Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Tours New UK’s Aircraft Carrier

first_img Training & Education View post tag: Tours View post tag: Aircraft Share this article View post tag: Carrier Currently under construction at Rosyth Dockyard, in Scotland, once HMS Queen Elizabeth is operational she will be based at Portsmouth Naval Base, in Hampshire, where Dame Mary is Her Majesty’s representative.On her visit Dame Mary was given a brief on the ships capabilities as well taken on a tour by Commander Andrew Blackburn, the ships Air Engineer Officer. At 65,000 tonnes the Queen Elizabeth Class will be the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy and, with her embarked squadrons of F35B Lightning II jets, will put the UK back into the premier league of maritime fixed wing aviation.The ships will also be able to operate the full range of UK helicopters, providing enormous versatility. During her visit Dame Mary said:“I was staggered by the size of the new HMS Queen Elizabeth – she is the most exciting ship I have ever visited.“I was also struck by the sense of pride and commitment shown by the ship’s company, and the workforce who are building her. I am very much looking forward to visiting her again.” HMS Queen Elizabeth will be formally named by Her Majesty the Queen in July.Following a period of system commissioning and sea trials, she will sail to her new home in Portsmouth in early 2017.[mappress]Press Release, April 2, 2014; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Lieutenant View post tag: New View post tag: Hampshire View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Lord The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, has visited the Royal Navy’s brand new aircraft carrier. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: UK Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Tours New UK’s Aircraft Carrier Back to overview,Home naval-today Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Tours New UK’s Aircraft Carrier April 2, 2014last_img read more

They save horses, don’t they?

first_imgCastle McLaughlin came face to face with her future in the summer of 1986, staring into the eyes of a wild, blue roan stallion.She had parents who were equestrians, a grandfather who was a well-known polo player, and a pony from age 5, and she grew up with a profound love for the animals.“‘Horse’ wasn’t my first word,” said the associate curator of North American ethnography at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. “But it should have been.”Yet this “mature, dominant stallion that had never been touched” was far from tame, and it was suddenly hers. Moved by its fierce struggle during a roundup at the North Dakota national park where she was working for the summer, McLaughlin purchased it at auction. She planned to tranquilize the rare stallion, get him into a trailer, drive him to the edge of the park, and return him to the wild.“I was just standing there looking at him, wondering how I was really going to do this.”Fortunately, two brothers, Frank and Leo Kuntz, were there to save similar horses from slaughter. They offered to help and took the stallion home to their ranch, where it lived for a decade. The serendipitous meeting was the beginning of a long collaboration. The three made a commitment to keep the unusual breed alive and eventually helped to create the Nokota Horse Conservancy, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving the Nokotas, the name ultimately given the breed.“We’ve come such a long way, but we are still struggling every day to keep the horses alive and keep them going,” said McLaughlin of her nonprofit work, which has involved creating a breed registry for the animals and promoting them for diverse equestrian disciplines.The conservancy maintains a small breeding herd of about 120 animals that live and breed on their own for six months of the year in large pastures; in winter they are brought to a ranch to feed. A few offspring are sold each year, typically to other preservation breeders. In addition, the Kuntz brothers also keep small private herds.Little could McLaughlin know that her love of animals and of art and artifacts would ultimately merge in her work at Harvard.Commissioned by the National Park Service to research the breed over three years, McLaughlin established that the horses had direct connections to animals ridden by some Native American Sioux, including the Hunkpapa chiefs in the Battle of Little Big Horn. She used her knowledge of the horses to inform the current show at the Peabody Museum.McLaughlin is co-curator of its ongoing exhibition on “Wiyohpiyata: Lakota Images of the Contested West,” which prominently features Nokotas.The show revolves around a small “artists book” containing 77 pictures created during the 1860s and ’70s by a group of Native American warrior artists, recovered by the U.S. Army after the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn, in which American Gen. George Armstrong Custer was defeated and killed. Many of the drawings capture the Native American warriors astride their horses, the unique Nokota breed.McLaughlin is writing a book about the ledger that is the centerpiece of the Wiyohpiyata exhibit. A graphic artist, photographer, and videographer — skills developed during her time in art school — she collects and draws with vintage fountain pens.McLaughlin said of her work with the exhibition, which will be on view through next August, “It’s amazing that these Lakota horses have survived and that we’ve been able to install video footage of them in the gallery to animate the drawings of their war pony ancestors done by warriors more than 100 years ago.”“As an anthropologist interested in human relationships with animals, the opportunity to research and participate in their ongoing history has been fascinating. The great challenge now is to ensure that they have a future, and my hope is that museum visitors will appreciate their value and want to help make that happen.”last_img read more

