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Royal Navy Submarine HMS Triumph Returns to HM Naval Base Devonport

first_img View post tag: Royal View post tag: Devonport View post tag: Naval Royal Navy submarine HMS Triumph returned to HM Naval Base Devonport from the Mediterranean on Saturday 2 April after supporting international efforts to protect civilians in Libya over the past two weeks.Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles fired by the Trafalgar Class submarine were part of the coalition cruise missile strikes designed to defeat Colonel Gaddafi’s air defence system. The targets were carefully selected to avoid civilian casualties and strike a strategic blow at Gaddafi’s military installations in Libya as part of the NATO-led operation to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973, protecting civilians in Libya.HMS Triumph was flying the Jolly Roger flag from her fin as she entered her home port of Plymouth – a Royal Navy Submarine Service tradition which celebrates the completion of a successful combat mission where action has taken place, using the stealth and bravado for which the ‘Silent Service’ is renowned. On this occasion, the submarine had fired and targeted its missiles successfully, as directed by higher command, and returned without having been detected by any air, land or maritime units.HMS Triumph’s Commanding Officer, Commander Rob Dunn, praised his crew for their professionalism:“I am proud of my ship’s company,” he said. “They went about their duty and carried out all I asked of them in the most professional way.“They are naturally satisfied that they carried out an operational tasking using our Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles weapon system, which does not happen very often, but for which they are highly trained and prepared for at any time,” he continued.“This was a short-notice tasking for which HMS Triumph and the ship’s company were perfectly ready in terms of the crew’s training and the boat being at the peak of combat readiness and at sea. We received our orders and made high speed to our location to carry out our duty as only the unique capabilities of a Royal Navy submarine can enable us to do.”In recent history, HMS Triumph joined her sister submarine HMS Trafalgar in a task group participating in Operation VERITAS – the British contribution to the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.HMS Triumph’s main contribution during this period was to successfully fire Tomahawk cruise missiles at targets inside Afghanistan.The current HMS Triumph is the seventh Trafalgar Class submarine and the nineteenth nuclear-powered boat built for the Royal Navy. In February 1991 she was launched by her sponsor Mrs Ann Hamilton, wife of the then Armed Forces Minister Archie Hamilton. Following her commission in October 1991, HMS Triumph completed work-up and deployed around the world.In 1993 she conducted a 41,000-mile (66,000km) submerged transit to Australia which was, and remains, the longest unsupported solo passage by a nuclear submarine. HMS Triumph has since been refueled and refitted, enabling her to provide at least 15 years’ more active service.(mod)[mappress]Source: mod, April 5, 2011; View post tag: Base View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS April 5, 2011center_img View post tag: HM View post tag: Returns View post tag: Triumph Royal Navy Submarine HMS Triumph Returns to HM Naval Base Devonport Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Submarine HMS Triumph Returns to HM Naval Base Devonport View post tag: submarine Share this articlelast_img read more

Raunchy ‘Milton’ poem discovered

first_imgA sexually explicit poem thought to have been written by John Milton has sparked controversy amongst academics.The handwritten poem, titled “An Extempore upon a Faggot”, was discovered by Jennifer Batt, an English lecturer at Oxford, while reading a forgotten early 18th Century poetic anthology. Although it appears to be signed by Milton, there is doubt over whether the work can be attributed to the author of ‘Paradise Lost’.“To see the name of John Milton, the great religious and political polemicist, attached to such a bawdy epigram, is extremely surprising to say the least,” Dr Batt said.“The poem is so out of tune with the rest of his work, that if the attribution is correct, it would prompt a major revision of our ideas about Milton. It is likely that Milton’s name was used as an attribution to bring scandal upon the poet, perhaps by a jealous contemporary.”Dr Abigail Williams, who is leading the project at Oxford to digitise 18th Century poetic miscellanies in which this poem was found, said that at the time of the rhyme’s publication Milton “was much more famous for his politics and having sanctioned regicide than he was as a poet”. The rhyme “could have been written to discredit Milton, who had set himself up as a self-righteous puritan. The verse is saying, ‘Actually, he was just as dirty as the rest of us.’”An English student commented on the findings, saying, “Studying Milton would be much more exciting if all his work was like this”. An Extempore upon a Faggot Have you not in a chimney seen A Faggot which is moist and green How coyly it receives the Heat And at both ends do’s weep and sweat So fares it with a tender Maid When first upon her back she’s laid But like dry Wood th’ experienced Dame Cracks and rejoices in the Flame.last_img read more

