April 25, 2016 View post tag: UK Back to overview,Home naval-today James Troop & Co to supply engines for 3 naval vessels Equipment & technology James Troop & Co to supply engines for 3 naval vessels Share this article View post tag: Liverpool City Region Liverpool City Region (UK) based ship engine specialist James Troop & Co has won an order to supply Volvo Penta diesel engines for three European naval vessels being built on Merseyside.James Troop, one of the UK’s major Volvo Penta Centers, will supply the engines for three vessels being constructed by Marine Specialized Technology Ltd (MST), of Liverpool, which is the global leader for building Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIB) and High Speed Workboats for the military and commercial markets.The three MST 800 SEABOAT military workboats will be delivered this spring and will enter service in summer. The trio follow a previous order for six identical Volvo Penta-propelled craft which began service in 2013.James Troop operations director Robert Pollock said part of the firm’s major selling point for Volvo Penta marine diesel engines was the level of support, expertise and after-sales service which James Troop can offer its customers.This 8 meter long sterndrive propulsion workboats, built at Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, south Liverpool, serve with many European navies and NATO defense forces. They carry two crew and eight embarked forces.Regarded as high performance, easily-maintained, rugged and reliable vessels, the MST 800 SEABOAT craft are carried onboard Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) as the main weapon system on board for high speed interception, boarding, interdiction, reconnaissance and search and rescue.High profile actions which the MST 800 SEABOAT craft regularly play a major role in include drug smuggling interception, migrant rescue and antipiracy.This craft is one of many production military craft that MST has developed for the next generation of multi-role OPVs entering service with global maritime forces.Image: James Troop & Co
CW: Homophobia, racism. In a statement published on their Facebook page immediately after the event, the Oxford LGBTQ+ Society stated: “Tonight, our LGBTQ+ History and Lived Experiences in the Caribbean event was targeted by homophobic and racist attendants who attempted to sabotage and silence our speakers. Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident and Jason Jones, one of our panellists, experienced similar attacks at a University of Edinburgh event last week, highlighting how bigotry is still prevalent and proud, and can seep into university spaces. To prevent these malicious individuals from being able to further disrupt our panel, we restarted our event with extra precautions and proceeded to have an important and powerful discussion surrounding Britain’s role in anti-gay legislation and the history of LGBTQ+ rights in the Caribbean, as well as the current climate towards LGBTQ+ people in the region. We strongly encourage everybody to take the time to watch the recorded version of our panel, which will be uploaded in due course and linked here later. The event, co-hosted with Oxford’s African and Caribbean Society, was titled ‘LGBTQ+ History and Lived Experiences in the Caribbean’ and was the third of their four LGBTQ+ History Month events. During the event, a homophobic slur was repeatedly typed in the Zoom chat and a racist slur was written over one speaker’s presentation on the ‘Historical Role of Britain in Criminalising Homosexuality around the World – with focus on the Commonwealth Caribbean’. Those who typed the messages wore ‘V for Vendetta’ masks. These attacks follow an incident at the University of Edinburgh on 14th February, where racist and homophobic messages were sent in the Zoom chat while attackers shouted “white power” and played pornography, reducing one guest speaker to tears. In an Instagram statement, the UoE African Caribbean Society said: “We strongly condemn their actions and this attack only proved the necessity of these discussions. We maintain a zero-tolerance on any form of discrimination and this was a horrible occurrence that should never be repeated. This crime will be reported to higher authorities and action will be taken.” The Oxford LGBTQ+ Society told Cherwell: “Moving forward from the events of Thursday night, both the Equality & Diversity Unit and the IT Department are going to be working with us to help protect vital safe spaces for students of all identities throughout the University and to prevent this from ever happening again. We are keen for this initiative to extend to universities across the UK, as this is clearly not an isolated incident and such ‘Zoom-bombings’ are increasing in frequency, especially within University settings. Stonewall’s Head of Media Jeffrey Ingold said: “It’s vital that tech platforms and universities work together to improve online safety measures and deal with all incidents seriously and swiftly to make clear that anti-LGBT+ and racist abuse online will not be tolerated.” Speaking about a general rise in attacks upon Zoom events, Patrik Hermansson of the anti-racism group Hope Not Hate told BBC News that the group had seen a “rise” in attacks on Zoom events. “We see invite links to meetings being shared by far-right accounts on social media and in chat rooms,” he continued, “and people are urged to join and disrupt or spread hate.” At a quiz hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University’s LGBTQ+ Society this week, between seven and ten trolls