Australia’s new luxury wishlist item

first_imgNo expense was spared in this stunning home.The four bedroom, four bathroom home sits on a 465 sq, block that is jam-packed with luxury features including a custom master suite that includes the special make-up station. What a view to see the evening out with. Only Australian capital where home values are rising Top 10 suburbs for upgraders The home that $5.6m can’t buy “Arguably the most architectural and well-constructed home in the area, if not Brisbane,” was how it was listed on realestate.com.au, with the home even having a wall feature made entirely of onyx. A tantalising glimpse of the future.A Kone custom elevator was installed for all four level, and the property has multiple living areas with the downstairs rumpus going to the gym and the 2,000 bottle cellar. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Breathtaking use of wall space.Designed by Dan Sparks, the house was described as “an architectural masterpiece” by agent Henry Hodge of McGrath Estate Agents New Farm, who said it was of a “highly engineered commercial construction”. The dream home is in Brisbane’s most exclusive suburb, Teneriffe.IN a world where wishlists are as long as most arms, this may well be 2018’s must-have item for luxury homes and this Aussie dream home is setting the trend.A makeup station where all your lipsticks, powders, brushes and other items can permanently have a home is surely going to set the building world askew, because if your home doesn’t have one, well, quite frankly, why not? The home at 247 Kent Street, Teneriffe, is spread across four levels. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago When your builder has makeup station to pop all your powders, brushes, creams, lipsticks and gadgets at the top of the priority list you know you are loved.The home has intercom, automated surveillance, blinds, C-Bus and a commercial airconditioning system, Miele and Liebherr appliances, Zipp Hydro, and reticulated hot water, with the 13m infinity edge pool solar-heated with a special kids splash zone. This dream inner-city home in the Queensland capital’s most prestige suburb, Teneriffe, has not just ticked that off the wishlist, but it’s also got a 2000-bottle wine cellar, a full gym, a kids splash zone beside the infinity pool and a special elevator to get to all four levels of the house without breaking a sweat.That’s pretty hard to beat for someone at the top of their game, with no expense having been spared to the property off the ground in Queensland’s most exclusive suburb, Teneriffe.last_img read more

