Reporters Without Borders condemns sacking and death threats against journalist

first_img March 8, 2021 Find out more News News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en center_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria to go further Organisation Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders has strongly protested against the reported dismissal of journalist Younes Khalaf, of the government daily Al-Thawra (Révolution), over an article he wrote on pollution of drinking water in north-east Al-Hassaka province.The sacking was reported by the Arabic-language online news website www.elpah.com that also said the journalist had received phoned death threats. Reporters Without Borders said the threats and harassment showed the determination of the Syrian authorities to control news. The same process was at work in preventing the Syrian and international press from effectively covering clashes in the past few days between security forces, Arab tribes and Kurdish groups that have caused a number of casualties.Obstacles to journalists’ freedom of movement and their ability to report has meant that it has not been possible to confirm how many have died, said the international press freedom organisation. In addition the Syrian authorities have blocked several Kurdish news sites that were reporting on events in the country, in particular www.amude.com, based in Germany.Khalaf apparently wrote a first article in Al-Thawra exposing corruption as one of the reasons for pollution of the region’s water. The article, that began with the sentence, “I smell the odour of corruption”, implicated the head of the water company in Al-Hassaka.The rest of the investigation and an open letter to Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri, was apparently published in the privately-owned Arabic-language newspaper The Economy. March 18, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns sacking and death threats against journalistlast_img read more

A call for Limerick’s young food hero

first_imgNew click’n’collect online service will bring relief to food producers No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Bord Bia unveils support measures for food, drink and horticulture businesses affected by COVID-19 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print WhatsApp Previous articleLifebuoy vandal told to deal with his demonsNext articleJurors have responsibility in administration of justice Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Leading chefs Ciaran Elliott, Wade Murphy, Kevin Thornton, Acting General Secretary of Euro-Toques Manuela Spinelli, Paul Kelly and Ross Lewis.Leading chefs Ciaran Elliott, Wade Murphy, Kevin Thornton, Acting General Secretary of Euro-Toques Manuela Spinelli, Paul Kelly and Ross Lewis.Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE culinary conversation got colourful as some of Ireland’s leading chefs Ross Lewis, Kevin Thornton, Paul Kelly and Wade Murphy joined forces to launch the search for Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2013. The theme of this year’s prestigious competition is “Food Memories: Your Interpretation?”.Now in its 23rd year, the competition is calling out to all young chefs in Limerick, of any background, aged between 18-26 to enter the competition at www.youngchef.ie.Closing date for the online entries is September 23rd.Euro-Toques are looking for three simple winning ingredients when it comes to selecting successful candidates for Young Chef of the Year – talent, enthusiasm and a passion for Irish food and heritage. Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2013 in association with Fáilte Ireland is looking to identify young talents who have the potential to represent and define the Irish culinary scene, drawing from our land, traditions and culinary heritage.The theme for the 2013 competition is ‘Food Memories: Your Interpretation?’ and it will be carried right through to the final event; where the young chefs will use the past as an inspiration for the future, in order to create contemporary dishes that reflect re-imaginings of flavours, ingredients and presentation.The culinary competition will conclude on November 24th when the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2013 will be announced at an exclusive event in Dublin by a prestigious judging panel, which will include prominent Irish chefs and guest judges.Speaking at the launch Wade Murphy, President Euro-Toques Ireland and Chef/Proprietor 1826 Adare said,” This is definitely one of our Euro-Toques’ most important campaigns. The Young Chef of the Year competition gives us the chance to meet with thefuture of Irish cooking. We aim to seek out young chefs that look and thinkbeyond the kitchen and take pride in working with locally sourced ingredients. What’s important to us as an organisation is that the chefs should stand by Euro-Toques core principles of local and seasonal sourcing, protecting our traditions and culinary heritage.”Helen McDaid, Fáilte Ireland’s Food Manager, commented, “Fáilte Ireland is delighted to work with Euro-Toques Ireland and their Young Chef of the Year Competition. Ireland is currently undergoing aculinary revolution and we need to ensure our young culinary talents and food tourism reputation become as recognised and valued as our produce. It is also crucial that we harness the potential of those young chefs who are championing true food tourism values such as local and seasonal sourcing, culinary heritage, and the best use of food to really create an authentic Irish experience.”Also joining the conversation at the launch today was Ciaran Elliott, Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2012 who commented,” Last year’s competition was the highlight of my career so far. I got to meet so many influential mentors during each stage and it was the perfect opportunity for me to develop my skills further while promoting Irish cooking with Failte Ireland and Euro-Toques.”For more information on the competition and online entry form log onto www.youngchef.iecenter_img Pigtown Culture & Food Series is back Twitter Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April LifestyleNewsA call for Limerick’s young food heroBy Staff Reporter – September 24, 2013 1453 Linkedin TAGSchefsEuro-Toquesfeaturedfood Advertisementlast_img read more

