RFA Argus Enters Portsmouth for Shipping Week

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today RFA Argus Enters Portsmouth for Shipping Week RFA Argus Enters Portsmouth for Shipping Week View post tag: Portsmouth Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus sailed into Portsmouth yesterday as part of the Royal Navy’s contribution to London International Shipping Week.RFA Argus, which has most recently returned from Sierra Leone as the UK’s government’s response to the crisis, will host a series of events on board while Type 23 frigate HMS Portland will represent the Senior Service in London – berthing alongside HMS Belfast in the Thames today.London International Shipping Week is the biggest event in the calendar for the global shipping industry. The event will include a discussion on maritime security.[mappress mapid=”16862″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: europe Authoritiescenter_img Share this article View post tag: RFA Argus September 8, 2015 View post tag: SHIPPINGlast_img read more

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Widespread Panic Performing ‘Sharon’ With Dirty Dozen Brass Band

first_imgWidespread Panic played The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas last month, and they brought the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with them for some Sin City fun. Dirty Dozen has a long history with WSP, sitting in with the band on countless occasions. For this appearance, Widespread Panic brought the horns out for a fun run through “Sharon” mid way through the show’s second set.The band has just released pro-shot footage of the guest appearance, which you can now watch below in all of its glory.last_img

VHFA offers lowest home mortgage loan interest rate in its 36-year history

first_imgVermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) is offering a new low mortgage interest rate: 4.125% APR for a 30-year, fixed rate loan with no points for qualified borrowers.The new rate, which became effective yesterday, is the lowest ever offered by VHFA.”This new rate means the dream of homeownership is within the reach of more people,” said VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. “Market conditions have never been more challenging for organizations such as VHFA, so we can’t say how long we’ll be at 4.125%. But we remain committed to providing Vermonters with the lowest rates we can.”The new 4.125% rate is part of VHFA’s Government Guaranteed Home Loan Program, which includes loans from USDA/Rural Development, the Veterans Administration, and the Federal Housing Administration.VHFA loans are made even more affordable, because VHFA borrowers can save up to $625 at closing. This is the result of VHFA mortgages being exempt from the Vermont Property Transfer Tax on the first $110,000 of the home purchase price.VHFA offers a variety of mortgage loan products with different interest rates. Rates are subject to change. Prospective borrowers should contact their local lenders for more details. A list of participating VFHA lenders is available on the Agency’s Web site: www.vhfa.org(link is external).The Vermont Legislature established VHFA in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the agency has provided low-cost homeownership financing to approximately 27,000 Vermont families, and financed the construction or rehabilitation of approximately 7,700 affordable apartments. Equal Housing Opportunity.Source: VHFA. 10.7.2010Vermont Statewide Housing Conference: Thursday, November 18 REGISTER ONLINE NOW! http://www.vhfa.org/conference/register.php(link is external)last_img read more

Santos Celebrates Virtual Dismantling of Another FARC Front

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that another FARC front has been practically dismantled following the June 6 deaths of eight guerrillas in the northwestern part of that country, following an Air Force bombardment. “It’s a very significant blow (…) It was a front that had done a great deal of damage to the country, a front that for many years had exerted pressure on the entire northern region, and one pocket was left,” Santos said to reporters at the conclusion of the Pacific Alliance summit held at the Cerro Paranal observatory in northern Chile. “The structure was practically dismantled. It’s another structure that we’ve ‘chaffed’ (destroyed) in our war against FARC terrorism,” he added. The eight FARC guerrillas died following an Air Force bombardment of a camp located thanks to intelligence information from the Army and Navy, a Military spokesperson announced. The commander of the Navy, Admiral Roberto García, told reporters that it was “a joint-forces operation carried out early in the morning of June 6, in a rural area of the municipality of Nechí, in the department of Antioquia (in northwestern Colombia).” In the attack, “eight guerrillas of the FARC’s Front 37 were killed, and another three were captured, two of them seriously wounded,” he specified. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), founded over 45 years ago, is Colombia’s chief guerrilla group, currently with around 9,200 fighters, according to Defense Ministry figures. By Dialogo June 08, 2012last_img read more

