Undersea Rescue Command and Chilean Navy to Kick Off CHILEMAR VII

first_imgBy By Lieutenant Courtney Callaghan, Submarine Squadron 11 Public Affairs October 24, 2017 Chilean submarine CS O’Higgins and URC practiced a rescue scenario which demonstrated URC’s submarine rescue capabilities by mobilizing and employing the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and the Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC). The SRC, a McCann rescue chamber designed prior to World War II and still used today, was used to mate with O’Higgins for a transfer of personnel from the simulated distressed submarine to the rescue vessel. The SRC can rescue up to six persons at a time and reach a bottomed submarine up to a max depth of 850 feet. The SRC is operated by two crewmembers and is lowered using a tethered cable from the ship to the submarine. Once the chamber reaches the submarine, it seals over the submarine’s hatch allowing Sailors to safely transfer to the rescue chamber. CHILEMAR VII is the seventh exercise of its kind between the U.S. and Chile. “Submarine rescue operations involve very challenging procedures, and they require consistent training to maintain proficiency,” said U.S. Navy Commander John Doney, deputy commander, Submarine Squadron 11. “Our ability to cooperate with our partner nations during such a technical evolution will ensure that, in the unlikely event of an actual submarine emergency, we will be operationally prepared.” URC is the only submarine rescue command for the U.S. Navy with the capability to provide submarine rescue within 96 hours to Time to First Rescue (TTFR). More than 40 countries are known to operate more than 440 submarines world-wide, making the confirmation of submarine rescue abilities between nations vital. These exercises foster safety and the ability to work together on a survival level, and also promote understanding and a commitment to stability through regional cooperation. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, visit www.navy.mil/local/css11/.last_img read more

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Second edition of Social Media Games slated for August 27

first_imgThe second edition of the annual Social Media Games dubbed “The Hood Edition” is set to come off on Saturday August, 27 at the Wembley Sports Complex, Kotobabi.The event which is one of the most sought-after events on the calendar of the youth especially social media users.  The game aims at fostering peace and togetherness amongst the youth from various communities ahead of this year’s election.It will also be used to create an avenue for socialization, meet-up, establish business contacts and a reunion for long lost friends.Organised by Hypenationgh, the event will see individuals from different communities who are hooked onto social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Hangout among others coming together to form teams to compete with each other for honours.Games to be competed for includes an 8-aside football challenge, an 8-aside finals for ladies, ampe, snooker, lime & spoon, volleyball, table tennis, tug of peace as well as a rap battle, photoshoot and open jam section after the games. According to the coordinator for the games, Francis Aryee, the first edition held at the Ajax Park, University Of Ghana last year left many asking for more and they are looking forward to this year’s edition.“We want to use this year’s edition event to preach the message of peaceful election to the youth as the election 2016 approaches,” he said.“The youth makes up the larger chunk of voters and they are very vulnerable when it comes to elections as some politicians target and use them to cause chaos during the period. We want to use this games to preach to them that there are a better thing to life than being used as a tool for violence,” he added.He noted that there would be peace messages from prominent personalities, politicians, leaders of the youth groups in the various communities as well as some presidential hopefuls to further drum home the need for absolute peace during the December polls.He further revealed that in all, at least 20 teams will be involved in the one-day sports extravaganza and will see teams being formed online by individual leaders from the various communities (Hood). Trophies and products from sponsors would be awarded from 1st to 3rd positions respectively with the other participating teams receiving souvenirs from sponsors as well.There would be an hour of pure aerobics for all to kick start the games.last_img read more

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Chequered flag goes up for the late, great ‘Big D’- It’s Walshy on Wednesday

