HMS Clyde Tours South Georgia

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Authorities Royal Navy’s HMS Clyde recently paid a visit to the isolated island paradise of South Georgia where the winter is fast approaching.Before icebergs, growlers, bergy bits and mountainous seas set in, the patrol ship left her more regular waters around the Falklands and headed out across 860 miles of the South Atlantic.Aboard, aside from her 40 or so sailors, were two bomb-disposal experts to deal with unexploded ordnance found on the island over the summer and a structural engineer to assess the state of the derelict whaling station at Grytviken.Once at King Edward Point, and with her passengers at work ashore, the sailors began to sample South Georgia’s stunning wildlife.Some went for a hike, while others met up with the island’s British Antarctic Survey scientists, whose job is to ensure South Georgia’s largely-unspoiled environment remains that way.The ship’s visit also allowed her to carry seven staff back from South Georgia to the Falklands – the team at King Edward Point spend anywhere between 16 and 24 months at a time there.[mappress mapid=”15450″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: South Georgia HMS Clyde Tours South Georgia View post tag: HMS Clyde View post tag: europe View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Clyde Tours South Georgia Share this article View post tag: Tours March 20, 2015last_img read more

Policy paper: UK 5-year action plan for antimicrobial resistance 2019 to 2024

first_imgThis 5-year national action plan supports the UK 20-year vision for antimicrobial resistance.It was developed across the government, its agencies and administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with support from a range of stakeholders.last_img

Pierre Hermé to open London boutique bakery

first_imgPierre Hermé, French pastry chef, is to open a stand-alone boutique in London, located in the Seven Dials area.The shop, due to open in November on Monmouth Street, will sell Pierre Hermé’s macarons and chocolates, and promises to offer a “truly Parisian gourmet experience”.This is the second stand-alone UK boutique for the brand, which has a flagship store in London, Belgravia. Pierre Hermé Paris now has over 45 boutiques and is hoping to open several more by early 2015.As a former head chef pâtissier at Fauchon, Pierre Hermé has been dubbed “The Picasso of Pastry” by French Vogue. He now owns the Pierre Hermé Paris brand with business partner Charles Znaty.Sam Bain-Mollison is head of group retail strategy and letting at Shaftesbury PLC, which owns a lot of the property in the Seven Dials area.  She said: “Seven Dials is London’s focal point for select international brands seeking to create something special in the capital.“Pierre Hermé is the perfect addition to our established offer on Monmouth Street and brings to Seven Dials great brand cachet, a unique product, and a cosmopolitan experience that complements Seven Dials’ unrivalled array of leading brands.”last_img read more

