UK: HMS Duncan Reaches Major Milestone

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Duncan Reaches Major Milestone View post tag: HMS The Royal Navy’s sixth and final Type 45 destroyer – HMS Duncan -has reached a major milestone before she arrives in Portsmouth for the first time later this year. The anti-air warfare destroyer now has a full complement of crew members after 80 sailors assembled in Portsmouth Naval Base to officially join the ship.They will spend the next few weeks dispersed among the Navy’s five other Type 45s for on-board training, before teaming up with their new ship – and the 110 other ship’s company – when Duncan arrives in her home port of Portsmouth in March.Built by BAE Systems on the Clyde, HMS Duncan was launched in October 2010 and has just completed her first set of sea trials off Scotland.Among the new joiners is Able Seaman Warfare Specialist Karl Murray. He said:“I am extremely excited to be joining one of the most advanced warships in the world, particularly with this being my first draft on a ship since joining the Royal Navy.“I am looking forward to finding out more about her roles and capabilities during our forthcoming period of sea trials.”The first Type 45 – HMS Daring – entered Portsmouth for the first time in 2009, followed by HMS Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon and Defender. They are the largest and most powerful destroyers ever built for the Royal Navy.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 15, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: major January 15, 2013 View post tag: UK View post tag: reaches UK: HMS Duncan Reaches Major Milestone View post tag: milestone Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Duncan View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

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NWS: Possible Tropical System in Gulf Means Rain for South FL

first_imgThe National Hurricane Center says the second named storm of the hurricane season could form later this week.The NHC predicts a 40 percent chance that a low pressure system will form into a storm near the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.If that happens, it would be named Barry.Forecasters are watching a trough of low pressure over the U.S. that is moving south toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it could grow the low pressure system.Typically, systems drift from the Gulf of Mexico toward land. However, this one could go in reverse, forming from a so-called mesoscale convective vortex, or MCV. An MCV is a group of thunderstorm clusters over land that can become tropical when they hit water. Whether or not there is tropical development, the overall weather pattern means rain for areas from Louisiana though the Florida Peninsula later this week.According to AccuWeather, cooler air above the MCV, combined with the warm and humid conditions to its south, “will spur thundery downpours daily through the week.”AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski says, “At this point, it appears the most likely area for slow development would be over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, perhaps near the coasts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana. That development could be tropical or subtropical.”last_img read more

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Redwood Rollers prepare for final season bouts

first_imgEUREKA >> The orange gloss of the Eureka Municipal Auditorium’s hardwood was wrought with clean streaks of skates outlining the shade of an oval track. The sound reverberated throughout the aged stone walls, the iron bars on the balcony ledge all the way to the nosebleeds seats in the back.It was a chance for dozens to scrape flesh and bleed sweat as they bucked up for a long road trip to Santa Rosa for the Rollers’ final bout of the season. “This season was different,” Humboldt Roller Derby …last_img

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Moving Touches Closer Together

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now One of the ways that you can immediately increase the number of appointments you schedule is to speed up the pace of those communications, i.e. move them closer together.Let’s say you are going to call a prospective client four times over the course of the year. One way to do that would be to make a call every ninety days, calling them quarterly. Some people follow this pattern, believing that if their dream client isn’t interested now, calling back in ninety days might allow them to catch that client at exactly the right moment. But from the client’s side, you called once and followed up with an email, and then you disappeared. There is no reason to take a call from a salesperson that calls once. That isn’t the kind of person you want to give your business to because they don’t really want it.A better way to professionally and persistently pursue your dream client would be to remove the space between these four calls. Instead of spacing them ninety days apart, you put seven or so days in between them. You call, leave a voicemail, and send a follow-up email suggesting you’ll try again later. About a week later, you follow that same pattern, trying a third time at the end of that same week. Six or seven days later, you try again.Calling every day makes you a stalker, and your prospect might believe you are belligerent. But calling around once a week for a few weeks in a row with a pitch that promises you’ll trade enough value for their time proves you are persistent and have something to offer. When your attempts are sporadic, you are sporadic, and so are your results. When you are disciplined and focused, you obtain your results faster and with greater certainty.This is one of the areas where a lot of people fear the wrong danger. They worry about seeming persistent when they should worry about not being known at all. They also worry about being a nuisance, but what makes one a nuisance is not the frequency of the communication as much as it is the value of the communication. If you have something to share that is worth your dream client’s attention, move your touches closer together.last_img read more

