HMAS Huon Sails in Support of Operation RESOLUTE

first_img November 4, 2014 View post tag: Asia-Pacific HMAS Huon recently departed HMAS Waterhen to head north on a three-month deployment in support of Operation RESOLUTE.Having recently completed an extensive training and evauation period, the crew are looking forward to developing new skills in support of the operational tasking.After a brief stop in Cairns enroute, Huon will arrive in Darwin before undertaking some specialised training and assessment. The ship will take over the reins from sister ship HMAS Diamantina, which has been deployed in support of RESOLUTE for the last few months.The deployment marks Huon’s second deployment in support of Operation RESOLUTE in the past 12 months and a continuing commitment by the Mine Hunter Coastal ships to supporting operations outside their core mine counter-measure role.[mappress mapid=”14309″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy HMAS Huon Sails in Support of Operation RESOLUTE Share this article View post tag: Support View post tag: Sails View post tag: Navalcenter_img Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Operation RESOLUTE Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Huon Sails in Support of Operation RESOLUTE View post tag: HMAS Huonlast_img read more

Legislation watch

first_imgBakery businesses are being urged to sign an online petition against the new family business tax.The e-petition is now among the top 50 most-signed petitions on the Number 10 website, with over 6,000 signatures, claims Professional Contractors Group (PCG), which represents the UK’s freelancers.In 2007, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his intention to prevent “income shifting”. He said it was the practice of splitting income between two people to make use of the tax allowance of the lower-earning partner.The new tax will target all jointly-owned businesses, and family businesses in particular. “It penalises people who have jointly set up businesses in exactly the way recommended for years by the government,” according to PCG, “and makes it impossible for small businesses to self-assess their tax liabilities, adding another crushing administrative burden.”Businesses will have to keep extensive records, according to PCG. They will then have to justify the distribution of profits to family members or other joint owners if the taxman investigates them.”Even if you are not clobbered by a tax investigation, you will still have to jump through all the hoops and keep all the records,” commented John Brazier, MD of the PCG.For more information, visit the website [].last_img read more

Saints add defensive end Spence, XFL INT leader Nichols

first_imgSaints add defensive end Spence, XFL INT leader Nichols March 24, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMETAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols.The 6-foot-2, 251-pound Spence returns to the Saints after first joining New Orleans for the final three regular season games of 2019 and one playoff game. The four-year veteran out of Eastern Kentucky began his NFL career when Tampa Bay selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft. His rookie season, when he had 5 1/2 sacks remains his best yet. He played his first three season with the Bucaneers and played about half of last season with Washington. He has played in a 41 career regular season games, during which he has 7 1/2 sacks and four forced fumbles.Nichols spent part of 2020 playing cornerback for the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks and intercepted three passes before the season was shortened after just five games.The former South Florida player was not drafted but was signed as a rookie free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. He was on the Cardinals’ regular season roster for six weeks that season and played in two games. He also spent the 2019 offseason and preseason with the Cardinals, but was released before the regular season.___More AP NFL: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

England beat Australia in second ODI

first_img“I thought our bowlers were exceptional,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.“On a really hot day they coped very well.”All of England’s batsmen contributed to the run chase, which was always in control following a 117-run second wicket partnership between Jonny Bairstow (60) and Alex Hales (57).Joss Buttler (42), Morgan (21) and Chris Woakes (39 not out) all made handy contributions, while Joe Root held the innings together with a measured 46 not out.“We did enough to win,” Morgan said, adding: “It’s far from our best performance with the bat.“I suppose that’s exciting in a way. We’re two-nil up in the series and we’re still looking for a complete performance as a batting unit.“Hopefully that comes in Sydney in Sunday.”Jonny Bairstow (60, pictured) and Alex Hales (57) put on a 117-run second wicket partnership © AFP / Jason O’BRIENThe Australians went into the match without leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who proved expensive in the opening ODI in Melbourne on Sunday, opting for batsman Cameron White instead.They also handed debuts to paceman Jhye Richardson and wicketkeeper Alex Carey.However, the decision to go into the match without a recognised spinner proved costly on a pitch that helped the slow bowlers.Finch, who blasted his 106 from 114 balls, helped Australia get away to a quick start alongside David Warner.The burly opener looked like he was leading Australia to a score well past 300 but his dismissal, soon after that of Mitchell Marsh, ensured England were able to keep the Australian scoring under control.Finch and Warner both dominated the English fast bowlers, who pitched too short on the Gabba wicket.England captain Morgan turned to his spinners with immediate effect.Moeen Ali had Warner caught at slip for 35, bringing Steve Smith to the crease.The Australian captain struggled to 18 from 25 balls before part-time off-spinner Root trapped him lbw.Root then enticed Travis Head into charging down the wicket, only to chip a return catch to the bowler to leave the Australians on 124 for three.Marsh and Finch consolidated but the scoring rate slowed as they struggled to get Ali, Root and leg-spinner Adil Rashid away.The Australians then lost three wickets for nine runs to allow the English to take control.Debutant Carey made a quickfire 27 before he was brilliantly run out by Woakes, who used his football skills to kick the ball into the stumps as the batsman attempted a quick single.Woakes then had Mitchell Starc caught in the deep before running out Andrew Tye on the last ball of the innings.Smith conceded Australia were well beaten.“We’re not playing good enough one day cricket at the moment,” he said.“We were in a good position at 3-209 with 11 overs to go and we only scored 60 with seven wickets in hand,” he added.“That’s not enough against a quality English batting line up.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England’s Joe Root (L) and Chris Woakes (C) celebrate the team’s victory as Australia’s Marcus Stoinis looks on during the second one-day international in Brisbane on January 19, 2018 © AFP / Jason O’BRIENBRISBANE, Australia, Jan 19 – England turned in an impressive all-round team performance to beat Australia by four wickets in the second one-day international at the Gabba on Friday.After restricting Australia to 270 for nine from their 50 overs, the English cruised past the total with 5.4 overs to spare.last_img read more

