersecurity. Developing Women in Technology panel discussion, featuring a panel of 3 speakers, facilitated by ISACAs International Board Director Jo Stewart-Rattray. Delegates from government, academia and corporate organisations across Australia and United States, providing a range of opportunities to discuss current challenges and network with industry professionals Gala Dinner Monday 11 September Post-conference workshops that allow attendees to dive deeper into key focus areas and topics 15 continuing professional education hours (CPD points)

Keynote presentations include:

Alastair MacGibbon, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Lynwen Connick, First Assistant Secretary, Information Sharing & Intelligence, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet Mike Trovato, Managing Partner, Cyber Risk Advisors, Board Member, ISACA Melbourne Chapter Gai Brodtmann, Member for Canberra, Shadow Minister for Cyber Security and Defence Matt Loeb, Chief Executive Officer, ISACA Anne Lyons, CIO & Assistant Director General, Information Policy & Systems, National Archives of Australia conference

ISACA Nearing its 50th year, ISACA (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Todays world is powered by technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organisations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its half-million engaged professionals in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 215 chapters and offices in both the United States and China. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISACANews LinkedIn: ISACA (Official), http://linkd.in/ISACAOfficial Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ISACAHQ

For more information on the Oceania CACS2016 conference, including registration details, please visit: http://www.oceaniacacs.com.au/.

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Nokia’s Oceania head jumps to NBN – Computerworld – Computerworld Australia

Nokias managing director for Oceania, Ray Owen, will leave the company to take up an executive position at NBN.

NBN announced today that it had appointed Owen to the role of chief technology officer. The companys former CTO, Dennis Steiger, departed earlier this year.

Nokia is one of NBNs key partners in its network rollout thanks to its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

Ray has done an outstanding job as managing director of Nokias Oceania business, where he has grown our market presence over the last two and half years and led a very successful integration with the former Alcatel-Lucent organisation, said Nokia Oceania head of corporate affairs, Tim Marshall.

He leaves on good terms after deciding to pursue a career opportunity in a different part of the sector.

Its always sad to lose a valuable leader and colleague, but of course were very pleased for Ray and the opportunity for him to further his career. We wish him very well, Marshall said.

NBN in June revealed a significant restructure, which the company said reflected its preparation to move from network build to network operate and optimise as the rollout of the National Broadband Network continued.

As part of that round of changes NBNs JB Rousselot was shifted from chief network operations officer to chief strategy officer, leading the companys Strategy, Transformation, Regulatory and Technology division.

Owen will report to Rousselot, NBN said today.

We are delighted to welcome Ray to NBN and look forward to his vast experience in the global telecoms industry in helping us deliver the best possible network for Australians, Rousselot said in a statement.

Owens tenure at NBN is due to begin in November.

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Carol seeded in Junior ITF tourney in Fiji – Saipan Tribune

The CNMIs Carol Lee is among the three Pacific Oceania players who are seeded in the girls singles event of the 2017 Oceania Closed Junior Championships that will kick off today at the Regional Training Center in Lautoka, Fiji.

Lee is seeded fourth in the tournament that is part of the ITF Juniors Circuit. Siblings Violet and Patricia Apisah of Papua New Guinea are the other seeded players (No. 1 and 5) from Pacific Oceania. Australias Lisa Mays and Olivia Gadecki are seeded No. 2 and 3, respectively, while Amber Marshall, also of Australia, and New Zealands Valentina Ivanov and Oleksandra Kalachova complete the Top 8 seeding.

The seeded players will be paired against lower-ranked entries in the first round. The womens singles draw has yet to be posted on the events website as deadline for registration was set yesterday at 6pm (Fiji time).

The Oceania Closed is B2 tournament and the fourth highest in the ITF Juniors Circuit as far as the number of rankings points awarded is concerned. The highest is Grade A (Grand Slam events), which offers 250 points to the singles champions, and is followed by Grade 1 (150), and B1 (180). B3 gives 80 points to the singles winner, while Grades 2 to 5 events award 100, 60, 40, and 30, respectively.

Tomorrows competition will be Lees second highest this season after she competed in the Grade 1 Mediterrane Avenir in Morocco last May. In her return appearance to the Oceania Closed Junior Championships, the world ranked No. 240 Lee hopes for a better results after making an early exit in the Round of 16 of both the singles and doubles events last year.

Besides Lee, the unseeded Isabel Heras and Robbie will represent the Commonwealth in the B2 tournament. Completing the roster of Pacific Oceania players entered in this high-level competition are Solomon Islands Georjemah Row, Junior Benjamin, Graham Mani, and Vinda Teally, Fijis Vienna Kumar and Ruby Coffin, American Samoas Larry Magasin, Samoas Eleanor Schuster, Tahitis Naia Guitton and Jeremy Guines, Vanuatus Clement Mainguy, and Guams Mason Caldwell.

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Oceania Travel guide at Wikivoyage

Oceania is sometimes described as a continent; however, it is a vast region where the waters of the Pacific Ocean rather than land borders separate nations.

The countless small islands are known for their white sand with swaying palm trees, astounding coral reefs, and rugged volcanoes. Oceania also contains the deserts of Australia and the highland rainforests of Papua New Guinea, as well as indigenous tribal communities and modern world cities side by side.

Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea are by far the largest countries in this pseudo-continent, and the former two are the most visited by travellers. Oceania includes the vast island nation groupings of Polynesia (extending from New Zealand to the north and east), Melanesia (to the west, and south of the equator), and Micronesia (almost wholly north of the equator).

As its name indicates, this region is defined by large expanses of ocean dotted with many small and large island nations. The climates range from tropical to desert to near arctic.

Australasia is a more narrow region, consisting of Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and nearby islands.

