Russia, France to Sign Contracts for Construction of Mistral-Class Assault Landing Ships

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russia, France to Sign Contracts for Construction of Mistral-Class Assault Landing Ships View post tag: construction View post tag: Naval September 8, 2011 View post tag: contracts View post tag: News by topic Russia, France to Sign Contracts for Construction of Mistral-Class Assault Landing Ships View post tag: Navy View post tag: Mistral-class View post tag: France View post tag: Russia View post tag: For View post tag: sign Russia and France will sign contracts for construction of third and fourth Mistral-class assault landing ships for Russian Navy in the current year, reports RIA Novosti on Sept 7 referring to the statement of defense minister Anatoly Serdiukov.“Most likely, we will finish the negotiations and sign those contracts in this year”, reports RIA Novosti citing Serdiukov.According to Russian defense minister, third and fourth Mistrals will be built in Russia.Recall that the EUR 1.2-bln contract for two Mistral-class assault landing ships for Russian Navy was signed on June 17, 2011 at XV St. Petersburg International Economic Forum after months of painstaking negotiations. According to the contract terms, Mistrals will be built by French shipyards DCNS with participation of JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation. The first ship is expected to join Russian navy in three years.ReferenceFull displacement of Mistral-class assault landing ship is 21,300 tons; speed is 19 knots; capacity is 450 marines and 59 land vehicles (including 13 tanks), 16 heavy helicopters (or about 30 light ones) including six on the flight deck, 4 boats or 2 fast speed air-cushion vessels; hull length is 199 meters; beam is 32 meters; draft is 6.3 meters; fuel range at 15 knots is about 20,000 miles; crew is 160 including 20 officers.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, September 8, 2011; Industry news View post tag: ships View post tag: Assault Share this article View post tag: to View post tag: of View post tag: Landinglast_img read more

Mauritius Coast Guard commissions patrol vessel CGS Valiant

first_img Mauritius Coast Guard commissions patrol vessel CGS Valiant August 17, 2017 Share this article Mauritius Police Force/National Coast Guard (NCG) commissioned its new patrol vessel CGS Valiant in Port Louis on August 16.The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of Mauritius and other government and security officials.In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that the acquisition of CGS Valiant was yet another milestone in the upgrading of the operational capability of the NCG and in the country’s enhancement of maritime safety and security.The Prime Minister further recalled that in the past two years, the government made crucial investments to further upgrade the capabilities of the NCG, including the commissioning of Coast Guard ship Barracuda in March 2015; the induction in March 2016 of ten fast interceptor boats; the commissioning of a new Dornier aircraft; the commissioning in December 2016 of CGS Victory and two Chetak helicopters.The 50 meter patrol vessel CGS Valiant was built by India’s Goa Shipyard Limited. It displaces about 288 tons in full load condition and is capable of attaining a maximum speed of 35 Knots.At economical cruising speed, it has an endurance of about 2,000 nautical miles and can provide certain outer island support as well. CGS Valiant is the seventh ship of the No 1 Patrol Vessel Squadron of the NCG of Mauritius. Authorities View post tag: Mauritius Coast Guard View post tag: GSL View post tag: CGS Valiant Back to overview,Home naval-today Mauritius Coast Guard commissions patrol vessel CGS Valiant last_img read more

Who are we?