NAWG addressing declining wheat acreage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After watching U.S. wheat acreage and production slide steadily for 18 years, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has had quite enough and is coming out swinging.The counteroffensive, called simply the Wheat Action Plan, “right now is conceptual,” said NAWG President Brett Blankenship, a grower in eastern Washington State. “We’re reaching out to all parts of the industry,” he says. “The idea is … to raise productivity so that wheat no longer loses acreage to corn and soybeans.”Blankenship points to Norman Borlaug’s work in the mid-20th Century to improve wheat yield and disease resistance.“We had the first Green Revolution, and it revolutionized the production of wheat. We need another one. We need another step forward, and the Wheat Action Plan is the attempt to invigorate the investment we need … to go to the next level for wheat,” Blankenship said.That task is broad, but he said it means, first, improving on-farm productivity so that wheat is a more attractive crop economically. Then, “we need to double down on research … and we will elicit private technology companies to take a look at wheat and bring all technology to bear.”USDA crop data shows that average annual yields of other major crops have risen smartly over the decades. This year’s expected all class U.S. wheat yield (43.6 bushels per acre) is just 16% more than in 1985, while that for corn is up 42%; soybeans, 38%; long-grain rice, 43%, upland cotton, 24%, and sugar beets, 48%.Though the work of wheat researchers and others has improved wheat’s disease resistance and yields over the decades, NAWG calculates that for every $10 spent on public and private industry corn research in 2014 only 70 cents went into wheat research.Steve Joehl, NAWG director of research, said that wheat used to dominate acreage in the eastern Great Plains, but varietal advances for corn and soybeans have now made those the top crops in that region.“The first state that really adopted biotechnology in corn was [eastern] South Dakota,” he said. “That happened because the Bt gene for corn borer control was so effective … and the borer was killing farmers there on yield.”But as the 20th Century ended, growers there started seeding varieties with YieldGard borer control and saw their acreage and productivity soar as yields shot up, he said.Recently, Dupont, Monsanto and others announced heavy investment in 70- to 80-day corn varieties that will yield well in southern Canada as well as in northern areas of the U.S., Russia, Hungary and elsewhere. The new corn genetics “will take away wheat acreage,” he said.Needed genetic improvements for wheat are many, but developing strong resistance to fusarium head blight, called scab, could be a huge gain because the disease hurts wheat coast to coast, Joehl said. North Dakota State University is working on the fight against scab, and is presenting a research update to grower groups, researchers, millers, food processors and others who will focus on the scab problem at a national forum in St. Louis in December.Blankenship said that for his own low-rainfall farming area, “improved rust resistance in the high moisture years, drought tolerance and a breakthrough in yield” are at the top of his wish list. “Our yields have been rather stagnant my entire career,” he said.Boosting research investment by private industry, Congress and state legislatures will be a challenge, “but one of the collateral problems for loss of wheat production is the way wheat pays for research through the state-by-state patchwork of commissions” that oversee the wheat checkoff programs. “When production falls, you have less funds to invest in research,” he said.NAWG will also support the political fight to secure Congress’ OK for the newly inked Trans Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade pact that is supported by large farm commodity groups who expect to see reduced obstacles to sales in TPP countries. Blankenship notes that 85% of wheat grown in the U.S. Pacific Northwest is exported, so any reduced barriers mean extra demand for his crop.last_img read more

13 killed, 6 hurt in U.P. shop explosion

first_imgThirteen people, including nine from West Bengal, were killed in an explosion at a shop here on Saturday afternoon which led to the collapse of three adjacent houses, officials said.Trapped under debrisSix persons were also injured in the incident. It is suspected that some people are still trapped under the debris and a rescue operation has been launched, they said. The blast took place at the shop in Rohta Bazaar, which was run by a man named Kaliyar Mansoori. His son was running a carpet factory behind the shop and its workers could be among those trapped under the debris, District Magistrate Rajendra Prasad said, adding the injured have been admitted to hospital. Locals claimed that Mansoori was also in the business of making illegal firecrackers.last_img