Colonialism by European powers has had a pervasive influence on the social landscape and culture of most of the region. British colonialism has made cricket part of the Australian and New Zealand summer, and has also resulted in either one or both forms of rugby becoming an integral part of the cultures of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. The bringing of British indentured labour from India to harvest sugar cane in Fiji has led to long-term political unrest, but also means that Nadi has some of the best kofta balls to be had outside of Mumbai. Francophone New Caledonia sees the modern capital and tourist hub Noumea surrounded by Melanesian villages rarely visited.

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The major countries of Australia and New Zealand offer connections from all continents, although there are few direct flights from South America. The main air hubs in the region are at Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Brisbane and Perth. There are other gateways offering opportunities to get in and interesting itineraries. Air France connects New Caledonia direct with Tokyo and Paris and also flies to Tahiti. Onward connections to Sydney and Auckland are possible. Fiji Airways connects Nadi with Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore with connections through to Sydney, Auckland and Tahiti. Tahiti is connected to Los Angeles, and you can fly to the Cook Islands direct from there. Air New Zealand provides a service to Tonga and Samoa from Los Angeles and Auckland. The Los Angeles service is subsidized by the New Zealand government as a form of aid to the two countries. Manila, Guam and Honolulu offer a gateway to many countries of Micronesia, mainly on United Airlines. Air Niugini also operates flights from Port Moresby to several cities in East Asia and Southeast Asia

The smallest islands with less tourism present additional challenges to get to. Many are entirely deserted, and some have restrictions on access.

Several South Pacific cruises traverse the vast ocean, but a few berths are available for the patient traveller on bulk freighters or container ships plying the trade routes. The distances are enormous, as the Pacific Ocean is larger than the entire land mass of the planet.

Without a yacht, and a lot of time, the only way for travellers to get around between the main destinations of Oceania is by plane. Auckland, Brisbane, Los Angeles and Sydney have good connectivity to the region. It is usually possible to fly from the west coast of the United States through to Sydney or Auckland via Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji or even the Cook Islands. Nadi Airport (IATA: NAN) in Fiji serves as the main air hub for the Pacific islands, so flying to other Pacific island nations would likely require a plane change there.

However, air routes tend to come and go depending on whether the airlines find them profitable or not. Much of English-speaking Polynesia receives regular flights from Air New Zealand. Melanesia is mainly serviced by national and Australian airlines. Fiji Airways also has a relatively good network of flights form their hub in Nadi to the other Pacific island nations. Don’t expect daily flights. Patience is required.

Flying between Micronesia and the other two areas is problematic and may involve flying all the way to Honolulu or a complicated route through Manila, Sydney and Auckland.

Some flight options within Oceania, among others, are:

There are some options for boats, cruise ships, private yachts, adventure cruises, and even cargo ships.

Consult the guide for the destination you are visiting.

Many indigenous languages are spoken throughout Oceania, and with the exception of the Australian aboriginal languages, most of these languages belong to the Austronesian language family which also includes other languages such as Malay, Indonesian and Tagalog.

Due to a history of British and American colonisation, English is the dominant language in Australia and New Zealand, and a common second language throughout much of the Pacific islands with the exception of French-ruled New Caledonia and French Polynesia. In some areas, such as Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, English-based creoles are co-official with standard English, and may be hard to foreigners to understand, though educated locals are almost always able to switch to standard English if necessary. French is naturally the main language in New Caledonia and French Polynesia, while Hindi is also spoken by a significant minority in Fiji, primarily those of Indian descent.

All island groups are fascinating and with time and money you can spend months just travelling around. There are some stunningly beautiful islands (Samoa, Cook Islands, French Polynesia), some fascinating cultures and festivals, some wonderful diving and totally deserted beaches.

Having histories dominated by colonisation, nearly all destinations give travellers opportunities to explore the often grim, but also interesting, stories of the past.

There is some unique wildlife to be discovered in the region. Australia and Papua New Guinea are the homes of marsupials, the species of mammals that include cute favourites like kangaroos, koalas, wombats and possums, and also the Tasmanian devil. Here you will also find the monotremes, in the species of platypus and echidnas, the only mammals in the world to lay eggs.

In New Zealand you can stumble upon (or more easily, see in human-made facilities) the shy and mostly nocturnal kiwi a flightless bird that has given the people of the country their nickname. Other flightless birds include the takahe, thought extinct until 1949, and the kakapo (night parrot). Other evolutionary oddities include the ancient tuatara, bats that hunt on the ground, and frogs that don’t croak. A quarter of the world’s seabirds breed in the New Zealand region.

Marine life is abundant and diverse throughout and one of the main reasons for travellers to explore this part of the world. Tropical fish and colourful reefs are perfect matches for scuba divers and snorkellers, but much can also be seen from the deck of a boat. You have the opportunities to see larger animals such as manta rays, dolphins and even whales.

In southern Australia and in New Zealand, seals, sea lions and penguins can be seen in their natural habitat, with Kangaroo Island, Phillip Island, coastal Otago and Stewart Island being popular sites.

The Pacific theatre of World War II involved land, sea and air battles between the Axis (mainly Japan) and the Allies (mainly the United States and Australia), from 1941 to 1945.

The remnants of the war can be seen at many places, such as the Kokoda Track on New Guinea.

Cricket is a popular sport in Australia and New Zealand, and is typically played over the summer.

Rugby is one of the most popular sports in Oceania, with rugby union being the dominant code in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, and rugby league being dominant in Australia and Papua New Guinea. In international competition, New Zealand are widely regarded as the undisputed kings of rugby union, while Australia occupies the same position in rugby league.

The pristine, white sandy beaches found throughout the South Pacific are great for just lying back and enjoying the peace and quiet.

There are locations for diving throughout Oceania. For coral and tropical fish, explore the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, Fiji has some reef around Nadi, and spectacular unspoilt, brightly coloured coral on the more remote islands. Samoa is favoured by scuba divers. Cook Islands has accessible reef just off the beach on the main islands. Vanuatu has accessible reef too, but the facilities make it more challenging to access than Fiji. There are diving opportunities in the temperate waters of Tasmania and New Zealand too.