Peering into the crystal ball

first_imgWhile political pundits labor overtime trying to predict the outcome of the approaching midterm national elections, students at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) have taken up the challenge of determining what’s happening among voters.They are taking a course with two HKS professors with decades of campaign and White House experience between them, David Gergen and Elaine Kamarck.Gergen, professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership, served as a White House adviser to four presidents: Republicans Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, and Democrat Bill Clinton.Kamarck, a lecturer in public policy, came to the Kennedy School in 1997 after a career in politics and government. In the 1980s, she was one of the founders of the New Democrat movement that helped elect Clinton. She served in the White House from 1993 to 1997, and in 2000 became senior policy adviser to Al Gore’s presidential campaign.In September, the students divided into small groups that were asked to forecast the number of seats that would change hands in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.“Our group came to the consensus that the Democrats were probably going to lose the House,” said Richmond Blake, a second-year master’s in public policy student who canvassed for Barack Obama during his successful 2008 presidential campaign.In examining the current political landscape, Blake said he was troubled by the fact that so many of Obama’s signature pieces of legislation attracted so few Republican votes and feared that could lead to their being repealed. “That is something we have talked a lot about in this class,” he said.Gergen and Kamarck co-teach “Contemporary Issues in American Elections” only during voting years, giving students a chance to deeply explore the unfolding dynamics of party politics in real time.“We wanted to teach a class not just about the elections that were going on but about American politics at a given point in time,” said Kamarck. The course combines U.S. history with political science and current events. It is solid preparation for students headed into public policy roles, and it fulfills a core HKS mission, said Kamarck, “to create well-educated, effective actors in the world.”While the bitter partisanship that has characterized much of the current campaign may seem particularly divisive, and many observers wonder if something important has been lost in the Democratic process with such a polarized electorate, Kamarck argues that, essentially, it’s par for the course.“American elections have always been like this. Anyone who encounters an intense election for the first time thinks, ‘God this is so terrible.’ We had an election in 1860 that resulted in a war — now that is an ugly election.”During a class on Monday (Oct. 18), Kamarck offered students an intimate look at the creation of the Democratic Party. She explored important realignments in party structure, including the electorate’s movement to the left in 1934 and the Reagan revolution of the 1980s, which heralded a new era of conservatism and a desire for smaller government.Now, Kamarck asked, did Obama’s win in 2008 signal another major party realignment — a fundamental move to a more liberal mindset — or was something else at play? The consensus was that only time will tell.David Chalian, political director of PBS NewsHour, was a guest in the audience, invited by Charlie Gibson, a television network broadcaster and a fellow this fall at HKS’s Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy, who has been sitting in on the class.Chalian said the Obama camp had likely underestimated how much “anti-Bush, antiwar frustration existed in 2008.”After class, Gibson said the only part of his former job he missed was covering election nights. This time around, he said, it was fascinating to see the Democrats distance themselves from the major legislation passed during Obama’s first two years, including health care reform, financial reform, and the economic stimulus package.“This is a very, very conservative-minded electorate at the moment, but I think it’s also anti-incumbent, and I think it’s an angry electorate because there are 27 million people unemployed in this country,” said Gibson. “I think you are going to see an angry public that votes.”Kamarck argued that the loosely organized, rebellious tea party is simply a faction of voters that fits squarely in the tradition of the small government. Its supporters are angry at the Republican Party, she said, “for abandoning small government under George Bush,” and they don’t like most of the Democratic reforms.The economy is important in this election cycle, she affirmed. “We are in for a long period of economic adjustment,” said Kamarck. “Either Obama is going to control that, or he is going to be controlled by it.”last_img read more

PANAMAX 2011 Concludes 12 Days of Training

first_imgBy Dialogo August 30, 2011 I do not understand how all these vessels could not manage to get effective help for the Panamanians in finding a light aircraft that fell in the water near Darien??? The U.S. and multinational forces who participated in PANAMAX 2011 concluded the exercise in Panama City on August 26, after 12 days of training simulating the defense of the Panama Canal. Sea and land forces from 16 nations, which included 22 naval assets, participated in class room training and real world simulations in Panama, and several locations in the United States. “Over the years PANAMAX has become the premiere multi-lateral exercise bringing together the countries and security forces of the western hemisphere in a shared commitment to protect one of the most important strategic infrastructures in the world,” said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steven H. Ratti, director of Operations, U.S. Southern Command. According to RADM Ratti, the scenario was in response to a credible threat to the canal, which led to a United Nations resolution. The resolution called for a multi-national force to protect the canal. The U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise covered visit, board, search, and seizure in both the Pacific Ocean, and Caribbean Sea phases. The guided missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43), participated in operations in the Pacific, along with Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Chile, and host nation Panama. The Caribbean phase had the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bear (WMEC 901) joining Mexico, Canada, and Ecuador in the VBSS training. Colombia took charge of the land forces that were investigating the simulated threat, and a Mexican navy ship participated in the operations for the first time. The exercise also covered dive training. Divers from Panama’s SENAN, along with Belizean, Canadian, and U.S. divers demonstrated the interoperability PANAMAX brings to partner nations. The interaction between the teams included diving, physical fitness, and other tasks divers must complete in their mission, like welding. “We’re down here training, developing partnerships and strengthening relationships; working on the interoperability between ourselves and our partner nations’ dive teams,” said Chief Warrant Officer James Horeinski, company commander Mobile Salvage Diving Unit 2, Little Creek, Virginia, EE. UU. “Working with a combined team gives divers the chance to see the different capabilities we have and they can put into practice new techniques.” The current exercise began in 2003, with Panama, Chile and the United States as the first nations to simulate the defense of the canal. Since then, nations from throughout the region have come together to participate in the defense of one of the world’s strategic economic points. “The Panama canal is one of the most important economic gateways for us, and our partner nations, so the defense of the canal has always been a very important task for us,” commented Panamanian Servicio Nacional Aeronaval, Cmdr. Osvaldo Urena, task force 803, about the exercise. The defense of the canal is equally important to our partners, as they have a need to use the canal.” The canal opened for business on Aug. 15, 1914. Since then, over 800,000 ships have transited the 47.9 mile man-made wonder to avoid the trip around the continent of South America. last_img read more

