Share this article February 15, 2018 South China Sea stint View post tag: HMS Sutherland View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Asia Pacific deployment: Royal Navy frigate honors sunken HMAS Sydney Once the frigate wraps up activities with the Royal Australian Navy, it is scheduled to sail towards the South China Sea. Once there, Sutherland is expected to challenge China’s territorial claims in disputed areas of the South China Sea, as announced by the UK defense minister Gavin Williamson during a two-day visit to Sydney and Canberra this week.The defense secretary did not specify whether the frigate would sail within 12 miles of the disputed shoals or artificial structures as US warships regularly do during freedom of navigation operations.Responding to Williamson’s announcement, China’s foreign ministry said that a ll countries were “entitled to the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea as per international law.”“We hope that relevant parties, especially non-regional countries, could respect the efforts made by regional countries to safeguard peace and stability in the region. As I said last week, when the South China Sea is enjoying gentle breezes and calm waves, there shall not be any attempt to set winds blowing and waves rolling,” foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. Asia Pacific deployment: Royal Navy frigate honors sunken HMAS Sydney HMS Sutherland, a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate on a deployment to Asia Pacific, stopped in the Eastern Indian Ocean to honor the sunken Royal Australian Navy cruiser HMAS Sydney.The wreck of the wartime cruiser HMAS Sydney lies off the west coast of Australia and 500 miles northwest of Perth.Sydney was lost with all 645 men aboard, the only allied warship in the six years of war sunk with all hands.Sutherland is the first British warship to visit Australia in five years – and the first Royal Navy vessel to pass over the wreck of the Sydney since it was discovered a decade ago.So the Plymouth-based frigate paused on her journey to the naval base at Fremantle to pay her respects with a dawn service of commemoration for the crew of the Sydney and the 82 men of the German merchant raider Kormoran killed in the same encounter.“The battle between HMAS Sydney and the Kormoran is a tragic story in the history of the Royal Australian Navy – and for us all as fellow mariners,” said Sutherland’s commanding officer Commander Andrew Canale.“As we were passing the site of these historic wrecks – and as the tenth anniversary of their find approaches – it felt right to pay our respects to those who fought and died in World War 2.“HMS Sutherland is about to embark on three weeks of exercises with the Royal Australian Navy, so it is also a timely reminder of the deep bonds that exist between our two navies.”Sutherland is on a lengthy deployment to Australia and the Pacific Rim. She is due to arrive in Fremantle on Friday, the first of four ports she’ll visit in the Commonwealth country. View post tag: Royal Navy Authorities
The Student Union Board (SUB) recently announced that the much anticipated spring concern will feature The Roots, the current house band for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” on Saturday night in the Stepan Center.“The biggest consideration for us is that we book a performer that Notre Dame students actually want to see,” said concert programmer Marie Wicht, a junior. “We really believe that The Roots will be one of the best concerts Notre Dame has ever had.”Named as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 20 live acts in the world, The Roots recently performed at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and have released a total of 13 albums since 1993. The Philadelphia hip-hop group has also won numerous awards, including several Grammys, Wicht said. She said deciding on The Roots “was what took the bulk of our time.”The concert planning process began last spring, but once an offer letter was sent out, The Roots signed the contract in about a week, she said. “In comparison with the other contenders, they stood out as having a great, award-winning history and are known for their fantastic live performances,” Wicht said. “Once the results from the student body survey came in, The Roots became one of our top options.”Of the seven genres listed on the survey, hip-hop was the clear preference, said senior Brian Hagerty, the concert’s co-programmer along with Wicht. “When we narrowed down our options based on price and availability, we felt that The Roots would put on the best concert and would generate the most excitement among the student body,” he said. Hagerty said they did their best to find a group that directly responded to the requests of the student body. Mike Posner, a singer, songwriter and producer who has collaborated with various artists, including Kid Cudi and 3OH!3, will open for The Roots. Known for his mixed tapes and high-energy shows, Posner is also scheduled to be a part of this summer’s Warped Tour. Tickets for the SUB spring concert went on sale Tuesday morning and can be purchased at the LaFortune Box Office for $10. Only 1,500 tickets are available and both Wicht and Hagerty said they expect the show to sell out.
