HMS Defender Pays Visit to Gibraltar

first_img View post tag: Navy HMS Defender Pays Visit to Gibraltar View post tag: HMS Defender June 16, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Pays Visit HMS Defender is the fifth of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers and made her first port of call 1,000 miles into her 7,500-mile journey from the Solent to the Gulf as she embarks on her maiden operational deployment.On the eve of her arrival, the ship’s padre, Rev Mike Meachin, led a service of remembrance on the flight deck as HMS Defender took time to pause and remember all those involved in the D-Day landings 70 years ago.As the destroyer neared Gibraltar, she was met by RN Gibraltar Squadron patrol boat HMS Scimitar – along with Gibraltar’s First Minister Fabian Picardo – to escort her safely into the naval base.And once alongside the destroyer opened her gangway to the public, with more than 1,700 residents taking advantage of HMS Defender’s hospitality to look around the £1bn warship.HMS Defender’s visit provided the rare opportunity to engage in training with the Gibraltar Squadron – which comprises patrol boats Scimitar and Sabre and several RIBs (rigid inflatable boats).“My ship’s company have worked extremely hard to ready the ship for this operational deployment and visiting historic Gibraltar as our first stop is a fitting way to begin” said Cdr Phil Nash, HMS Defender’s Commanding Officer.“It was great to see so many members of the public visit the ship to show their support and see the extensive capability which HMS Defender brings. We now look forward to continuing our deployment and engaging with our key coalition partners to provide maritime security in the Middle East.”[mappress]Press Release, June 16, 2014; Image: UK Navy More than a thousand people flocked to see HMS Defender in Gibraltar as she stopped at the port on her way to Middle East.center_img View post tag: europe View post tag: Gibraltar View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Defender Pays Visit to Gibraltar Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

News story: Work of JFC personnel recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

first_img Captain G P Blezard, Joint Services Command and Staff College Commander A G Clarke, C4ISR Joint Forces Command Mrs J I Clarke, Joint Forces Command Dr F J Hall, Joint Forces Command Chief Petty Officer H G Heady, Joint Cyber Unit Squadron Leader R L McCartney, Permanent Joint Headquarters Group Captain H R C Cormack, Permanent Joint Headquarters Group Captain T A Griffths OBE ARRC, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Mr J L Iremonger, Permanent Joint Headquarters Mr G N Lewitt, Joint Forces Command The following individuals from Joint Forces Command have been recognised;Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) Air Vice-Marshal C J Luck MBE, Joint Services Command and Staff College Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)center_img Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) Group Captain I D Chesworth, C4ISR Joint Forces Command Commander S R Drysdale, J3 Division, Permanent Joint Headquarters Lieutenant Colonel P S J Heppell, Defence Medical Services Lieutenant Colonel S N Meadowcroft BEM, Information Systems and Services Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)last_img read more

Caffè Nero Group acquires 70% stake in Coffee#1

first_imgCaffè Nero Group has bought a majority stake in the Coffee#1 chain.Brewery and hospitality company SA Brain will retain a 30% share of Coffee#1, with Caffè Nero Group holding close to 70% ownership.Launched in 2001, Coffee#1 was acquired by SA Brain 10 years later and has grown to 92 sites selling beverages and a range of baked goods, including sourdough wraps, croissants, ciabattas and pastries.With sites in Wales, the Midlands and southern England, it has an annual turnover of around £30m.Coffee#1 will sit alongside other Caffè Nero Group brands, including Caffè Nero, Harris+Hoole and Aroma. The group, which has more than 750 stores in the UK, plans to leave the Coffee#1 brand intact and to operate it as a standalone business.“Coffee#1 is a fantastic brand with an emphasis on great coffee and service combined with a local community-based feel which matches perfectly the ethos of The Caffè Nero Group,” said Caffè Nero  founder and group CEO Gerry Ford.SA Brain chairman John Rhys stated he was proud of what the business had achieved in growing Coffee#1 to 92 stores.“The board has resolved that now is the time to join up with a major player in the coffee market to take it forward to the next stage of its development. As ongoing significant shareholders in the business, we look forward to seeing Coffee#1 continue to grow and prosper.”last_img read more

TAUK Delivers The Heat At Sold Out Colorado Show [Video/Review]