allegedly interrupted the Zoom call with homophobic remarks. The Society’s President told the Tab that they also made “some really nasty comments” about people’s disabilities, weight, and “lewd comments” about different sexualities. An October event held by University of Sussex’s DragSoc also faced homophobic and transphobic abuse from anonymous attendees. At an event hosted by the St Mary’s LGBT+ Association at Durham University, between fifteen and twenty anonymous callers shouted homophobic and racist slurs, along with sharing sexually explicit videos. The Association said: “The participants of this call were left feeling upset, threatened and above all, unsafe.” Jason Jones – a gay activist from Trinidad and Tobago – was a speaker at both the Edinburgh and the Oxford events. Reflecting upon these attacks in the restarted meeting, he said: “When the attack happened on February 14 at the Edinburgh event, it sent me into a very dark space. As an older LGBT person of colour, it took me back to years of the most horrendous homophobic attacks I have lived through. I did the first public gay drag show in Trinidad and Tobago in 1992 and my family made me homeless. I ended up homeless just for doing a drag show, but now everyone looks at RuPaul’s Drag Race and thinks that it’s okay. When I saw what happened tonight it sent me back to those very dark days when there was no support, when there was no idea of us being human beings”. He continued: “The fact we were attacked again tonight by the racist homophobes after being attacked at two other universities over the last 6 months shows that universities are not engaging with the dialogue. That is because the leadership are all white, cisgender and all predominantly straight and middle class. These are people who do not face the challenges that minorities face. We need to take this to the highest level to ensure they are listening to us.” “We want to thank our incredible panellists, Billie Bryan, Jason Jones and Kaisha Ince, who continued on in the face of hatred, and all those within the Oxford Community who positively engaged with our event. We will not be silenced by hate and we stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ siblings in the Caribbean and beyond, who face such targeted hatred and violence on a day-to-day basis. We are stronger together, and as Jason most powerfully said tonight, hate is intersectional and so our liberation must be intersectional too. “We intend to report this hate crime to the police and have been offered the support of the Proctors’ Office in navigating this process. We have also reached out to Edinburgh University ACS, who unfortunately experienced a strikingly similar attack at their ‘Pro-Black and Anti-Gay?’ event last week. These attacks were organised and targeted, and we suspect they were orchestrated by the same group of people, and as such we are keen to collaborate and communicate as we seek to hold those responsible to account.” Image Credit: Ludovic Bertron. License: CC BY 2.0. “If you are able, please donate to our fundraiser for Colours Cayman, a locally registered and operated non-profit that aims to foster a safe environment for the Cayman and wider Caribbean LGBTQ+ community. Tonight’s panel has demonstrated the critical need for such non-profits within otherwise hostile places, and we invite you to support their endeavour towards equality.” “For all those that have been negatively affected by this, please reach out to one of our Welfare Representatives, Fran (she/her) at [email protected] or Lewis (they/them) at [email protected], or alternatively contact the Student Welfare Support Service who have been alerted to what has happened and are on hand to offer support to those who need it. After an Oxford LGBTQ+ Society event discussing the realities of being an LGBTQ+ person in the Caribbean was ‘zoombombed’ with homophobic and racist content, the Society has told Cherwell that they intend to report the incident to the police, along with setting up new mechanisms to secure future meetings. Similar attacks have also taken place at the Universities of Edinburgh, Durham and Sussex, along with Manchester Metropolitan University. The meeting was closed after these attacks. When the meeting was restarted, chat, annotation, whiteboard and microphone permissions were removed from all guests. The individuals who had posted in the chat attempted to re-join; one was successful but was then quickly removed. The rest of the event continued without disturbance. For confidential advice and support, you can contact Switchboard at 0300 330 0630, 10am to 10pm, every day, or email them at [email protected] All phone operators are LGBTQ+.
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office volunteered to raise money for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign this Saturday. Over 40 sheriff’s deputies, confinement officers and staff manned twelve red kettle locations throughout the city and county today. Members of the U.A. Local 136 Plumbers & Steamfitters union also participated.Volunteering on their off time, Sheriff’s Office members have been helping the Salvation Army every December since 2007. Contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts to help the less fortunate.Pictured above: Sergeant Aaron Hunter and Sheriff Dave Wedding ring the bell at the new northside Schnuck’s located at 600 E Boonville-New Harmony Rd.Pictured above: Shelly Hibdon with U.A. Local 136 Plumbers & Steamfitters.Pictured above: Jimmy Phipps with U.A. Local 136 Plumbers & Steamfitters and Sheriff Dave Wedding.