McGlinn Hall will hold their annual Casino Night on Friday, inviting students to deal, gamble and practice their skills while raising money for St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend, the dorm’s primary community partner.Last year’s fundraiser broke the dorm’s record and raised over $3,000, junior Molly Zachlin, one of the students spearheading the event, said. All of the money goes directly to the school. In the past, funds have helped supply new gym floors and transportation for the students and teachers.Continuing their support for St. Adalbert, students from McGlinn and Fischer Hall also tutor students at the school for an hour each week, using Casino Night to further their involvement with the students’ well-being, Zachlin said.“It’s a really good relationship we have between two schools,” she said.Zachlin started planning for the fundraiser as early as October. She said the hard work of the McGlinn commissioners always pays off. The students hope to make the fundraiser as successful as last year, not only for St. Adalbert’s, but for the Notre Dame community as well, she added.In addition to the charitable aspect of the event, Casino Night is also an opportunity for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students to gather and enjoy fellowship, food and a variety of classic casino games, Zachlin said. The games offered at the event include Texas Hold’em, Roulette and Blackjack.Zachlin said perhaps the most exciting of the games is the Texas Hold’em tournament, with students competing against each other until a first and second-place winner are crowned. The first-place winner will take home a $100 Amazon gift card, while the runner-up will walk away with a $50 Amazon card.In addition to the tournament prizes, winning students in every game of the night can expect gift cards to the Hammes Bookstore and to a variety of local restaurants.The event works by allotting students a set amount of fake money to gamble throughout the night.“This fake money is then exchanged for raffle tickets for a chance to win tons of great prizes and gift cards or to purchase mocktails,” sophomore Alisa Nguyen, a co-commissioner of the event, said in an email.The event’s fun, classy but casual atmosphere makes it stands out among other dorm gatherings, Zachlin said.“It’s pretty unique compared to other dorm events,” she said. “We try to get a little classy. The McGlinn girls definitely dress up a little more nicely, and it’s a really fun time.”Tickets went on presale for $5, but they are still available at the door for $7. Nguyen said she urges students to consider attending.“Casino Night is a high-energy environment that facilitates community and fun,” she said. “It’s a chance to relax with friends, enjoy good food and music, meet new people and show off your poker face — all while helping raise money for St. Adalbert’s.”Tags: Gambling, McGlinn Casino Night, McGlinn Hall, poker face, St. Adalbert’s
Diálogo: During your presentation, and in one of the panels at CENTSEC, you thanked the United States and Colombia. Why? Diálogo: The Commander of the Military Forces of Colombia, General Rodríguez Barragán, believes the Colombian model of fighting criminal organizations is a model that can be exported. Do you also believe in this model where the armed forces work together with your country’s National Police to fight drug trafficking? These types of seizures are part of the efforts undertaken by the Honduran government and Armed Forces to reduce the number of homicides in the country. Gen. Álvarez: First, because we are partners both as Armed Forces and as nations, and we are very grateful for the support these two great countries – as well as other countries – have offered us. We could say the same about Chile and Brazil… But we have been closer to the United States and Colombia, mostly due to some agreements we signed with these countries that include a commitment and agreement to provide technical assistance related to infrastructure, equipment, cooperation, and personnel training and education. More specifically, we are working together in the fight against organized crime and other transnational threats. It is worth mentioning that we have had an agreement with the United States since 1954, and have counted on the commitment of the Colombian government and Armed Forces to our country. This is a very special recognition we make towards all those who leave their own country to be here with us – and we have quite a large number of Military personnel and police advisors providing this type of support here – given the expertise they have in fighting organized crime with very positive results. Gen. Álvarez: This activity results from the strategy designed by the government of Honduras through the development of an interagency security force that joins together all agencies involved in combating crime, organized crime, and drug trafficking. Plan Morazán was set into motion by bringing together all counter drug-trafficking activities in a coordinated way and managed by this force. Of course, our country’s president is determined to make sure this plan is carried out together with the Defense and Security Council, which is made up of the three branches of government, the Office of the Public Prosecutor, the ministers of Security and Defense and their directors, as well as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, which meets every week. We are constantly meeting to see whether these objectives are being met and if our goals are being reached. In other words, it is an interagency commitment. This interagency force has six national agencies which are responsible for combating organized crime. In addition to the Public Security Forces, the National Police, and the Armed Forces, which are represented there, we count on the judicial branch, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the investigation