Long Island Fourth of July Road Closures to Avoid

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders are hitting the road for the Independence Day weekend to party like it’s 1776, but traffic—as usual—is likely to put the brakes on the celebrations before they begin.To avoid watching the fireworks from a traffic jam, drivers are urged to arrive well before sundown, avoid predetermined road closures and check the latest traffic reports.“This weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “I encourage all motorists to use caution and observe the rules of the road this Fourth of July weekend.”The American Automobile Association estimates that more than 41.9 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home over Fourth of July weekend, which is expected to have the highest travel volume since 2007.Drivers can expect Ocean Parkway as well as Wantagh and Meadowbook state parkways south of Merrick Road to be jammed as the sun sets Saturday before the Jones Beach Spectacular Fireworks Show returns for the first time in seven years. Bicyclists can bypass the gridlock by biking to the beach from Cedar Creek County Park.The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation expects traffic to be the heaviest between 8 a.m and 6 p.m near Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park. Historically, Northern State Parkway, Sagtikos Parkway, Southern State Parkway and Sunken Meadow Parkway have been affected by road disruptions.Sunken Meadow and Sagtikos Parkways will possibly be closed or delayed due to predictions of overflowing traffic in these locations. Those wishing to steer clear of delays should avoid the Sunken Meadow Parkway interchanges from mid-morning through late-afternoon.In general, Sunken Meadow State Park gets overcrowded quickly. Heckscher State Park in East Islip is one alternative that remedies potential concerns. Near Bald Hill, County Road 83 in North Ocean Avenue will also be closed in both directions between Granny Road and Route 25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Suffolk County police said.In the city of Glen Cove, there will be no parking on Germaine Street, Landing Road or McLoughlin Street west of Carpenter Street starting at 9 a.m. Drivers should check their local listings for additional closures in their communities.To help ease the congestion, the governor temporarily suspended road and bridge construction projects—except for emergency repairs—from 6 a.m. Friday, July 3 to 10 p.m. to Sunday, July 5.“The public should be focused on sharing this great holiday with their friends and family without worrying about traffic delays,” said Joan Mcdonald, commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation.last_img read more

David Luiz has never had any of the qualities Arsenal need, says Tony Cascarino

first_imgAdvertisement David Luiz has had an unsteady start to life at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)David Luiz has absolutely none of the qualities needed by Arsenal manager Unai Emery, according to former Chelsea and Celtic striker Tony Cascarino.The Brazilian arrived at the Emirates from Chelsea this summer in a move which was widely praised as a positive signing for the Gunners.However, it has been a dodgy start to life in north London for the 32-year-old who has not kept a clean sheet in his four Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far.He was criticised for his performance in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last month and was at fault again against Watford on Sunday as he felled Roberto Pereyra in the penalty box, giving away a spot-kick for the second time in his short Arsenal career.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRepublic of Ireland international Cascarino has been scathing of the Gunners’ display at Vicarage Road as they tossed away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2, specifically calling out Luiz for his lack of positive influence.Cascarino wrote for the Times: ‘Arsenal had no control, no composure. They needed to sign a defender this summer, someone who is cool under pressure and has leadership qualities — and they went and spent £8 million on David Luiz, a player who has never embodied any of those qualities.’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 CityArsenal had been in total control at Watford, leading 2-0 at half time, but defensive mistakes cost them two points after the break.Before Luiz gave away the penalty, Sokratis Papastathopoulos was at fault by giving the ball away in his own box, allowing Tom Cleverley to score.Cascarino believes that little has improved since Unai Emery took over as manager last summer as the players are not capable of carrying out the Spaniard’s plans.‘Emery has been at Arsenal for more than a year and, while they have improved in some areas, the same problems remain,’ the 57-year-old continued.‘Last season we were talking about whether they had the players to always be passing the ball out from the back, and we are still having that debate now — it must be infuriating for Arsenal fans to watch and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.’Arsenal are looking to bounce back from the disappointing draw at Watford with a busy week ahead of them, traveling to take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Sunday before hosting Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday and Nottingham Forest in the League Cup the following Tuesday.MORE: Who is to blame for Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies after Sunday’s epic collapse against Watford?MORE: Arsenal defender Sokratis admits he cost his team the game against Watford Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Sep 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link27Shares David Luiz has never had any of the qualities Arsenal need, says Tony Cascarinocenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Hapag-Lloyd to Double Its Operations in Turkey