U.S. 2nd Circuit Court Dismisses MBS Suit Against Royal Bank of Scotland

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / U.S. 2nd Circuit Court Dismisses MBS Suit Against Royal Bank of Scotland Previous: FHFA Launches Neighborhood Stabilization Pilot Program in Illinois Next: DS News Webcast: Friday 04/17/15 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: class action lawsuits Mortgage-Backed Securities Royal Bank of Scotland U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago class action lawsuits Mortgage-Backed Securities Royal Bank of Scotland U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals 2015-04-16 Brian Honea About Author: Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago April 16, 2015 1,249 Views center_img Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago A class action lawsuit against Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) that accused the bank of fraud with regards to its mortgage-backed securities, was dismissed on Wednesday by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, according to multiple media reports.A pension fund of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers led a class that filed a class-action suit against RBS for allegedly misleading investors as to the quality of its mortgage-backed securities and for misrepresenting the company’s financial outlook. RBS, one of the largest banks in the world, grew in the early 2000s by repackaging and selling subprime mortgage loans in the years leading up to the housing bust.After the bust caused the bank to take a loss, RBS acquired a Dutch bank and attempted to raise more capital and issue more shares – an initiative which failed, as noted by a judge in the court’s ruling. Judge Denny Chin noted that RBS “could not survive the market’s crash” and needed a bailout of $40 billion from the U.K. government, according to one report.The court ruled on Wednesday that no action taken by RBS executives amounted to fraud with relation to the mortgage-backed securities, according to the report, and two out of the three appellate judges shared this opinion. The majority opinion said that “[s]tatements of general corporate optimism, such as these, do not give rise to securities violations.”Representing the defendant in the case, RBS, attorney Seth Waxman said, “We’re very grateful for the careful consideration of the court of appeals in this matter,” when contacted for comment.RBS currently has a separate lawsuit pending over mortgage-backed securities that is in trial and awaiting a verdict. RBS and Tokyo-based Nomura Holdings were two out of 18 lenders sued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in 2011 to recoup U.S. taxpayer costs following the government’s $188 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008, after which the government seized control of both Enterprises. The other 16 lenders all reached settlements with the FHFA.FHFA is seeking $1.1 billion in damages in the trial. The Agency alleges it suffered monumental losses when the sponsor of the mortgage-backed securities, Nomura, and the securities’ underwriter, RBS, did not follow underwriting guidelines on 68 percent of a sample of a bundle of securities backing more than $2 billion worth of mortgages sold to the GSEs prior to the financial crisis of 2008.The trial began in mid-March and closing arguments for the non-jury trial were presented last week in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago U.S. 2nd Circuit Court Dismisses MBS Suit Against Royal Bank of Scotland in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Decongestion Of Prisons: Courts Are Not Supposed To Act As Mere Post-Offices Says Bombay HC In PIL Seeking Early Disposal Of 14000+ Bail Applications [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDecongestion Of Prisons: Courts Are Not Supposed To Act As Mere Post-Offices Says Bombay HC In PIL Seeking Early Disposal Of 14000+ Bail Applications [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap26 May 2020 9:47 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday passed directions while hearing two PILs alleging laxity on part of the state government in ensuring safe and early release of some 14,000 prisoners negligible to be released as per directions of the State High Power Committee dated May 11, 2020.Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice KK Tated directed Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday passed directions while hearing two PILs alleging laxity on part of the state government in ensuring safe and early release of some 14,000 prisoners negligible to be released as per directions of the State High Power Committee dated May 11, 2020.Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice KK Tated directed Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare to take instructions from the State regarding testing of inmates who came in contact with any of the 158 inmates who tested positive for Covid-19 at Arthur Road Prison.In its order, the HPC directed the release of 50% of the 37,192 prisoners in the State, which is more than 18,500 inmates. Appearing on behalf of both the petitioners People’s Union for Civil Liberties and Archana Rupwate, Senior Advocate Mihir Desai raised various contentions before the Court. Firstly, he referred to the recommendations made by the High Powered Committee, chaired by Justice AA Sayed, to decongest the Correctional Homes of its inmates to prevent spread of infection. Desai argued that although the State has taken steps to bring down the number of inmates by