Colombia reports first coronavirus cases among indigenous people

first_imgThe 56,000 indigenous families who live near cities and towns are particularly at risk as are those living in border areas, the ONIC said.The city of Cucuta, where the indigenous cases were found, has been a major entry point into Colombia for Venezuelans fleeing political turmoil in their homeland..Members of the Yukpa tribe live in both countries.Colombia has closed its borders with Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Brazil, but people can cross undetected.”It puts everyone at grave risk,” said Londono.As some tribes only number a few dozen people or less, deaths from the coronavirus mean some communities could face extinction, according to the ONIC and indigenous rights groups.Earlier in March, indigenous leaders across Colombia told communities to lock down, keep outsiders away, implement social distancing and suspend schools and meetings on ancestral lands.But only about a fifth of all indigenous communities have enough food to see them through the lockdown, the ONIC said.Some members of the Yukpa tribe live in Cucuta with little food and no running water.Last week, in neighboring Brazil a doctor working with the Amazon’s largest tribe tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the health ministry.Brazil’s indigenous health service Sesai also reported several suspected cases of coronavirus in indigenous communities.Colombia has been under lockdown since March 24 and has closed all its national parks, many of which are home to indigenous people.The coronavirus has infected as least 900 people and killed 16 so far across the South American nation.  The first two cases of the coronavirus were confirmed among Colombia’s indigenous people on Tuesday, local authorities said, fanning fears that the highly contagious disease could decimate vulnerable tribal communities.The cases were found in two people from the Yukpa group who live in dire poverty in a cluster of makeshift shelters and tents in the northern border city of Cucuta, according to the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), the country’s leading indigenous authority.Health experts said they fear the coronavirus could spread rapidly among tribes who have little immunity to diseases common in the general population. Topics :center_img Their immune systems often are weakened as well by malnutrition, hepatitis B, diabetes and respiratory diseases like tuberculosis, experts say.”We are very concerned,” Maricela Londono, ONIC press officer, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Several other possible cases are being closely watched in Colombia’s indigenous reserves, she said.About 2 million indigenous people live in Colombia in 115 different groups from the country’s northern mountains to the Amazon rainforest in the south.last_img read more

Liverpool are ‘too far ahead for everybody else’ in the Premier League, says Arsene Wenger

first_imgAdvertisement Liverpool edged past Leicester to maintain their 100 per cent record this season (Picture: Getty)The iconic Frenchman believes Liverpool should be deemed favourites to lift the trophy next May, but has refused to rule out City defending their 2018/19 crown.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘At the moment you don’t look too much at the position because the points difference is very small with anybody else,’ Wenger told SPORF.‘You draw, you’re 7th. You win a game, you’re 3rd.‘I don’t think [Arsenal can challenge for the title] at the moment on what I’ve seen. Liverpool is too far ahead for everybody else.‘Man City looks to me to have the best potential to fight against Liverpool, but as long as long you’re not too far away you can hope.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDespite his ties to arch-rivals Everton, Wayne Rooney agrees that Liverpool should go on and win the title this season.‘In my opinion, Liverpool look the strongest,’ the former England striker told IFL TV. ‘Manchester City are a fantastic team.‘I think Liverpool have improved on last year, whereas City have stayed at that level of great consistency, so I think Liverpool.’Who will win the Premier League title?Liverpool0%Manchester City0%Other!0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Fred responds to Gary Neville and Martin Keown criticism after being called a ‘joke’ Liverpool are ‘too far ahead for everybody else’ in the Premier League, says Arsene Wenger Advertisement Arsene Wenger has backed Liverpool to beat Man City to the Premier League title (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has backed Liverpool to end their 30-year wait for the title as they are ‘too far ahead for everybody else’ in the Premier League.The Reds have stormed to an eight-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table, with Pep Guardiola’s champions already losing to Norwich and Wolves eight matches into the campaign.James Milner converted a controversial last-gasp penalty against Leicester at the weekend to maintain Liverpool’s 100 per cent record in the top flight and Jurgen Klopp’s side look the side the beat this term.Though Wenger is reluctant to make predictions at this early stage of the season, he admits his former club Arsenal are some way from challenging.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Oct 2019 9:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link863Shareslast_img read more

