French warship seizes Somalia-bound weapons

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today French warship seizes Somalia-bound weapons March 29, 2016 Authorities French warship seizes Somalia-bound weapons View post tag: FS Provence View post tag: combined maritime forces View post tag: Somalia French Navy frigate FS Provence has intercepted a large weapons cache from a small boat (dhow) sailing towards Somalia.Several hundred machine guns, anti-tank weapons and AK47 assault rifles were among the weapons seized from the dhow.The weapons smugglers were spotted heading toward Somalia by Provence’s Caïman helicopter whilst it was undertaking routine surveillance in the Northern Indian Ocean.Provence boarded the vessel and determined that it was not registered in any country. The ship’s boarding team then searched it and discovered the weapons.As illicit weapons were deemed to be destined for Somalia, they were seized under the United Nations Security Council mandated arms embargo in accordance with UNSCR 2244(2015). The Commanding Officer of Provence commented: “This success remains a collective one, showing the value of like-minded nations committing ships and aircraft for the common good.”“France has been supporting Combined Maritime Forces operations since their inception. This seizure is another French contribution to the stabilisation of the region,” said a CMF spokesperson.The FREMM frigate is currently part of the Combined Task Force 150 within Combined Maritime Forces, an international maritime security and counter terrorism group. Share this articlelast_img read more

Wenger aims to show title class

first_img “We will absolutely go for this game,” Wenger said. “We haven’t won the title for a few years and people question that now. “At the end of the day, the Premier League will reflect the quality of the performances of the team throughout the season and how well you do in the big games. This is a good opportunity for us to show we are ready.” Wenger is uncertain if the League Cup clash will have an impact on the Premier League and is unconcerned by the opinion of those who believe his side will be overhauled at the top of the standings. “I’m not sure it will affect the Premier League at all, but you know people will look at you, how you behave and whether you can win the big games like that,” Wenger said. “What is for sure is that you want to win these sort of games. “That has a certain psychological influence on the team. “What we want to do is to show that we want to be considered as a very strong team and that comes only with the way we play and with the results, so let’s just focus on that.” The match pits Wenger against old adversary Mourinho for the first time since the Portuguese returned to English football. Wenger endured a difficult relationship with Mourinho during his first spell and the pair last crossed swords in the League Cup in the 2007 final, when the Blues beat a youthful Arsenal. Wenger plans to utilise his squad players in the match. “The team will be a mixture, with some players who are at the moment not getting the games they need and deserve, and also one or two young players,” Wenger said. “I have to get that mixture right.” Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner could make his first Arsenal start since March 2011, but Mathieu Flamini (groin) and Mikel Arteta (suspended) are absent. The Gunners are searching for a first trophy since 2005 and enter the derby at the top of the Premier League standings with a two-point lead over Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Some have attributed the Gunners’ lead to a favourable fixture list, with the opening day loss to Aston Villa followed by seven wins in an eight-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will bid to show their Barclays Premier League title ambitions are serious in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup showdown with Chelsea. Press Associationlast_img read more

Fogarty hits Wexford treble

first_img The conditional, fresh from his first Cheltenham Festival triumph on Don Poli, continued his fine run with what proved an eventful hat-trick. A dramatic double in the opening two races on Sardinia and The Mooch for Paul Nolan was followed by success on the Colm Murphy-trained Mister Hotelier in the Michael O’Murchadha Memorial Rated Hurdle. Mikey Fogarty was the star of the show as he snatched a 263-1 St Patrick’s Day treble at Wexford. Press Association “I thought the blinkers would sharpen him up and they did to a certain extent. He will mix it now between the hurdles and the Flat.” It was a similar story in the Join The Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Today Maiden Hurdle with The Mooch (5-1) going on to beat Ontopoftheworld by a neck after Lipinski took a fatal fall at the last when in the lead. “I think I’ll do the Lotto on the way home tonight! His jumping wasn’t fluent and he would have finished a decent second, but he wasn’t stopping. He was giving plenty of weight as well,” said Nolan. “We couldn’t sell him at Newmarket, and this was his first run since then.” Liz Doyle’s Snowell (7-2 favourite) completed a treble wiith a head success in a driving finish to the St Patrick’s Day Novice Handicap Hurdle under 7lb-claiming amateur Johnny Burke. “Johnny was brave at the last and so was the little horse. I wasn’t very confident coming here today, as this was a better race than the two he won before,” said Doyle. Bottom weight Foritsa (5-2 favourite) also sealed his third win in a row when taking the Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase. Successful on this course and at Thurles before the turn of the year, the Gordon Doyle-trained 10-year-old was a length and a half too good for Solstice Knight in the hands of Adam O’Neill, who also claims 7lb. Henry de Bromhead added to his Down Royal double through Never Complain and Riviera Sun when An Dearthair Og (4-1 joint-favourite) took the McGuinness Lambert Auctioneers Novice Handicap Chase. Andrew Lynch’s mount opened his account with a five and a half lengths verdict over Decade Player. Robert Tyner’s Carrigmoorna Rock (9-2), ridden by amateur David O’Leary, just got the better of Missypet in a tight finish to the Notnowcato At Knockhouse Stud Mares (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race. “It is unreal, and it is great to do it in my home town as well,” said Fogarty. Mister Hotelier (7-1) secured only his second win from 15 starts when holding Lughnasa by three-quarters of a length. “Mikey gave him a peach of a ride, he won the race. I could only half see it because I got my eyes lasered last week,” said Murphy, who was also on the board with Express Du Berlais at Down Royal. “It is nice that the horses are coming back into form, and he will mix it between fences and hurdles.” Fogarty and Nolan had luck on their side in the first two races. Voice Of A Curlew looked the likely winner of the Wexford Racecourse Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle, but she crashed out at the final flight. The favourite Ashjar was hampered in the incident, while the ex-Aidan O’Brien-trained Sardinia (9-2) met the flight all wrong but recovered to collect by half a length from Shutter Island. Nolan said: “He is just not that good at jumping, and he took a few hurdles out the ground and it cost him a lot. last_img read more