following the guidelines issued by the High Powered Committee, more than 14,000 bail applications are pending before diverse criminal courts. Since the judicial officers presiding over such courts are required to issue directions for release of undertrial prisoners for a fixed number of days based on the guidelines, keeping such large number of applications pending tends to frustrate the purpose for which the HPC came to be constituted in terms of the Supreme Court’s order dated March 23.Thus, Desai prayed for appropriate directions to the relevant courts for early disposal of such applications. The bench refused to pass directions in this regard and observed-“Even though the High Powered Committee has delineated categories of under-trial prisoners who would be entitled to release on interim bail, we are of the opinion that the relevant courts are not supposed to act as mere post-offices and allow applications without application of mind. We have no doubt in our mind that in the light of the guidelines issued by the High Powered Committee, the relevant courts, to the best of its ability and with the resources available at its disposal, have been striving to take appropriate steps to dispose of as many applications for bail as possible in accordance with law and in the light of the guidelines.”Secondly, Desai contended that 158 inmates of Arthur Road have tested positive for Covid-19 and since the spread of the said virus is by way of transmission from one to the other, there is an imminent need to have other inmates of Arthur Road, who might have come into contact with the Covid-19 positive inmates, tested, so as to prevent further spread of the infection. Moreover, Desai argued that even though family members of a Covid-19 positive inmates are informed in other prisons, there is no system in place to inform family members of inmates at Arthur Road. Also, personal meetings of inmates with their family members/relatives have been stopped and presently there is no system in place by which interaction between the inmates and their family members/relatives is possible. Thus, concerned authorities may be directed to ensure that each inmate can at least establish contact with his/her family members/relatives through two phone calls per week. PP Thakare referred to a memo dated May 24, 2020 issued by the Additional Director General of Police & Inspector General of Prisons & Correctional Services, Maharashtra State, Pune. Video Conferencing facilities are being arranged so that the inmates can at least establish contact and talk to their family members/relatives, he said.However, Desai argued there is no certainty as to when the VC facility would be commissioned. Till such time it is commissioned, allowing two phone calls a week would ensure to the benefit of the inmates in these trying times, Desai urged the Court.Court said-“We trust that the contents of the memo dated May 24, 2020 shall be given full effect by the Correctional Home authorities. However, having regard to the uncertainties of connectivity, an additional facility of allowing the inmates to reach out to their family members/relatives by making phone calls could be allowed till such time Video Conferencing facilities are commissioned and even thereafter, if there is lack of connectivity.”Finally, Desai raised another grievance regarding the system of transmitting money by money orders having been discontinued presently, the family members/relatives of the inmates of the Correctional Homes are no longer in a position to provide money to them for purchase of essentials from the canteens of the Correctional Homes and, therefore, separate bank accounts for all the inmates ought to be opened where deposits can be made by such family members/relatives of the inmates. PP Thakare informed the Court that a circular dated April 8, 2020 provides for every Jailor to open a bank account and give all particulars for facilitating deposits. The bench observed-“Having read such circular, we direct the Correctional Homes authorities to implement the instruction therein immediately. The bank account number as well as all other requisite particulars for transfer of money shall be displayed by the Correctional Homes authorities on their website for information of all concerned. Once deposits are made by the family members/relatives of any inmate in such a bank account, the same shall be utilized in a manner that benefits him, according to law.”The matter was adjourned for two weeks and the next date of hearing is June 9, 2020.State’s General Report The Additional Director General Of Police and Inspector General of Prisons & Correctional Services, Pune submitted a general report before the Court. The report states that prisons in Maharashtra are already overcrowded and so a manageable number of prisoners considering the current scenario would be 16,000 inmates. Moreover, in order to avoid the spread of the deadly virus in prisons, eight overcrowded prisons namely Arthur Road, Thane, Yerwada, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Kalyan and Byculla have been locked down. Also, special attention is being paid to vulnerable categories of prisoners, for example- older prisoners, pregnant women, those suffering from asthma, diabetes etc, the report states.Furthermore, the Court was informed that online money transactions are allowed for inmates in the current scenario and cost of diet, medicine and hygiene products is being borne by the State.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Standards Authority publishes new Mica assessment protocol