LoBiondo to Appear on NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN’s New Day Monday

first_imgWHAT:                 CNN’s New Day WHEN:                 7:00 a.m.The hearing will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, March 20 in room 1100 of the Longworth Building. It will be live-streamed on the HPSCI website here.Who:                   House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI)What:                  Hearing on Russian active measures investigation (Open) When:                 Monday, March 20, 2017                                 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ETWhere:                Room 1100, Longworth Building The hearing witnesses include:James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of InvestigationMike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02), Chairman of the House CIA Subcommittee, will be questioning witnesses in the open House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing Monday, March 20th examining Russian activities in the 2016 election. Prior to the hearing LoBiondo is scheduled to appear on the following national news programs:SCHEDULE: Monday, March 20th  WHAT:                NPR’s Morning EditionWHEN:                 6:30 a.m.last_img read more

Weekly Market Review: July 8, 2019

first_imgThis material does not constitute a recommendation to engage in or refrain from a particular course of action. The information within has not been tailored for any individual. The opinions expressed herein are those of Michael A. Higley as of the date of writing and are subject to change. MML Investors Services, LLC (MMLIS) provides this article for informational purposes, and does not make any representations as to the accuracy or effectiveness of its content or recommendations. Mr. Higley is not an employee of MMLIS and any comments, opinions or facts listed are those of Mr. Higley.This commentary is brought to you courtesy of MML Investors Services, LLC (Member FINRA, Member SIPC). Past performance isn’t indicative of future performance. An index is unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index. Material discussed is meant for informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as specific tax, legal, or investment advice. Although the information has been gathered from sources believed to be reliable, it is not guaranteed. Please note that individual situations can vary therefore, the information should be relied upon when coordinated with individual professional advice. Clients must rely upon his or her own professional advisor before making decisions with respect to these matters. Here’s what Wall Street was anticipating last Friday: the June 2019 jobs report would show “weak” hiring by US employers, clearing the deck for the Federal Reserve to begin an “aggressive” series of interest rate cuts as soon as its next scheduled meeting that will take place 3 weeks from now. Instead, the +224,000 new jobs that were created last month represented a much stronger number than expected, suggesting that a slowdown to the nation’s 10-year old economic expansion may not be imminent after all. Until additional data surfaces that tells a different story, the downward slide (the yield on the 10-year Treasury note had fallen to 1.95% on Wednesday last week) in interest rates has stopped (source: BTN Research).Stock investors haven’t seen a better 1st half to a calendar year since 1997. The S&P 500 was up +18.5% YTD (total return) through 6/30/19, then proceeded to add on another +2.1 percentage points last week, bringing the YTD gain to +20.6%. That result, more than twice the index’s trailing 50-year average annual return of +9.8%, comes despite trade war jitters and a slowing global economy (source: BTN Research).However, the US economy continues to grow (up +3.1% in the 1st quarter 2019), but it’s not because we’re shopping at the local malls. 7,037 retail stores closed in the 1st half of 2019, more closures than in all of 2018 (5,864) and on pace to surpass the all-time record for closures (8,139) set just 2 years ago (source: Coresight Research).Notable Numbers for the Week:MALL WOES – 4 of the 6 worst performing stocks in the S&P 500 YTD through 6/30/19 are departmentstores or clothing retailers (source: BTN Research).LONGEST IN HISTORY – The US economic expansion began its 11th year (i.e., 121st month) a week ago today on 7/01/19, making it the longest-running expansion in our nation’s history based upon government data that has been maintained since 1854 or for 165 years (source: National Bureau of Economic Research).FROM LOWEST TO LAST WEEK – The yield on the 10-year Treasury note closed at 1.36% on 7/08/16 (i.e., 3 years ago today), its lowest closing yield ever. 10-year notes have been traded in the USA since 1790, i.e., 229 years of trading. The yield on the 10-year note closed last Friday 7/05/19 at 2.04% (source: Treasury Department).HOME DEBT – 65% of the debt of Americans as of 3/31/19 is mortgage debt, i.e., $10.4 trillion of mortgages out of $16.1 trillion of total household debt (source: Federal Reserve).last_img read more

GRiZ Deletes Instagram, Releases Animated Video Of Inspired Spoken-Word Poetry

first_imgIn the past week, DJ and producer GRiZ has been teasing a big change on the horizon for him, posting an image of blurred-out pieces of papers with the caption “it’s about time we talked” on Wednesday and noting on Twitter on Tuesday, “I’m gonna miss u guysssss.”While these cryptic clues had many fans in a panic about his retirement (at time of publication, he is still scheduled to perform the first weekend of Electric Forest with the GRiZ Live Band), it seems as though the artist, also known as Grant Kwiecinski, is looking for a clean slate. He’s recently deleted his Instagram, leaving only a new picture of a blank piece of paper, implying that he’s looking for a fresh start and will be focusing on new projects in the coming months.However, today, Kwiecinski posted a brand-new animated video him reciting spoken-word poetry over cascading keys provided by Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live), further bolstering rumors that in future months he will be focusing on new projects and collaborations outside his GRiZ persona. Throwing back to his Wednesday post, his poetry in the video frequently repeats the phrase, “it’s about time we talked,” and addresses larger societal issues.You can watch the video, which was shot by Josiah Jones, animated by Gabyo, and directed by Jason Siegel, below.last_img read more

