Members of HMAS Toowoomba and PNS Alamgir Swap Duties During Gulf of Oman Drill

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Members of HMAS Toowoomba and PNS Alamgir Swap Duties During Gulf of Oman Drill View post tag: during View post tag: Gulf of Oman Members of HMAS Toowoomba and the Pakistan Navy’s PNS Alamgir swapped duties for a day during a recent exercise in the Gulf of Oman region of the Middle East.Between 17 and 18 August 2011, naval personnel from the two countries showcased their mariner skills and interoperability.The Commanding Officer of HMAS Toowoomba, Commander Andrew Quinn said the opportunity to “cross-deck” allowed two Royal Australian Navy​ (RAN) Officers and three Petty Officers each day to experience the battle space on PNS Alamgir while reciprocal Pakistan Navy ranks had a similar opportunity on Toowoomba.“Given the vast patrol areas that Coalition warships operate within the Middle East it is a rare opportunity that tasked warships can actively exercise and demonstrate capability with other coalition partners,” Commander Quinn said.“Despite the cultural differences, the experience highlighted the number of similarities faced by nations whilst conducting operations within the Middle East.”Representatives with specialisations in Warfare, Marine Engineering, Communications and Supply were provided comprehensive tours of respective ships while also being able to view helicopter operations, boarding exercises and Officer of the Watch manoeuvres.“The serials highlighted that there is considerable good-will amongst the coalition of nations that are working to counter piracy and terrorism in the region. The two days of combined operations was also testament to the adaptability and willingness of coalition forces to share their knowledge.“The exercise highlighted the welcoming nature of our partners and the focus we all have on the mission at hand irrespective of cultural differences and beliefs.“For personnel not physically visiting the respective ships the benefits of operating in close proximity to each other fostered the interaction of systems, procedures and the opportunity to conduct serials in line of sight.HMAS Toowoomba is presently deployed in support of Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) assigned to Combined Maritime Forces and will continue its patrol until mid October after which it will return to Australia.[mappress]Source: navy, August 30, 2011; August 30, 2011 View post tag: Drill View post tag: PNS Alamgir View post tag: members View post tag: HMAS Toowoomba View post tag: Duties Training & Education View post tag: swap Share this article View post tag: middle east Members of HMAS Toowoomba and PNS Alamgir Swap Duties During Gulf of Oman Drilllast_img read more

American SECNAV Completes Visit to Doha, Qatar

first_img American SECNAV Completes Visit to Doha, Qatar Back to overview,Home naval-today American SECNAV Completes Visit to Doha, Qatar Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus completed a visit to Doha, Qatar, Nov. 20.The visit was designed to build upon an existing relationship with Qatar, an important partner in the Middle East region.“Qatar is and remains a very valuable American partner,” said Mabus. “In our cooperation on a wide range of issues, it has proven itself repeatedly to be a positive and innovative force.”Mabus met with Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense, Maj. Gen. Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiyah, Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces, Maj. Gen. Ghanim Shaheen al-Ghanim, the Commander, Qatari Emiri Navy, Maj. Gen. Muhammad bin Nasir Mubarak Shakiri al-Muhannadi and the Commander, Qatari Emiri Air Force, Maj. Gen. Mubarak Mohammed Al Kumait al-Khayarin.During the meetings, Mabus expressed his desire for continued military cooperation with Qatar’s armed forces.“We look forward to collaborating with Qatar on our shared goals of stability and prosperity in the region,” said Mabus.Mabus also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Susan Ziadeh, and Marines assigned to the embassy in Doha, expressing his thanks and support for their efforts.“We remain committed to the region despite any fiscal challenges,” said Mabus. “The President’s defense strategy, in part, calls for us to concentrate on the Arabian Gulf, and that is what we have done and will continue to do.”Mabus’ stop in Qatar is part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. European, Africa and Central Command areas of responsibility focused on reinforcing existing partnerships and visiting Sailors and Marines providing forward presence.[mappress]Press Release, November 21, 2013; Image: US Navy Training & Educationcenter_img November 21, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