Fifa trophy on the home stretch

first_imgThe youngsters from New Nation PrimarySchool will be part of Coca-Cola’sflag-bearer and ball crew.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) After touring 53 African countries to stir up excitement about the World Cup, the Fifa trophy is headed to its final destination, South Africa, in time for the long-awaited kick-off in June.The coveted solid-gold cup, last won by Italy in 2006, will arrive in South Africa on 5 May for a whistle-stop journey through about 38 cities and towns across the country’s nine provinces.Coca-Cola, one of the official 2010 Fifa World Cup sponsors, will lead the tour that starts in the Western Cape on 7 May. At each event authorities will allow up to 800 people to view and photograph the booty.“This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience as not all South Africans will be able to get tickets to watch matches, but everyone will have an opportunity to participate in the tour,” said Onwell Msomi, Coca-Cola’s general manager of the 2010 project team in South Africa. “Our emphasis is on reaching those South Africans who often miss out on this type of events.”“[The tour] will unite the nation and generate extra enthusiasm among all South Africans in the last 30 days before the World Cup kicks off,” he said.The trophy’s 130 000km journey across the continent and the rest of the world will end in Gauteng, the province that will host final World Cup match, early in June in time for the kick off on the 11th .“We have committed to take the trophy on an epic journey of South Africa,” said Coca-Cola South Africa president William Egbe.Taking the trophy around South Africa will contribute substantially to the excitement that’s already gripped the country, said former Bafana Bafana player Sipho Ndzuzo. “Everyone will be closer to the trophy and South Africans will then see that they have a role to play in the World Cup,” Ndzuzo added.“We used to see it on television, now we will see it here in Africa.”‘Showing the world what Africa is about’Egbe believes that being prepared for the tournament goes beyond the measure of stadium readiness, it’s also about the continent’s excitement for the tournament. He’s banking on Africa’s flair to make this the best World Cup ever.“We Africans are known to be exuberant in how we celebrate life, now the world will get a taste of how we celebrate football,” Egbe said. “We’ll guarantee our visitors a warm welcome and excitement in the stadiums.”Coca-Cola is satisfied with South Africa’s preparations, he added. “The reality is that not only is South Africa ready, it will be ready to make this a spectacular World Cup.“Football in Africa is an integral part of how we express ourselves,” said Egbe.Nurturing young starsAlthough it will take many years before World Cup comes to Africa again, this year’s tournament should not be seen as the end of a long journey in grooming football stars on the continent, Egbe believes.It is the “beginning of a much longer journey” in nurturing Africa’s footballers. “There’s no question that the development of soccer at grassroots level is fundamental …” he said.In this regard the company prides itself in its Copa Coca-Cola Football Stars competition, which has drawn young players from around the world, giving them an opportunity to hone their football skills, build team spirit and develop vital life skills.The actual Copa Coca-Cola tournament will take place in South Africa before the start of the World Cup. It’s not just about glory, Coca-Cola said, but also “about respecting diversity and forging friendships with players from vastly different backgrounds and cultures”.“Copa Coca-Cola is something that’s dear to us in terms of youth development,” said Msomi.Thanks to the beverage giant about 786 South African youngsters will also get hands-on experience in the stadiums during matches as flag bearers and ball crew members. The teenagers, who will have to have some knowledge of the game, will carry the giant national flags of each team and collect balls that are kicked off the pitch.Mbulelo Mbayimbayi, a 14-year-old from New Nation Primary School in Johannesburg, is thrilled to be one of the flag-bearers. “There will be a large crowd at the stadiums and it will be fun,” he said.“I would love to carry the flag of my home country, South Africa, or the flag of Brazil because I love Ronaldinho.”last_img read more

BCCI declares Sawai Mansingh Stadium unfit for Irani Trophy match

first_imgCaught between the Congress-ruled government, the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC), the Sawai Mansingh Stadium stadium, which was till recently rated among the top four cricket grounds in India, now lies in a shambles.Adding to the ignominy is the fact that now the ground will not host the Irani Trophy match scheduled to take place between September 21 and 25. BCCI Grounds and Pitches Committee chairman V. Sundaram inspected the ground on September 8 and declared the stadium unfit for the match.The ruling has deprived the home team – which had won the Ranji Trophy twice in a row and were to face the Rest of India in the match – of the benefit of playing on home turf.The Sawai Mansingh Stadium stadium, which was till recently rated among the top four cricket grounds in India, now lies in a shambles.Last month, the RSSC had taken over the ground and had barred the RCA from carrying out any maintenance work at the stadium. The council is headed by Shiv Charan Mali who enjoys the status and facilities of a minister of state thanks to his proximity to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.Ever since Mali took over two years ago, the council’s questionable decisions, such as locking the gates for cricketers prior to crucial practice sessions, denying entry to trucks bringing repair material etc, have led to the once internationally known stadium to become the laughing stock of the cricketing fraternity.Even though the local media and the RCA had warned that preventing routine repair works from being carried out at the stadium would result in the ground being declared unfit for the Irani Trophy match cut no ice with Gehlot’s men. Incessant rains necessitated that the ground be taken care of in a professional manner. However, that didn’t happen. The ground was handed to the RCA a little before the inspection was to be carried out. By then the “unfit” verdict for the stadium was a foregone conclusion.advertisementThough Mali is being blamed for this fiasco, the RCA, headed by CP Joshi, the union surface transport minister, is not doing any wonders either. Joshi has been unable to decide if he wants to run it professionally or just remain a figurehead. A non-entity, KK Sharma, a junior officer with the state government, is the RCA secretary. Like Mali, he isn’t also known for his vision or professionalism either.While Joshi and Gehlot remain at loggerheads due to state politics, Mali is busy queering the pitch for Joshi. In turn, Joshi’s indecisiveness has added to the RCA and thus cricket’s misfortune.Amid all this, cricket lovers are recalling the times when BJP’s Vasundhara Raje was chief minister and under her patronage Lalit Modi had helped bring the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on par with international standards.With the Irani Trophy cancelled, the biggest losers amid all this is the Rajasthan home team and the cricket lovers.last_img read more


