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Australian, US Navy start diving exercise in Sydney

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australian, US Navy start diving exercise in Sydney View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Dugong View post tag: Royal Australian Navy November 7, 2016 Authorities Share this article Australian, US Navy start diving exercise in Sydney Navy divers from Australia and the United States are set to start training activities in Sydney on November 8 to improve their skills and inter-operability.Exercise Dugong 16 brings together more than 50 specialist divers and support staff for two weeks of training on underwater construction techniques, underwater damage repair, search and salvage, shipping hazard removal, medical and communication techniques.Commander of the Australian mine warfare clearance diving task group commander Etienne Mulder, said the annual exercise provided Australian and US Navy divers with a chance to share knowledge and develop their skills.“Maintaining freedom of navigation and movement through sea lanes is vital to Australia as 98 per cent of our trade by volume travels by sea,” Commander Mulder said.“It’s vital therefore Navy divers have the broadest possible range of skills so they can respond to any challenge or threat.”Eighteen divers from the US will be conducting continuation training and demonstrations in underwater welding, thermal cutting, underwater chainsaw and grinding, search techniques utilising underwater sonar, construction and simulated deep diving and recompression chamber drills.Australian Navy divers participating in Dugong 16 will be drawn from clearance dive team one based at HMAS Waterhen and clearance dive team four from HMAS Stirling in Western Australia.last_img read more

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Two Magpies Bakery sales expected to soar to £2.5m

first_imgSales at Suffolk-based Two Magpies Bakery have soared following the opening of two more sites over the past year.The business, which launched in 2013, had a turnover of £720k in 2018, is expecting sales to hit £2.5m by the end of this year.It expanded beyond its initial Southwold café/bakery site last September by buying a second bakery in Aldeburgh. In April this year it opened a third site in Darsham, which now houses production and a bakery school.Founder Rebecca Bishop, who runs the business with husband Steve Magnall, said Aldeburgh had rapidly exceeded expectations, becoming the most profitable bakery in the group and serving more than 70 covers a day. Darsham, meanwhile, has a good passing trade and a regular customer base.“Our three bakeries are allowing us to produce more bakes and serve more customers and in six months we’ve gone from 18 covers in Southwold to over 100 across the three sites,” said Magnall.“At the new Darsham site we are able to bake more and run our popular cookery school courses, which allows us to concentrate on serving customers and selling more baked goods through our three cafes.”The Two Magpies product range includes long-fermented breads, hand-laminated pastries and cakes. The business also produces vegan options and hosts pizza nights.last_img read more

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Full-Day Kindergarten Before Fair Haven Voters

first_imgUpgrades are proposed for both the Viola L. Sickles and Knollwood schools. At Knollwood, a fourth through eighth-grade school, three classrooms would be added for “flexible classroom space,” which could be used for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) programs. There would also be funding for middle school course pathways and small- group instruction, electrical upgrades, new boilers, masonry repairs and air conditioning in the gymnasium. There are currently five sections of kindergarten in Fair Haven. If the referendum is approved, full-day kindergarten could be implemented by fall 2020. Administrators estimate that the expansion will cost about $250,000 annually which can be absorbed into the operating budget, according to the district. At Sickles, a pre-K through third-grade school, there would be a secure entrance vestibule to improve safety; a multipurpose space for school use and recreational space; a world language classroom; upgraded electrical services; new boilers; masonry repairs; added parking areas on Willow Street; and a two-story addition with an elevator, allowing the district to implement full-day kindergarten. Lorie Gaines, a Fair Haven resident and a parent who advocated for full-day kindergarten years ago, said “it’s about time” the district gets the program. “I’d be very excited,” said the special education attorney. “I’m always looking to make sure we maximize our kids’ educational time.” “I felt it was my job tomake sure I exhausted anyother options I could beforeasking the community for areferendum,” said McNeil. Unfortunately, she said, the full-day expansion will not benefit her children because they have all passed kindergarten. FAIR HAVEN – Borough voters will be asked to weigh in on a $15.6 million bond referendum Tuesday, Sept. 24 that, if approved, will fund a full-day kindergarten program and other facility upgrades. The move to full-time kindergarten has been made by other schools in the Two River area. In Holmdel, Village Elementary School began this school year Sept. 4 with full-day kindergarten. According to the district, research showed children in full-day kindergarten had better academic outcomes and more self-confidence the following school year. The Fair Haven School District held two information sessions about the project last spring. McNeil said they were “fairly well attended” and feedback has been positive, adding that the work is “long overdue.” The next public information session will be held Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at Sickles School. By Allison Perrine A secure entranceway is not planned for Knollwood in this referendum because new safety measures were recently completed over the summer at the school. A security vestibule is planned for the near future, according to the district, and will be funded by the operating budget, not through the referendum. The district estimates that based on the average valuation of a home in Fair Haven of $808,044, the average homeowner could be expected to pay an additional $429 per year in school taxes, or $35.75 per month, if the referendum is approved. It also said the 20-year bond would have a 3.4 percent interest rate. Gaines also said McNeil is “fantastic,” and has made “so many great improvements” since he joined the district. “If he can get this passed, kudos to him.” The district has not been able to implement full-day kindergarten for years, superintendent Sean McNeil said, adding that the conversation started before he came to the district four years ago. Current facilities do not have the space to offer it, he said, and historically the operating budget could not support it. Now, the district has the money to fund it but does not have the funds to build it. A one-time polling change will take place when voters head to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Church of the Nativity will not be used. Voting will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. that day at the Knollwood School only, at 224 Hance Road. School will end early that day. last_img read more