first_imgGerman shipping major Hapag-Lloyd expects to increase its presence in the Turkish market after it finalizes the integration of the Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).Hapag-Lloyd Turkey, which has grown from being a minor player to the third biggest carrier in the Turkish market within a few years, expects to more than double the size of its Turkish operations from about 230,000 TEU yearly to almost 500,000 TEU.This development recently peaked with the first ever call of a 13,200 TEU Hamburg Express-class vessel, the Leverkusen Express at the Istanbul Kumport terminal.With more than 5,500 moves at Kumport terminal, the vessel, which operates in the new THE Alliance MD3 service, has set the record for the highest move-count to date at the terminal, according to Hapag-Lloyd.“The arrival of the Leverkusen Express is an important milestone for Area Turkey. The new THE Alliance service MD3 service provides us with many opportunities, since it connects Piraeus, Istanbul, Aliağa and Mersin directly with Asia. Istanbul is the main port in the Turkish rotation, especially discharging Far East Westbound cargo,” Danny Smolders, Area Manager, said.“With the capacity of the Hamburg Express class vessels and our considerable growth we’re clearly up for some nice challenges here in Turkey, however, we’re ready and look forward to taking them on,” Smolders added.last_img read more

Bony brace seals Swans win

first_img Bony’s second made him the joint highest Swansea scorer in Barclays Premier League history, equalling Michu’s 20-goal total, and each time Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled the strings as Garry Monk’s men ended a run of five games without a win to climb into the top six. It was a different story for a Leicester side who showed little invention in attack and have not tasted victory since that remarkable 5-3 win over Manchester United over a month ago. Swansea handed a first league start to Jefferson Montero since his £4million summer switch from Mexican club Monarcas Morelia and the Ecuador winger saw plenty of the ball as he attacked Foxes full-back Ritchie De Laet at every opportunity. De Laet just about held his own but Montero threatened danger every time he was allowed space and Leicester often doubled up to prevent him providing an effective supply line to Bony. Leicester lined up in attacking fashion with Jamie Vardy and David Nugent among four changes from the side beaten at Newcastle, but they were unable to offer Leonardo Ulloa swift support as Swansea called the tune in a first half they completely dominated. Poor marking from a corner allowed Bony an early sight of goal but the Ivorian headed wide and then his 18-yard shot from Sigurdsson’s square pass was comfortably held by Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal. Schmeichel was not so composed when Wes Morgan played a back-pass into his path and the goalkeeper scuffed his clearance. Sigurdsson seemed sure to open the scoring but Morgan recovered well in time and just made contact with the ball to spare Schmeichel’s blushes. Leicester were lifeless as a first-half attacking force – their best move ending with a Riyad Mahrez cross floating harmlessly wide beyond the far post – and they fell behind after being cut open in the 34th minute. Angel Rangel’s pass found Bony and his delicious flick freed Sigurdsson, the Icelandic international shaping to shoot but instead cutting the ball back to Bony who finished with aplomb from 20 yards. The goal was further evidence of the growing understanding between the pair, Bony on target again after hitting his straps in the last month and Sigurdsson’s seventh assist of an extremely productive campaign. Leicester needed to show some intent and they struck the crossbar within two minutes of the restart in bizarre circumstances when Liam Moore hurled his throw deep into the Swansea box. Jonjo Shelvey swung a leg at it but it was unclear whether the midfielder made any contact with it or the ball simply spun off the turf to hit the top of the Swansea crossbar. Still, Leicester were buoyed by that moment and Mahrez soon broke forward to deliver the Foxes’ first shot, which sailed harmlessly over, before Danny Drinkwater forced Lukasz Fabianski to hold onto his 25-yard drive. But the wind was taken right out of Leicester sails in the 57th minute when Montero and Sigurdsson interchanged cleverly for the winger to breach the Foxes’ back-line, draw Schmeichel, and leave Bony with a straightforward finish. The impressive Sigurdsson limped off straight away to be replaced by Tom Carroll but Shelvey almost put the issue beyond doubt when his 30-yard shot whistled past Schmeichel and clattered off the Leicester bar. Mahrez had been Leicester’s best player by some distance, certainly from an offensive standpoint, and his 20-yarder flew close to Fabianski’s far post with the goalkeeper struggling to get across his line. Leicester should have grabbed a consolation in stoppage-time when Fabianski pushed out Andy King’s header and Esteban Cambiasso put the rebound against the post when it seemed easier to score, the miss from two yards out summing up the Foxes’ misery. Bony managed 16 goals in his first season in English football but endured a slow start this time around following a summer where he played for Ivory Coast at the World Cup and had to put up with constant speculation over his future. But the 25-year-old has been back to his best in recent weeks and he ensured Leicester would get nothing from their visit to south Wales by making it four goals in three games with one in each half against the shot-shy Foxes. Wilfried Bony scored both goals as Swansea saw off Leicester 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening. Press Associationlast_img read more