Joy Sports half year sporting review: Jan-June 2015

first_imgCricket Cricket was big on the news agenda in the first quarter. This time the attention was not on its spiritual home, Lords, but in New Zealand and Australia who co-hosted the World Cup. All of Cricket’s royalty was there from defending champions India to originators of the game England.  The surprise package for the tournament was Afghanistan who recorded their first ever World Cup victory over Scotland.  –Follow #JoySports on Twitter: @Joy997FM The first six months of the year have been very eventful in the world of sports. A number of tournaments took place and champions were crowned.In this report, Joy Sports’ Kwasi Gyamfi has highlighted the major sporting events in the first half of 2015.BoxingBoxing’s most anticipated bout finally came off on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The match billed as the “Fight of the Century” saw America’s Floyd Mayweather Jr., beat his fiercest rival Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines by unanimous decision. After the match, Pac Man revealed that he went into the game with a shoulder injury, a claim Floyd has dismissed. Mayweather has since been stripped off that title.  FootballFootball saw some exciting results on the various leagues, continental tournaments and world cups. The spotlight was not only on the pitch but in its administrative board rooms.In Europe, Chelsea, Celtic, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Bayern Munich and Benfica were the big winners in the domestic leagues. Barcelona went on to win the UEFA Champions league final in a thrilling 3-1 against Juventus while Sevilla got a historic fourth Europa League title.Tiny Equatorial Guinea proved that it could indeed stage an entire tournament given less than three months after Morocco pull out because of fears about ebola. Apart from the disturbing fan violence at the semi-final between the host and Ghana, everything seemed to have gone well. The final between Ghana and Ivory Coast was destined to be one for the history books as neither said had not won a title in over 20 years. The Stars failed to shine that day as the Elephants trampled their way to victory in penalty shoot outs. Once again, Ghana lost a big game on penalties.FIFA was busy on and off the pitch. In Zurich, the FBI displayed a carefully choreographed Hollywood-style arrest of 8 prominent football stakeholders just a few days ahead of the FIFA Congress.The Americans have indicted FIFA, its head Sepp Blatter and other officials in a corruption investigation. Little did we know South Africa 2010 could potentially have been secured on the back of a $ 10 million bribe which found its way into the accounts of Jack Warner; FIFA’s former Vice President.Days after winning the congress, Blatter announced that he would resign. It doesn’t look like this drama will end in the first half of 2015. In my unsolicited opinion, you don’t need to pay a bribe when you have Mandela as part of your bid against Gadhafi. The various world cups were hosted two countries on the opposite side of the global. New Zealand hosted the U-20 World Cup while in Canada, the Women’s World Cup kicked off in mid-June.TennisThe world of tennis also proved it could capture imaginations. The first major grand slam got off in the Australian summer where Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic emerged victorious.At Roland Garros, Williams once again proved she has got all it takes at 33 to be champion while Stan Wawrinka stunned world number one Djokovic in the men’s finals. The various masters events also went in Rome, Monte Carlo and Miami which were all won by Djokovic. The prestigious Wimbledon championships kicked off in late June and will continue through to mid-July.BasketballThe NBA is never lacks action. The Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals. The fairytale reunion of LeBron James with the Cavaliers did not have a happy ending as the Steph Curry-led Warrior snatched the title home to San Francisco Bay. The thrilling 6 game final saw the Western Conference emerge winners beating the Cavs 4 games to 2.last_img read more

Thurston Commissioners Ban Insecticide from County Properties

first_imgFacebook81Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston CountyThurston County Commissioners have amended the county’s Pest and Vegetation Management Policy (PVM) to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on County owned or managed property. The action furthers the county goal to minimize the use of pesticides and favor the use of least toxic pesticides when they are necessary, and help set an example by avoiding the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.Commissioner Sandra Romero says neonicotinoid insecticides have been linked to the loss of bee populations and the collapse of bee colonies.“Since 2006 there has been a significant increase in the collapse of bee colonies and declining populations of bees in Washington State and the nation. Bees and other insect pollinator populations are critical for food crop production and agriculture, and the state and local agricultural economies are highly dependent on pollinators. The continued viability of the agricultural industry is important to food security and the agricultural heritage of the region and the health and well-being of county residents.” Such insecticides can persist for year in soils where they can be absorbed by non-treated plants.The amendment to the PVM Policies will also bring that document in line with current best practices used by county staff. It also fits in with goals of the “Thurston Thrives” program and the Thurston County Strategic Plan by minimizing the county’s environmental footprint, protecting and restoring the water quality and helping sustain biodiversity and ecosystems.last_img read more

The boys are back: Mack, Arcata ready for McKinelyville Tip-off Tournament, Fortuna on the road at St. Helena Tournament

first_imgThe defending co-Big 5 Conference champion and Niclai Tournament champion Fortuna Huskies will begin their season today on the road in St. Helena with a first-round tournament game against El Molino while rivals Arcata and McKinleyville will lace up for the 33rd annual McKinleyville Tip-off Tournament.FortunaThe Huskies claimed thier third Niclai championship in program history with a 75-55 win over McKinleyville last season after Fortuna, McKinleyville and Del Norte finished the regular …last_img