There are good opportunities to dive to shipwrecks. The Rainbow Warrior off New Zealand’s North Island is one of the more famous ones, and the oceans of Micronesia have many interesting relics from WWII. The Marshall Islands and Bikini atolls are known as quite a ship graveyard, offering some of the most interesting wrecks in the world, including submarines and the only aircraft carrier accessible to divers. Most of the wreck sites are not for beginners though.

Vava’u in Tonga is a popular destination for yachts crossing the Pacific. Yachts can also be chartered there.

Being an oceanic area, there are countless opportunities for great fishing experiences.

Australia and New Zealand are home to some very significant and famous hiking trails, for example the ones of the Flinders Ranges, Abel Tasman and Tongario National Parks. The rugged, volcanic landscapes of many of the Pacific Islands offer good opportunities as well.

New Zealand has become famous as a place with a well developed infrastructure for almost any kind of adventure and extreme sports. As well as being the birthplace of commercial bungy-jumping, you will also find skydiving, paragliding, river rafting, power boating, rock climbing, cave exploration and a long list of what seems as self-invented combinations. The east coast of Queensland has many opportunities as well. Also, the Blue Mountains near Sydney are great for rock climbing, canyoning and hiking.

The volcanoes and many caves to be found throughout the Pacific islands are fit for some adventurous exploration as well, and the many tropical islands are perhaps even prettier when watched gliding above them.

Although not the first thing coming to mind, there are snow sports in the southern parts of Oceania. New Zealand has reliable winter snowfalls, and around 10-12 ski areas, mostly in the South Island. These include Treble Cone and Cardrona (Wanaka), The Remarkables and Coronet Peak (Queenstown), Mt Hutt near Christchurch and Whakapapa and Turoa on Mt Ruapehu in the North Island. Many northern hemisphere race and olympic teams train in New Zealand during the northern summer. The Snowy Mountains in New South Wales have the largest ski resorts in the southern hemisphere.

Although staple foods from outside the region, such as rice and flour, now have a firm foothold, the traditional staples of roots and tubers remain very important. The cheapest is usually cassava, which also plays a food security role as it can be left in the ground for a long time. Sweet potato is a very important crop and is found in most parts of Oceania with the major producing area being the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Taro and yam are also widespread. The latter is the most valuable of the roots and tubers and there are many customs associated with its cultivation. In the Sepik area of Papua New Guinea, for example, sex between married couples is supposed to be forbidden while the yams are growing. On the other hand, in the Trobriand Islands the yam harvest is a period of sexual liberty.

In Australia and New Zealand, the food culture is largely similar to Europe and Northern America. Nevertheless, there are still some unique dishes and ingredients to be found, some known by the native inhabitants before the arrival of the Europeans, and others invented in more recent times. Thanks to recent immigration, Asian dishes and restaurants are also widely available and popular.

Kava is a drink produced from the roots of a plant related to the pepper plant and found mainly in Polynesia as well as Fiji and Vanuatu. It has a mildly narcotic effect. Other names include ‘awa (Hawai’i), ‘ava (Samoa), yaqona (Fiji), and sakau (Pohnpei). Traditionally it is prepared by chewing, grinding or pounding the roots of the kava plant. In Tonga, chewing traditionally had to be done by female virgins. Pounding is done in a large stone with a small log. The product is then added to cold water and consumed as quickly as possible, invariably as part of a group of people sitting around and sharing the cup. Check the rules before taking any out of the country, however, as importing kava can be illegal.

If interested in wine tourism, head to Australia or New Zealand. The former is one of the largest wine producers in the Southern Hemisphere.

Almost all of Oceania is safe for visitors, with the exception of Papua New Guinea, which remains a travel destination only for the more adventurous. In particular, Port Moresby has one of the highest violent crime rates in the world.

Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea all have areas where malaria is a risk. Fiji, New Caledonia, the Cook Islands, Samoa and the other islands are malaria free.

Dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika virus is increasingly present in tropical areas. Avoid mosquito bites night and day, especially during an outbreak.

The islands may be remote but sexual diseases know no boundaries. Usual precautions apply.

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Oceania Aviation awarded FAA STC for H125 external cargo pod – Vertical Magazine (press release)

Oceania Aviation Limited (OAL), headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, has announced that its Part 145 manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, has obtained the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Airbus H125, AS350 and AS355 series cargo pod.

While dozens of Oceania Aviations cargo pods have been actively operating in New Zealand and Canada in heli-skiing, tourism, logging and routine utility operations; Airborne Systems managing engineer, Russell Goulden, is delighted that the much coveted FAA STC has finally been awarded after years of personal effort.

Goulden is no newcomer to developing specialist helicopter role equipment and his expertise has been recognized globally during the development of barrier inlet filtration, external hoisting and avant-garde agricultural spray systems. Goulden has led the Airborne Systems design of the worlds first H125 bike rack (also FAA approved), a H125 pilots seat slider (lateral) for VREF operations and spray systems for both the H125 and MD500 series helicopter.

The fully composite cargo pod utilizes state-of-the-art materials designed for strength and lightness and is the epitome of externally mounted cargo storage accessories for the left side of the H125 aircraft. The OAL cargo pod uniquely features the ability to carry 265 pounds (120 kilograms), complementing the highest internal capacity available.

Airborne Systems first gained Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (NZCAA) STC approval for its AS350 series cargo pod in December 2011, followed by the AS355 series in December 2012. Exploiting the U.S./N.Z. bilateral relationship and using the U.S./New Zealand Technical Implementation Procedures, attained the FAA STC on July 7, 2017.

Approvals for the Airborne Systems H125 cargo pod include the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, Transport Canada and now FAA.

Oceania Aviation is a New Zealand owned and operated business with a diverse suite of aviation solutions for fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft. These include aircraft sales, component overhaul, piston and turbine overhaul, maintenance, blade and composite repair, avionics install, and propeller overhaul.

