Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant returns to fleet

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s Trafalgar-class submarine HMS Trenchant returns to the fleet Royal Navy’s Trafalgar-class submarine HMS Trenchant returns to the fleet View post tag: HMS Trenchant August 19, 2016 View post tag: Trafalgar-class Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered submarine HMS Trenchant was declared operational again following almost two years of maintenance and weapon and sensors upgrades in Devonport Naval Base.The crew of the Trafalgar-class submarine staged a ceremony in Plymouth, August 19, to mark the vessel’s readiness for operations.A rededication ceremony is a traditional part of any Royal Navy vessel’s life after completing a period of refit and improvement. The event was attended by the submarine’s sponsor, Lady Meriel Hunt.HMS Trenchant docked down at Devonport Royal Dockyard in September 2013, for a substantial two year revalidation and assisted maintenance period (RAMP) being undertaken by Babcock. The project became the largest and most complex ever undertaken at Devonport, including significant elements of maintenance and capability upgrades to see the boat through to its decommissioning in 2019.Babcock Direct Submarine Support, Gavin Leckie, said: “The completion of this project is a reflection of the strong cooperation of the joint Babcock, MoD and ship staff team who have overcome a number of significant technical challenges to deliver HMS Trenchant back to the Royal Navy in an excellent material state, and I’m grateful to all involved for their support in achieving this milestone.”The work included a double motor generator change in dry dock, external hull paint, main battery exchange, extensive hull surveillance work, wide-ranging system surveys and a package of planned maintenance on the reactor system – amounting to more than 650,000 direct labour hours.The crew now begin further training and testing so they are ready to begin operating any where in the world. Authorities View post tag: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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The Surprising Truth About Women and Violence

first_imgTime.com 25 June 2014The arrest of an Olympic gold medalist on charges of domestic violence would normally be an occasion for a soul-searching conversation about machismo in sports, toxic masculinity and violence against women. But not when the alleged offender is a woman: 32-year-old Hope Solo, goalkeeper of the U.S. women’s soccer team, who is facing charges of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew in a drunken, violent outburst. While the outcome of the case is far from clear, this is an occasion for conversation about a rarely acknowledged fact: family violence is not necessarily a gender issue, and women—like singer Beyoncé Knowles’ sister Solange, who attacked her brother-in-law, the rapper Jay Z, in a notorious recent incident caught on video—are not always its innocent victims.Male violence against women and girls has been the focus of heightened attention since Eliot Rodger’s horrific rampage in California last month, driven at least partly by his rage at women. Many people argue that even far less extreme forms of gender-related violence are both a product and a weapon of deeply ingrained cultural misogyny. Meanwhile, the men’s rights activists also brought into the spotlight by Rodger’s killing spree defend another perspective—one that, in this case, is backed by a surprising amount of evidence from both research and current events: that violence is best understood as a human problem whose gender dynamics are much more complex than commonly understood.There is little dispute that men commit far more violent acts than women. According to FBI data on crime in the U.S., they account for some 90% of known murderers. And a study published in American Society of Criminology finds that men account for nearly 80% of all violent offenders reported in crime surveys, despite a substantial narrowing of the gap since the 1970s. But, whatever explains the higher levels of male violence—biology, culture or both—the indisputable fact is that it’s directed primarily at other males: in 2010, men were the victims in almost four out of five homicides and almost two-thirds of robberies and non-domestic aggravated assaults. Family and intimate relationships—the one area feminists often identify as a key battleground in the war on women—are also an area in which women are most likely to be violent, and not just in response to male aggression but toward children, elders, female relatives or partners, and non-violent men, according to a study published in the Journal of Family Violence.But this woman-as-victim bias is at odds with the feminist emphasis on equality of the sexes. If we want our culture to recognize women’s capacity for leadership and competition, it is hypocritical to deny or downplay women’s capacity for aggression and even evil. We cannot argue that biology should not keep women from being soldiers while treating women as fragile and harmless in domestic battles. Traditional stereotypes both of female weakness and female innocence have led to double standards that often cause women’s violence—especially against men—to be trivialized, excused, or even (like Solange’s assault on Jay Z) treated as humorous. Today, simplistic feminist assumptions about male power and female oppression effectively perpetuate those stereotypes. It is time to see women as fully human—which includes the dark side of humanity.http://time.com/2921491/hope-solo-women-violence/last_img read more