Eric Allie / Cagle CartoonsBy Joe GuzzardiSan Jose Chiapa is a small municipality in southern Mexico, population about 9,000. But it could soon become Mexico’s mini-version of Detroit. Automakers like Ford, General Motors and Nissan are flocking to Mexico.Audi has just completed construction on a $1.3 billion factory in San Jose Chiapa, largely because of Mexico’s low-wage scale, now more favorable than China’s, and also because it has advantageous trade agreements with global economic powers. In all, according to The Wall Street Journal, Mexico has more than 10 different free-trade agreement that give exporters duty-free access to markets that generate 60 percent of the world’s economic output.Virtually every automaker has added investment in Mexico, today home to 18 auto plants with five more on the drawing board. Mexico is now the world’s seventh-largest automobile producer, and the fourth largest exporter behind Germany, Japan and South Korea. Wall Street analysts predict that Mexico’s 3.2 million car and light truck production will increase more than 50 percent to 5 million by 2018. Auto and parts makers have earmarked more than $20 billion for future outlay in Mexico.Ford, for example, recently announced that it would move its Michigan-based assembly plant by 2018, with Mexico the likely destination. Jobs will be lost, and never recovered. During the 1980s, the Southeastern United States was the premier spot to build auto factories. But more than six years have passed since an automaker infused new money — and created new jobs — into southern states.The effect of vanishing jobs has already been felt. Since 2008, U.S. auto jobs increased only 15 percent, while Mexico has enjoyed a 40 percent increase in similar jobs during the same period. Before Congress finalized this year’s fast-track trade deal, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) said in an ominous reference to the disastrous North American Free Trade Agreement, “Bitter experience tell us that bad trade deals devastate jobs, devastate wages.”American workers, the subject of so much attention on the presidential campaign trail, seemingly have nowhere to turn. Domestic jobs continue to be outsourced overseas. Over the last few years, Mexico has become the next China as the prime destination for middle-class jobs. Opportunities that would normally come from U.S. factory construction never evolve because the plants are built offshore.Consistently high immigration is another variable that hurts American workers. A stunning Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed that in May the number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. economy hit a record 25.1 million, the second highest in history, and increased by 279,000 since April. According to data included in the Census Bureau’s Household Survey, of the 279,000 new May jobs, only 1,000 went to Americans. Digging further into BLS native-born statistics finds that over the last eight years, 75 percent of all jobs have gone to foreign-born residents.As middle-skill jobs like auto worker disappear, those displaced employees must take lower-wage jobs which sets off another round of displacement and puts more downward pressure on wages. The cycle continues endlessly.For all the campaign bluster about restoring jobs, and Congress’ insistence that it prioritizes American workers above all else, nothing either candidates or incumbents have done supports their claims. And Americans have little confidence that the 2016 White House, whoever may occupy it, will be different.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Carey Stadium was packed for the 2016 OCHS graduation Juliana Kemenosh, Valedictorian, had some praise for her fellow graduates at Ocean City High School.“Each and every student has done something exceptional and unique in their own right,” said Kemenosh. “Our athletes, our arts and science students and our musicians are all at the very top. And though each person is different – they have a common thread: a fire in their stomach, a passion for what they love to do.“Find your passion and you will find your happiness.”Threatening skies held off last night and the Commencement Exercises of the OCHS Class of 2016 went off without a hitch.Graduates proceeded to the stage to shake hands with Principal Dr. Matthew Jamison“Kemenosh, who is headed for the University of Pennsylvania, also praised Salutatorian Nickolas Eisele: “You have pushed me academically more than anyone possibly could,” she said.Eisele offered advice to his fellow graduates: “You must keep asking questions about the world. You must seek an answer for every question that you can think of.”The event drew a packed crowd at Carey Stadium, with friends and relatives spilling into the visitors stands and ringing the running track.A special moment took place when Dr. Matthew Jamison, Principal, welcomed members of the Ocean City High School Class of 1966, on had to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation.Crystal Campo and Alonzo Legett were among a group of about a dozen cousins, aunts and uncles on had to support their graduating relatives Garrett Jaquan Jones and Grace-Ann Ja Nis Jones.Relatives of graduates Garrett and Grace Jones cheer the announcement of their graduationGarrett is headed to Delaware Valley College, where he will play football and basketball, and Grace-Ann will pursue a singing career, Alonzo said.“I (told the graduates) it’s all over,” Alonzo said. “Fun and games are over, now it’s all about the real world.”When the public address announcer called their names, the relatives erupted in cheers.The event began with introductory remarks by faculty member Mrs. Rebecca Santoro and a processional of the graduating class to the traditional strains of Pomp and Circumstance. Male students wore red robes and caps, the females wore white.Class officers included Vu, Vice President William Cundiff; Secretary Julie Kampf; Treasurer Shannon McLaughlin; Historian Molly Salmonsen.Following the flag salute, the national anthem and their alma mater, the Senior Song “For Good” was sung and the addresses of Kemenosh and Eisele took place.Megan Scherer holds Levon Bruce and John Steindel holds son Dylan. They were at Carey Stadium to celebrate the graduation of Ethan Douris.Jamison presided over the presentation of diplomas, as each member of the class walked to the podium to receive their certificate. Class President Minh Vu then presided over the “turning of the tassels” to signify the class members were now officially high school graduates.