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleSF delegation discusses NW projects with Irish Government officialsNext articleWorks announced for two Donegal schools News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – November 21, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews The National Standards Authority of Ireland has published a protocol which will be used by engineers and geologists to assess homes suspected of being affected by Mica or Pyrite.It will also give guidance on what, if any, remedial works might be carried out on the almost 5,200 private homes in Ireland affected, over 1,000 of which are known to be located in Donegal.The engineer will conduct an initial visual inspection and categorise the building.Based on the findings, the geologist will test samples of the concrete and following the completion of the testing process the geologist will assess the risk for further deterioration and this, together with the engineer’s final report, are considered by the Engineer, when recommending the appropriate works that may be undertaken. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Standards Authority publishes new Mica assessment protocol Twitter Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Registration extended for tonight’s estate planning program

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen To register for the estate planning and end-of-life issues program, call the Pike County Extension Office at 334-566-0985.Wesley said a large number of Americans die without a will or an advance health directive.“Many people believe that their property will automatically pass on to their heirs without complications,” he said. “Some people just never get around to making legal arrangements to protect their survivors.” Print Article Email the author By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Wesley said a couple of other misconceptions are that estate planning is not important for younger parents or that their heirs will not be affected by tax liabilities due to their estate size.Wesley said information will be presented that will be beneficial in helping recognize the legal documents that are essential in estate planning.Participants in the program will learn how to prepare a plan to protect, distribute and transfer their assets.”Wesley said the Pike County Extension Office is excited to offer this free estate planning program to the citizens of the Pike County area. Dinner will be provided courtesy of Troy Bank and Trust and First National Bank of Brundidge. Published 3:00 am Thursday, July 28, 2016 The Pike County Extension Office is offering a free program on estate planning and end-of-life issues tonight at Cattleman Park. The program will be from 6 until 9 p.m. and dinner will be included.Heath Wesley, Pike County Extension coordinator, said response to the program has been outstanding with more than 80 people registered.“There is a lot of interest in estate planning and people have continued to call,” Wesley said. “So, we will still register people today. This is a very informative program and will be beneficial to all of those who attend.  We want to make it available.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Registration extended for tonight’s estate planning program You Might Like Republican Women award scholarships The Pike County Republican Women recognized the recipients of its 2016 scholarships at its Wednesday meeting. The recipients are Laken… read more Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Will estate agency return to normal when lockdown lifts?

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Will estate agency return to normal when lockdown lifts? previous nextAgencies & PeopleWill estate agency return to normal when lockdown lifts?That’s the question that leading industry recruiter Josh Rayner is asking estate agency staff to answer in a new industry poll taking place this week. Have your say!Nigel Lewis20th April 20201 Comment2,489 Views As most of the estimated 150,000 people who work in the estate agency sector are either furloughed or told to work from home, many are wondering if these employees will, when the crisis is over, resist attempts to return full time to their branches.Leading estate agency recruiter Josh Rayner wants to know if industry rank and file believe the industry will return to normality once the all clear is given and whether they see it as an opportunity to change direction.Many negotiators and other branch staff will be wondering if, as their employer was able to continue doing business without a branch, perhaps the daily commute into work isn’t necessary.“How many of those currently furloughed or laid off intend to simply exit agency altogether,” asks Rayner (left), who founded Rayner Personnel in 2012.“Has this experience changed your view of what a work/life balance looks like and indeed should look like?“Coronavirus has challenged our thinking, the way we have had to work of late and has challenged our very industry’s very viability.“It’s important as we pass through our fourth week of lockdown to ascertain the thoughts and the sentiment of those that form the foundations of the property sector itself.”To find out, Rayner is asking agents to fill in a short poll that takes two minutes to complete and will be open until next weekend. The results will be published soon afterwards.Complete the poll.Read more about Rayner Personnel.Josh Rayner Rayner Personnel working from home agile working April 20, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 21st April 2020 at 3:19 pmJosh Rayner is a bright lad, and what may be seen as a pedestrian attempt to find out what is happening inside the heads of agents, is in fact exactly what is needed. As the blueprint of work and business is changing forever.Take ABF, who? Associated British Foods, who? the owners of ‘Primark’ that has just take a nearly 300M haircut, why? Because since lockdown, only a month ago, it has generated zero income, because it does not sell online. I foresee many in the c-suite having some explaining to do.Everyone thinks this lack of business foresight is crazy, but not as crazy as the real estate industry thinking that post-covid the consumer will be ‘doing business’ in the same way. And a re-vamp of an agency website is not what I am alluding to.Customers/clients in any industry want service, in real estate the largest asset base in the world, paper needs to give way to a more immediate and meaningful way of transacting business. Just as Primark was caught out – a face to face shopping experience in a pandemic, real estate also is about to hit the same impasse, and maybe this is why the workforce in the industry really needs to be consulted about what it thinks. Good work Josh.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