first_imgTHE CHEQUERED FLAG GOES UP FOR THE ‘BIG D’: In the company of some of the sporting greats, Derek McMahon once featured on the popular ITV programme ‘This is Your Life’.Not as the star guest – though for he all did for motor sport he could just well have been – but as part of the tribute entourage to one of Formula 1’s high fliers, Eddie Jordan.In his book ‘An Independent Man’, Jordan recalls the show and lists the personalities who came along to acknowledge his own contribution to sport on wheels. In third place on that list, he mentions ‘the Big D’, ahead of the likes of Eddie Irvine, champion jockey Richard Dunwoody, former footballer and manager, David O’Leary, golfers Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood and some of the great and the good of the musical world, Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Chris Rea, and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason.Earlier in the book, Jordan reflects on his own involvement in the British F3 Championship when he raced for “the Donegal oil baron” – his description – Derek McMahon.One of the great characters in this or any other sport has sadly undertaken his final lap but what a journey. There are many who owe their success in the sport to the man from Milford – not least one of this country’s track stars, Derek Daly. “Hard to grasp that my friend and mentor has gone. Rest in peace, big man,” he tweeted.The ‘Big D’ quite literally put motor sport on the road in his own native county as a founding member of the Donegal Motor Club – and President up to his until passing at the weekend – and an inspiration behind the Donegal International Car Rally (the fact that it was, and is, an international event undoubtedly owes much to Derek’s connections far and beyond this island). And not the only sport he loaned his dedication to during his lifetime. He attended the first meeting of Letterkenny Rugby Club in McCarry’s Hotel on April 11th, 1973 as a founding member.Indeed as a player – and while I can’t in all honesty say I saw him in action it’s likely I did observe him on the old pitch on the Port Road – he excelled and could, they say, have gone on to greater things in an Irish jersey.But motor oil was in his blood and it was to his job – he was chairman of Donegal Oil Company – and the racing circuit that he devoted his time, energy and great sense of camaraderie (loud laughter within a group of fellow enthusiasts would immediately point you in his direction).The local motor world has lost a giant of a personality but most of all his family will miss his massive presence.The chequered flag has been waved – farewell Big D. FROM THE RING TO THE CAGE IN ONE BLOODY SWOOP: Last Saturday’s ‘Irish Independent’ featured a letter from regular contributor, Brian McDevitt from Glenties.He quoted an article from the previous week when Miriam Donohoe castigated one of his pet hates, the sport of boxing. “Fair play to her, she did not pull any punches on how she felt.“I quote and agree: “I just don’t see the point in a boxer – man or woman taking a beating for the amusement of onlookers. Boxing glamorises violence and makes it look cool,” the columnist had declared. “Yes indeed, Miriam”, Brian threw his hat into the ring.And occasionally, I agree with you, Brian. I say occasionally because there have been times when I’ve been on my feet shouting at the television screen and urging on Steve Collins, Michael Carruth, Barry McGuigan, Danny Ryan, Katie Taylor, and Michael Conlan, among others over the years, and dancing around the sitting-room at a world title triumph or Olympic medal (not much dancing during the last Olympics).So I confess, I’m a bit of a charlatan in that regard.But not, absolutely not, when it comes to the UFC Mixed Martial Arts discipline (did I say discipline?).There was no cheering or dancing at the weekend in this corner at any rate when Conor McGregor was acclaimed the new UFC lightweight champion.Irish he may be but nothing could, or would, persuade me to watch through one of his fights with any degree of sporting fanaticism. And more likely not watch through any of it at all.It’s street violence without the street – the only difference being you can safely avoid a court appearance but still pile in the readies if you’ve reached the Dubliner’s level in world rankings.Or blood money as some might term it.NOT QUITE A VIENNA WALTZ BUT….Seamus Coleman – as the proprietor of the Daily said to me this week there’s a sportsman who manages to keep a humble lid on it unlike the above-mentioned – was quick to praise the Irish fans in Vienna at the end of Saturday evening’s qualifier and rightly so.They remain a credit to this country, travelling the length and breadth of the globe and maintaining the support volume throughout. If only I had their dedication and, probably, their bank balances or loan credits.Not quite a waltz for Martin O’Neill’s men but nevertheless a deserved victory, achieved as the result of a flowing move (finished off neatly by James McClean) that proves they can do it, and one that propels them to the top of their group.Someday Eamon Dunphy might agree with this but Coleman was an inspiration as skipper and indeed earned the fulsome praise of manager O’Neill in the post match interviews.We now must wait until March to see if we can retain top spot when the visitors to the Aviva Stadium are a Welsh side who have lost a bit of the momentum that saw them through to the semi-finals of the Euros.Hopefully it will be our Coleman celebrating come the end of that particular fixture.TRUMP WINS – AND DRAWSSo there you have it. The only American President ever to have pulled the balls out in the fifth round draw for the Rumbelows Cup.Yes, the one and only – and there are quite a few who believe that’s still too many of him – Donald Trump did the business on the ‘Saint & Greavsie’ show on I.T.V. television back in 1991.“It’s a great game, I love soccer,” he indicated at the time.This not being the ‘Irish Times’, who somehow managed to devote their respective back page columns in both Saturday and Monday’s sports supplements to the Trump triumph –Keith Duggan quoting the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, Stan van Gundy, at great length on the latter’s despair at the result of last week’s election and Malachy Clerkin backing that up two days later in his “Tipping Point’ column with further references to the shock result in world politics – this humble patch can only reflect that despite Trump drawing Leeds United out to face then fierce rivals, Manchester United, in that Cup draw, Alex Ferguson’s Reds still went on to beat the Elland Roaders and ultimately win the Rumbelows Cup with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.Hardly the popular vote at the time, that one….SPORT AND GOLF IN DONEGAL: Came across a fairly old publication – circa the 1930’s – on the province of Ulster at the weekend written by Stephen Gwynn, who spent the early part of his life in Ramelton, the family having moved there just after his birth.Here’s a few lines in reference to our own fair county:“Golf, which for the present is even a greater attraction than sport, does not extend into the wilder parts of the country though, indeed, twenty years ago Port Salon and Rosapenna, where the most famous links are, were outlandish enough.It is golf that has brought them into the vale of civilization – over civilization some of us grumble when we see smart frocks among the sandhills by Downings Bay.”Whatever about the frocks among the sandhills by Downings Bay (and that was just the men), what intrigued me most was the opening line where the author maintained that golf was now an even greater attraction than sport.Often wondered what Rory McIlroy and Co. were doing hanging around the sporting pages….Chequered flag goes up for the late, great ‘Big D’- It’s Walshy on Wednesday was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