Carrying a CAANZ Part 145, CAANZ Part 148, CAANZ Part 19F and European Aviation Safety Agency Part 145, Oceania Aviation also represents many leading aviation brands such as Robinson, MD Helicopters, Lycoming, Garmin, Continental Diesel, and Bendix King.

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Oceania Rugby Cup title on the line – Rugby World Cup 2019 (press release) (blog)

Regional focus: Oceania

Fridays Oceania Rugby Cup winner-takes-all encounter between the Cook Islands and Tahiti will decide which of the teams progresses to the next stage of Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification.

The biennial Oceania Rugby Cup, the regions showpiece event for development and targeted unions, has an extra edge this year with the winner of Friday’s encounter between the Cook Islands and Tahiti progressing through to the next stage of Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification.

The winner of the one-off game in Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, will take on the winner of the Asia Rugby Championship 2018 in a home and away play-off for a spot in the global repechage tournament for Japan 2019.


Tahiti have never beaten the Cook Islands before in four attempts and are ranked 43 places below their hostsin 91st position in the World Rugby Rankings.

We feel we are the outsiders and the Cook Islands are the favourites but in rugby everything is possible. We hope we can perform to our best and win this game, said Charles Tauziet, chairman of the Tahiti Rugby Union.

While admitting to not knowing too much about their opponents, Cooks head coach Walter Tangata believes that if his side turns up on the daythe 2013 championshave every chance of winning a second Oceania Rugby Cup title.

I guess its more about maintaining the structure and game plan and focusing on what we need to do.If we do that right, we will be successful.

The match will be streamed live on the Oceania Rugby Facebook page.

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Oceania abalone companies to merge – Undercurrent News

New Zealand-based canned abalone supplier PauaCo and Australia-based live abalone supplier Ralph’s Tasmania Seafood are set to merge Aug. 25, the companies said in a release on Thursday.

The deal will create what the companies call the largest abalone processor and exporter in Australasia.

PauaCosuppliesretail and catering markets in Southeast Asia while Ralph’s specializes in live abalone exports to mainland China.The merger aimsto better utilize the wild abalone resource in both New Zealand and Australia. The consolidation will lead to greater distribution access for live Paua exports from New Zealand whileallowing the maximization of Australian abalone currently not able to be sold into the live markets, the companies said.

We are delighted to be able to announce this merger to the market, said David Hogg chairman ofPauaCo, which was formed in 2012. He added that the deal will more efficiently utilize the wild resource, resulting in better returns for all involved.

I am very happy to be joining forces with PauaCo, said Ralph Caccavo, co-founder of Ralphs. We have found a business that shares our goals for the future of the industry, and together we can offer the best routes to markets for our suppliers and the best products for our customers.

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The Most Influential Data Center Operators in North America, EMEA, Oceania & Asia Announced in Cloudscene’s Q2 … – Business Wire (press release)

BRISBANE, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cloudscene, the world’s largest directory of colocation data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics, has revealed the top ten data center operators in North America, EMEA, Oceania and Asia for the second quarter of this year.

This quarter saw Equinix not only dominate all four leaderboards, but further extend its lead from the second ranked operator in every region.

Despite this, the strength of the top two market players was solidified this quarter as the overall scores for second in line – Digital Realty, Interxion, NextDC and SUNeVision – continued to grow.

Global Switch accompanied Equinix as the only other service provider to be ranked across more than two leaderboards, with third, fourth and fifth places in Oceania, Asia and EMEA respectively.

Selected from a pool of more than 5,300 service providers listed on Cloudscene, the results for Q2, 2017 provides industry insight into the operators with the most influence in the data center market:

North America







Digital Realty










Digital Realty




Global Switch




Level 3 Communications


Level 3 Communications








Netrality Properties


Colt Technology Services


365 Data Centers


Orange Business Services










Global Switch


NTT Communications


Vocus Communications


Global Switch






PIPE Networks


GPX Global Systems




AIMS Data Centre




ST Telemedia


Macquarie Telecom Group







Serial tech entrepreneur and Cloudscenes founder, Bevan Slattery said: Weve taken independent industry data from the worlds largest database of colocation facilities and service providers, to provide a ranking of the data center operators with the most influence in their region.

Whilst we expect the movement to be minimal in the top half of the leaderboard each quarter, what will be interesting to follow is the change in the second half rankings where you can see competition is rife. The scores are extremely tight and you can really get a feel for how fierce the market must be between the medium-sized players.

Q2 changes also resulted in six new entrants, with Cyxtera, Netrality Properties, itconic, ST Telemedia, Macquarie Telecom and YourDC joining the leaderboard rankings.

Based on data center market density (number of facilities) and connectivity (PoPs), the leaderboard scores are obtained from Cloudscenes independent global database and relate to the April to June 2017 period.

The spread of connectivity for Q2, 2017 was centralized to North America and EMEA. Of the total 17,000+ PoPs managed by the ranked data center operators, 43.10% of the PoPs were in North America, 39.63% in EMEA, 9.15% in Oceania and 8.11% in Asia.

Further analysis, graphs and complete data for Cloudscenes Q2, 2017 Leaderboard is available at http://www.cloudscene.com/news

This quarter, Cloudscene has also released a Fast 50 list of global organizations making an impact on the data center sector. Based on growth, the Fast 50 companies are available at http://www.cloudscene.com/fast50

About Cloudscene: Cloudscene is the world’s largest directory of colocation data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics. Established by tech entrepreneur, Bevan Slattery, Cloudscene helps in the selection of colocation, IaaS, cloud and internet service providers http://www.cloudscene.com

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Sooners prep for Oceania – Tahlequah Daily Press

NORMAN – The Oklahoma Sooners are packing their bags to go half-way around the world.

In preparation for the upcoming season, they are traveling to Oceania for 12 days, featuring four exhibitions against international competition in Australia and New Zealand from August 3 to August 14, announced Friday. Competition starts against the New Zealand Select in Auckland, New Zealand on August 6. Then, the Sooners have three games against teams from Australia’s premier basketball league, the NBL.