David Luiz confident Arsenal have the ‘quality’ to win the Europa League

first_imgDavid Luiz is confident Arsenal can go all the way and win the Europa League (Picture: Getty)David Luiz believes Arsenal have the ‘quality’ to go one step further than they managed last season and win the Europa League.Arsenal fell at the final hurdle last term as Chelsea thumped them 4-1 in Baku, with Eden Hazard scoring a second-half brace in what would be his final appearance for the Blues.The Gunners have lost just once in the competition this campaign – a 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt which led to Unai Emery’s dismissal – and they are among the favourites to lift the trophy.Mikel Arteta’s men must get past Olympiacos to secure their place in the last 16. The Greek outfit will be desperate to prove themselves after dropping out of the Champions League at the group stage.ADVERTISEMENT Olympiacos v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:52FullscreenOlympiacos v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre match press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Luiz admits Arsenal are expecting a tough test across the two legs but the Brazilian is confident his side have the potential to go all the way this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether Arsenal can win the Europa League this season, the Arsenal defender replied: ‘I think we have the quality for that, but step by step.‘It’s not easy, Olympiacos have a great team, they did amazing against Tottenham, they did amazing against Bayern Munich.‘It’s a pitch where I have been many times and it’s always difficult, so it’s up to us to continue in the right way, being humble and improving our game.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOlympiacos have turned the Karaiskakis Stadium into a fortress, losing just once at home this season, and Luiz knows Arsenal have a ‘difficult’ task on their hands in Athens.‘It’s an amazing place,’ he added.‘When you play football, this is the type of place you love to play.‘I think it’s a great country, it’s a country where you enjoy to play football. It’s not just for vacation. It’s a difficult place to play football, but also it’s a nice game.’Can Arsenal win the Europa League this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Man Utd and Liverpool target Kai Havertz summer exit hinted at by Bayer Keverkusen sporting director Advertisement David Luiz confident Arsenal have the ‘quality’ to win the Europa League Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Feb 2020 4:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

EDS Completes Aberdeen Bay Work

first_imgEDS HV Group has completed its scope of work at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as the Aberdeen offshore wind farm.EDS, part of James Fisher and Sons, was sub-contracted by Boskalis for the cable termination and testing work.Located off Aberdeen Bay, the 93.2MW offshore wind farm has 11 wind turbines, including the two of the most powerful units ever installed – the MHI Vestas 8.8MW turbines.The EOWDC project has enabled Swedish energy group Vattenfall, the developers behind the wind farm, to trial new technology and is only the second commercial offshore wind farm worldwide to use a 66kV cabling system. Compared with conventional 33kV cabling less inter-array cabling is required, and this reduces construction costs, EDS said.EDS completed the cable termination and testing work on the 11 assets.In addition, EDS HV Management also provided HV consulting services to the EOWDC as part of a separate contract that included safety rules implementation, the supply of Senior Authorised Persons (SAPs), network and SCADA system review and commissioning support services.Ken Ritson, Group Managing Director of EDS, said: “66kV is quickly becoming the industry norm, and any change such as this needs to be carefully managed. EDS were happy to offer the enhanced level of competence and experience required to help to manage this change.”Overall, the EOWDC involved just over 21km of cabling from the offshore site to the substation in Blackdog, Aberdeenshire – similar to the distance from Aberdeen to Stonehaven.last_img read more