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SA to strengthen ties with Britain

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma will be travelling tothe United Kingdom at the invitation ofthe Queen Elizabeth II.(Image: World Economic Forum)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vincent MagwenyaThe Presidency+27 72 715 [email protected] ARTICLES• South Africa, Brazil cement ties• Zuma: SA’s most important year• Zuma: a more prosperous nation• Team SA punts country at DavosNosimilo RamelaPresident Jacob Zuma will visit the United Kingdom (UK) at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. He is expected to discuss bilateral trade and issues of mutual interest with the Queen and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.The trip is viewed as a positive step towards consolidating relations and improving trade between the two nations. The queen invites only one head of state a year to visit her, so Zuma’s visit is a significant stride for South African relations with Britain.The South African president will be travelling to the UK on 2 March. On the morning of the 3 March, a horse carriage will collect Zuma at the London hotel and take him through St James Park in central London to Buckingham Palace where he will be the guest of Queen Elizabeth II.He will be travelling with 12 Cabinet ministers including International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Water Affairs and Environment Minister Buyelwa Sonjica and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.He will meet with Conservative Party leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg.The visit will include a state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in honour of Zuma, and a banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor of London.Zuma has been asked to unveil a plaque at Oliver Tambo House, the former residence of the late ANC president in Muswel Hill, and meet with community leaders who have had a long association with South Africa and the struggle for liberation.The visit highlights the increasingly important economic relationship between Britain and South Africa. Britain is one of South Africa’s top three trading partners, with about R74.9 billion in trade passing between the two nations in 2008.The UK is also South Africa’s largest foreign investor with investment flows ranging from R21.8 billion in 2004 to R47.7 billion in 2005.Zuma will also be addressing the Members of the British Parliament at the Palace of Westminster.“He will discuss social security with the queen; but heavyweight political discussions will be reserved for his meetings with British government and party leaders,” said Vincent Magwenya, presidential spokesperson.“South Africa and the UK will also have a chance to share experiences as they are both preparing for major sporting events. South Africa is hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while the UK is hosting the 2012 Olympic Games,” said Magwenya.Cementing old relationsSouth Afria and the UK enjoy long-standing cordial relations, which date back to the colonial era.Since 1994 the two countries have worked together on many bilateral and multilateral issues, and as partners on the SA-UK Bilateral Forum – a structured mechanism to manage and monitor bilateral relations between the two countries.Areas of co-operation within the bilateral forum include agriculture, arts and culture, defence and military veterans, education, health, home affairs, national Treasury, police, science and technology, sport and recreation, tourism, trade and industry, and water and environmental affairs.last_img read more

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Google Making Fashion Week Documentary Using “Glasses”

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Some of the most beautiful women on the planet have geeked out hard this week, donning Google Glasses on the catwalk for New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.Designer Diane von Furstenberg’s line teamed up with Google to unveil a futuristic collaboration, merging fashion and technology. Models have been paired with colored Glasses that match their outfits. Google will edit the footage recorded by each of the Glasses to create a documentary shot from each of the models’ perspectives. Look for it on the Google Glass Google Plus channel this week.“Beauty, style and comfort are as important to Glass as the latest technology,” Sergey Brin said. The Google co-founder joined von Furstenberg in the front row of the show, each sporting a pair. Wearable fashion technology (or is it tech fashion?) is an eye-grabber, and with Google planning to sell the Glasses in retail locations next year, this was a savvy PR move. The first Glass release, the “Explorer Edition,” is reportedly priced at $1,500, but that’s not stopping the buzz.If nothing else, it’s a big personal move for Brin, whose label faves begin and end with Crocs.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Google#web Related Posts adam popesculast_img read more