first_imgKHURUM BUKHARI examines Oxford’s diasporas and questions of identity within the UniversityIn the 12th century, the Hebrew poet Yehuda Halevi wrote “While I in western lands do pine, My heart is in the East.” For the “diaspora”, the Jewish communities outside Palestine, those lines poignantly reflected the anxious yearning for one’s homeland and encompassed the difficulties of living in one culture while belonging to another. In an increasingly globalised world, where mass immigration and travel allow people of different cultures to settle in those of others, diasporas of diverse nationalities and ethnicities are created every single minute and accompanying them are those potential anxieties about the loss or subordination of native culture to the host. Often the central question to these communities and their offspring is that of identity. Britain has played host, and still does, to countless numbers of communities from across the globe. Bringing their own customs, lifestyles and beliefs intertwined within the social and economic fabric of their respective homelands, the notion of a cultural identity seems to be enduringly potent within such groups. But what of the children of immigrants born in the host country? As someone born and brought up in Britain, in a Pakistani Shia Muslim household, I was bound to be aware of my background. I had always felt a sense of “otherness”, something engendered mainly by the language of my household and the religious and cultural activities particular to my community. In addition, my exposure to other, different communities was severely lacking, only having had significant contact with members of my own. Coming to Oxford was a revelation; I was confronted not only by people of different class, ethnic and cultural backgrounds but also by a growing realisation and anxiety, that I belonged not only to one culture but to another, the “British”. It was “bi-cultural anxiety syndrome” such as that found in books such as Hanif Kureshi’s Buddha of Surburbia and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth. For those in a similar situation, Oxford’s many student societies offer direction. Societies from Turkish Soc to Majlis Asian Society, to Jewish Soc and the Islamic society aim primarily to promote and publicise their respective cultures, be they ethnic, national or religious. But they are also places for people of a certain background to mix with other members of their communities who experience the difficulties of trying to reconcile one culture with another. For Jewish Soc President, Roni Tabick, who has lived and was educated in predominantly Jewish areas, Oxford life proved to be somewhat unusual. “Fridays nights were difficult because of Sabbath” and everyday conversation became a humorous affair, “I was using Yiddish words with non-Jewish people.” The Jewish Soc provided him with a forum to meet other student members of the Jewish community who faced similar difficulties. But many question the “ghetto” effect that such societies have on what is intended to be a “multicultural“ environment. Members of a similar community often cluster together, their interaction indirectly exclusive to members of their own university community. A student at St Peters comments “it’s obvious when people of one community hang around together, especially if they are of a different colour. They are very cliquey – they seem to be segregating themselves and are ruining things”. Roni Tabick disagrees, “Of course when people of one particular community who do solely hang about together it’s a shame as it ruins their experience of the wider world”. But for many attached to their culture, the joy of mixing with members of their own community is both inevitable and a matter of pure circumstance rather than an active and discriminating effort to find people of similar backgrounds, ethnicity or religion. Cee at Worcester says, “I think people make a mountain out of a molehill. It’s a commonality thing, an interest matter, its not a racial, ethnic or political issue. Sure the society I’m part of is where I met most of my friends, though I’m not friends with all of its members am I? It’s purely coincidental that most of the people I know are from the same background. I have a mixture of friends, White, Black and Asian but my close friends happen to be of a similar culture. I’m learning more about my identity that way, so what?” So what indeed is the problem? The quest for an identity is an important search and one often overlooked. It is one that has long existed not only as a cultural dimension for ethnic, national and religious communities but for other groups too; feminists find their identity in their womanhood and the Welsh in their language. A multi-cultural society can only work if the search for an individual’s identity is respected despite it appearing to be discriminatory or exclusive. A heart can indeed be in the East, but over time it can be in the West too.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

