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

Turkish Navy assumes command of CTF 151

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Turkish Navy assumes command of CTF 151 Turkish Navy assumes command of CTF 151  “It is a great privilege and opportunity for me to lead CTF 151 on behalf of my country, and to work with such a professional team composed of dedicated colleagues from 9 CMF members, along with 13 colleagues from Turkey,” Rear Admiral Inanir said.  View post tag: CTF-151 Authorities Naida Hakirevic In April, CTF 151 conducted a successful counter-piracy operation, FO SHAHEEN, whilst also combatting the challenges of supporting ships and operations at sea throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic. This was the fourth occasion that JMSDF has commanded the task force to support Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) counter-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia. View post tag: JMSDF Rear Admiral Ishimaki of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) handed over Command of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) to Rear Admiral Inanir of the Turkish Navy in a virtual ceremony on July 21.center_img View post tag: Turkish Navy In August 2010, Turkey relieved Japan of command as they are doing now. This will be Turkey’s sixth command of the task force. July 22, 2020, by The CTF 151 mission is to deter, disrupt and suppress piracy and armed robbery at sea. It is also designed to engage with regional and other partners to strengthen relevant capabilities in order to protect global maritime commerce and secure freedom of navigation. The CTF 151 is part of CMF, a multi-national collective of 33 like-minded nations, dedicated to promoting security and free flow of commerce across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf.  Photo: Combined Maritime Forces After four months of leading CTF 151, Rear Admiral Ishimaki passed the baton onto Rear Admiral Inanir of the Turkish Navy, who has an accomplished military record as both XO and Commander of the frigate TCG ORUÇREİS, Commander of Turkey’s first Destroyer Division before serving as Commodore of two operations and Turkey’s Maritime Task Force.  Share this articlelast_img read more

Press release: PM meeting with President Xi: 1 February 2018

first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said: Prime Minister Theresa May today met with President Xi during her three-day official visit to China. President Xi said that, step by step, China and the UK had elevated our relationship and he looked forward to further building on its success. The President quoted William Shakespeare, stating that: ‘What’s past is prologue.’ The PM said that, once Britain leaves the EU, we will be free to strike our own trade deals and pointed to the joint trade and investment review which will now take place as the first step towards delivering ambitious future trade arrangements. President Xi said China’s markets would be further opened to the UK, including in sectors such as beef, dairy and other agricultural goods. The PM and the President said the UK and China would hold further discussions on how best they can cooperate on the Belt and Road initiative, which offers significant opportunities to deliver further prosperity and sustainable development across Asia and the wider world. The PM and President spoke of the importance of international standards and transparency to ensure the initiative’s success. The PM said it had so far been a very successful trip for the business delegation which had accompanied her to China, with deals worth at least £9bn expected to be signed. The President and the PM discussed their shared commitment to protecting the environment, including their support for the Paris climate change agreement and determination to tackle the ivory and illegal wildlife trades. The PM said the world had a collective responsibility to tackle plastic pollution on behalf of future generations. She pointed to the work which was being done in China to remove plastic particles from the Yangtzse river to stop them from flowing into the ocean. The two leaders discussed North Korea and their shared determination to bring to an end DPRK’s illegal nuclear activity, agreeing denuclearisation was the objective. They discussed Hong Kong, and reiterated the importance of and their commitment to “One Country, Two Systems”. As permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, they also discussed the importance of the Rules-Based International System. The PM and President agreed the importance of having frank conversations in areas where the two countries do not see eye to eye, and looked forward to further deepening their ties in the ‘golden era’, including in areas such as culture and education.last_img read more

Sugar smart app reaches 2m downloads

first_imgPublic Health England’s (PHE’s) sugar reduction app has been downloaded nearly two million times since it was launched in January.The Change 4 Life Sugar Smart app by PHE was introduced at the beginning of the year as part of the government’s drive to help us eat less sugar.The app allows users to scan barcodes in supermarkets to find out sugar content in “relatable” terms (cubes rather than grams – a sugar cube represents 4g of sugar).It was originally criticised for not having enough products loaded on it, but this is a “work in progress” according to a PHE spokesperson, and is “hugely improved”.The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) complained about the app when it was first launched, as there were said to be multiple errors in the data, but PHE said most of these have now been resolved.PHE told British Baker that more than 10,000 new products have now been added. The app’s database now has over 85,000 products on it, compared with the 75,000 it started out with in January.The app was introduced in January of this year in response to the news that four- to 10-year-olds consume 22kg of sugar a year – equivalent to the weight of an average five-year-old.The app cost PHE £5m to launch, although the organisation pointed out this was a small sum compared with the £5.1bn that obesity costs the NHS each year.Aldi, Asda, The Co-op, Morrisons and Tesco have all backed the app, although it has attracted criticism from suppliers because it makes no distinction between total sugars as opposed to free sugars.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Opens Three-Night Run At Red Rocks [Photos]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee played their first of three nights at the beloved Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on Friday night. The Chicago rock band, notorious for having musical surprises up their sleeve, proved exactly what they’re here for — with an evening full of rarities, covers, and fancy sandwiches.The first set opened with “Goonville,” a song performed by Umphrey’s McGee only 16 total times since 2015. “Make It Right” also appeared in the first set, for the 31st time ever. For a band that tours so extensively, this first set made for an exciting start to the run – especially with the “Forty-Six & 2” Tool cover to close, performed for the ninth time since its debut in 2012.The second set brought the band back to their comfort zone with a “Nothing Too Fancy” jam sandwich, churning a “Divisions” that offered a “Bittersweet Symphony” tease and reappeared to close the encore. “Phil’s Farm” also made a reprise, to finish what was started during the first set, after a “Tribute to the Spinal Shaft.” The encore featured “Resolution” with a tease of The Beatles‘ “Norwegian Wood” that led into the closing “Divisions.”Photographer Josh Huver was on site to capture the first night’s magic, which you can enjoy in the full gallery below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 6/30/17I: Goonville > Prowler > Upward, Higgins > Make It Right, Phil’s Farm > The Triple Wide, Forty-Six & 2II: Nothing Too Fancy > Divisions[1] > Ringo > Believe the Lie, Tribute to the Spinal Shaft > Phil’s Farm > Nothing Too FancyE: Resolution[2] > Divisions[1] with Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve) teases[2] with Norwegian Wood (The Beatles) teaseSupport: Stick FigureUmphrey’s McGee | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | 6/30/17 | Photos by Josh Huver Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Phish Releases Pro-Shot Video Of Monstrous “Carini” From BGCC Night One