University asks Supreme Court to review HHS case

first_imgIn May 2012, Notre Dame filed its initial lawsuit for relief from Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.Two years and four months later, after several rounds of denials and appeals, the University’s attorneys filed paperwork Friday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, citing the Court’s June ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s decision not to provide certain types of birth control in its health insurance plan.“The University of Notre Dame … asked the U.S. Supreme Court, in light of its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. to vacate an opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and remand our case for consideration,” Paul Browne, the University’s vice president for public affairs and communications, said in a statement. “The 7th Circuit had denied Notre Dame’s request for a temporary restraining order regarding government-mandated contraceptive services.“In [this] filing, Notre Dame continues to challenge the federal mandate as an infringement on our fundamental right to the free exercise of our Catholic faith.”Sara Shoemake Notre Dame’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services argues that the provision of the Affordable Care Act that orders health care plans to cover contraceptives violates its religious beliefs, even if the University isn’t paying for the coverage. The University currently provides the coverage through its third-party health care administrator, Meritain Health, in accordance with the accommodation available to religious employers.In the filing, attorneys Matthew Kairis and Noel Francisco wrote that “the lower courts declined to protect the University of Notre Dame du Lac from being forced to violate its religious beliefs by participating in a regulatory scheme to provide its employees and students with coverage for abortion-inducing products, contraceptives and sterilization.”The petition argues that the 7th Circuit Court’s decision “cannot be reconciled” with the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby.“Contrary to Hobby Lobby’s clear command, the 7th Circuit chose to conduct a lengthy analysis of whether Notre Dame was correct in its assertion that the actions it must take to comply with the accommodation would ‘make the University an accomplice in the provision of contraception, in violation of Catholic doctrine,” the petition states. “The 7th Circuit failed to appreciate that whether a particular action makes the University complicit in the provision of contraceptive coverage is a religious judgment, rooted in Catholic teachings regarding the permissible degree of entanglement in illicit conduct.”The petition further argues that the accommodation allowing Notre Dame to provide the contraceptive coverage through Meritain Health still imposes “a substantial burden” since Notre Dame still has a religious objection to maintaining that contractual relationship.“The government has effectively ‘poisoned’ the insurance market for Notre Dame, making it impossible to offer health coverage consistent with its religious beliefs,” the attorneys wrote. “Just as a Mormon might refuse to hire a caterer that insisted on serving alcohol to his wedding guests, or a Jew might refuse to hire a caterer determined to serve pork at his son’s bar mitzvah, it violates Notre Dame’s religious beliefs to hire or maintain a relationship with any third party that will provide contraceptive care to its plan beneficiaries.”In June, Notre Dame law professor Rick Garnett told The Observer that Hobby Lobby was not yet technically eligible for the same accommodation as Notre Dame since it is a for-profit, nonreligious corporation. However, “it is still an open question whether the revised mandate violates the [Religious Freedom Restoration] Act as applied to Notre Dame and other religious employers.”However, both Hobby Lobby and Notre Dame “are both entitled to invoke the [Religious Freedom Restoration Act]’s protections,” which was enacted by Congress to provide more generous accommodations to religious objectors than the Constitution requires, Garnett said.In an essay published on the SCOTUS blog, law professor and director of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture O. Carter Snead wrote that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision “follows from the most natural and straightforward reading of [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act], given both its text and the jurisprudence in which it is situated.”The attorneys’ argument in the petition concurs with Snead’s analysis of the accommodation in his essay.“The accommodation in this context forces the religious employer to say ‘no’ in a manner that functions as a legally operative ‘yes,’” Snead wrote.Tags: ACA, contraceptive mandate, HHS Lawsuit, HHS Mandate, Hobby Lobby, Meritain Health, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, U.S. Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Leadership lessons from Frank Underwood and famous TV bosses