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Ethiopia Takes 19 Pct Stake in DP World Berbera Port

first_imgzoom Ethiopia has signed an agreement with Dubai-based port operator DP World and the Somaliland Port Authority to acquire a 19% stake in the Port of Berbera.Following the deal, which was signed in Dubai on March 1, DP World will hold a 51% stake in the project, Somaliland 30% and Ethiopia the remaining 19%.The government of Ethiopia will invest in infrastructure to develop the Berbera Corridor as a trade gateway for the inland country, and there are also plans to construct an additional berth at the Port of Berbera.The berth would be built in line with the Berbera master plan, which DP World has already started implementing, while adding new equipment to further improve efficiencies and productivity. The first cranes are scheduled to arrive later this year.“After a year of serious negotiations, Ethiopia has concluded an agreement with the Somaliland Ports Authority and DP World that will give the Government of Ethiopia 19% stake in the joint venture developing the Port of Berbera,” Ahmed Shide, Ethiopian Transport Minister, said.The Minister explained that the agreement will help Ethiopia secure an additional logistical gateway for its import and export trade.Ethiopia will continue to further invest in and develop the Djibouti corridor and further consolidate the use of existing ports in Djibouti. According to Shide, it will also look for other opportunities to develop additional ports and logistics corridors in the region.“The ports of Berbera and Doraleh will provide significant capacity to the region. Both these ports and more capacity will be needed to serve the region’s growth potential in the future,” Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said.last_img read more

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Prime Ministers Wife Mrs Patricia Minnis Visits Grand Bahama

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – On a one-day trip to Grand Bahama, wife of Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, on Thursday, November 16, 2017 brightened the day of the young, as well as the young at heart.    Mrs. Patricia Minnis, upon arrival in Grand Bahama, traveled to the West End community, where she read to students of West End Primary.Following this, she made a few home visits, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe.It was then on to lunch with the senior citizens for their Thanksgiving Luncheon at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church where Mrs. Minnis spoke on passing on knowledge to the younger generation: she encouraged the residents to share their knowledge of child rearing, marriage, cooking, sewing, construction, and any other information that could assist in building better communities.  Following lunch, Mrs. Minnis was presented with gifts — a floral sculpture by Ms. Cathy Laing of the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, and honey from the farm of Mr. James Taylor.(BIS Photos/Andrew Miller) Related Items:last_img read more

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Customer bills to be reduced from San Onofre settlement

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers will soon see a reduction in their bill.The bill reductions will begin in October as the Settlement Agreement for the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) takes effect following approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Originally set to begin in November, SDG&E sought CPUC approval to accelerate the reductions one month sooner to provide bill relief for customers.“We’re happy to reach the final chapter in the SONGS settlement and provide these savings for our customers,” said Dan Skopec, SDG&E’s vice president of regulatory affairs.There are two aspects to the customer bill reductions: a one-month refund of approximately $13.80 per typical residential customer beginning October 1; and an ongoing average bill reduction of about $1.32 per month for a typical residential customer. CARE residential customers will see a one-month refund of approximately $8.50 and an ongoing average bill reduction of $0.81 per month. Bill reductions for non-residential customers will vary depending on a number of factors.In 2013, Southern California Edison, as the majority owner and operator of SONGS, closed the plant and began decommissioning activities.The Settlement Agreement and resulting bill reductions come after a multi-year investigation by the CPUC into the closure of SONGS and related costs. In 2014, the parties reached a settlement regarding the allocation of costs between the utilities and their customers, which was approved by the CPUC. After allegations of improper communications between SCE and the CPUC surfaced, however, the CPUC reopened the proceeding to investigate the claims and determine if the alleged communications impacted the previous settlement. No violations were alleged to have been committed by SDG&E and no penalties were assessed on SDG&E. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter September 24, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, Customer bills to be reduced from San Onofre settlement SDG&E accelerates reductions to provide bill reliefcenter_img Mike McKinnon III Posted: September 24, 2018 SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by providing around 45 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information, visit SDGEnews.com or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook. last_img read more

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