HMS Somerset to Return Home After Six-Month Deployment

first_img February 22, 2012 View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Somerset to Return Home After Six-Month Deployment An emotional homecoming is expected when the Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset returns to HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, on Friday (24 February) following a six-month deployment to the Middle East.HMS Somerset’s second-in-command Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ben Aldous, said:“Our homecoming is a long and eagerly anticipated conclusion to a lengthy deployment. “Although Somerset is well-equipped and her ship’s company well-trained, it cannot be under-estimated how well the spirit and moral of the team is bolstered by the support of family and friends at home. It is going to be an emotional day.”HMS Somerset has remained at sea for up to six weeks continuously at any one time and visited Oman, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and the Seychelles.Whilst in various ports the crew engaged with their host nations on a variety of issues ranging from maritime security tactics to playing football; all of which served to strengthen international co-operation based on the shared need to protect maritime trade routes.The crew of the Type 23 frigate achieved some operational successes as well as providing life-saving assistance to stranded fishermen.The homecoming is expected to be very moving; many of the sailors have not seen loved ones for many months, including separation over Christmas. As well as crowds waving to welcome the ship at Devil’s Point in Plymouth Sound, families will gather inside the naval base and joined by the rousing music of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.Throughout her deployment Somerset’s ship’s company have remained ready to respond to any tasking. She has predominantly been working under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) as part of a task force which patrols the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman.It is a multi-national endeavour and exists to create a lawful and stable maritime environment free from terrorism, smuggling and piracy. Her principal mission was to deter, disrupt and defeat such actions.Powerful and versatile with the capability to operate anywhere in the world, the Type 23 frigate is the mainstay of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet. The 13 Type-23 frigates form half of the frigate/destroyer force in the Royal Navy. Originally designed for the principal task of anti-submarine warfare, they have evolved into multi-purpose ships.As well as warfare roles, these ships conduct embargo operations using boarding teams, disaster relief work and surveillance operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 22, 2012; Image: royalnavy HMS Somerset to Return Home After Six-Month Deployment View post tag: after View post tag: Return View post tag: HMS View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: home View post tag: Somerset View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: Six-month View post tag: Deployment Share this articlelast_img read more

Skylight, Starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, Opens on Broadway

first_img View Comments The Broadway revival of David Hare’s Skylight opens officially at the Golden Theatre on April 2. Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy return to Broadway in the Stephen Daldry-helmed show, which depicts an unprompted and heated reunion between two past paramours.The whole gang’s there; in addition to Nighy and Mulligan as Tom and Kyra, respectively, the sketch features Broadway newcomer Matthew Beard as Edward. Oh, and there’s a big pot of spaghetti bolognese. Naturally.Happy opening to the cast of Skylight. Enjoy that bolognese (and maybe save some for us)! Skylight Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015center_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Related Showslast_img read more

Air Pollution Woes Prompt China to Close Coal Mines and Generating Plants in 3 Cities

first_imgAir Pollution Woes Prompt China to Close Coal Mines and Generating Plants in 3 Cities FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:BEIJING—China has ordered three northern cities to stop approving new projects that would add to air pollution after they failed to meet air quality targets this past winter.The mayors of Handan in Hebei province and Jincheng and Yangquan in Shanxi province were given the orders after being summoned to a meeting at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment in Beijing on Thursday to account for their actions during a recent campaign against smog.The meeting came after the cities failed to meet targets to cut levels of hazardous, breathable particles known as PM2.5 over the October 2017 to March 2018 period. China launched a campaign last October to reduce average concentrations of PM2.5 by between 10-25 percent in 28 northern cities in an effort hit 2013-2017 air quality targets.[Handan’s mayor, Wang Litong,] said the city planned to close another 300,000 tonnes of steelmaking capacity, 1.1 million tonnes of coal-producing capacity and 268 megawatts of coal-fired power by August. He said three officials have been fired and 14 given warnings.After struggling for years to force growth-obsessed local governments to toe the line, China’s beefed-up environment ministry now has the authority to hold officials to account for failing to comply with pollution policies. The war on pollution is now a key performance indicator that could determine an official’s promotion prospects, and local authorities said last year that senior officials could even face dismissal if they failed to meet the winter targets.More: China Bans New Polluting Projects In Three Cities: Ministrylast_img read more

Clayfield house to be demolished to make way for “monster”

first_imgAgent Emil Juresic bought the property on behalf of his family company, NGU Corp Luxury Developments.It was the first time the post-war house had been on the market in 34 years, and more than 50 people turned out to watch it go under the hammer.Quickly after Ray White Queensland’s chief auctioneer Mitch Peereboom opened the auction a bid of $700,000 was yelled from the crowd.Another bidder swiftly raised that figure to $800,000, before Mr Juresic chimed in with a bid of $1 million.Some of the 13 registered bidders threw in smaller bids of $25,000 and $10,000, but their efforts were futile, with Mr Juresic continually raising the price with little hesitation. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThere was a semi-enclosed sunroom at the front of the house.Mr Peereboom called a break on the auction at $1.16 million, before he came back and announced the house on the market at $1.2 million, with Mr Juresic again in the lead.A male duo threw in a number of $10,000 bids, however, bowed out of the competition when it became evident Mr Juresic was not going to surrender.The house sold under the hammer to Mr Juresic for $1.25 million — a staggering 14 times what it was last sold for.According to CoreLogic data, the house was last purchased in 1985 for $85,000. Queensland’s most ‘clicked’ properties of 2018 Emil Juresic’s company also built this house at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane.The marketing agent Shenal Yigitbas, of Ray White Ascot, said the sale had been an emotional one for the vendors as the property was a deceased estate, but they were pleased with the outcome.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Inside 10 Union St, Clayfield.Mr Juresic said he had bought the property under the name of his family’s company, NGU Corp Luxury Developments, and planned to build a house that would attract a multimillion-dollar price tag.“We have built a beautiful home at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, that we sold for $4 million, and we are going to probably build a home very similar to that on this block of land,” Mr Juresic said.“The street is fantastic and I don’t think there is enough good product for people to buy (in Clayfield) when it comes to really high end.“Here we have to build something that is going to complement the street (and) here there are a lot of character homes as well, so that is why we are going to build a monster.” The property at 10 Union St, Clayfield, sold for $1.25 million.A Clayfield house will be bulldozed after it was bought by local real estate agent and property developer Emil Juresic at auction on Saturday.Mr Juresic has vowed to knock the 10 Union St house and build a modern “monster” in its place.last_img read more