Chatting Up…Tony Hadley

first_imgWhen you are on tour do you have any bizarre backstage/ dressing room requests or superstitions that you’d like to tell us about? I don’t believe in any of that superstition bullshit, all that we do before the show is to gather round, shake hands and last of all I kiss the backing singer on the cheeks, then just get out there and do the show. If you could work with any musician, alive or dead, who would you choose? It would probably be Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra. My mum and dad used to play them all the time when I was a kid and they have such great voices. I could only ever try to emulate them. I wouldn’t mind singing with Anastacia these days, she’s got a great voice. What were the last three things that you bought? Two bottles of water and a packet of sweets. I don’t go in for any of that celebrity stuff, I just go out and do stuff for myself wherever I can, including going to the local shop. What is the most bizarre thing a fan has ever given you? I was once on a kids TV show and told people I really liked cookies. The next time we performed these kids were pelting us with packets of cookies. They were really quite nice actually. Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with and why? Probably Tony Blair. I’d like to ask him what the hell he’s doing at the moment in Iraq and what he’s doing with George W. Bush. Who or what acts as your inspiration? No doubt about it: my family. I do everything for them. Would you ever consider replacing Pete Waterman and be a judge on Pop Idol? Yes, I wouldn’t mind doing it actually. I don’t think I’d be like Simon Cowell or someone, but I’d really enjoy doing it all. Although I’d be unhappy with the exploitation of all those kids. Plus you’d get paid well! There has been a resurgence in Eighties music and fashion – what do you think has caused this? I think the stuff was just really good. It wasn’t all about money and greed like people say now. It was a time of charity and stuff, band aid and a lot of giving. I can’t work out the clothes though! If you weren’t a successful musician, what do you think you would be doing? I’d probably be a doctor. I wanted to be a cockney doctor, but I just couldn’t do the maths at A-level. Do you have any advice for young singers who are keen to follow in your footsteps? Be totally dedicated, it’s gruelling, but most of all get a lawyer because there’ll always be someone trying to rip you off, especially when you’re young. What things do you never leave home without? My mobile phone. You never know when that call that’ll bring you a fortune will come in! And finally, you became well-known as the leadsinger of Spandau Ballet; have you ever been tempted to try any ballet? No. I was at a party with Kim Wilde and she saw me dancing and said how hopeless I was. They did offer me the chance to dance at the Lido once. I’m 17 stone and 6’4” though for God’s sake!ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

Foreign theatre

first_imgMasqueradedir Rrimas Tuminas25 – 29 OctoberThe Oxford PlayhouseMikhail Lermontov, the great Rrussian playwright, had a fatal penchant for duelling. Fuelled with vodka, the duels would usually take place with good cheer and plenty of friends. On a day on which he had arranged a duel – the duel that would turn out to be his last – Lermontov was caught in a huge snowstorm. Through the whirling snow he didn’t notice his approachingopponent who took aim, fired and killed him.It is this extravagant lifestyle of high-society Russia that Masquerade, performed by the Lithuanian Small State Theatre as part of Oxford’s Eevolving City Festival, evidently takes inspiration from. Set in the 1830s, a bracelet lost at a masque ball begins the Othello-like tragedy of love and jealousy. Prince Zvevditch is given the lost bracelet by a disguised woman. Aabernin suspects his beautiful young wife, Nina, to whom the bracelet belongs, of having an affair with the Prince. Consumed with jealousy, Abernin poisons his wife only to discover that the bracelet was given to the prince by the Baroness, who has all along been secretly in love with him.Reflecting this fascination with mystery and intrigue, the musical and visual ensemble has a strange illusory quality. The clouds of snow, the wistful music, the solemn female statue peering down upon the characters all combine to transform the tragedy into an eerie fairytale. Ever-growing snowballs, occasionally rolled onto the stage, provide a physical manifestationof how events are quickly spiralling out of control. The chilling visual scene points to the emotional coldness that lies beneath the surface of the characters.The director, Rimas Tuminas, brings quirky touches to the play which lift the tale out of unmitigated heartache. Tuminas depicts aristocrats turned animals when they are shown barking, yelping and being led off stage on a leash, deflating the pomp of 19th century nobility with comic ingenuity. The sense of humour is charmingly surreal: the main action is punctuated by the impromptu appearance of a giant fish and a snorkelerappearing from the water. The play revels in farcical absurdity, but avoids seeming senseless or gratuitous.The real pleasure lies in watching the energetic Vytautas Rrumsas, who plays the Prince. The object of the Baroness’ earnest affections, the so-called “dangerous seducer”, is played as a puffed-up, brazen buffoon, thrusting his groin and flouncing like a Flamenco dancer to woo the angelic Nnina. The way in which this idiotic character is placed in the middle of the disastrous deception is just another twist of the play’s bizarre humour.On the first night, the theme of disguise took on a very literal sense when the surtitles were barely legible through the fake fog and snow. Second time round, it seemed that the production hadn’t quite shed all its translation problems. Occasionally awkwardly phrased, the translation never quite lives up to the exuberance on stage. Nevertheless, Masquerade is performed well enough never to be entirely ? the mercy of the script. Buoyantly directed, with an accomplished cast, the visual spectacle and vivid characters mean that the play is able to overcome the language barrier. The play’s hybrid of slightly eccentric comedy and serious tragedy is daring but carried off with charm. It is perhaps an expression of the optimism of this particular theatre group; as the first municipal theatre in Lithuania, the recognition and state subsidies they have received since 1997 have allowed them the freedom to conceive this playful production.The most admirable thing about Masquerade is that it does not take itself too seriously. It’s not too snobbish to spurn the morbidly stern for the occasional bout of frivolous comedy.For Tuminas, instilling a sense of fun into his rendering of this Rrussian classic is an essential part of the Lithuanian package deal.ARCHIVE: 4th week MT 2005last_img read more