Union invites banned anti-Islam activist

first_imgJan Nedvidek, who authored a letter last term criticising OUSU for supporting a protest against the far-right French politician Marine Le Pen, also defended the Union’s decision, commenting, “Robert Spencer is of course a very unsavoury character, as is Anjem Choudary. Their views are of course very objectionable and dangerous.“However, as much as we might dislike that, they are views which shape many people’s worldview. I think it is important that Oxford students are exposed to those views: you must know your enemies to fight them. Giving them a ‘platform’ is not about legitimising their views, but about exposing them to critique and rejection.“The Union has hosted a great number of very controversial speakers: a chap who denied Stalin’s actions in the 50s in the USSR, for example, spoke in one of the debates in my first year. Not great, but it was good to see how everyone immediately realised that guy was a joke and not worth listening to.”However, Imran Naved, President of Oxford University’s Islamic Society, commented to Cherwell, “We feel that it is not appropriate for hate preachers, whether Robert Spencer or Anjem Choudary, to be given a platform to express their views at Oxford University.“Similar to the invitation of Marine Le Pen last term, it is typical of the Oxford Union and also disappointing that certain controversial and unrepresentative characters are repeatedly asked to speak. We understand the need to promote free speech and fully support this, however, for such speakers it is sometimes a point of pride speaking at the Oxford Union and they do not deserve such a platform.“It seems unlikely that anything constructive would come from this, however we hope at least it was the Union’s intention that it did”Nikhil Venkatesh, OUSU’s BME & Anti-Racism Officer, said the Union was courting controversy for controversy’s sake, remarking, “It is disappointing that the Union continues to invite speakers for the sake of ‘shock value’ and publicity rather than informed and free debate.“Inviting such speakers as Spencer and Choudhary intimidates many students in our community, mainly those from already marginalised groups. Good debate requires an atmosphere in which every participant feels comfortable – at the moment, sadly, the Union is not that atmosphere.”The Oxford Union could not be reached for comment, while the Home Office told Cherwell that since the pre-election period had started, it could not provide a comment either.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11347%%[/mm-hide-text] The invitation sent to Robert Spencer In a post on the Jihadi Watch website, which was taken down almost instantly, Spencer commended the Oxford Union for extending the invitation, and called for it to appeal to the Home Office to get the ban lifted.Spencer’s associate, Pamela Geller, was banned at the same time, and yet the Oxford Union also sent an invitation to her in 2014, asking her to speak in favour of the motion ‘This House Believes Islam Is Incompatible with Gender Equality’.It is unclear whether, on either occasion, the Union was aware of the Home Office ban affecting Spencer and Geller.Spencer told Cherwell, “The letter to me from the UK Home Office specified that I was barred from the country for noting that Islam had a doctrine of warfare against unbelievers. Obviously many, many Muslims worldwide believe that as well, including many imams who are admitted into the UK with no difficulty. Right around the time I was banned, the British Government admitted Saudi Sheikh Mohammed al-Arefe. “Al-Arefe has said, ‘Devotion to jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer. Allah said that if a man fights the infidels, the infidels will be unable to prepare to fight.’ So apparently one can get into Britain while believing that Islam has a doctrine of warfare against unbelievers, as long as one is in favor of that doctrine.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%11340%%[/mm-hide-text]Nathan LeanNathan Lean, a scholar at Georgetown University and the author of The Islamophobia Industry, told Cherwell, “Robert Spencer is a Catholic Deacon and former homeschool administrator who poses as an educated and authoritative voice on Islam. In his books and on his blog, he advances a one-dimensional portrait of Muslims that presents violence as a normative tradition within Islam. “Spencer is an extremist in every aspect of the word: he’s fanatical about his beliefs that Islam must be singled out for critique and scorn; he’s unwilling to consider alternative positions that undermine his own; he advocates a worldview that’s been praised by a global terrorist (Anders Breivik); his phony organisation, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, marginalises Muslim communities in the United States through various public campaigns; and he has a history of fraternizing with neo-fascists and hardline European racists.“Spencer should not have been invited to speak at the Oxford Union for precisely the same reason that Anjem Choudary should not have been invited: they are both cut from the same ugly cloth of fanaticism. Choudary believes that his extreme version of Islam is true Islam, and so does Spencer. The normative experiences of Muslims all around the world matter little to either of them. Why is it important to amplify the voices of any extremists through a well-regarded debating society?”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%11341%%[/mm-hide-text]But Tommy Robinson, founder of the English Defence League (EDL), and sometime associate of Robert Spencer, defended the Oxford Union for the invitations to Spencer and Choudary, and called for the Home Office ban to be lifted, telling Cherwell, “I think it’s about time we heard some people who were honest. Anjem Choudary’s very honest, and so is Robert Spencer.“Robert Spencer tells the truth; that’s all he does, he tells the truth. He’s never called for violence, never incited any hate, he’s just told the truth about an ideology. And the only reason he was banned was because they were fearful that it could provoke terrorism.“So what they’re doing is limiting not just his freedoms but they’re limiting what freedoms we have to listen to people in this country, because of what the violent reaction could be from Muslims. It’s absurd, he should never have been banned in the first place.“Not just the Oxford Union, but everyone who stands up for freedom of speech in this country should be appealing to turn over the ban. The only reason they did give a ban was to appease a fundamental and radical minority of a minority.”center_img In one of her first acts as President of the Oxford Union, Olivia Merrett has invited American author and leader of the group ‘Jihadi Watch’ Robert Spencer to take part in next term’s ‘This House Believes Radicalisation is Born at Home’ debate, along with the radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary.Robert Spencer, who also co-founded the group ‘Stop Islamization of America’ (SIOA), is banned from entering the UK, following the Home Office’s 2013 decision that his visit would not be “conducive to the public good”, and that his views would be likely to “foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence”.The ban was issued after he was invited to speak at an EDL rally in Woolwich, where drummer Lee Rigby was killed. At around the same time, Anjem Choudary infamously declared himself “proud” of Michael Adebolajo, one of Rigby’s killers, and insisted that Rigby would “burn in hellfire”.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%11339%%[/mm-hide-text]Choudary has also been pictured with AdebolajoAnother EDL rally is scheduled to take place in Oxford on April 4th, when a counter-protest has also been planned by the Oxford Anti-Fascists group.Spencer has previously claimed that “there is no distinction in the American Muslim community between peaceful Muslims and jihadists”, and has described Islam as a “threat to the peace and well-being of the Western world”.In the invitation, seen by Cherwell and reproduced in full below, Merrett told Spencer, “Your knowledge and experience will be of huge interest to many in the University.Though projects such as SIOA may be appear [sic] somewhat questionable, we would like to hear your reasons behind it.”Merrett also intimated that Spencer would have control over which media outlets would be allowed to cover the debate, telling him, “The level of media coverage is, of course, entirely at your discretion.”last_img read more