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LARGO FOODS WILL RE-PAY GRANTS TO ÚDARAS

first_imgLocal TD Dinny McGinley after government funding was announce for the Largo plant two years agoLARGO Foods, the company which closed its crisp factory in Gaoth Dobhair with the loss of 142 jobs, has promised to re-pay grant money to Údarás na Gaeltachta.The company was given €600,000 by the organisation two years ago.Maurice Hickey, the chief executive of Largo, said any monies due back to the semi-state organisation would be paid. The money was used to buy new machinery which will now be transferred to Ashbourne in Co Meath where the makers of Tayto and Hunky Dorys has 360 other employees.Seventy Donegal workers – of the 142 facing redundancy – are being offered positions in Meath.It’s thought that up to 15 of them will decide to move.But for employees with young families and mortgaged homes in west Donegal, such a move may prove impossible.  LARGO FOODS WILL RE-PAY GRANTS TO ÚDARAS was last modified: March 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:largo foodsÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

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The Casino Reorganization in Riga: part of the gaming complexes is closed, Storm International unit meets the new requirements

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAs an implementation result of the plan to eliminate gambling halls in Riga, only two gambling halls, opened in four- and five-star hotels, will continue to operate, according to information from the Inspectorate for Supervision of Lotteries and Gambling. SL Casino, owned by Michael Boettcher’s Storm International, will continue to operate normally as it meets the new stricter requirements. The court also approved the closure of the Olympic Entertainment Group casino in the Riga center.The Riga City Council leadership informed about further actions in connection with the intention to liquidate gambling establishments in the city. According to Alexei Roslikov, Duma Committee on Urban Development chairman, there are 32 four-star and eight five-star hotels in Riga. It is unlikely that a new gambling hall will be opened in each of them, because its equipment requires large rooms, he said. There are also four casinos in Riga, for the opening of which self-government permission is not required.Note that SL Casino has become one of the few casinos that has not been affected by the changes. This is due to the fact that from the first day the establishment began work in the VIP niche and was focused on respectable guests. The casino rooms are located in 5-star Grand Hotel Kempinski, which completed restoration only in 2017. Darren Keane, Storm International CEO, noted that the establishment strives to become one of the best casinos in Riga and focuses not only on citizens, but also foreign guests.The Estonian company Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) received the Administrative Circuit Court decision, which recognized the Riga City Council decision as justified, according to which OEG and should close unit in Riga at 15. Rainis Boulevard. OEG notes that they plan to appeal this decision to the next court.In general, the ban affects 41 gaming establishments and for each of them the city council will prepare separate draft resolutions on closure. The Council will decide on each establishment separately, after which the operators will have five years to curtail their activities in Riga’s historical center.The Riga City Council chairman, Neil Ushakov, told reporters that the Duma Committee on Security, Order and Prevention of Corruption may begin to consider the first decisions on gambling halls elimination as early as 2019.According to the latest data, 163 gambling halls are currently operating in Riga, most of them in Purvciems and Kengarags.The main trump card of self-government in the fight against entrepreneurs operating in the field of gambling will be Riga’s territorial planning until 2030, which is planned to be approved in the summer of 2019. It provides for the existing gambling establishments liquidation in the city and a ban on opening new ones.In the near future it is planned to conduct a survey of Riga residents to find out their attitude to gambling establishments. The Committee on Security, Order and Prevention of Corruption chairman, Dainis Turlays, said that previous polls revealed an almost one hundred percent negative attitude of Riga residents to excessive enthusiasm for gambling. At the same time, the townspeople are well aware that licensed gambling establishments significantly replenish the city and state treasury.Recall, that on March 27, 2019, the Riga City Council unanimously conceptually supported the closure of all gambling halls in the capital, with the exception of those located in four- and five-star hotels.The revocation of licenses from low-end gambling halls throughout Riga is a decisive step towards combating gambling addiction and their negative consequences. By the way, SL Casino is one of the few casinos in Latvia that supports the Responsible Gaming program and helps fight against addiction. Guests of this establishment can blacklist themselves, and staff undergo special training to distinguish between addiction signs.SL Casino official website: https://sl-casino.lv/ Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoSuper Boost WiFiEveryone In Tuen Mun Is Talking About This High Speed WiFi-BoosterSuper Boost WiFiUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndolast_img read more

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Matt Chapman gives update on shoulder rehab

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — The A’s are 10 days away from Cactus League action, a slate of spring training games they will begin without star third baseman Matt Chapman in the lineup.Chapman reported to Hohokam Stadium on Sunday appearing free of  physical impediments that required two surgeries in the offseason — one in October on his right thumb and another in December to alleviate pain in his left shoulder, as he interacted with teammates.The A’s initially announced that Chapman was expected to begin …last_img read more