first_imgThe afternoon matches saw some upsets, some blow outs and a lot of rain. Read on for a summary and some results. Mens Open: Stephen Swan scored five touchdowns, the highest individual tally in one game at this NTL so far, in the Brisbane City Cobras 14-6 win over the Barbarians. The Southern Suns are the only pool one team who is undefeated, although they were only narrow winners over the Tropical Queensland Cyclones 5-3. The Sydney Mets and Brisbane City Cobras sit at the top of pool two, having won all of their matches except their draw together. Anthony Ziade led the Mets with three touchdowns in a 9-1 win over the Crusaders in round four. Womens Open: Mary Steele scored her third touchdown hat trick of the tournament in the Brisbane City Cobras 12-1 win over the Northern Eagles, leaving them second in pool one after their narrow defeat to the Gold Coast Sharks earlier in the day. The Gold Coast Sharks are still undefeated after another win, 4-0 over the Tropical Queensland Cyclones. Pool two is being dominated by the Sydney Mets who finished today with another easy win 8-1 over the Sydney Scorpions. Mixed Open: Justin Robson was the top scorer for the fourth round in the Mixed competition. He had three touchdowns in the Gold Coast Sharks 9-2 win over the Hunter-Western Hornets. The Sharks remain undefeated and top of pool two. The Sydney Mets are still undefeated and look to be a very strong all-around team with no individual player standing out in the scoring department. The Hornets, Southern Suns and Tropical Queensland Cyclones are all still winless in the Mixed competition. Mens 20 years: With rounds four and five played during the day and then round six filling the last timeslot, it was a big day for the 20 years competition. The Sydney Rebels have continued to play on, despite having team numbers reduced to seven after injuries and drop outs. Obviously they have struggled for good results, going down 17-1 and 18-1 in rounds four and five. Cameron Nicholls, Dean Springfield and Joel Hall all scored three touchdowns for the Sydney Mets in their win over the Rebels. Hamish Jones had four touchdowns and Haiden Baker and Jai Bonner helped out with three a piece in the Gold Coast Sharks 18-1 win over the Rebels. In other games today the Tropical Queensland Cyclones narrowly defeated the Crusaders 7-6 while the Southern Suns drew the Sunshine Coast Razorbacks 4-4. Womens 20 years: After five rounds the Gold Coast Sharks are the only undefeated Womens 20 years team and are looking strong heading into the second half of the competition. The competition is tight though with four teams all within one win of the Sharks. The Sydney Mets looked strong today beating the Sunshine Coast Razorbacks 7-5 with Kataraina Withell scoring three touchdowns. The Brisbane City Cobras and the Crusaders are the only two teams yet to win a match in the competition, although they have both secured a draw. Results: Mens Open- Round 4 Sydney Scorpions def Hunter-Western Hornets: 7-4 Southern Suns def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 5-3 Gold Coast Sharks def Northern Eagles: 10-2 Sydney Mets def Crusaders: 9-1 Brisbane City Cobras def Southern Cross Barbarians: 14-6 Sunshine Coast Razorbacks def Sydney Rebels: 7-2 Womens Open- Round 4 Brisbane City Cobras def Northern Eagles: 12-1 Gold Coast Sharks def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 4-0 Sydney Rebels def Hunter-Western Hornets: 5-2 Southern Cross Barbarians def Southern Suns: 6-4 Sunshine Coast Razorbacks def Crusaders: 1-0 Sydney Mets def Sydney Scorpions: 8-1 Mixed Open- Round 4 Sydney Mets def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 7-1 Southern Cross Barbarians def Southern Suns: 5-2 Gold Coast Sharks def Hunter-Western Hornets: 9-2 Brisbane City Cobras def Sunshine Coast Razorbacks: 8-1 Sydney Rebels def Crusaders: 5-3 Sydney Scorpions: Bye Mens 20 years- Round 4 Tropical Queensland Cyclones def Crusaders: 7-6 Southern Suns def Northern Eagles: 7-4 Brisbane City Cobras def Sunshine Coast Razorbacks: 6-2 Sydney Mets def Sydney Rebels: 17-1 Gold Coast Sharks: Bye Round 5: Gold Coast Sharks def Sydney Rebels: 18-1 Northern Eagles def Crusaders: 6-1 Southern Suns drew Sunshine Coast Razorbacks: 4-4 Sydney Mets def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 9-1 Brisbane City Cobra’s: Bye Womens 20 years- Round 4 Sydney Rebels def Brisbane City Cobras: 5-0 Gold Coast Sharks def Southern Suns: 5-4 Sydney Mets Sunshine Coast Razorbacks: 7-1 Tropical Queensland def Cyclones Crusaders 8-3 Hunter-Western Hornets: Bye Round 5: Gold Coast Sharks def Tropical Queensland Cyclones: 7-1 Southern Suns def Brisbane City Cobras: 8-3 Hunter-Western Hornets def Sunshine Coast Razorbacks: 7-5 Sydney Mets def Sydney Rebels: 4-2 Crusaders: Bye media contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165last_img read more