Obaseki Unveils Rebranded Bendel Insurance FC

first_imgSpeaking at the event, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, said his administration’s vision to reform sports is aimed at creating jobs and curbing restiveness among youths.The governor unveiled the new logo of the club which has the legendary Queen Idia mask as the main attraction. Also, Obaseki unveiled sets of brand new jerseys, team bus, technical team as well as manual for the rebranded Bendel Insurance Football Club. The new technical crew of the team is headed by Monday Odigie as Manager, while Baldwin Bazuaye, is the Head Coach with Greg Ikhenoba as his Assistant.According to Obaseki, “We have a keen interest to reform the sports sector in the state, and this is aimed at providing solutions to youth restiveness and unemployment. For us, sports have the potential to uplift the lives of our people and offer hope to youths who seek a better country.“Edo people are sports-loving. We will leverage this as we continue our reforms and give hope to our teeming youths. The steps made in reforming the Bendel Insurance FC will serve as reference point to drive more reforms in the sector.“The Benin Arsenal I know will soon bounce back big and with what I have seen today, its obvious that a silent revolution on how club-sides should be properly managed outside government’s funding is happening,” he stressed further.The governor added that the reforms will focus on grassroots sports development, noting, “Design and contracts for the construction of mini stadium in each local government area across the state have been completed. Local government chairmen will be mandated to ensure that the project is completed to encourage young men and women at the grassroots to tap into sports.”Obaseki called on investors in the state to support the present administration’s efforts to restore the state to its pride of place in sports in the country.Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, hailed “the achievements of the club, which has a reputation of producing top stars for the national team. These include, George Omokaro, Peter Egharevba, Henry Ogboe, Agwo Naji, Austin Eguavoen, Wilson Oruma, Osaze Odemwingie, Julius Aghahowa, Elderson Echiejile, Baldwin Bazuaye, Pius Ikedia and several other ex-internationals.These great players have represented the state at national and international assignments.”Shaibu added, “The decision to rebrand the Bendel Insurance FC’s logo with the image of Queen Idia was to project the club members as warriors, out to win battles. I am optimistic that the rebranded Bendel Insurance FC will emerge as a force to contend with.”On his part, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, who was physically present at the event, commended the state government for its initiatives in repositioning Bendel Insurance FC, and urged “The state government to partner corporate bodies for sponsorship to achieve self-funding and ensure the club is not dependent on government grants anymore.”“It is important for football clubs to run independent of government interference to ensure consistency. The club can develop its cards; Silver and Premium cards and VIP stand to serve as means for generating funds,” he added.Former Sports Commissioner of the state, Brown Ebewele, Igoh Igumah, who was House of Representatives Sports Committee kingpin, were among the distinguished sports personalities that graced the occasion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Says reforms aimed at job creation and youth devtDuro IkhazuagbeOne of Nigeria’s foremost football clubs, Bendel Insurance FC, was rebranded on Tuesday night at the Government House in Benin with most of the players and coaches that made the team household name in the country’s football present.Legends like 86-year-old Alabi Aisien who won the 1978 Challenge Cup final as head coach of the Benin Arsenal and the first coach to win the FIFA Under-16 World Cup in China in 1985, Sebastine Brodericks-Imasuen, were present at the event along with several ex-players of the team.last_img read more