first_imgTo say that NY-based rock fusion act TAUK is on a recent tear is a severe understatement. Currently on tour in support of their latest release, Sir Nebula, the quartet headlined Fort Collins, CO venue The Aggie Theatre for a sold-out performance that featured support from The RunniKine and Moves At Midnight.A solid first set saw TAUK open with material from 2014’s Collisions, including “Mokuba” and “The Drop,” before turning their attention to material from Nebula. “Program Select” found the band embracing electronic elements with an initial sonic bomb drop that melted inside your ears before the group found a serious groove that makes it difficult to not get down.Alric “A.C.” Carter definitely stood out on the evening, taking some truly beautiful leads on the keys. Matt Jalbert has quickly become an impressive lead guitarist in his own right, with tendencies that bordered on the line between prog-rock and straight up metal. There is absolutely no denying that Isaac Teel is an absolute monster behind the kit, while Charlie Dolan is clearly a student of the bass, holding down serious groove at all times.“Rainwalk”:“Rainwalk” is another example of a heavy groove that makes you want to dance, but at the same time headbang. A dichotomy that the gentlemen of TAUK not only embrace, but actually flourish off of. Take first set closer “Dead Signal” from 2013’s Homunculus, for example; it’s undeniably heavy, but carries with it all the elements of some serious jam.The second set started where the first left off, with new number “Informant” delivering the message loud and clear. Being the on the road the last two weeks, you can see that the quartet is locked in and fully loaded. “Tumbler” featured slick interplay between Jalbert and Carter, while “Mindshift” was more like mind-blowing. “In The Basement Of The Alamo” ended the second set in proper fashion, before the group came back out for an encore that featured a brief interlude into a dark cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “No Quarter.”TAUK is on a massive Fall tour that will take them through New Year’s. For more dates, check out the band’s website here.Full second set w/ encore:Setlist: TAUK at The Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO – 10/14/16Set I: Mokuba, Weenus, The Drop, Program Select, Rainwalk, Waver, Dirty Mouth, Sunshine, Dead SignalSet II: Informant, Home To Me, Sweet Revenge, Afro-Tonic, Tumbler, The Spot, Mindshift, In The Basement Of The AlamoEncore: Darkwing > No Quarter** Led Zeppelin coverlast_img read more

Creepy critters

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of Georgia”If you see beavers flying from the roof of your house….” DougHall, a wildlife biologist with U.S. Department of Agriculture,realized what he’d just said and laughed.”Beavers?” he said. “I meant to say ‘bats.’ If you see beaversflying from your roof, you’d better be running!”Doug got his animals mixed up while teaching a class on wildlifedamage management to a group of University of Georgia Extension Service agents. While his bats-and-beavers mixup wasfunny, homeowner encounters with wildlife can be downrighthilarious.Yeah, I know. Bats in your attic are not something you want,unless you happen to be the Herman Munster family. If you havebats or ‘possums or any of a number of other critters living inyour house, you probably want to get rid of them. That’s when youcall your county Extension Service agent to find out what you can do.Cornered ‘possumSome time ago, my friend Donnie, or rather her husband Paul, hada really close encounter with an opossum. Opossums like to takeshelter in burrows of other animals, tree cavities and brushpiles. But sometimes they den in attics and garages.That’s where Donnie and Paul found it — in the attic above thekitchen.Now, getting it out was a problem, because the ‘possum wouldn’tleave on its own. So they began to tear the ceiling down in thekitchen. But every time Donnie and Paul would tear a piece ofceiling down, the ‘possum would move.Finally, they had it in the corner of the kitchen on the lastpiece of ceiling. Donnie was bound and determined to get that’possum, so she pulled the last piece down.And that old ‘possum fell right on Paul’s head. Donnie said shelaughed so hard that she nearly wet her — well, never mind.Snake in a drawerSnakes often find their way into homes. They can make for funnysituations, too.A few years ago, when I was a boy — OK, so it was many years ago– I went into the house to get a needle out of my mother’ssewing machine drawer so I could remove a splinter from myfinger. My mother, who is terribly afraid of snakes, was reclinedin her La-Z-Boy chair, next to the sewing machine.When I opened the drawer, I was shocked to find, coiled on top ofthe spools of thread, a huge, black snake. I yelled “Mama!There’s a snake in the drawer!” Well, she didn’t believe me. So Iopened the drawer again so she could see for herself.Oh, you should have seen it — Mom trying to get out of the La-Z-Boy recliner without putting the foot rest down. She justcouldn’t get the chair to cooperate with her. And I’m not sure ifMom and the chair turned over backward or forward.Wildlife conflictsSkunks, squirrels, rats, birds and bats — they all can get intoour homes on occasion. And one thing is certain — as the humanpopulation increases and we move out into habitat suitable forwildlife, we will have humans-and-wildlife conflicts.Yes, wildlife can be a nuisance, and they can cause damage. Butthey may just be in the wrong place at the right time.And wouldn’t we miss them if they weren’t here?But if you ever see beavers flying….(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group ends financing for coal-fired power plants

first_imgJapan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group ends financing for coal-fired power plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc (SMFG) said on Thursday it would no longer lend to new coal-fired power plants from May 1, a day after peer Mizuho Financial Group Inc said it would stop financing new coal power projects.The policy change comes as the sector faces pressure from activist investors and environmental groups to help tackle climate change.SMFG said in a statement that the movement toward decarbonization has been progressing globally since the Paris climate accord, adding it “would not provide financial support in principle to new coal-fired power plants.”Japanese banks are among the few major lenders who have stuck to backing coal projects even as other banks worldwide have cut their exposure to coal.The country’s three major banks – SMFG, Mizuho and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) – are among the world’s top five lenders to coal power and mining over the last five years, according to Refinitiv SDC Platinum data.Mizuho said on Wednesday it would halve its 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) in loans to coal power projects by 2030 and reduce it to zero by 2050. MUFG said in 2019 it would not finance new coal-fired power plants.[Takashi Umekawa]More: Japan’s SMFG to end lending for new coal-fired power plantslast_img read more