a month agoKevin McCabe release statement after Sheffield Utd ruling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kevin McCabe release statement after Sheffield Utd rulingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe legal team for Kevin McCabe have released a statement after a High Court ruling paved the way for HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to become sole-owner of Sheffield United.McCabe has been ordered to sell his shareholding in the Premier League club’s parent company to the Saudi royal.In a statement, issued by public relations firm Tavistock Communications, a spokesperson said: “It will not surprise readers of the judgment to learn that the McCabes do not agree with every aspect of the judge’s decision.”However they are nevertheless grateful to the judge for the time and care he has taken over the judgment and they wish to make clear that in disagreeing with some of the conclusions they mean no disrespect to the judge.”Serious consideration is now being given, with the advisors to Sheffield United Limited, to an appeal against the judgment.” last_img read more

JERA EDF Trading Join Forces in LNG Optimisation

first_imgJapan’s energy company JERA and EDF Trading Limited have signed binding agreements to form an LNG optimisation and trading joint venture to merge their activities into JERA Trading (JERAT).With demand for LNG in Japan becoming increasingly variable and difficult to predict and the ramp up in US LNG liquefaction, Europe has become a key balancing market for excess global LNG. As a result, JERA and EDFT believe that there is significant room for optimising LNG on a global basis, establishing a more liquid market, and, over time, developing a clear pricing signal for LNG in Asia.The companies will combine their LNG optimisation and trading activities into JERAT which will become the exclusive LNG optimiser for JERA and EDF S.A., managing their collective short and medium term LNG optimisation activity.Recognising the expansion of JERAT’s business globally, the parties agreed to change the name of JERA Trading to “JERA Global Markets”.“LNG remains a strategically important fuel for JERA and EDF and this agreement will bring more flexibility and scale to both partners without affecting JERA’s and EDF’s long term procurement activities,” according to JERA.As part of this transaction, EDF Trading North America, one of the leading marketers of gas and power in the region will be responsible for supplying electricity and natural gas to meet JERA’s capacity requirements at the Freeport liquefaction terminal.This transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed by early 2019.This joint venture follows the completion of the acquisition of EDFT’s coal business by JERAT on April 4, 2017.last_img read more

National Bank Q4 profit up 8 from last year to 566 million

first_imgMONTREAL — National Bank of Canada had $566 million of net income in its fourth quarter, up eight per cent from the same period last year as each of its three main business units improved earnings.The Montreal-based bank says the profit amounted to $1.52 per share on a diluted basis and $1.53 per share after adjustments.Analysts had estimated $1.52 per share of net income and $1.52 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue for the three months ended Oct. 31 was $1.87 billion, slightly above analyst estimates.During the same period of fiscal 2017, National Bank had $525 million of net income or $1.39 per share and $1.76 billion of revenue.The bank says its quarterly dividend will rise three cents to 65 cents per common share, payable Feb. 1. Companies in this story: (TSX:NA)The Canadian Presslast_img read more