WEEHAWKEN BRIEFS

first_imgAnnual Court Night will be June 6The Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson Vicinage, in partnership with the state Bar Association & Foundation, the Hudson County Bar Association & Foundation, and the Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns, will present Annual Court Night 2017 on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Midtown Community School, 550 Avenue A, Bayonne. Weehawken seniors were treated to a lunch on Saturday, April 29 at the Elks Club on Boulevard East, sponsored by Mayor Richard Turner and the Township Council. A DJ provided the music and a fun time was had by all. (Picture by Angela and Robert de Zeeuw) ×Weehawken seniors were treated to a lunch on Saturday, April 29 at the Elks Club on Boulevard East, sponsored by Mayor Richard Turner and the Township Council. A DJ provided the music and a fun time was had by all. (Picture by Angela and Robert de Zeeuw)center_img Topics discussed with include criminal justice reform, record expungement, landlord-tenant disputes, divorce, immigration, and child support.The question and answer session is free. Reservations are requested, although not required. To reserve a seat, please email [email protected] or call (201) 217-5109. When registering via email or phone, please provide your name, telephone number, and the workshop you would like to attend.‘Five Finger Discount’ author presents new book on May 21Author Helene Stapinski, author of the memoir “Five Finger Discount,” will present her new book on Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m., at the Italian Educational and Cultural Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth St., Jersey City.With her new book, “Murder in Matera,” Helene reaches back into Southern Italy to fashion a deeply-researched story of immigration and how far one mother would go to preserve her family.Staff from Word Bookstores will be on hand to sell copies.Tickets are $10, general admission, and $5 for members of IECC or the coalition. Refreshments are included. Reservations are required. Visit the sponsor’s websites to reserve.The event is sponsored by the Italian Educational and Cultural Center for the Arts, website www.casacolombo.org, and the Embrankment Preservation Coalition, website www.embankment.org.last_img read more

Road closure hits sales

first_imgA North Hampshire baker is planning to seek compensation from Thames Water because the closure of the main road through his village is costing his business £400 a day.Simon Smart, who runs the Bramley Village Bakery with his wife Tracey, said the road closure to install a new underground sewerage system had started in November and was due to last 10 weeks.He told British Baker: “It’s been horrendous. They have shut off half the village, sending people on 15-mile diversions. We are not getting the passing trade and we reckon it’s cut sales by 40%.”The bakery normally sells between up to 500 Christmas cakes over the festive period, but sold only 120 this year. Sales of mince pies fell from 18,000 to 12,000.Smart said he would seek compensation but had noted in the small print of the form that it would be “down to Thames Water’s discretion”.last_img read more

Press release: M5 Oldbury viaduct repair project approaches key milestone

first_imgAt more than £100 million, M5 Oldbury is believed to be the largest concrete repair project, by value, ever carried out in Britain.Much of the work takes place underneath the viaduct and so workers cannot always be seen on the surface itself.To keep the motorway open, a contraflow system is in place with traffic currently using the northbound carriageway with two lanes operating in each direction, along with a 30mph speed limit. Traffic is anticipated to move to the southbound carriageway in June.Slip roads at junctions 1 and 2 are being kept open to ease effects on the local network.However, as part of the work, a number of closures of the southbound off-slip at junction 2 are planned, for more information check the Highways England Roadworks Finder.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. The scale of this project is vast and has involved a large number of repairs. On top of that we’ve had one of the harshest winters in years, which has added to the challenges. We will not know the full extent of the repairs needed on the northbound carriageway until work there is under way. We appreciate the level of disruption this project involves and I’d like to thank motorists, businesses and residents for their patience. Meanwhile, our teams are working as hard as they can to get the job done. The project involves concrete repairs and waterproofing along a two-mile section of the ageing viaduct in the West Midlands.Work on the southbound carriageway, between junctions 1 and 2, is approaching completion and in the coming weeks the entire operation, involving more than 500 workers, transfers to the northbound carriageway.Already more than 5,000 separate repairs have been carried out on the southbound carriageway, 3,500 more than anticipated.The majority of work is scheduled to continue until autumn 2018, with other work continuing into spring 2019.Highways England senior project manager, Zbigniew Twarowski, said:last_img read more