first_imgPhish just wrapped up a fantastic two-night stand at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Center, a venue that’s become a favorite for the band and fans alike in the 3.0 era. 2018 marks the fifth run Phish has played at the beloved venue, yet the first time they’ve played only two-nights, rather than their usual three-night run. On the first night of the run, which is considered by many fans to be the best night of the tour so far, the performance was undoubtedly highlighted by a roaring second-set “Carini”.After swinging through a “The Moma Dance” > “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” > “Mercury” to kick off the second set, Phish kept the heavy jams flowing as “Carini” approached, quickly moving into a fast-paced funk bounce, with Trey Anastasio providing splashy riffs behind an infectious Mike Gordon groove. Tuesday’s “Carini” had a unique flow, harnessing explosive tenacity from start to finish. The jam cruised into a feel-good segment out of the funk, with Anastasio taking full reins as his bandmates followed attentively, leading to a gargantuan Anastasio peak. There are moments when Phish starts sounding perfect—and Tuesday night’s “Carini” was A+, top-notch, perfect Phish. Read our full review of the show here.Now, you can watch pro-shot video of “Carini” below, courtesy of the Phish.Carini – 7/24/18 [Pro-Shot][Video: Phish]Trey, Mike, Fish, and Page will head to Los Angeles tomorrow night, Friday, July 27th, for two nights at The Forum. For more information on upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Phish | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium | San Francisco, CA| 7/24/2018Set One: 46 Days, Mcgrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters, Pigtail, Cities> Nellie Kane, Gumbo, Guyute, Axilla, The Dogs, Dirt, David BowieSet Two: The Moma Dance> A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing> Mercury> Carini> Maze, Boogie On Reggae Woman> Harry HoodEncore: Squirming Coillast_img read more

Long Island Weather Forecast Includes Freeze Watch

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island may soon see its first frost as temperatures are locally forecast to dip below freezing overnight at least one night this week, threatening crops and possibly ending the growing season.A freeze watch is in effect 10 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday, when temps are expected to drop to a low of 26 overnight across Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as parts of New York City and New Jersey, according to the Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists.A freeze watch means below freezing temperatures are possible. An NWS forecaster said a recent freeze warning on LI did cause some frost, but it was not widespread and didn’t last long.The watch comes as Veterans Day hit the 50s with a 50-percent chance of light rain overnight into Tuesday morning, when temps may reach a high of 45 before potentially dropping down below the freezing mark overnight.The forecast calls for sunny skies for the rest of the week, hitting a high of 42 Wednesday but dropping down to a low of 32 at night.Temps will remain in the 50s during the day and hover around the high 30s to mid 40s after sundown through the weekend.If the forecast proves accurate, the first frost will be right on schedule, where it usually comes after Nov. 10 on western LI and as early as mid to late October on parts of Suffolk’s South Shore and East End.last_img read more

Biden’s popular-vote lead grows to 5 million as counting continues.

first_imgMr. Biden, who shattered his old boss Barack Obama’s 2008 record for the most votes received in a presidential election (Mr. Obama had 69.5 million), has now also drawn the support of a larger slice of the population than Mr. Obama did that year. Mr. Biden has won the votes of 23.4 percent of the American population, compared to the 22.8 percent Mr. Obama won in 2008, when there were 25 million fewer Americans.Millions of votes remain to be counted, possibly as many as five million. But whatever the final tally is, Mr. Biden, who already has earned 279 electoral votes — nine more than the 270-vote threshold — will remain the winner of the election. With vote-counting continuing in parts of the country, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s popular-vote margin over President Trump is widening substantially.As of late Wednesday morning, Mr. Biden, with nearly 77.4 million votes, led Mr. Trump, who had 72.3 million, by 5.1 million votes and 3.4 percentage points. That’s up from his lead on Friday of 4 million votes and 2.8 percentage points. (In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million but lost the election to Mr. Trump by 77 electoral votes.)- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

There can only be one winner in the great Safeway sell-off

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