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UK: Lusty to Berth in Liverpool for Five-Day Visit

UK: Lusty to Berth in Liverpool for Five-Day Visit

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Lusty to Berth in Liverpool for Five-Day Visit View post tag: Liverpool UK: Lusty to Berth in Liverpool for Five-Day Visit Training & Education February 8, 2013 On Valentine’s Day next week – February 14 – HMS Illustrious will berth alongside the Cruise Liner Terminal for the start of a five-day visit to Liverpool.The last time the huge Helicopter and Commando carrier visited Liverpool was in 2010 for Fly Navy 100, a celebration of 100 years of naval aviation.This time her visit coincides with the build up among the maritime community to another historic occasion, the Battle of the Atlantic 70th anniversary, in which the Royal Navy is playing its part – along with a number of maritime partners and Liverpool City Council – in a number of commemorative events in May, starting in London, then Derry-Londonderry and culminating in the main BOA 70 focus on Liverpool over the weekend May 24-27.Meantime, the commanding officer of HMS Illustrious, Captain Martin Connell, and his ships company are looking forward to a packed programme of events while they are in Liverpool – and best of all, the ship will be open to visitors on both Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th.Captain Connell said:“All of us in HMS Illustrious are looking forward to visiting Liverpool and renewing our bonds with this wonderful city.“Liverpool is a very special place for a ship such as HMS Illustrious to visit and we always receive a very warm welcome indeed.“We hope to be able to reciprocate in some small way by opening our doors to the general public to visit on Saturday and Sunday and to meet some of our people for an insight into some of the things we do on board.”The ship – known affectionately as Lusty to her crew – sails into the city on Thursday and will berth around 2pm.Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:“With this city’s strong links to the sea, ship visits – whether they’re cruise liners or naval vessels – are always hugely popular.“When HMS Liverpool visited last year, around 9,000 people took the opportunity to board her, and as HMS Illustrious is one of the Royal Navy’s extremely recognisable ships we’re expecting thousands to flock to the cruise liner terminal.“And this visit gives us just a taste of what is to come in May when Liverpool becomes the focus of the national Battle of the Atlantic 70th commemorations when around 25 warships will take pride of place on the splendour of our magnificent waterfront.”Once secure, Captain Connell will call on the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, a long-established naval tradition when a ship docks in a British port.On Friday, a team of barbers from Wirral College will visit Illustrious and offer free haircuts to the crew then later an Engineering Symposium is being held in the Hangar for a number of higher education students across Merseyside.On Friday night, 270 guests and dignitaries have been invited on board ship, with the Royal Marines Band (Scotland) playing Beat Retreat and at the ceremonial sunset.Short tours for youth organisations and specialist interest groups are also arranged for Sunday morning. HMS Illustrious leaves the city on Monday 18 February at around 4pm to return to sea and her next operational tasking.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 8, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: UK View post tag: Berth View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Lusty View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Five-day View post tag: Visit Share this articlelast_img read more

Skerik, Charlie Hunter, And More To Transform Pop Hits Into Jazz As Omaha Diner

Skerik, Charlie Hunter, And More To Transform Pop Hits Into Jazz As Omaha Diner

first_img“If the song didn’t make it to number #1 on the Billboard pop charts, we don’t play it. That’s a guarantee,” is Omaha Diner’s motto. The unique concept sees the band taking pop hits and recreating them as funky jazz numbers. The supergroup is quite literally the sum of its parts, consisting of Skerik (saxophone), Charlie Hunter (guitar), Bobby Previte (drums), and Steven Bernstein (trumpet). While this is a crew of serious musicians, they also know how to have a damn good time when the opportunity to play together presents itself.Natalie Cressman Announces Album Release Party In NYC With Omaha DinerThe group has decided to get together for the first time since 2014, and will play New York City’s American Beauty on Saturday, March 24th, alongside the Natalie Cressman Band, who will be celebrating the Trey Anastasio Band trombone player’s latest solo effort, The Traces EP (purchase tickets here). We had a chance to ask the ever-enigmatic Skerik a couple of questions, and as always, his answers were most amusing.L4LM: How would you explain the amalgamation of sheer talent that is Omaha Diner?Skerik: The search for the principles governing the universe and help advance the evolution of humanity in accordance with them… finding ways of doing more with less to the end that all people everywhere can have more and more music”….(Buckminster Fuller quote)L4LM: It’s Omaha Diner’s first shows in a couple of years. Was there an urge to get back together and play some shows, or was it more of a timing issue with everyone’s schedules?Skerik: “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” (another Buckminster Fuller quote) We could not foresee our own future, so we booked a gig. Thankfully Natalie Cressman’s band is playing as well…L4LM: How did the band’s decision to play only #1 pop hits from the Billboard charts come to pass?Skerik: “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” (John Cage quote) We wanted to frighten John Cage, so the band was born.If those answers are any indication, this show is going to bring the weird, as Omaha Diner recreates their own version of songs from artists such as Bruno Mars, Adele, Beyoncé, and many more. The band also has a record that is available on vinyl and digital, which can be purchased at omahadiner.com.Tickets for the Omaha Diner  / Natalie Cressman show at American Beauty in NYC on March 24th are currently on sale and can be purchased here. For additional updates and show updates, check out the Facebook Event page.last_img read more