Press release: Operation Brock – overnight work to start on the M20 in Kent

first_img The steps we are putting in place on the M20 are based on our extensive experience of working with partners to keep the road network in this region operating safely and reliably. They incorporate the lessons learned from our experience of Operation Stack in 2015 and techniques from our major construction schemes in other parts of the country. They will make a significant difference to reducing the congestion and disruption to both the M20 itself and the wider road network and people of Kent. The work will pave the way for HGVs travelling to mainland Europe to be held on the coastbound carriageway while a contraflow system will minimise the impact for other people living, working and travelling in Kent.The arrangement is part of a package of measures, known collectively as Operation Brock, that will help improve the resilience of the county’s roads. They also include Manston Airfield and the M26.Highways England Chief Executive Jim O’Sullivan said: Roadworks to install the temporary steel barrier on the M20 that will be used for Operation Brock is starting this weekend and is scheduled for completion by mid-March. Overnight closures will be in place between junctions 9 (Ashford) and 7 (Maidstone) to enable the work to take place safely. From Tuesday 12 February until mid-March there will be narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit.During the overnight closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A20. If drivers need to travel while these works are taking place, we recommend they plan ahead and allow more time for their journeys.Operation Brock gives Kent Resilience Forum partners a set of scalable measures that can be used to queue lorries heading for mainland Europe, while keeping other traffic flowing. Highways England is working in close partnership with Kent police, Kent County Council and the Department for Transport to ensure that each phase of Operation Brock can be deployed sequentially and scaled up or down to meet demand.These new arrangements offer a significant improvement to Operation Stack and, crucially, keep the M20 open to traffic in both directions in all but the most extreme circumstances.Highways England will also publish traffic orders that will underpin the new arrangements.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Guidance: General ophthalmic service fees and voucher values from April 2019

first_imgRead further information on how to claim general ophthalmic service continuing education and training payment. all staff dealing with general ophthalmic services the hospital eye service optometrists ophthalmic medical practitioners the NHS sight test fee and NHS domiciliary fees from 1 April 2019 optical voucher values from 1 April 2019 hospital eye service charges from 1 April 2019 continuing education and training payment for 2018, payable in 2019 the grant payable to supervisors of pre-registration trainees from 1 April 2019 It sets out: The letter provides guidance for:last_img read more

Indulgence pop-up shop looks to the future

first_imgThe owner of a new pop-up dessert bar and chocolate shop is looking to transform the concept into a permanent bakery business in the next year.Paul Wayne Gregory, patissier and chocolatier, told British Baker that his new business, called Indulgence, which will launch this Thursday (8 November) in Brixton, south London, will offer fruit- and chocolate-based frozen premium desserts to take-away alongside hand-made chocolates.The self-funded business, originally set up as part of this year’s Chocolate Week (8-14 October), will be running for the next six months on Market Row in Brixton Market.Gregory said he would look to expand on the Indulgence concept in the future: “Once the pop-up shop is up-and-running, we will have the template for something bigger, such as baking bread on-site in a similar style to classical French bakeries. The desserts and hand-crafted chocolates can be made elsewhere, but we will want to make the bread on the premises, so customers can smell it when they walk through the doors.“That is the aim and direction we want to go with the business, but that will probably happen in the next year to year-and-a-half in reality.”He added that he would look to expand the business and product range in the future, depending on how well the pop-up shop performs.The current Indulgence business will also showcase a range of chocolate-based sculptures and art in a bid to attract more customers, as well as live demonstrations outside the shop, which will launch in December, offering passers-by the opportunity to learn how to make chocolate truffles for free.Paul Wayne Gregory started his career as a baker, but moved into patisserie when he went to Ireland to head up the pastry sections of Conrad Gallagher’s restaurants.last_img read more