HMS Sutherland Deploys for Sea Trials

first_img Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland left Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard for sea trials yesterday, 24 March.The vessel has increased structural sustainability and fighting capability, as part of a significant upgrade and substantial maintenance programme by Babcock, including extensive improvements.HMS Sutherland’s refit, undertaken under the Surface Ship Support Alliance (an alliance between Ministry of Defence, Babcock and BAE Systems) Class Output Management (COM) arrangements, has seen industry take the lead on the content and optimisation of the package to provide the necessary through-life availability and capability.Having now left Devonport to undergo several weeks sea trials as the next phase in the upkeep period, HMS Sutherland is scheduled to return the fleet in late spring, marking completion of the upkeep.Upgrade detailsHMS Sutherland has undergone a full structural repair and strengthening programme following a structural survey of the ship and an unprecedented dry blast ‘back to bare’ programme for the superstructure and upper deck. This has included new sections and steel upgrades to the hull and superstructure which has significantly de-risked the platform for future operation.Upgrades to the ship have included installation of the DNA(2) Command System (central to the ship’s capability against air, surface and underwater threats), and the Artisan (Advanced Radar Target Indication Situational Awareness and Navigation) 3D Radar Type 997 (improving the ship’s air-defence, anti-ship and air traffic management capabilities), as well as the chloropac system (improving performance in the ship’s sea water cooling systems by preventing or reducing marine growth) including modification to the underwater inlets and outlets to reduce corrosion, an upgrade to the high pressure air system pipework (providing safe, reliable and flexible isolation when required), and a galley equipment upgrade, among others.The deep maintenance programme has also included removal of rudders and stabilisers along with a programme of maintenance on the propeller shafts and associated bearings, overhaul of the helicopter handling system (PRISM), a complete overhaul or renewal of all underwater and shipside valves and numerous pumps and motors from various ship systems, replacement of laundry equipment and of the sonar bow dome, and overhaul of refrigeration and fresh water systems. A programme of maintenance and minor upgrades on weapons systems including the 4.5 inch gun has also been included, as well as full renewal of the ship’s paint coatings from the water line up following the extensive blast programme.[mappress mapid=”15497″]Image: Royal Navy HMS Sutherland Deploys for Sea Trials Authorities View post tag: Babcock Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Sutherland Deploys for Sea Trials View post tag: HMS Sutherland View post tag: Royal Navycenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Sea Trials View post tag: europe March 25, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford stands in ‘solidarity’ against terror at Manchester attack vigils