Rapinoe and USA aim to retain World Cup, but Netherlands stand in their way

Rapinoe and USA aim to retain World Cup, but Netherlands stand in their way

first_img“I think we just need to approach the game as we approach every game,” said Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman.“We know we are playing a top-level team so we need to perform even better and we will defend the way we always do, as a team.”– Female coaches on both sides –The Dutch are sweating on the fitness of Barcelona winger Lieke Martens, who has a toe problem and was forced off at half-time in their semi-final defeat of Sweden.“Of course we are European champions but we want to have more and that we are standing in the final now at the World Cup, at the highest level in women’s soccer, that’s fantastic, that’s amazing,” said the midfielder Sherida Spitse.The Netherlands have won 12 consecutive matches at major tournaments under Wiegman, and Sunday’s final will be just the second at the women’s World Cup to bring together two female coaches, after the 2003 showpiece.While Wiegman is hoping to claim a second major tournament triumph in as many attempts, the English-born Ellis can become the first coach to win back-to-back World Cups in the men’s or women’s game since Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo in the 1930s.“They’re European champions, that’s a very difficult thing to do, that takes a certain level of discipline and mental strength,” said Rapinoe.“They have that idea of what it takes to win a championship more than the other teams we have faced.”On Saturday, goals from Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson helped Sweden beat England 2-1 in the third-place play-off in Nice.Share on: WhatsApp Megan Rapine and the United Stateswomen team are aiming to retain the women’s World CupLyon, France | AFP |  Led by the charismatic Megan Rapinoe, the United States are aiming to retain the women’s World Cup as they face European champions the Netherlands in the final in Lyon on Sunday.A sell-out crowd of close to 60,000 is expected for the showpiece game of the landmark tournament, which kicks off at 1500 GMT.The USA have lived up to their status as favourites coming into the tournament by becoming the first team ever to reach three consecutive women’s World Cup finals.They can win the trophy for the fourth time in eight editions, four years after Carli Lloyd’s hat-trick helped them to a 5-2 win over Japan in the final in Canada.Despite beginning their defence of the trophy with a World Cup record 13-0 victory over Thailand, they have had to fight to get through the knockout rounds, edging out Spain, hosts France and then England on their way.“We have come through a tough road in terms of the teams we have played to get to this point, so for sure they are battle-tested, but what I love about this group is that they are locked on and still hungry,” said USA coach Jill Ellis of her team.Rapinoe scored braces in the wins over both Spain and France before sitting out the semi-final defeat of England due to a hamstring injury. The pink-haired midfielder, who turned 34 on Friday, was confident she would be fit in time to return against the Netherlands.“I expect to be good to go for tomorrow and I’m very excited about that opportunity,” she said at Saturday’s pre-match press conference. “I’m like a kid in a candy store right now, this is the absolute best stage.”Rapinoe, one of only five survivors in the US squad from the 2011 final defeat against Japan, used the press conference to hit out at FIFA for scheduling this year’s final on the same day as those of the men’s Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as urging the world game’s governing body to further increase prize money for the tournament in future.With her spat with Donald Trump over her intended boycott of any team visit to the White House and her role in the US team’s battle with their federation for equal pay, she has been the big star of this World Cup.However, the Netherlands are hoping to cause a major upset and strike a blow for Europe at just their second World Cup, two years after being crowned European champions on home soil.last_img read more