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South African university choir best in world

first_imgThe victorious Stellenbosch UniversityChoir distinguished itself again at thisyear’s World Choir Games. Exuberant members of the TygerbergChildren’s Choir celebrate their victory.(Images: Interkultur)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lydia MeierSU Choir manager+27 21 808 2381 or +27 82 468 0652RELATED ARTICLES• Gospel Choir shine at the Oscars• SA songbird wins top opera prize• Singing Mandela’s praises• SA a hit at World Choir Games• Mambazo win their third GrammyJanine ErasmusThe choir of Stellenbosch University took part in the World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China, in July, and walked off with a world title in two categories.Thousands of entrants gathered in the town in the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang for the sixth edition of the biennial competition, which ran from 15 to 26 July 2010. The World Choir Games is regarded as the largest event of its kind.Over 6 000 choristers in some 470 teams from 83 countries made the long journey to China, among them three South African choirs – the Kearsney College Choir, the Tygerberg Children’s Choir, and the Stellenbosch University (SU) Choir.The SU Choir took gold in both its categories – Mixed Choirs category as well as Musica Contemporanea (contemporary music). In the former category the vocalists battled it out with 28 other choirs, and their second category saw them triumph over 10 rivals.Choir conductor Andre van der Merwe said afterwards: “The SU Choir received the highest overall mark of 95.8%. I am extremely proud of the discipline, passion and dedication of the 112 choir members!”Van der Merwe added that the choir received good television, radio and print exposure, and were thrilled to be ambassadors for their country. They also took part in the champions’ concert.This is not the first time the SU Choir has walked off with top honours at a World Choir Games event – the ensemble took a gold medal in the Musica Sacra category at the previous competition held in Graz, Austria, in 2008, as well as a silver medal for Gospel and Spiritual.The Games move to Cincinnati, US, in 2012.The Tygerberg Children’s Choir, performing under the baton of Hendrik Loock, also returned triumphant with gold medals in the Folklore and Music of the Religions categories.The SU Choir is one of several ensembles in the university’s Department of Music, along with the SU Symphony Orchestra, the Kemus electronic music ensemble, the Schola Cantorum chamber choir and the Symphonic Winds.The oldest university choir in the country, it was founded in 1936 by William Morris, who was also its first choirmaster. Van der Merwe, who took up his post in 2003, is its seventh choirmaster.Besides its live performances, the award-winning choir has released a number of albums.Global harmony through songThe World Choir Games are open to amateur choirs from any country and continent, irrespective of the genres represented in a choir’s repertoire. But participation is by invitation only.The singing festival is organised by German foundation Interkultur, which exists solely to bring people from all cultures together in music and song.The inaugural competition took place in Austria in 2000.“To experience this festival for choirs from all over the world means to participate, to contribute one’s own performance, to compare to others and to experience the enthusiasm of singing together,” said a statement on the Interkultur website.This year the biggest contingent came from Russia, which entered 31 choirs. /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=964:ladysmith-black-mambazo-110209&catid=43:culturenews&Itemid=112last_img read more

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Imperial in €270m German acquisition

first_imgLehnkering operates in defensive customer industries, focused mainly around chemicals, and will provide Imperial with an ideal opportunity to expand into global emerging markets that are served by German exports. South African industrial group Imperial is to acquire German logistics firm Lehnkering from Lukas Sweden AB for €173-million, in order to grow and diversify its international logistics business and strengthen its position in Germany, its second home market. The transaction will also see Imperial assume debt of €97-million, taking the total enterprise value to €270-million. Lehnkering also provides outsourced services where it synthesises, mixes and packages chemical products on behalf of its clients. The effective date of the acquisition is expected to be at the end of 2011 or in the first quarter of 2012, subject approval from the necessary regulatory authorities. 3 October 2011 “The management team of Imperial Logistics International is highly experienced and competent players in the European logistics market, and as a result, our base in Germany is ideally suited to be the hub of our international activities outside Africa,” Imperial said in a statement last week. “The Lehnkering acquisition will further improve Imperial’s competitive position in European inland shipping, ports and terminals operations, warehousing and distribution and contract logistics,” the company added. Imperial has experienced a similar evolution in its contract logistics business, Panopa, which started as purely a logistics service provider and over the years became more entrenched in its customer base through sub-assembly on behalf of motor manufacturers. Outsourcing in the chemicals industry SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The trend to outsourcing in the chemicals industry is expected to grow as chemicals suppliers tend to focus on their core business of product development and marketing. “Imperial wished to increase their presence in this industry based on the know-how and experience we have in shipping, contract logistics, distribution and warehousing.” The acquisition will be funded from new euro denominated banking facilities secured for the acquisition for a period of five years. Imperial has in addition obtained permission from the South African Reserve Bank to fund a portion of the acquisition from its South African operations. “The German operations have traditionally delivered excellent returns on capital for the group.”last_img read more