They face the Southerland Sharks on August 9, the Sydney Kings on August 10 and the Cairns Taipans August 13. The trip will carry a special significance for redshirt-sophomore Matt Freeman, who is from Auckland, New Zealand. Freeman averaged 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in 29 games, two starts, last season with the Sooners.

“It’s going to be pretty special,” Freeman said.

“For me, the amount of time I get to go home is very limited during the year, so anytime I get to go home is meaningful. It’s extra special that I’ll get to be there with my other family – getting to take everyone home that’s close to me here and show them where I’ve been brought up.”

The NCAA allows basketball teams to travel outside the U.S. to face foreign competition once every four years. Kruger and the Sooners most recently traveled to France and Belgium for 10 days in 2013. OU also traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, in 2003 under Kelvin Sampson and to Vancouver, B.C., in 2007 under Jeff Capel.

Making international trips also comes with additional practice time. OU added eight more practices in July and two in August due in preparation for the exhibitions.

But the trip isn’t all about basketball. It will be a good chance for the student athletes to experience all that Oceania has to offer.

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Oc appoints new Oceania region chief – iTWire

Digital imaging and industrial printing company Oc Australia has appointed Craig Nethercott as managing director for the Oceania region.

Nethercott joins Oc a Canon group company with more than 17 years experience in the print industry, having held several senior positions in Canon and Oc in the UK where he worked across various business functions including sales, services and marketing.

He began his career in the production printing industry, and was previously director of the commercial print group at Canon UK and Ireland for more than four years focusing on cross-functional capabilities, talent development, and strategic planning.

Nethercott will officially take up the role on 1 October and, from now, will spend time setting up the organisation and working alongside the Canon Australia team to ensure a smooth transition for customers and employees.

With nearly two decades of valued experience across the business, Craig will play a pivotal role in delivering strong results while continuing to put our customers and employees at the centre of what we do.

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Fiji focused on securing Oceania 1 spot – Rugby World Cup 2019 (press release) (blog)

Pacific Nations Cup

Having claimed back-to-back wins over tier one nations in June, Fiji will hope to continue their impressive form against Tonga on Saturday to confirm their place at RWC 2019.

Fiji coach John McKee has made five changes to his starting line-up for Saturdays match against hosts Tonga as the reigning World Rugby Pacific Nations champions go in search of the result that will secure them their place at Rugby World Cup 2019.

A win or a draw at the Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa will be enough for Fiji to become the second team after USA to emerge from the qualification process for the tournament in Japan in two years time.

Asaeli Tikoirotuma (pictured), who played a starring role in helping London Irish win promotion back to the English Premiership, comes in at outside centre for his first appearance in national colours this year. He replaces Albert Vulivuli, while the only other change to the backline sees Timoci Nagusa step in at full-back at the expense of Kini Murimurivalu.

In the forwards, captain Akapusi Qera shifts from number eight to openside flanker with Nemani Negusa taking his place at the back of the scrum. There are two new starting props in Campese Maafu and Manasa Saulo.

Wins over Italy and Scotland in their last two internationals have boosted 10th-ranked Fijis rating to 78.06 and they can close to within a third of a point of Argentina if they win well on Saturday.

However, qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019 as Oceania 1 is clearly their primary focus though this weekend, something they will achieve with a win or bonus-point draw against Tonga.

“We take confidence from our success against Italy and Scotland but those wins count for nothing in terms of RWC qualification. It is this weekend’s match performance that is important, said McKee.

This match against Tonga is very important for us to achieve our goal of finishing as Oceania 1.

Taking results from the last 2016 and 2017 Pacific Nations Cup into consideration, the top-ranked team will occupy the spot reservedforOceania 1 in Pool D where matchesagainst Australia, Wales, Georgia and Americas 2 (either Canada or Uruguay) lie in await.


Heading into the final two rounds of the Pacific Nations Cup 2017, Fiji top the standings on eight points with Tonga and Samoa level on five. Fiji travel to Apia to play Samoa in the final match next Saturday.

Tonga kept alive their hopes of qualifying as Oceania 1 or 2 and avoiding a play-off against a European team with a tremendous 30-26 win over Samoa last weekend in what was their home test match in eight years.

“We expect a very physical encounter with Tonga on Saturday,” McKee said. “Tonga played very well in winning against Samoa last week which will give them a lot of confidence coming into this match and they will be backed by a very loud local crowd.

“We will need to be absolutely on top of our game and not be distracted by the crowd.”


A victoriousTonga will move up one place in the World Rugby Rankings, possibly two, depending on the margin. They are currently in 13th place but have Georgia and Japan within their sights.

The Ikale Tahi starting team shows two changes to the one that downed Samoa, with Rugby World Cup veteran Nili Latu and Nafi Tuitavake replaced at flanker and centre respectively by Jack Ram and Tevita Taufui.

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Marshall Islands make history with first ever FIBA bronze medal … – FIBA



Marshall Islands v Palau, 2017 FIBA U17 Women’s Oceania Championship (GUM), Hagatna(GUM), Division B Finals, 13 July 2017

GUAM (FIBA Womens Oceania Championship 2017) The Marshall Islands U17 Womens team have made history today winning their first ever FIBA U17 Womens Oceania Championship 2017 Bronze Medal. Marshall Islands defeated Palau 59-42, to claim the Division B Bronze Medal.

Berlin Phillipo led her team with 13 points and 15 rebounds in the victory.

Marshall Islands used their physicality to outrebound Palau 75-50 and forced 30 Palau turnovers.

BerlinPhillipo attacks the basket for Marshall Islands

The mother-son coaching staff of the Marshall Islands, Lani and Neilani Ackley, were proud that their team was able to gain experience while playing in the tournament. When asked about bringing home a Bronze Medal with them, the coaches were happy and glad to be able to bring something home.

It feels fantastic that we are able to bring home a medal, said Lani. Feels good, especially for the girls to be able to gain this experience, added Neilani.