FA right to axe Terry – poll

FA right to axe Terry – poll

first_imgFabio Capello’s departure following the FA’s decision to strip Chelsea’s John Terry of the England captaincy predictably dominates today’s newspapers.A YouGov poll commissioned by The Sun indicates that a clear majority of fans believe the FA were right to axe Terry.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail again suggest Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is under continued pressure from club owner Roman Abramovich.Chelsea’s accounts show they spent £28m firing Carlo Ancelotti and replacing him with Villas-Boas, who was said by the Mail to be ‘shaken’ after a training-ground visit from Abramovich on Saturday.The paper now say the Russian billionaire, who has made two more trips to the Cobham training base this week, spent yesterday making more assessments and held further talks with director of football Michael Emenalo.It is claimed the players are convinced that Villas-Boas is increasingly vulnerable.The Sun also say Villas-Boas is under serious pressure – and that he has been told Champions League qualification is a minimum requirement this season or he will be out.Metro report on Nicolas Anelka, who recently left Chelsea to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. He says the treatment he received prior to his move from Stamford Bridge proved “there are no friends in football.”The Sun and Daily Star include a story that Taye Taiwo (whose transfer from AC Milan to QPR has already been agreed, subject to Rangers staying up) wants to make his loan move permanent.“The fans didn’t believe in me in Italy but I’m happy here and QPR want to sign me on a permanent basis,” he is quoted as saying.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Boom time for African media

Boom time for African media

first_imgTamara O’ReillyResearch into Africa’s media landscape has shown that new technology and innovative thinking have allowed the continent’s broadcasters to attract larger and more diverse audiences than ever.Of the 17 different markets surveyed by Balancing Act and Intermedia, key findings were that there has been an explosion in the number of radio stations, the volume of advertising has increased and free-to-air (FTA) TV channels in countries such as Kenya and Tanzania attract the bulk of viewers and advertisers in those countries.The countries surveyed were Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.Indigenous radio flourishingA number of radio stations, specifically those broadcasting in local languages, have mushroomed across Africa.One such example is Uganda, where there are now over 150 radio stations, with 69% of them catering for audiences in 38 different languages. While both television and radio are distributed in developed cities, radio is the dominant medium in rural areas, which suggests that there is a direct correlation between electricity and television ownership.Radio is so popular that it’s listened to in cars, in public transport, shops and homes, and in countries where deregulation of the media has occurred, several radio channels have emerged in a short space of time.According to the report, overall advertising spend on television has increased slightly in some countries and declined in others. It was also found that where the state-owned broadcaster competes in an environment with four to five other FTA TV channels, it becomes the least popular broadcaster or stays just ahead of the last FTA entrant.State interference in the media is still prevalent across the continent, whether it be content dictated by the government, journalists being pressured to censor their work or broadcasters being owned by ruling parties. In cases where content is controlled by government, audiences were found to be less trusting of the news than they would be otherwise.The growth of radio and TV ownership varies for each country, but it was found that in countries where economic growth is above the global average, ownership of radio and televisions sets increases by 17% a year.As more and more Africans move to other countries within the continent, broadcasters are also keen to provide them with content from back home. Although this is usually done via satellite, accessing television via the internet seems to be the preferred method among youngsters not living in their native country.Despite the fact that cellular phones are more accessible than the internet, television using this device has been slow to catch on, as the technology needed for this has not yet been supported by many cellular service providers.Related articlesThe media in South AfricaTelevision in South Africa Radio in South AfricaUseful linksIntermediaMultichoiceDStvlast_img read more