Co-op in palm oil pledge

first_imgThe Co-operative Group has claimed it is the largest UK supermarket to certify all of its palm oil as sustainable.The retailer has purchased accredited GreenPalm certificates from a co-operative of smallholders who are producing sustainable palm oil, accredited by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. It currently has 81 own-label products that contain fully traceable, sustainable palm oil.Sean Toal, acting chief executive for The Co-op’s food retail business, said: “Deforestation and the loss of natural habitat for the orang-utan and other endangered species are major issues, but, as a consumer-owned retailer, we are determined to play our part in supporting sustainable solutions.”last_img

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

first_imgThis emergency guidance is for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity during the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance ensures that decision-makers are clear about the steps they need to take during this period. It focuses on new scenarios and potential ‘deprivations of liberty’ created by the outbreak.During the outbreak, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the safeguards provided by the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) still apply.The MCA provides protection for people who lack or may lack the relevant mental capacity to make decisions about different aspects of their life.The DoLS are an important part of this act and provide further safeguards for those who need to be deprived of their liberty in order to receive care or treatment in a care home or hospital, but do not have the capacity to consent to those arrangements.last_img read more

How The Other Half Loves Will Move House in West End

first_imgJason Merrells & Jenny Seagrove in ‘How The Other Half Loves'(Photo: Alastair Muir) Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps How The Other Half Loves is moving house. The acclaimed comedy, starring Jenny Seagrove and more, will extend its West End run, and transfer from the Theatre Royal Haymarket to the Duke of York’s from July 7 through October 1.As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become hopelessly stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery and with no idea as to how they’ve become involved. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the future of all three couples seems in jeopardy…Along with Seagrove as Fiona Foster, the cast also includes Nicholas Le Prevost as Frank Foster, Jason Merrells as Bob Phillips, Matthew Cottle as William Featherstone and Gillian Wright as Mary Featherstone. Relacing Tamzin Outhwaite in the role of Teresa Phillips will be Andrea Lowe. View Commentslast_img read more

‘I finally got my wish’

first_img“I have no unique story,” Groene told the Journal Star. “This happens 99.9% of the time.” Except, of course, when people die or live with long-term effects. “I didn’t try to get contact,” Groene told KETV. “It came to me.” He added to the outlet that he feels people need to take precautions, especially if they have health conditions. He also said he “followed the rules” and plans on donating blood to help others. That’s all well and good, but we need national guidelines on mask wearing, social distancing, and resources so people can afford to stay safe and safe home. Thankfully, President-Elect Joe Biden is heading to the White House, and he isn’t waiting until he gets there to start advocating for pandemic safety. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – In speaking to KETV Omaha, he said, “I’ve been sick a lot of times. This is not different. This is not cancer. My God this hysteria.” Curious about how he thinks he got the virus? Groene told the local outlet he believes he got the virus “from someone who was wearing a mask.” He continued: “I did not wear a mask. I have not been traced that I spread to anybody.” As Groene told the outlet, he believes he got the virus while “I was at my Legislative work in Lincoln and had contact.”Obviously, there is a lot to unpack here. First, let’s talk about the idea of herd immunity, of which Groene is apparently a supporter. Then let’s go into the structural inequalities that may lead to a privileged person having a relatively better experience with the virus.- Advertisement – Herd immunity in terms of the coronavirus is a scary idea. Though Donald Trump and Dr. Scott Atlas are pushing for herd immunity as a way to tackle the virus, countless health officials are horrified at the concept. One you might recognize immediately is Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci has actually spoken out about Atlas in particular, noting that he has “real problems with that guy.” Which, for the mild-mannered Fauci, is some strong language.Experts have suggested that embracing herd immunity—as opposed to wearing face masks and social distancing—could lead to millions of deaths in the process. That’s horrible from the start, but especially so when we remember that the virus is disproportionately impacting people of color, older people, and people with chronic health conditions as it is. As we saw with the treatment Trump received, as well as the medical attention some high-profile Republicans, like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got, medical care is, sadly, not always equal. While Groene may not have needed or received the level of care Trump received at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, for example, we know that systemically, white people have better access to affordable, quality medical care than people of color. We also know that people of color are less likely to be taken seriously when talking about symptoms or pain management. For a white male to be relieved to have gotten the virus over with isn’t too surprising, as white men have a fair amount of privilege and resource in this nation. And even then, we know this virus doesn’t discriminate when it comes to fatalities and long-term effects. – Advertisement – The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.last_img read more

RICS slammed for sale of probationers list

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