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The Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games

first_imgREAD: Athletes hurt most by SEA Games debacleBut the Philippines hasn’t always been in the bottom half of the 11-nation competition, where medals for at least 30 different team and individual sports are being disputed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen the country started sending athletes to the SEA Games in 1977, when this multi-sport event had just changed its name from Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, it immediately finished third in the medal race in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia behind Indonesia and Thailand.It was a golden age for sports for the Filipinos. From that year until 2003, the Philippines only failed to crack the top three in the medal race five out of the next 13 editions of the biggest sporting event in the region. Firework explose over the Quirino Grand Stand during the closing ceremony of the 23rd South East Asian Games in Manila, 05 December 2005. The Philippines won the overall title of the 23rd South East Asian Games with 113 gold medals. AFP PHOTO/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKULWhen Manila hosted the SEA Games in 2005—a first since 1991—the Philippines got the chance to field in the biggest delegation yet with over 700 athletes and that yielded the country’s best finish ever at no. 1 with a 113-84-94 gold-silver-bronze medal haul.That, though, turned out to be the last the sport-loving Filipinos would taste the podium in the medal standings.READ: No stopping PH sports’ decline in SEA GamesWhat followed was a disheartening stretch in the history of Philippine Sports.Despite sending 620 athletes to Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand in the 2007 edition of the regional games, the Philippines shockingly dropped from first to sixth in a dismal showing with a 41-91-96 medal tally.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LIST: Philippine delegation in 2017 Southeast Asian Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Flag bearers from the 11 ASEAN countries march during the opening ceremony of the biennial Southeast Asian Games in Singapore’s National Stadium on June 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANFor the last decade, the Philippines has been on a steady decline in the Southeast Asian Games.Once a frontrunner in the region’s biennial sporting meet, the Philippines has never finished higher than fifth place since topping the SEA Games in 2001 in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT This year’s Philippine team to Malaysia is hoping to finally change that.There will be 493 Filipino athletes who will be giving it all in the hopes of giving the country an improved standing in Kuala Lumpur, which is hosting the event for the sixth time.A representative for each sport for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERThe Philippines has committed athletes to 37 sports with a target of at least 50 gold medals—which hasn’t been done since 2005. The country’s best medal haul in the last 10 years is at 41 in 2007.READ: PH ‘tired of being at the bottom’ in SEA GamesIt may remain a tall order to find a place at the top, but the Filipinos are fed up of being on the outside looking in in the competition they once dominated and that may be enough motivation to finally end the slump in the SEA Games. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimescenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Since then, the size of the Philippine delegation has fluctuated from as low as 148 to as big as 512 athletes but the results remained disappointing.Athletes from the Philippines parade waving their national flag during the opening ceremony of the 25th Southeast Asian Games at the national stadium in Vientiane on December 9, 2009.  AFP PHOTO/Bay ISMOYOIt didn’t get any better for the country in 2009 in Vientiane, Laos. With just 153 Filipino athletes competing in 25 sports, they only garnered 38 gold, 35 silver and 51 bronze medals to wind up fifth overall.READ: Filipinos bungle SEA Games missionIn contrast, the Filipino delegation ballooned to 512 two years after in Jakarta, Indonesia but botched the goal to fare better and instead settled for sixth place with only 36 golds, 56 silvers and 77 bronzes.Philippines athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, Sumatra province on November 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANAnother lean PH delegation was sent to Naypyitaw, Myanmar in 2013 after Philippine sports officials  were irked by the host country’s cherry-picking of sports to be played–dropping main stream events and including obscure sports.READ: Philippines competes in Myanmar games despite rowUnsurprisingly, the Philippines wound up sixth among 11 nations with 29 gold, 36 silver and 66 bronze medals.The country’s place in the medal standings remained unchanged in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games despite packing a relatively-large group composed of 472 Filipino athletes.The Philippine delegation led by flag bearer Alyssa Valdez parade during the Opening Ceremony of the 28th SEA Games held at the Singapore National Stadium. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAIt was a frustrating showing for the Filipinos, who only managed 29 gold, 36 silver, 66 bronze medals to fall far behind fifth placer Indonesia (47-61-74 G-S-B) in the medal count.READ: 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 final Medal Tallylast_img read more