Lani said that coaching in the tournament has been quite an experience for him.

There has been a whole bunch of feelings,it’s been kind of a roller-coaster ride, but it’s been goodsince none of us have experienced this before.

I think one thing we could improve would be work-ethic and seeing how these teams perform and warm up. It’s good seeing what teams are the best, and shows us what we need to do to be a better team.

Marshall Islands will now take part in the FIBA U17 Oceania Development Camp taking place over the next two days.

The remaining tournament games can be watched live and free here. Dont forget to check out the event website for the latest scores, news and updates from your team here.



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Oceania Healthcare Limited (NZSE:OCA) Delivered A Better ROE Than The Industry, Here’s Why – Simply Wall St

With 99.2% ROE in the last year, Oceania Healthcare Limited (NZSE:OCA) appeared more efficient when we look at the industry average of 15.29% ROE. However, we must not ignore the role of leverage, which artificially inflates an ROE, making a poor performance look outstanding. See our latest analysis for OCA

ROE ratio basically calculates the net income as a percentage of total capital committed by shareholders, namely shareholders equity.Any ROE north of 20%, implying 20 cents return on every dollar invested, is favourable for any investor. But investors seek multiple assets to diversify risk and an industry-specific comparison makes more sense to achieve the goal of choosing the best among a given lot.

Return on Equity = Net Profit Shareholders Equity

For a company to create value for its shareholders, it must generate an ROE higher than the cost of equity. Unlike debt-holders, there is no predefined return for equity investors. However, an expected return to account for market risk can be arrived at using the Capital Asset Pricing Model. For OCA, it stands at 8.52% versus its ROE of 99.2%.

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When we break down ROE using a very popular method called Dupont Formula, it unfolds into three key ratios which are responsible for a companys profitability: net profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage. While higher margin and asset turnover indicate improved efficiency, investors should be cautious about the impact of increased leverage.

ROE = annual net profit shareholders equity

ROE = (annual net profit sales) (sales assets) (assets shareholders equity)

ROE = profit margin asset turnover financial leverage

Among the ratios affecting ROE, the profit margin is the most important as it highlights the operational efficiency of a company. To a potential investor, the ideal scenario would be profit increasing at a higher rate than the revenue.The asset turnover for a capital intensive industry such as bricks-and-mortar retail would be substantially lower than the e-commerce retail industry. A comparison with the industry can be drawn through ROA, which represents earnings as a percentage of assets. Oceania Healthcares ROA stood at 0.5% in the past year, compared to the industrys 6.25%.

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The impact of leverage on ROE is reflected in a companys debt-equity profile. Rapidly rising debt compared to equity, while profit margin and asset turnover underperform, raises a red flag on the ROE. Its important as a company can inflate its ROE by consistently increasing debt despite weak operating performance. OCAs debt to equity ratio currently stands at 3.45. Investors should be cautious about any sharp change in this ratio, more so if its due to increasing debt.

While ROE can be calculated through a very simple calculation, investors should look at various ratios by breaking it down and how each of them affects the return to understand the strengths and weakness of a company. Its one of the few ratios which stitches together performance metrics from the income statement and the balance sheet. What are the analysts projection of Oceania Healthcares ROE in three years? I recommend you see our latest FREE analysis report to find out!

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89-Year-Old Woman Airlifted From Oceania Insignia – Travel Agent

The Coast Guard airlifted an 89-year-old woman from Oceania Cruises Insignia Saturday evening, the CT Post reports. At the time the ship was 80 miles southeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

According to The Carteret County News-Times, the woman was experiencing symptoms characteristic of a heart attack. The captain of the Insignia notified Coast Guard authorities in Portsmouth, and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, NC, arriving at the ship at approximately 6:15 p.m. The helicopter crew then hoisted the woman from the ship and flew her to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA, accompanied by the cruise ships nurse. The woman arrived at the hospital at approximately 8 p.m.

The cooperation between the crew of the Insignia and our watchstanders ensured that the Coast Guard was informed of a life-threatening situation aboard, Lt. j.g. Dan Dunn, watchstander at the 5th District Command Center, told CBS North Carolina. The crew helped the aircrew transport this woman to the appropriate medical facility in a timely manner.

The Insignia is a 700-passenger luxury cruise ship from Oceania Cruises. It most recently underwent a dry dock in 2014. The $50 million, two-year project added many of the interior design elements from the newer Marina and Riviera to the ship, adding new furnishings and dcor to all public rooms, suites and staterooms. Insignia also added the Baristas coffee bar, a cook-to-order grill at Terrace Caf, and a new outdoor recreation area on the Sports Deck.

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PressTV-Iran wins title in paravolley Asia Oceania c’ships – Press TV

The national Iranian men’s sitting volleyball team has captured the title at the 2017 ParaVolley Asia Oceania Sitting Volleyball Championships in China following an emphatic win over Kazakhstan in the final showdown of the regional tournament.

On Sunday, the Iranian sportsmen swept their Central Asian counterparts 3-0 (25-15, 25-19 and 25-12) at the end of a fixture staged in the southern Chinese city ofHangzhou.

Earlier in the event, Iranian physically-challenged women had defeated the Kazakh squad 3-0 in athird-place play-off.

The 2017 ParaVolley Asia Oceania Sitting Volleyball Championships opened in Hangzhou, China, on June 27, and will wrap up on July 3.

The tournament brought together national mens sitting volleyball teams from China, Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka.

National mens sitting volleyball teams from China, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia were in action as well.