First Things First targets more students

First Things First targets more students

first_imgFollowing its success last year, First Things First aims to test even more students this year. The 2017 campaign was launched in the Western Cape last month.Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia (right, alongside HEAIDS Youth Co-ordinator, Zandile Mqwathi) says the objective of the ongoing First Things First campaign is to reduce the number of new HIV and TB infections in South Africa’s higher education institutions. (Image: Bokamoso for Heaids, via Facebook)Mathiba MolefeMore than 160,000 students from 429 higher education campuses across South Africa were tested for HIV through the First Things First campaign in 2016. The aim is to reach even more students this year.The 2017 First Things First campaign was launched by Higher Education and Training Minister Mduduzi Manana at Boland College in the Western Cape on 25 April. The objective of the campaign is to promote sexual health among students at South Africa’s tertiary education institutions.Now in its seventh year, First Things First, created by the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS), has tested almost 500,000 students for HIV, as well as screened the students for tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).“The future prosperity of our country depends on the students in our higher education institutions. They are our future leaders. It is critical that we equip them with the knowledge and skills to remain HIV-negative and healthy,” said Manana.“First Things First has enjoyed great success in this area and I am pleased to be launching its 2017 campaign.”To spread its influence and reach as many students as possible, the campaign, together with the government, has expanded to include students in the Western Cape.HEAIDS director Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia said that in 2016 alone, it tested and offered counselling to more than 160,000 students from 429 higher education campuses across South Africa.It aimed to improve on last year’s numbers and get even more students on the path to healthy living.“Our vision is to have zero new HIV and TB infections in our higher education institutions,” Ahluwalia explained. “First Things First forms a key part of that vision.”The launch highlighted the importance of extending testing services to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges. “TVET colleges often lack adequate facilities and resources for testing and counselling students,” Ahluwalia said.Even when you trust your partner, always #Condomise to fully enjoy the experience without the worry. #SafeSex pic.twitter.com/Vj96vf9PXF— Bokamoso for HEAIDS (@HEAIDS) March 27, 2017First Things FirstIn addition to HIV, STI and TB testing services, First Things First offers screening, treatment and support for a wide range of general health issues including hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular health and cancer.It provides family planning, dual contraception, reproductive and maternal health services to students to help improve their health and make them more aware of the importance of staying healthy and looking after themselves.“The First Things First programme reminds us that we have one responsibility above all others — to look after ourselves,” said Manana.Ahluwalia pointed out that “a holistic approach to HIV prevention is far more effective than addressing any single factor alone.“This is why we are committed to reaching all 2-million young people in our higher education institutions with First Things First.“The higher education and training sector is in a unique position to lead a movement against HIV and to create champions who can carry the message into their communities. Together, we can defeat the HIV pandemic,” Ahluwalia said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Take time for sprayer clean out

Take time for sprayer clean out

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With all of the wet weather delays around the state, Ohio’s corn and soybean farmer are starting to feel the time crunch. During the spring scramble to get spring burndown applications on to move forward with planting season, taking the time to properly clean out the sprayer may not necessarily be a top priority. Taking the necessary steps, however, could prevent quite a few potential problems later.“Many people have started spraying their burndown as part of their integrated pest management strategy,” said Thad Moore, with Tri-Ag Products in Madison County. “Applicators are concerned about spraying the right field, but do not always implement proper clean out procedures to ensure they do not contaminate the next crop.”Proper sprayer clean out procedures can make the difference between a successful crop and a costly mistake. Moore suggests the following steps to avoid contamination between crop protection solutions. Run sprayer completely empty and rinse tank out.Remove all screens and filters and place in a bucket.Fill sprayer tank with a half tank of clean water and add the appropriate amount of tank cleaner. (Read label)Add tank cleaner to the sprayer inductor.Take nozzles and filters off.  Place in bucket, add cleaner, and let it soak overnight.Turn on pump to allow cleaning mixture to circulate through the booms for a couple of minutes until booms are full of solution.Turn booms off and allow pump to agitate tank cleaner mix while spraying down inside of tank.Allow sprayer to sit overnight with cleaning solution in the spray booms.Spray out the tank cleaner solution until completely empty.10. If spray boom has dead ends on boom sections, blow out each section.11. Hose and wipe off any residue on filters and put back on sprayer.  Wipe off inside of filter bodies before putting filters back in.12. Refill a quarter of tank capacity with clean water and add defoamer as label recommends.  Spray out remaining solution while under agitation.13. Refill a quarter of the tank capacity with clean water and flush out again.“After a visual inspection, sprayer will be ready for use on another crop,” Moore said.last_img read more

Petroleum Industry Consultation ongoing

Petroleum Industry Consultation ongoing

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Consultation has started with petroleum companies to upgrade the laws governing the sector and modernize regulations to ensure storage of their product is happening in a way that does not threaten people or the environment.Two meetings were last week held in Provo and Grand Turk in what is a Quantitative Risk Assessment led by the Electricity and Utilities Commission and among the issues put to the Petrol providers was licensing, construction and technical standards of storage facilities and emergency scenarios in order to develop proper response to any accidents.#MagneticMediaNews #TCIPetrolproviders #PetroleumConsultationTCI Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PetroleumConsultationTCI, #QuantativeRistAssessmentmeeting, #TCIPetrolproviders Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more