authorities, so that we are all working and contributing together to the same efforts. All this has contributed to having the matters of crime and combating crime in the forefront of our minds. It is not just one single institution doing it, but all of us together. Through this interagency security force, we have attempted to create, or at least to propose judicial reforms that may benefit a larger part of the population when they are threatened by this type of crime. It will also contribute to putting an end to crime in general by adopting measures or amending sections of the legislation, or even proposing new legislation to face these criminal activities. That is what has taken place in Honduras. We have created judges to hear special crimes – such as extortion – and we created a system of judges with national jurisdiction. All these judicial measures and types of legislation have greatly enhanced our ability to combat crime. Diálogo: Is there anything else still that needs to be done, Gen. Álvarez? By Dialogo May 17, 2016 Diálogo: Can you talk about one of the methods you used to lower the homicide rate in Honduras so much in one year? Gen. Álvarez: We will continue this fight, and continue to lower the crime rate. Organized crime and drug trafficking are real giants, and we are not saying we have surpassed these giants. We have overcome many hurdles, we have moved forward in this fight, but we are not done yet, there is still a lot to do. We can only hope that after this period, the success of those involved in combating crime gives rise to more favorable conditions in which the state may engage in further efforts to improve the country’s social conditions. Some of these efforts are already being undertaken, but we need to work more in improving healthcare, education, and other social aspects to have a more equitable society instead of just having to concentrate on fighting crime. Diálogo: So what you are telling us is that the Colombian Military are actually training the Honduran Armed Forces? To talk about this and other related topics, Diálogo interviewed Major General Francisco Isaías Álvarez Urbina, chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, during the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC 2016) which was held in San José, Costa Rica, from April 6th-8th. During a recent presentation on Information Operations at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Honduras pointed out that just in the last two years, security forces found and destroyed seven drug labs in Honduras. Many of these were found in the region of Colón and processed cocaine. Gen. Álvarez: Each country has its own way of doing things, its own way of legislating, its own way of carrying out any required actions. And, of course, we have our own. We know that Colombia has had great results with the model they implemented which, thankfully, has at least led the country into signing some peace treaties. This is great for Central America, but as a matter of fact, there are other threats that haunt us. We hope this same model – which has been so successful for them – can also bring results to the other countries. Each country has their own truth, their own reality. It is a matter for each country to consider and review this model proposed by Colombia and which has worked very well for them, and we, in our own country can testify to its positive results, but this does not mean that all the other countries will necessarily think of it the same way. But we really should think about the model’s strengths; we have worked with this plan and obtained good results against organized crime in our country. We managed to lower the number of homicides. In one year, it has gone down 10 percentage points, and that is a major aspect to consider. Sure, we have major threats, but we also have great challenges and hurdles ahead of us. In fact, as the Armed Forces, we are doing exactly that: targeting our efforts towards these challenges. Gen. Álvarez: We have a training agreement, so there is an exchange of students from different educational levels and from the educational centers we have, i.e. Military, academic, and training centers. We offer training for their officers and some type of exchange program to train their Special Forces. This is all a result of agreements and treaties we have signed with the countries with which we cooperate for this type of assistance. Diálogo: Are you satisfied with the exchange of intelligence between Honduras and other countries, especially your neighboring countries? Gen. Álvarez: We always hold a very positive conference, which, actually, has always brought about significant results. It is the Conference of the Central American Armed Forces and Armies (CFAC), which is very good. At CFAC, we not only build confidence among the different countries and among the different armed institutions, but we also share information and training among the countries and their armed forces. Special centers have been implemented to train and prepare for natural disasters, and also to be able to carry a message of peace from Central America to the other countries through the international missions we participate in. This is why there is an environment of cooperation among the institutions and the countries of Central America. After all, we do have a unique issue, which is that we have to face many threats, and we can only do this in a united way. So we now have a system to exchange information, and we have finally moved away from the myth of mistrust. Now, there is trust among the countries. In fact, we conduct joint border operations, each on their side of the border, but we patrol together. We exchange not only information, but we constantly meet in order to discuss and assess threats that concern us all in Central America, because we know that if the countries work together, Central America will prevail in this fight.