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Highlighted by Rellie Kaputin and Toea Wisil breaking Oceania … – POST-COURIER

July 3, 2017


Rellie Kaputin,Toea Wisil and Ephraim Lerkin were the outstanding performers for Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Championships in Suva, Fiji which concluded on Saturday. PNG accumulating 10 gold, 11 silver and six bronze medals in the Open Division. Kaputin continued her fine 2017 form with three gold medals in the jumps events, the highlight being an Oceania Championship record of 13.05m in the triple jump. Toea Wisil ran a championship record of 23.24 seconds in the 200m and won the 100m by a huge margin of 0.6 seconds. Lerkin ran a magnificent 400m hurdles race despite being in some pain from a chest infection which was causing him breathing difficulties. The 19-year-old Simberi Islander was determined not to let this affect him as it had in the 400m final and had the race stitched up by the half way stage, going on to clock 51.73 seconds for first place. Other gold medals were won by Simbai Kaspar (5000m), Adrine Monagi (Heptathlon); Peniel Richard (Triple jump) and Raylyne Kanam (400m hurdles). Although Monagi and Richard won their events, they were clearly jaded after a long hard season of competition, as was decathlete Robson Yinambe. Athletics PNG president Tony Green said: These athletes will now go into a recovery phase before building up for the Pacific Mini Games. It was a solid all round team effort for the senior team with Debono Paraka setting two national records and Sharon Toako also impressing in the throws. Some great results were also recorded in the mens 200m with Nazmie Lee Marai, Theo Piniau, Wesley Logorava and Nelson Stone. Poro Gahekave aquitted herself well against strong competition from Australia picking up two bronze medals and setting a personal best 4min 47.26 secs in the 1500m, added Green. All of PNGs U20 and U18 athletes made the finals in the 200m with Leeroy Kamau being the standout as he is showing the potential to break Peter Pulus junior records by next year, said Green. His 21.65 sec clocking in the 200m is a massive performance for an 18 year old, as was the all round effort of Emmanuel Wanga who doesnt turn 18 until December. Valuable international experience was gained by many emerging athletes including Roland Hure, Damien Kotou , Letisha Pukaikia, Nancy Malamut, Lyenne Nilmo, and Leonie Beu, added Green. Australia fielded two large teams and dominated the championships.

10:28 AM – Its been two-years since the Wright brothers, Liam & Lloyd stepped onto the basketball courts at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre in Port Moresby.

The efforts of one person had everyone talking as Sri Lanka set Australia the biggest run-chase in World Cup history.

Athletics Rellie Kaputin,Toea Wisil and Ephraim Lerkin were the outstanding performers for Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Championships in Suva, Fiji which concluded on Saturday. PNG accumulating 10 gold,…

10:28 AM – Its been two-years since the Wright brothers, Liam & Lloyd stepped onto the basketball courts at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre in Port Moresby.

The efforts of one person had everyone talking as Sri Lanka set Australia the biggest run-chase in World Cup history.

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Assistance for Oceania athletes – Fiji Times Online – Fiji Times

FORMER Philippines runner Benjamin Cesar said a high performance centre in the Oceania region would be ideal to produce some of the best athletes for the region.

He was in the country to look for talented athletes in the 2017 Oceania Athletics Championships.

“The biggest way to improve the athletics in the Oceania region was to get a national training pool in country and for the region there should be a high performance centre,’ he said.

“If you get a high performance centre then each country will give their best so the level does not only become better in Fiji but becomes better in the whole region. If the countries like Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea participate then the level will keep getting better.

“I think the talent identification is a way to find more athletes. One can identify talents but if you cannot cultivate the talent then the identification goes no where. Finding the athletes in the Coca-Cola Games and giving them a proper program to follow and to show them that the support from the Athletics Fiji will allow them to see the world will get them a better education.”

He also played a leading role in helping the Fijian athletes with their outfit working for a renowned branding company.

“I have been helping Fiji athletes and I was fortunate enough to work with a clothing brand and was able to help them beginning in 2013.

“I got back in touch with Athletics Fiji in 2012 however at that time we did not see a reason to help because of the situation the federation was in. Once Joseph Rodan and Joseph Rodan Jr got involved then we agreed to help,” he said.

“We met Banuve Tabakaucoro in Beijing, China so we outfitted him and wherever we saw a Fijian athlete we decided to help out and it was because of that relationship. We did not treat them differently from other athletes.

“The future is bright as long as there is a good guidance and leadership.”

Cesar along with his wife and two kids took part in the Olympic Day fun run at Albert Park in Suva last Friday.

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Six Australians celebrate Oceania Boxing titles – Australian Olympic Committee

BOXING: Six Australians have won Oceania Boxing titles on the final day of Championship competition at Paradise Point on the Gold Coast, including Commonwealth Games silver medallist Joseph Goodall and former junior World Champion, Clay Waterman.

Another two Australians, including Rio Olympian Jason Whateley, have qualified for this years Boxing World Championships despite losing their final bouts on Thursday.

Goodalls super heavyweight title was never in doubt, the big Queenslander earning a unanimous points decision over New Zealands Patrick Mailata.

Likewise Waterman was also in complete control in his bout against another New Zealander, Jarrod Banks, in the mens 81kg.

The mens 91kg final was one of the most anticipated bouts of the day, with the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, New Zealands David Nyika, an impressive 5-0 winner over Whateley.

Other Australian victories came for Andrew Hunt in the 69kg division over Fijis Winston Hill, Harry Garside over New Zealands Chad Milnes in the 60kg, Sam Goodman in the 56kg over Vanuatus Boe Warawara, and Alex Winwood against Papua New Guineas Maxie Mangea in the mens flyweight.

In the closest bout of the day Papua New Guineas Charles Keama defeated Australias Tyler Blizzard in a split-points decision 3-2 in the mens 52kg.

New Zealands Richard Hadlow won the mens 64kg division, beating Colan Caleb from Nauru, while teammate Ryan Scaife beat Samoas Henry Tyrell for the 75kg title.

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Kiwi boxer David Nyika retains Oceania heavyweight boxing title … – Newshub

Heavyweight David Nyika has successfully defended his Oceania boxing title with a unanimous points decision win over Australian No.1 Jason Whateley on the Gold Coast.

It’s the Hamilton fighter’s third straight victory over the Victorian and was sweet redemption after missing out on the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Nyika burst on to the scene at just 18, when he won gold as a light heavyweight at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games three years ago, and now feels he’s completed the step up.