Injury to Taylor raises questions for Badgers

first_imgWhen head coach Bret Bielema first looked at the schedule for this season three years ago, he knew a this week would be a good one for his team to have a bye.Little did he know just how right that assessment would be.With several players battling through injuries, the Wisconsin football team is hoping to take full advantage of its time off this week, a strategy that involves getting several players lower on the depth chart additional work while resting several starters.“A lot of times with our rotation what we did was we repped our twos probably more than we did our ones, just to try get an emphasis on some of those guys we’re going to need down the stretch,” Bielema said. “Case in point, losing Mike Taylor for the remainder of the season. It makes not only Chris Borland move up but also the guy behind him.”Taylor, the Badgers’ leading tackler through seven games and starting outside linebacker, went down with a right knee injury in the first half of Saturday’s game and did not return. The redshirt freshman tore his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that will require surgery and will keep him out for several months.“The way it looks right now, he’ll probably have surgery in the next two weeks,” Bielema said. “He will probably miss spring ball, but should be ready for summer workouts.”Though Borland is expected to move into a starting role in Taylor’s absence, the true freshman is far from the only one at the linebacker position that will see his role increased in the coming weeks.Bielema noted junior Blake Sorenson, who has already been working both at the middle linebacker position — where he is listed behind Culmer St. Jean on the depth chart — and outside linebacker recently, will move into a more prominent role in the team’s rotation.“Basically, Blake will backup almost all three linebacker positions,” Bielema said.The tough question, though, is what to do at the position behind Sorenson and Borland. Both have been strong in backup roles, but with them seeing more playing time, the Badgers will need others to be ready in case they go down.According to Bielema, the current situation has sophomore Kevin Rouse and redshirt freshmen Leonard Hubbard and Matt Groff as the linebackers next in line behind Sorenson. He did not rule out, however, the potential use of true freshmen Nick Hill and A.J. Fenton or sophomore Tony Megna.“Ideally you would love to redshirt [Hill and Fenton],” Bielema said. “But [playing] would not be beyond a possibility if one of them jumps out in the next week and a half.”Pressure on Welch to performAfter missing his sixth attempt of the season Saturday against Iowa, a 38-yard try, sophomore kicker Philip Welch’s spot on the depth chart is not exactly 100 percent secure.The Wisconsin coaching staff has had Welch face more competition this week, giving true freshman kicker Alec Lerner additional work in practice.“(We are) applying pressure, probably as much pressure as we can,” Bielema said. “We moved Alec Lerner over to the ones [Tuesday] in practice during our kicking period.”Bielema added that Welch went 4-for-4 on his tries while Lerner was 3-of-4 as they split time evenly. Lerner’s sole miss likely had a lot to do with nerves.“The first one I almost knew he was going to miss,” Bielema said. “When I moved him over, I didn’t tell him I was going to do it. I wanted to rattle him.”From the infirmaryThe linebacking corps is not the only position where the Badgers have been hit by injuries recently.Wisconsin had two players go down on the offensive side of the ball Saturday, as running back John Clay missed several plays in the first half after tweaking his ankle and tight end Garrett Graham left the game in the second quarter with a concussion.Bielema was optimistic about the condition of both Clay and Graham, though neither has practiced so far this week. A pair of offensive lineman also sat out Tuesday,“Gabe Carimi, Billy Nagy, John Clay, Garrett Graham. That’s it on offense that didn’t work out,” Bielema said. “That was my call, just to get the other guys reps.”last_img read more