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FIFA bans 3 soccer officials for life for taking bribes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Though the life bans were announced during the trial in Brooklyn of three other FIFA-connected officials from South America, the ethics panel investigations were separate and did not use new evidence being aired daily in court.FIFA said its ethics judges imposed “appropriate fines in relation to the amounts of the bribes that they have admitted having taken.”Esquivel was fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million), Lai was fined 870,000 Swiss francs ($870,000), and Rocha was fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($500,000). It is unclear if FIFA can enforce fines on people who have left the sport.Lai, who is an American citizen, previously agreed to pay “more than $1.1 million in forfeiture and penalties,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in April.In court, Lai pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy charges related to taking about $1 million in bribes, including at least $850,000 from Kuwaiti officials.ADVERTISEMENT Durant unfazed by Thunder return Esquivel agreed to forfeit $16 million a year ago when he pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. His offenses were linked to the awarding of contracts for media and marketing rights to South American soccer competitions.However, Esquivel’s name was cited Monday in Brooklyn during testimony in the ongoing trial of former soccer executives from Brazil, Paraguay and Peru, who deny corruption charges.One witness who formerly worked for a marketing agency in Argentina said he kept a ledger of payments to officials, including a $750,000 payment to Esquivel for “Q2022.”Prosecutors did not specify if the payment was linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.FIFA has repeatedly declined to comment on allegations and evidence detailed in the current federal court case.Rocha was a FIFA staffer working for its development department when he was arrested in 2015. He agreed to forfeit nearly $300,000 after admitting to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy charges last December.All three banned officials are awaiting sentencing in Brooklyn. 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Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “His guilty plea related, amongst others, to schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his support in relation to the FIFA presidential elections and to gain control and influence within the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA,” the soccer body said of Lai in a statement.Sheikh Ahmad referred his own case to the ethics committees of FIFA and the International Olympic Committee in April after Lai’s guilty plea was revealed. The Kuwaiti royal also withdrew from an election to retain his seat representing Asia on the FIFA Council.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sheikh has denied wrongdoing and continues to work on Olympic duty, including chairing an IOC panel with a $500 million budget to distribute grants, and leading the global group of national Olympic committees known as ANOC.Two more former soccer federation presidents, Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela and Julio Rocha of Nicaragua, were also banned for life Tuesday. They were arrested in Zurich in May 2015 in early morning raids on luxury hotels and later extradited to the United States. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 file photo, Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) speaks at the European Olympic Committees General Assembly in Minsk, Belarus. Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)GENEVA — Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday.They include former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam, who testified in federal court that the source of his bribe money was Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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10 months agoCarragher tells Liverpool: Take your medicine and relax

first_imgCarragher tells Liverpool: Take your medicine and relaxby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in a “fantastic position” to win the Premier League title.A loss to Manchester City last night means the Reds now hold a four-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side.But Carragher has urged Liverpool to relax and stay focused on their remaining games.The former Reds defender told Sky Sports: “Going into this game, the talk was ‘Liverpool could go 10 points clear’ – a lot of the talk was Liverpool.”A lot of the talk over the next few days in the press will be Man City – ‘Man City are back in the race and they are now favourites to win the league’.”Liverpool need to just take their medicine, just relax, calm down, play the FA Cup game. Whatever happens, whatever team he picks, it’s then Brighton that Liverpool play next.”Four points clear is still a really good position to be in and the form they have shown, certainly against sides outside the top six, they have got a lot of those games coming.”Liverpool just need to relax, get some wins under their belt, maybe improve that lead if they can over the next month to six weeks, but they’re in a fantastic position.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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ESPN Releases Week 11 Power Rankings After Upset-Heavy Saturday

first_imgESPN week 11 power rankings after upset weekend.espn week 11 power rankings lee corso alabama mascot headInstagram/alecmorris_11This past Saturday, both Clemson and Alabama notched huge in-conference victories, taking control of their respective leagues. Appropriately, ESPN now has the Tigers and the Tide ranked 1-2 in its weekly Power Rankings. Ohio State, which beat Minnesota in a lackluster affair, drops a spot to No. 3. Baylor stayed at No. 4 after handling Kansas State Thursday night.Some other big movers? Notre Dame rose five spots to No. 5 after downing Pitt. Oklahoma State, after surprising TCU, is up six spots to No. 6. And Iowa, after a win over Indiana, is now all the way up to No. 7.Here’s the entire list, via ESPN. Do they have it right?1. Clemson2. Alabama3. Ohio State4. Baylor5. Notre Dame6. Oklahoma State7. Iowa8. Stanford9. LSU10. Oklahoma11. Florida12. Utah13. TCU14. Michigan State15. Michigan16. Houston17. Florida State18. North Carolina19. Temple20. UCLA21. Navy22. Northwestern23. Mississippi State24. Wisconsin25. MemphisYou can view last week’s list here.last_img read more

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