Shea elected FAWL president

first_imgShea elected FAWL president Shea elected FAWL president September 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Association for Women Lawyers recently installed Siobhan H. Shea as president at its recent annual meeting in Boca Raton.At her installation, Shea expressed her appreciation for the honor of serving as FAWL president during FAWL’s 52 years “as a leader in the promotion of equality in the justice system.”Shea practices appellate law in West Palm Beach and is a past recipient of the Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award and the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Human Rights Award. Shea serves on the executive council of the Appellate Practice Section and as president of B’nai B’rith’s Palm Beach Justice Unit. She is a past president of Palm Beach County’s FAWL chapter.FAWL installed Dinita L. James of Tampa as president-elect.Other FAWL officers include Deborah Magid of Miami, secretary; Mary Kaye Wimsett of Gainesville, treasurer; Juliette Koves of Orlando, treasurer-elect; Carolyn C. Coukos of Naples, public relations director; Vene M. Hamilton of Pembroke Pines, journal editor; and Frances Grace Cooper of Sarasota, membership director.last_img read more

CUNA: CFPB agrees it can be a positive force for credit unions

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) should become a positive force for credit unions, the bureau told CUNA in a meeting last week. CUNA followed up the meeting with a letter Monday highlighting credit union issues.“We agree with your comments that the CFPB should become a positive force for credit unions. We believe this result is achievable if the CFPB focuses rulemaking and enforcement on the irresponsible actors in the industry, so the good actors, such as credit unions, are not negatively impacted by regulatory and compliance burden,” Nussle wrote. “We strongly encourage the CFPB to apply a deft hand in future rulemakings and to tailor regulatory requirements so credit unions are not inadvertently impacted.”CUNA stated during the meeting that focused rulemaking is particularly achievable in future CFPB rulemakings on small-dollar loans, debt collection and overdraft protection. Credit unions tend to get positive reports in those areas compared to other financial institutions, and therefore are not responsible for causing harm to consumers. continue reading »last_img read more

Second Long Island Native Tied to Jeffrey Epstein

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A high-profile chef who grew up on Long Island reportedly was a former private chef for convicted pedophile and accused sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein, but the chef denies knowledge of Epstein’s crimes.Adam Perry Lang, who was raised in Roslyn and runs the celebrity hot spot APL in Los Angeles, issued a statement revealing his ties to Epstein after a pilot claimed in court documents that the chef flew with the late financier on Epstein’s private jet to Florida, New Mexico, and the Virgin Islands, according to Eater, which noted that Lang wasn’t accused of any criminality involving Epstein. “Almost 20 years ago, as a young chef I was hired to work for Jeffrey Epstein,” the chef said in the statement, Eater reported. “My role was limited to meal preparation. I was unaware of the depraved behavior and have great sympathy and admiration for the brave women who have come forward.” Authorities have said the 66-year-old registered sex offender who allegedly sex trafficked and abused dozens of girls who were minors over the years, died by apparent suicide Aug. 10. in his Manhattan federal jail cell following an earlier attempted suicide. The FBI and U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general are investigating the wealthy financier’s death. Epstein’s many high-powered friends over the years have included President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew.Lang’s ties to Epstein aren’t the first time the case linked back to LI. Darren Indyke, who graduated from Glen Cove High School in 1982, is one of the two lawyers that Epstein named to be executor of his nearly $600 million estate before Epstein died. Indyke worked for Epstein for more than 20 years and was intimately involved in his business dealings before being tasked with handling the estate. With Epstein’s victims suing his estate for restitution, additional names of those tied to him are expected to come out as the cases progress.last_img read more

PREMIUM‘A shock like no other’: Commodity slide to pressure Indonesia

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Forgot Password ? Linkedin Global commodity prices are expected to tumble this year in a way unseen since the 1900s. This is bad news for major commodity exporting countries like Indonesia.The World Bank’s 2020 commodity outlook report projects a 40.3 percent decline in energy commodity prices from last year’s average. This is accompanied by drops in industrial metal prices (13.2 percent) and agricultural prices (1.1 percent).Such observations are not new but the report, released on April 23, provides a quantitative measure of COVID-19’s impact on commodity markets. The World Bank describes the impact as “a shock like no other” since the 1900s, including the 1980 global recession, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa.“This will add pressure for Indonesia,” economist Piter Abdullah of the Perbanas Institute told The Jakarta Post o… Indonesia World-Bank commodity outlook-2020 palm-oil metal pertamina BPS Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry Topics : Log in with your social account Googlelast_img read more