“I’m a fully fledged heavyweight now, which has given me a lot of confidence when I can sit and tangle with the likes of Jason, who’s a good fighter,” he said on Thursday.

The result means the 21-year-old has qualified for the world championships starting in Hamburg in late August.

Nyika isn’t expecting an easy ride when he travels to Europe, with a number of Olympians still fighting as amateurs.

“I think most of the medallists are still hanging about as a lot of the boxers from countries like Russia and Kazakhstan don’t turn professional, so they’re probably just in hibernation,” he said.

“We’ll be ready for the best of the best and that’s all we can train for.”

He’s also refusing to look too far ahead and the chance of winning another Commonwealth gold in Queensland next April.

“I’m not too worried about studying different opponents at the world champs,” he said.

“All I have to do is keep developing like I’ve been doing and, if all goes well, I’ll be in tip-top shape for the Commonwealth Games next year.”


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Cruise Ship Tour: Public Spaces on Oceania Cruises’ Sirena – Travel Agent

Editor’s Note: In Part One of a two-part photo tour, we show somepublic spaces onboardOceania Cruises’ Sirena, including the pool deck area, atrium, theater, card room, fitness areaand spa. Part Two of this series, coming soon, will show the top suites on the ship.

Travel Agent magazine boarded Oceania Cruises’30,277-grt Sirena for a brief day visit this month at PortMiami. Before the ship set sail on a 16-day transatlantic voyage to Civitavecchia(Rome), we checked out some of the ship’s public spaces.

The 684-passenger Sirena, a sister ship to Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, joined the Oceania fleet in spring 2016followinga 35-day, $40 million refurbishment. In essence, it was a keel-to-mast rebuilding that almost created a completely new vessel.

Overall, Sirena is abit lighter and brighter than those three shipsas Oceania incorporatedsome decorative effects and colors from the largerMarina and Riviera. But it’s not dramatically different otherwise from its trio of sister ships, except for the larger suites and two new specialty dining options.

We found the ship fresh and ship-shape. Here’s aphoto tourfrom our all-too-short visit to this lovely mid-sized cruise ship.

Photo by Susan J Young

Sirena’s atrium is a grand staircase, showing that even a ship the size of Sirena can “go regal.” We liked the red, black and gold decor and the fresh flowers. Shown below is the adjacent top level area off the atrium, which has shops and seating.

It’s also home to the Oceania Club Ambassador, whowill assist guests with future cruise bookings. Agents will receive commission and can service those bookingsif their client chooses to make a future cruise reservation here.

Photo by Susan J Young

Despite its modest size, Sirena hasplenty of nooks and crannies where guests can relax. Above is one of the many lounge spaces where guests can enjoy conversation and drinks.

Photo by Susan J Young

Sirena’s library is a comfortable enclave of relaxation and elegance with more than 2,000 books and periodicals — everything from mysteries to classical literature, from travel guides to current best sellers.

While strolling through the room taking photos we encountered several Oceania guests who told us how much they love this space, having sailed with the line on multiple cruises.

From our perspective, this is a place we could have plopped down easily with a good book. We liked the comfortable seating areas, the fireplace and the high ceiling with tropical bird art design. It added a lightercontrast to the rich, dark features of the room.

One of the classic features of the storied ocean liners of the past was the “card room.” Sirena offers its own version of that card room (shown above) with tables for playing bridge, Scrabbleor other card or board games.

During our visit, one table displayed the outer border of jigsaw puzzle with pieces strewn about, just waiting for guests to play.

The center of nightly entertainment onboard Sirena is the Lounge, shown above. It’sa classy theatervenue outfitted in grey, blue and gold decor. Comedians, magicians, singers, headline acts and jazz ensembles entertain guests here.

In addition to the venue’s fixed theater seating, includinglong couch-like seating, there are living-room-style chairs (movable), which givethe space flexibility for events. The lounge also has a bar.

For those who prefer outdoor activities, the ship has a top-deck shuffleboard area, shown above, as well as an adjacent putt-putt course, shown below.

Sun worshippers will likely appreciate the padded loungers on the topdeck. It’s just a short stairway down to the pool deck below, which has two whirlpools, a bar and outdoor dining area.

Photoby Susan J Young

Photo by Susan J Young

After a day in the sun, or a busy day ashore to seethe sites, cruisers can return to Sirenaand enjoy fine dining in multiple venues as well as the more casual Terrace Cafe.

On our quick inspection, we dined in Terrace Cafe to meet with industry friends, butdidn’t have time to see all the other dining spots. That said,we soaked in the yummy smells coming fromTuscan Steak, one of two new specialty restaurants onboard (Red Ginger is the other).

In the photo below, readers can see this lovely place setting at one of Tuscan Steak’s tables. What’s for dinner? Here guests can order Italian favorites, steaks and fresh seafood inspired by Toscana and Polo Grill.

Oceania’s guests like fine dining, but many are also partial to healthy choices and fitness activities. We saw a robust fitness room with state-of-the-art machines, as well as this separate area below with spinning machines and colorful Pilates balls.

Photo by Susan J Young

After a hard day ashore or exercising in the fitness facility, guests can book a pampering spa treatment at Sirena’s Canyon Ranch SpaClub, perhaps opting for an Ohana Circulation Polish, an exfoliation with crushed bamboo, bamboo sap and oils of ginger and fir that can remove rough, dry skin and stimulate circulation.

Or, many other options await including a Canyon Ranch Stone Massage, seaweek leaf wrap, detoxifying ritual, aromatherapy muscle soother or an Abhyanga massage. Here’s a look at a spa treatment room, the locker room area and outdoor private deck for spa goers.

Photo by Susan J Young

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub’s ladies’ room locker area is shown above, andthe men’s locker area is similar. Both have shower and steam room facilities.

Outside, spa guests also can head for the spa’s private relaxation area including this thalassotherapy pool, shown below.

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