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Australian skipper was concerned about his World Cup spot. Aaron Finch believes that his Test career is over. Australia will start their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan. He further mentioned, “In the back of your mind you think: ‘there’s a World Cup not far away, as a captain of the side I could be left out’. Then you start putting unnecessary pressure on yourself to perform. (Recent good form) just re-assured me that I still am a pretty good player. You don’t lose your skill overnight.”Finch had led Australia to their first ever ODI series after 2009, despite being 2-0 down and then went on to whitewash Pakistan 5-0 in UAE. However, at home against India, Finch managed 26 runs in 3 matches, but in India, he made a 93 in the 3rd ODI in Ranchi and was later named Man of the Series against Pakistan.Finch has however admitted that his Test career is over after he managed just 97 runs in six innings against India and was then dropped for the 4th Tests and the next two Tests against Sri Lanka.“My chances to play Test cricket again have probably slipped away. I gave it everything I could, and I didn’t leave any stone unturned. The reality was, the Indian bowlers were better than me at the time. Looking back now, it’d be a lot easier to make that decision (to not go to every training session). It’s just unfortunate that I probably won’t get that chance again,” he signed off. New Delhi: The Australian Cricket Board named Aaron Finch has the captain for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. While Australia will go into the tournament to defend their World Cup title, the skipper admitted to being anxious about his place in the ODI squad for the mega ICC event, given his prolonged slump with the bat in 2019.Finch, who last month made two centuries and two scores in 90s against Pakistan in a five-match ODI series in the UAE, had a 21-innings run in limited-overs cricket, where he didn’t manage to hit a single fifty. He has now said that despite his late run-scoring feats, he felt that CA selectors might not pick him in the team, let alone being named the captain for the ICC World Cup 2019.“(I was feeling) huge anxiety based on a World Cup coming up, being captain of the side and not having the output I wanted,” he said. “I was getting really frustrated that, again, I was preparing and doing everything I thought I could to succeed but it just wasn’t happening. I don’t know why. It was probably just my own mindset, I was starting to think a bit negatively,” Finch was quoted as saying by Melbourne radio station SEN. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
THE passage of two significant resolutions was among the many issues addressed when the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) on Saturday 25 convened its Ordinary Congress at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Liliendaal.The first resolution, which was unanimously passed, amended Article 10 (b) of the Constitution that had stipulated “the eight Elite Clubs” would form part of the GFF’s membership and replaced it instead with “the Elite Clubs.”This resolution was aimed at curing the defect that occurs whenever a club is relegated and replaced by another one.The resolution further stipulated that there will be a system of promotion and relegation of one club in the Elite League at the conclusion of each Elite League Competition.It also stated that the champion club at the National Association Qualification playoff will be promoted to the Elite League, while the lowest-placed club in the Elite League will be relegated to the Regional Association upon ratification by congress.The second resolution was passed by majority after the presentation of the findings of a GFF-appointed inquiry into the long-festering issues surrounding the sale of hosting rights in the October 12, 2012 Guyana versus Mexico World Cup Qualification match.Other issues addressed in that resolution were the absence of evidence to indicate the reason for sale of hosting rights, and that the decision to play the game in the USA was the collective will of the GFF.However, the investigation did not discover any evidence of criminal misconduct by the GFF Executive Committee (ExCo).The players’ decision to negotiate a profit-sharing agreement outside of their tournament compensation schedule on the eve of the game was inappropriate and was done in bad faith.Additionally, the investigation did not discover any evidence that a binding legal contract for profit-sharing existed between the GFF and the players.In recognition of the country’s progress to that stage of the World Cup qualification process, an ex-gratia payment of five hundred United States dollars will be made to each player who was registered to play in that October 12, 2012 game.Even though the GFF considers this matter officially closed, the ExCo reserves the right to investigate any new evidence brought to its attention in the future.Apart from the resolutions, President of the GFF, Wayne Forde, in his opening address, thanked all GFF members and the ExCo for their contributions in advancing the game.He indicated that this remarkable period of stability in football has resulted in exceptional progress in every department of the game, on and off the field of play.He outlined the six key goals the ExCo adopted that were responsible for the game to be moving in the right direction. These were: good governance; improved facilities; capacity- building; forging corporate and social relationships; improved financial management; and improved livelihoods for the players.The president also singled out a number of noteworthy achievements during the past year and these included the historic qualification of the Senior Golden Jaguars for the Concacaf Gold Cup.The significant role played by corporate partners such as the National Milling Company of Guyana (NAMILCO); Pele Alumni Corporation; Guyana Beverage Inc.; Ansa McAl Trading; and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) was also noted.The congress also noted the role of ExCo Member Dion Inniss for overseeing the successful and historic hosting of the FIFA Development Conference on May 14-15 and the Den Amstel Football Club for winning the Stag Super 16 KO tournament;Other issues over which congress deliberated included a presentation by the Director of Competitions, Ian Alves. Alves’s presentation centred on the proposed Federation Cup, slated to commence in August this year, involving all 10 Elite League Clubs plus 14 clubs from Regional Member Associations.
1 TEAM NEWS: Liverpool XI to face Sunderland Liverpool will look to make it back-to-back wins tonight after a slight wobble in form for the first time under Jurgen Klopp.The German manager has named his team, with the injured Divock Origi dropping out and Belgian forward Christian Benteke has returned to the starting XI in his place.Daniel Sturridge, who said he is fit and ready to go this week, is not in the squad as his manager is being cautious not to rush him back to action.James Milner is out and Jordon Ibe returns to the bench after illness.The home side, meanwhile, have lost all four of their Premier League matches in December and they are seven points from safety ahead of their final match of 2015.Sunderland’s defence may be strengthened in the New Year, with Lorient centre-back Lamine Kone rumoured to be close to joining.Here are tonight’s teams:Sunderland XI: Mannone, Jones, Coates, Brown, Van Aanholt, Cattermole (C), M’Vila, Rodwell, Johnson, Borini, Defoe.Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho, Benteke