first_imgHundreds of Oxford students joined faith leaders and local residents on Tuesday evening to remember the victims of Monday’s horrific terror attack in Manchester which claimed the lives of 22 concert-goers, many of them young children.Around 100 students attended a vigil outside the Radcliffe Camera, organised by OUSU, to “stand with Manchester”.Several students, some wearing “I heart Manchester” t-shirts and visibly emotional, spoke at the event, which took place less than 24 hours after a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.They had come to express their “love and solidarity,” as Katt Walton, a Christ Church student who is from Manchester, said in a speech outside the Rad Cam.“(We’re) sending out our condolences to the people who have lost loved ones, friends and family, especially as it was an event which was supposed to be a really fun night (and) a lot of younger kids went,” she later told Cherwell.“It’s really important to remember that this wasn’t a godly act, it isn’t down to Islam, and that this isn’t a time for Islamaphobia to come out of the woodwork. (Terrorism) aims to divide and conquer and the best thing we can do is stand together,” Walton added.In a further vigil on Cornmarket, faith leaders from the city’s major denominations — Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu — gathered to send their “prayers for Manchester”. Candles were lit and around 50 people took part in a minute silence, remembering the victims of an attack which the Prime Minister Theresa May has described as “cowardly” and “sickening”.“We hope to show unity and solidarity, and that no terrorist can divide us,” said Dr Sheik Ramzy, Director of the Oxford Islamic Information Centre and a member of the Muslim Council of Britain. Dr Ramzy, holding a sign reading “We stand with Manchester”, told Cherwell: “We are all together as one family, one British family, to stand against any terror, and we shall win.”Dr Sheik Ramzy holding a sign reading “We stand with Manchester”. Photo: Phoebe Freidin/CherwellAddressing the crowd outside the Carfax Tower, Bede Gerrard, Ecumenical Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, said: “We are here as human beings, as citizens of Oxford and as citizens of this country. We want to be a country where peace is sovereign.”“As people of faith we should embrace our diversity,” he added, speaking to Cherwell.“Religion is so often put forward as something that divides people. And it can do, but it’s not meant to. I think we’re trying to show that together we are stronger than apart.”The two events follow a major vigil in Manchester’s Albert Square on Tuesday evening to remember the victims of the atrocity. Outside the Rad Cam, students — including finalists wearing full subfusc, and others in their religious dress — stood in silence for a minute to show their defiance to terror.Students add personal messages in remembrance of the victims of the attack at Manchester Arena. Photo: Phoebe Freidin/CherwellOrla White, the OUSU Women VP, told Cherwell: “We were hoping to show solidarity with Manchester, and to be led by students who are from Manchester, to provide a space for people to come together and respond to a really horrible tragedy.”As the vigil ended, the crowd sang a rendition of the Manchester band Oasis’ song ‘Wonderwall’, reading the words from lyric sheets handed out by student union organisers: “And all the roads we have to walk are winding / And all the lights that lead us there are blinding”.At one point, an irritated student stuck his head out from a Bodleian Library window above to shout: “Don’t you realise you are right outside a library?”The crowd, with tears and smiles on their faces, sang [email protected]_jackhunterlast_img read more

Take Five: What to Know About Council’s Feb. 27 Agenda

first_imgA multiyear project to replace the Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth and 12th streets is part of a capital plan. City Council votes Thursday to fund a portion of the work.City Council has a full agenda for its public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 27) at the Ocean City Free Public Library. But here are five things that might be of special interest:GIFTS OF LAND: City Council will consider three new ordinances to accept gifts of real estate from private owners. The lots are part of unbuildable wetlands — some near the 3700 and 3800 blocks of West Avenue and others near the Ocean City Homes neighborhood in the 50s.CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ALLEYS: City Council will vote on the second and potentially final reading of an ordinance that removes obstacles to the demolition and redevelopment of the beachfront lots that have been home to the Christian Brothers retreat for more than a century.$9.3 MILLION  TO FIX UP THE CITY: City Council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance authorizing the borrowing of $8.9 million and the spending of $9.3 million on capital improvements for the next year. The plan calls for spending $5 million alone in road and drainage work.29th STREET FIREHOUSE: City Council will vote to award a $92,350 contract to Czar Engineering of Egg Harbor Township to design and administer construction of the 29th Street firehouse, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Plans call for the reconstruction of the building that houses trucks and equipment and building a new adjacent living quarters.15th STREET PLAYGROUND: City Council will vote to award a $92,282 contract to All Surface Asphalt Paving of Point Pleasant to install a new surface and playground equipment at 15th Street. The project also will include replacement of the basketball court, drainage work and installation of a new bathroom facility.For detail and supporting documentation on all agenda items, see the City Council Agenda Packet.last_img read more