Argentinian security forces recently helped millions of civilians cope with the country’s worst heat wave in a century. The high temperatures killed at least eight people and left thousands of people without electricity. The heat wave lasted from Dec. 11 2013 through Jan. 2, 2014. The National Meteorological Service (SMN) reported that the temperature in some areas reached 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). Unbearable heat The heat made life miserable, Argentinians said. High demand for air conditioning overwhelmed the power grid in some regions, where power was knocked out. Some regions were without electricity for three weeks. “It was an oven. We were worse off than in the Middle Ages,” said Néstor Nini, 54, a resident of Buenos Aires. “It was utter helplessness being in a country that has everything and not have basic services – electricity and water – to move forward. Almost three weeks without electricity and extreme temperatures was overwhelming. The mood of the people was not the best; in some cases we had to seek help from the authorities, in other cases, from neighbors or friends.” Security forces respond About 800,000 people in Buenos Aires lost power during the heat wave. That meant they were without air conditioning and power to run their refrigerators. More than 20,000 security agents mobilized to help hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country who were without water, food, and electricity, authorities said. “Some 24,000 personnel from the National Gendarmerie, Coast Guard, Federal Police (PFA), and Airport Security (PSA) Police launched a special operation to assist the most vulnerable to the power outages and intense heat wave in the province of Buenos Aires and other cities in the north of the country,” according to a statement issued on Dec. 28, 2013, by Security Minister María Cecilia Rodríguez and Security Secretary, Sergio Berni. The two officials issued the statement from the headquarters of the PFA. Soldiers with the Army Engineer Brigade repaired hundreds of power transformers and wires which were burned out by record electricity consumption, Berni said. The security forces were sent where the need was greatest, authorities said. “We are assigning security forces to these situations and responding to all areas of need, focusing on helping the most vulnerable populations,” Rodríguez said when she announced the efforts of security agents to help civilians survive the heat wave. Armed Forces collaborate with civilian security agents The Buenos Aires and Metropolitan Police forces joined efforts with the Armed Forces and National Police in helping people affected by the heat wave, the Defense Ministry said in a written report. For example, in Buenos Aires, Army soldiers set up health posts and handed out containers of water to thousands of hot and thirsty people, authorities said. The soldiers distributed more than 10,700 liters of drinking water in sachets were distributed, according to the website of the Presidency of the Republic of Argentina. In the capital city, physicians from the Naval Hospital and Central Military Hospital treated dozens of people for heatstroke, sunstroke, and dehydration. Seven of the eight people who died because of the heat wave expired in the province of Santiago del Estero, where temperatures reached 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit). Dead fish and a blow to the economy High temperatures depleted oxygen levels in the Ciudad Universitaria Ecological Reserve of Santa Fe, about 400 kilometers north of Buenos Aires, authorities said. Hundreds of fish died because they lacked oxygen, according to published reports. Most of the dead fish were catfish and shad. With tens of thousands of businesses lacking electricity for weeks, the heat wave also slowed economic activity in the capital city and the urban belt known as Gran Buenos Aires. The Federation of Chambers and Commerce of Argentina (Fedecamaras) estimated that the outages caused around 50,000 businesses in Buenos Aires to lose about US$76 million. The heat wave in Argentina was the longest on record since officials began taking meteorological measurements in 1906. The warmest December was in 1994, when meteorologists recorded an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit), according to SMN. The heat wave was caused by “the domain of high pressure in medium and upper levels of the atmosphere that prevent the advance of colder air masses from the south, the SMN explained. The heat wave reached at least 52 cities across the country. The provinces that recorded the highest temperatures included Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos, La Pampa, Mendoza, Neuquén, and Río Negro. A quick response: security analyst Argentina’s security forces provided quick and efficient assistance to millions of civilians who were struggling to survive the heat wave, said Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). “The Armed Forces, National Police, and various security forces of Argentina responded quickly to assist the population affected by the heat wave after the weather emergency was decreed,” Gálvez, said. Argentina’s Armed Forces are trained responding to natural disasters and cooperating with civil authorities to assist the civilian population, Gálvez said. Security forces must remain vigilant Another heat wave could strike Argentina during the first part of 2014, according to Enzo Campetella, a meteorologist for Tiempo Patagónico, a website devoted to weather news. “The temperatures in the northern Patagonia region of Argentina, and in some parts of the central regions of la Araucanía and Bío Bío in Chile, may break historical records for the month of January,” Campetella said. By Dialogo January 22, 2014