FIFA World Cup 2014: 8 funny memes on the Suarez ‘bite’ controversy

first_imgUruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy was followed by memes on Twitter showing Uruguay striker Luiz Suarez biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. This is the third time that Suarez has bitten a football player, with him facing a possible ban from FIFA.Under the hashtag #suarez,  #ITAvsURU, #cannibal and #BanSuarez, the twitterati brought out their humorous side through several witty memes, with reactions ranging from outrage to mirth.One of the memes shows him with vampire teeth, with the caption of ‘Count Suarez’. Another shows him wearing a muzzle worn by dogs to prevent from them biting humans. A video entitled “Suarez’s greatest hits” show the three times he bit other footballers, saying he has finally completed his hat-trick.Perhaps Luis Suarez of Uruguay should change his name to Count Suarez and move to Transylvania!! @David10TV your take DOM TIBERI (@DOMTIBERI) June 24, 2014Would love to see him play in a muzzle #suarez ** Paul Anderson ** (@Seggaboi) June 24, 2014Several tweeters came up with witty one-liners, such as “if you can’t beat them, bite them” and “Suarez is hoping to play Germany and try a shoulder of Lahm.”Posters of popular movies were morphed with the footballer’s face. One of them replaced the shark in the poster promoting the movie Jaws with Suarez. Another user even placed him in the poster of the movie Twilight, saying he would be an ideal candidate for the role of a vampire. Another of these movie memes show him wearing a mask of Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic killer, with the caption “Having an old friend for dinner.”advertisementYup Suarez would be fantastic casting. RT @SBNation: So stoked for this remake. Isheta Salgaocar (@IshetaS) June 24, 2014Who needs Jaws when you have Luis Suarez #URU #represent ? Deandra de Kretser (@deandrawhitney) June 25, 2014hannibal suarez joe conway (@joeconway50) June 25, 2014 A lot of brands saw the incidence as an opportunity to promote themselves. Snickers, the chocolate company, came out with the line, “More satisfying than Italians. Next time you’re hungry, grab a Snickers” while the Apple logo of an apple with a bite taken from it read “Suarez was here.”  Pizza Express told Suarez “if you ever want to bite into a tastier Italian, try our pizza.”Snickers troll Suarez for biting on Chiellini#WorldCup Before I Was Famous (@BeforeFamePics) June 24, 2014It’s confirmed,Luis Suarez is the one who bit the Apple logo #WorldCup Dignited (@Dignited) June 25, 2014Some were ecstatic with Suarez, since an online Norwegian gambling site had offered odds of 1:175 that Suarez would not bite anyone. 167 people made the bet, and one winner who put in 32 krone (a krone is worth about Rs. 10) walked away with 5600 krone after the match.QUALITY: A Norwegian punter placed a bet on Luis Suarez biting an opponent at this Summer’s World Cup! BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) June 24, 2014last_img read more



Drug peddler stabs Narayanganj police officer

first_imgA police officer was stabbed by a drug peddler during an anti-drug operation at Dorisonakanda area in Narayanganj port on Wednesday noon.The police officer Ilias Shah is a sub-inspector of Narayanganj port police station.Being tipped-off, a police team led by SI Shah, arrested a warranted drug peddler Rabiul Islam, son of Tukku Mia, who is influential in the community. Tukku tried to get his son released from the police and during a back-and-forth stabbed the sub-inspector on his chest, leaving him critically injured, said AKM Shahin Mondol, officer-in-charge of Narayanganj port police station.But the other police personnel accompanying them were able to arrest the father Tukku Mia and his son Rabiul Islam from the operation, the officer added.Later, the injured sub inspector rushed to local health complex and from where he transferred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as the condition deteriorated, said Dr Mahabub Alam, medical officer of port upazila health complex.last_img read more

Water transportation likely to resume Sunday

first_imgTransportation on the waterways is likely to resume from Sunday morning after a two-day suspension. UNB file photoTransportation on the waterways is likely to resume from Sunday morning after a two-day suspension, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority said Saturday, reports UNB.BIWTA joint director of Dhaka Port AKM Arif Uddin said that stormy wind is still prevailing although cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ has weakened.”So, using the water routes will not be safe today. Operations might resume tomorrow from 6:00am,” he said.Water transportation was suspended on Thursday morning after Fani intensified.The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower danger signal as ‘Fani’ has weakened into a land deep depression, the Met Office said.It was lying over Pabna-Tangail-Mymensingh region and adjoining areas at noon. ‘Fani’ is likely to move in a North-Northeasterly direction further.last_img read more