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Report: Jalen Hurts Has “Won The Coaches And Team” At Alabama

first_imgAlabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium during a day gameInstagramCould Alabama start a true freshman at quarterback this season? According to Shannon B. Terry, Jalen Hurts has “won the coaches and team” heading into the 2016 season.Terry, the founder of 247Sports.com, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to discuss Alabama’s quarterback situation heading into this year’s campaign. He notes that junior Cooper Bateman is “trending down”, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett is “improving” and true freshman Jalen Hurts has “won” the team over.Terry implies that even if Hurts isn’t named the starter at the beginning of the season, he expects him to be the quarterback by mid-season. That’s huge news, considering Hurts’ lack of experience.(1 of 2) #Alabama QB Bateman is trending down this fall, Barnett is improving and Hurts has won the coaches and team at this point.— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016(2 of 2) Only real decision 4 UA coaches is what is best way to develop Hurts? unless there’s a sig change, he will be the QB by mid-season— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016For the past two seasons, Alabama has turned to seniors to lead the team behind center. In 2014, Blake Sims helped the Crimson Tide reach the College Football Playoff. In 2015, it was Jake Coker leading the team to a national championship. Before that, it was AJ McCarron taking snaps for three seasons.Hurts getting the nod would be a surprise, but it’s never wise to doubt Nick Saban. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the call against USC.last_img read more

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Police arrest 73yearold Whitehorse man in relation to mail bomb

first_imgWHITEHORSE – Police have arrested a 73-year-old Whitehorse man in relation to a mail bombing in Port Alice, B.C., earlier this week.Whitehorse RCMP made the arrest Thursday and also asked residents of an apartment building to evacuate while they conducted a search, “out of an abundance of caution.”Residents were allowed to return home later that evening.On Sept. 11, an explosion injured a retired pulp mill worker when a mail bomb went off after he opened a package at his home.Shannon MacGregor drove her neighbour, Roger Nepper to the local clinic after she saw smoke coming from his house as returned home from grocery shopping.Deputy Mayor Bruce Lloyd said Nepper is in his mid 60s and a former local boxing coach.last_img

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Two men dead after small plane crashes in Lanaudiere Friday night

first_imgSAINT-CUTHBERT, Que. — Two people died after a small plane crashed Friday night in Saint-Cuthbert, in the Lanaudiere region northeast of Montreal.The identity of the two men in the ultra-light aircraft has not yet been confirmed.Investigators from the Surete du Quebec were on the scene Saturday.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will likely conduct its own investigation, though the agency did not immediately confirm a probe.Provincial police received a call shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday that a plane had crashed in a field near Grand Sainte Catherine road.The scene was cordoned off to allow for further investigation.The Canadian Presslast_img

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Dark memories from the forgotten war

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Korean War was the first armed conflict in the Cold War. North Korea and the Chinese army, supported by the Soviet Union, fought South Korea which had the backing of the United Nations.Both sides traded blows until the battle became a firmly entrenched stalemate.It was then that a young Metis man enlisted. Tired of his dead-end job, Leonard Desjarlais went to war.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

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Dust Advisory remains in effect for Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Dust Advisory that was issued for Fort St. John on Monday remains in effect today.Environment Canada issued the advisory due to high levels of road dust in the air. Dust levels have increased due to higher traffic volumes and winter traction material on dry road surfaces. Levels of dust tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations.Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise near busy roads until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. Although the current dust concentration in Fort St. John below the Provincial objective, the forecast suggests the dust concentration will increase until there is precipitation or more dust suppression. The advisory will be in effect until further notice.Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at www.bcairquality.ca.last_img read more

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