Find out more about the public call in the attachment. “We announced a public call for support for TOP events in 2020 already in December this year, with the aim of leaving all interested parties enough time for quality project preparation and application. I am sure that this time we will receive a large number of applications, which will be an additional confirmation of the continuous development and improvement of the overall Croatian tourist offer with an emphasis on events as one of the main motives for coming to the destination.” stated the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that investments in facilities and infrastructure are a basic precondition for positioning Croatia as an attractive year-round destination. Legal and natural persons, ie companies, crafts, cooperatives, public institutions, cultural institutions, artistic organizations, local and regional self-government units and tourist boards may apply for the public invitation. The approved funds are intended for the costs of organizing events, such as rental of equipment, space and means of transport, procurement of materials, accommodation costs, contractor fees, promotional and other organizational activities. Grants are approved for the organization and realization of cultural, entertainment, eno-gastronomic, historical and traditional events that have been held at least twice in the last five years and have a strong promotional effect in the country and abroad. Also, the Tourist Board of the CNTB may exceptionally decide to support the event that is being held for the first time, and it is expected that it will greatly enrich the tourist offer of the destination. According to the CNTB, all nominated events will be evaluated through criteria such as importance for creating the motive for the arrival of guests, importance for the development of destination tourist offer and promotion of Croatia abroad, the nature of the event, content and quality, period and media advertising plan. . The Croatian National Tourist Board has announced a public call for support for TOP events, through which grants will be awarded in 2020 to TOP events in Croatia, which are the main motive for tourists to come to the destination. The call was issued with the aim of promoting Croatia as a tourist destination, strengthening the strength of the brand and creating a recognizable image of Croatian tourism, as well as product improvement and content development that extend the tourist season and increase traffic, especially in the pre- and postseason. Attachment: PUBLIC INVITATION to support TOP events in 2020
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Available now.But until he retires the home is available for rent, furnished or unfurnished, for anyone looking for a place to live that is a bit different. It is available now through Sotheby’s International Realty for $1250 a week. New from old.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago”All the deckings are old floor joists from old Queenslanders,” he said. The entire construction of the home took about a year, and although he tried to source as much as he could second-hand, not all of it is.“For tin on top of the roof you have to do that new,” he said. The home is the polar opposite of the houses he usually works on as part of his day job, which he described as ultra-modern million dollar homes. A different type of style.“Every house I do is generic, it is what most people would like, this is something that I would like to live in,” he said.Because the property is not large enough to hold all the vehicles and tools he needs for work, he cannot live in it just yet. Modern furnishings straight from the scrap heap.Almost everything in the home has been repurposed from something that was thrown away, from the coffee table that is made from an old metal trunk, the bar stools from old tractor seats and the beds made from old railway sleepers. Rick Keel’s dream house is the opposite of the glitz of modern mansions. (AAP/Image Sarah Marshall)THIS eye-catching home overlooking the water at Manly might look like a million bucks, but most of it was built from everyday items that could have been found on the scrapheap.The two bedroom home at 563 Royal Esplanade was a passion project for tradie Rick Keel to showcase how a beautiful home can be made sustainably.“I grew up quite poor and we used to see a lot of waste from people that had a lot, and that stuck with me,” Mr Keel said.
Akastor has entered into a share purchase agreement with Mitsui and MOL (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines) for transfer of 50% of its shares in AKOFS Offshore in order to form a joint venture ownership.Each of Mitsui and MOL will purchase 25% of the shares in AKOFS Offshore from Akastor.The remaining 50% will continue to be owned by Akastor.Initial net cash release for Akastor at time of transfer of the shares will be USD 142.5 million.Closing of the Transaction is subject to approval from competition authorities, and certain other customary conditions. Closing is expected to occur during Q3 2018.AKOFS currently operates three subsea support vessels. Two, including the Skandi Santos, are chartered to Petrobras and another is planned to be chartered by Equinor.