UCL: Leipzig shot-stopper Gulacsi relishes Tottenham test

first_imgHaving joined RB Leipzig when they were still in Germany’s second division, Peter Gulacsi has seen the club grow from Bundesliga new boys and on to a first appearance in the Champions League knock-out stage.Advertisement Read Also:UCL: Klopp develops selection headache ahead of Atletico Madrid duel“In terms of his first few steps, Timo is one of the quickest players in Europe,” said Gulacsi.“He has also stepped up his game tactically this season and his scoring form is simply superb.”Gulacsi turns 30 on May 6, when he hopes Leipzig will still be in the running for the German title. They are currently second, a point behind Bayern.“It would probably be the biggest moment in my career and a fantastic achievement,” he said of the prospect of Leipzig becoming champions.“But we still have a lot of work to do.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better “It was still a great experience to train with the first team, to learn from those players.”Gulacsi was 23 when he left in 2013 to join Salzburg, winning the Austrian league and cup double in each of his two seasons there.On Wednesday, while Gulacsi tries to keep a Spurs attack deprived of Harry Kane at bay, he will also hope Germany striker Timo Werner can wreak havoc at the other end. Werner has 20 league goals this season and three in the Champions League. Along with Gulacsi, Sweden winger Emil Forsberg, Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen, Austrian winger Marcel Sabitzer and Germany full-backs Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg played for the club in the second division and have gone on to establish themselves at international level.“If you look at the team, there has been a lot of changes, but we had a group of six, seven players who provided the base we have built on,” said Gulacsi.“The team has grown, the city is buzzing about football.“It’s a continuity, we are trying to go step by step and I am happy to be part of that.”Wednesday’s game will be a return to England for Gulacsi, who left home-town club MTK Budapest to join Liverpool in 2007 as a raw 17-year-old.He spent six years with Liverpool, yet never made a competitive appearance with Pepe Reina the incumbent goalkeeper.Instead, Gulacsi learnt his trade on loan at lower-league sides Hereford United, Tranmere Rovers and Hull City.– Liverpool lessons –“I managed to be on the bench 52 times at Liverpool and I never played a game in the first team but I learned a lot on my loans,” said Gulacsi.“When you are at a big club like Liverpool, you know it is not easy to get into the first team.“I still gave my best, but Pepe Reina was one of the top three ‘keepers in the whole world at that time.Gulacsi has risen with Leipzig from Germany’s second division to the Bundesliga and Champions Leaguecenter_img The Hungarian goalkeeper is relishing Wednesday’s last 16, first leg when the ambitious eastern German club, bankrolled by energy drinks giants Red Bull, face last season’s beaten finalists Tottenham Hotspur in London. “It’s a new experience to play against an English side. It’s a big opportunity and a big test,” Gulacsi told AFP.“If we have a good day, maybe we could surprise them.”While Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham sit fifth in the Premier League, Leipzig head to London in the midst of a battle at the top of the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, with whom they drew 0-0 earlier this month.“It’s going to be two difficult games, but this is what you look forward to,” Gulacsi said of the Spurs tie. “These are the games we have been fighting to play in.”– ‘Step by step’ –The last-16 showdown is the latest step in Leipzig’s rise over the last decade since starting in Germany’s fifth tier in 2009.Gulacsi joined from Red Bull Salzburg in 2015, and the club won promotion to the top tier in his first season.In their debut campaign in the elite, Leipzig shook up the established order, briefly going top before finishing second behind Bayern.Now they are enjoying their second Champions League campaign, with ambitious 32-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann steering Leipzig to the last 16 for the first time in his debut season in charge.Leipzig’s success has been built around a core of key players.Peter Gulacsi has made 163 appearances for RB Leipzig, who he joined for 2015/16 – the season they won promotion to the Bundesliga Loading… last_img read more