first_imgLove him or hate him, House of Cards’ Frank Underwood is a captivating television personality whose powers of persuasion lead him all the way to our country’s highest ranking position, Commander in Chief. Although Underwood is corrupt, manipulative, and in many ways evil, he understands his weaknesses as well as his strengths and uses both to climb the political ladder.Despite his many villainous traits, Underwood is determined to reach his goals and is never intimidated no matter what obstacles he faces. Like Underwood, the following three famous television bosses, although incredibly flawed, possess leadership qualities we can learn from.Tony SopranoAs the dangerous head of a New Jersey crime family, Soprano is controlling and strong, but also conflicted. He cares deeply for his family and friends but is also motivated by power and money. Many of his actions throughout the series are despicable, but there is something to be said for his ability to command respect from everyone around him. Soprano knows when to assert his authority and he is consistently strategic regarding business and personal life decisions.Don DraperDespite his murky past, Mad Men’s Draper is a force to be reckoned with in the advertising world. He understands his place within the business and knows what to bring to the table to achieve company success. He values in-person exchanges and knows the importance of connecting deeply with clients. Despite his business achievements, he often lets his personal life and bad habits interfere with his work. He learns over time the importance of self-improvement and the need for work-life balance.Michael ScottAlthough he is often clueless, The Office’s Michael Scott regards himself as the “world’s best boss,” even though his subordinates may not always agree. He cares about running a fun work environment, but also tries too hard to be friends with those he leads. Although he makes them feel important, Scott has a difficult time establishing himself as their superior. Because of his inability to assert himself, his direct reports often have trouble respecting him and taking him seriously. It’s important that all leaders find the right balance between running an enjoyable office environment and providing the necessary structure for company success. 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges House Leaders to Hold Vote on Severance Tax

first_img October 24, 2017 Governor Wolf Urges House Leaders to Hold Vote on Severance Tax Budget News,  Economy,  Energy,  Environment,  Press Release,  Severance Tax,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement calling on House Republican leaders to consider severance tax legislation for a vote:“It is well past time for House Republican leaders to allow for a vote on a commonsense severance tax that will make oil and gas companies finally pay their fair share. A majority of Pennsylvanians support a severance tax, along with many Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate, and Pennsylvania should no longer be the only gas-producing state in the country without one. I am calling on the House to hold a vote on a severance tax this week.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Spacious and gracious, this family home has something for everyone

first_img11 Bartlett Avenue, MundingburraUpstairs offers a dedicated bedroom wing, kitchen, dining and another large room which could be a lounge or a formal family space.Upstairs front and back patios are also a feature.There’s still room for adding your own upgrades and styling.“Mundingburra is also one of those suburbs with big trees. It’s just a nice place to live for a family,” Mr Spinella said.“Mundingburra is definitely becoming more popular again with more than 40 properties on the market.” YOU just have to take one look at this property to understand why it has won over the hearts and minds of a Townsville family.Currently under contract in the high $400,000s, 11 Bartlett Ave in Mundingburra is set to become home to a growing family after only four weeks on the market.Listing agent Giovanni Spinella, who took the property to auction this month, said it was the property’s size that helped seal the deal.“The home sits in a unique pocket and the size of the home is just unheard of,” he said. “There are only 15 homes in the street and they all sit on large-sized land parcels.” 11 Bartlett Avenue, MundingburraThe 1591sq m allotment was certainly a rare find for its new owners, with the home located in the centre of town with its own bore water. There is a wonderful large concrete swimming pool and with the two big shady mango trees this is the best place to enjoy the many holidays and seasons ahead.The classic double-storey brick home has plenty of space to enjoy.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The two levels are joined internally with a classic marble staircase which adds so much character to the residence.Downstairs has two garages and a massive living area with a bar area, office and bathroom and a fully self-contained granny flat which is perfect for visitors or the extended family.last_img read more

One Dominican shot dead and another captured in St. Vincent

first_img Tweet LocalNews One Dominican shot dead and another captured in St. Vincent by: – July 13, 2011 Sharing is caring! 19 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share Police Commissioner, Cyril Carrtte. Photo credit: GIS NewsPolice Commisioner, Cyril Carrette has confirmed the shooting death of a Calibishie man in St. Vincent. He said in an interview with DBS News that two Dominicans were on a boat transporting drugs and a shootout ensued.“I received information from the Police in St. Vincent  yesterday informing me that a Dominican boat was intercepted by the Vincentian Coast Guard on the shore in St. Vincent and there was a shootout with the Police and one Dominican was shot dead and another Dominican was captured and a Vincentian was captured as well. It also said that aproximately thirty-one (31) kilos of cocaine was found on the boat and some marijuana. The information I have is that the boat was heading to Dominica but was still on shore in St. Vincent.”Mr. Carette describes the incident as a very serious one, and will not deter the Police Department in their fight against drug trafficking.“Well it is a very serious matter and we are working collaboratively with our counterparts because there has been an increase in drug activities because they are trying to tighten up in the Latin American countries in places like Mexico where they had these drugs going up to the United States of America and now we are seeing more frequent movements of these crafts carrying drugs to the region. It is indeed very serious but we will not relent in our efforts at pursuing those drug traffickers and trying to bring them to justice.”The Commissioner has not released the name of the man who died in the incident nor the other which was captured by the Vincentian Police authorities.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more