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CULINARY STUDENTS AT LYIT HAVE CHRISTMAS WRAPPED UP!

first_imgA group of first year culinary arts students at LYIT put their chefs uniform shoe boxes to good use with the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal.The Shoe Box appeal is an annual event, which ensures children living in extreme poverty are given presents at Christmas. The students filled shoe boxes with gifts which will be delivered to children living in Eastern Europe and Africa. For many of these children these are the only presents they will receive.Pictured is Ms Liz McKenzie, Programme Tutor with all the students giving the boxes to Ms Vanessa Purdy, Team Hope Donegal. Included in the photograph are Mairead O’Kane and Roisin McCormack of Students Support Services LYIT, Tanya Russell, LYIT Student Union Welfare Officer, Mr Tim Dewhirst, Programme Tutor an Mr Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin, Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts.    CULINARY STUDENTS AT LYIT HAVE CHRISTMAS WRAPPED UP! was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:culinary studentsLYIT< showbox appeallast_img read more

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Half-time: Porto 1 Chelsea 1

first_imgWillian’s stunning free-kick seconds before the half-time whistle hauled Chelsea level in their Champions League Group G clash.Their defensive shortcomings were evident again when Andre Andre netted for Porto six minutes before the break.Branislav Ivanovic, who has attracted criticism this season, was again at fault. Yacine Brahimi went past him, and Asmir Begovic produced a fine save to keep out the Algerian’s shot only for to Andre to follow up to score.Chelsea were the better side for much of the first half and Porto keeper Iker Casillas denied Pedro after the Spaniard had been found by Willian’s fine pass.Earlier, Casillas pushed away a shot from Cesc Fabregas after good work on the left by Diego Costa, who has caused the home defence major problems.At the other end, Vincent Aboubakar fired high and wide and then appealed in vain for a penalty following a challenge Ivanovic.Porto’s goal was somewhat against the run of play but their lead was cancelled out in emphatic fashion by Willian’s cracking strike.Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic are on the Chelsea bench along with John Terry after being left out by boss Jose Mourinho, who gave starting places to John Mikel Obi and Ramires.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Ramires, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Blackman, Baba Rahman, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Kenedy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Penza: The good of Humboldt County shows its face again to aid fire victims

first_imgNo matter if it’s the dozens upon dozens of trash bags … It was impossible to not notice the sign that was hanging right next to the ticket booth at Husky Field on Friday night.“WE STAND TOGETHER WITH CARDINAL NEWMAN”The sign wasn’t very big — probably the size of a couple of legal pads placed alongside one another — but you couldn’t miss it.Those six words signified the huge effort that many on the North Coast are doing right now to help their fire-ravaged compatriots to the south.last_img read more

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Snakes Alive!  An Evolutionary Tale

first_imgBlind snakes that look like worms: they rule the world.  They’re everywhere.  Where did they come from?  “Blindsnakes are not very pretty, are rarely noticed, and are often mistaken for earthworms,” admits Blair Hedges, professor of biology at Penn State University.  “Nonetheless, they tell a very interesting evolutionary story.”  So reported Science Daily.  National Geographic News said, “New Blind Snakes Found; Help Explain World Domination.”  But what kind of explanation is this?  Since they are found on Madagascar and on every continent, “the snakes went rafting.”  There’s a cartoon in there somewhere.    The articles reveal a puzzle and a preposterous theory.  The blind snake family arose after India and Madagascar split.  Then they showed up on Australia – an island continent with no land bridge at time of their alleged arrival.  “How did the snakes cross continents?” NG asked.  Good question.  Like worms (but with backbones and rudimentary scales and poor eyesight), these strange snakes burrow underground, and are found on every continent.  Continental drift can’t be the answer.  We don’t have any fossils of them.  How did they emerge all over the globe, including South America and the Caribbean islands?    Here is Nat Geo’s answer.  Give it your best baloney detecting analysis:In other words, the snakes went rafting, crossing oceans aboard floating vegetation stocked with their insect prey.     “Some scientists have argued that oceanic dispersal is an unlikely way for burrowing organisms to become distributed around the world,” Hedges said in a statement.    “Our data now reinforce the message that such ‘unlikely’ events nonetheless happened in evolutionary history.”Science Daily elaborated on how evolutionists came to this conclusion.  Since fossils are nonexistent for these animals, their history was inferred from genetics.  “Floating across oceans seems an unlikely mechanism for a burrowing animal to spread to new continents,” Science Daily admitted, but then proposed that it happened more than once.  If the snakes could have lived six months on vegetation rafts stocked with their insect prey, maybe, just maybe, it could have happened.  After all, in evolutionary theory, stuff happens.Welcome to modern evolutionary science, where the story’s the thing.  The more preposterous, the better.  These same people will refuse to hear (or even acknowledge) theories by Biblical creationists about how animals became distributed after the Flood.  If “unlikely events nonetheless happened in… history” is an acceptable explanation, we need a level playing field.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Premier Business Awards showcase South Africa’s competitiveness

first_img30 April 2015By Charlotte Chichi MaponyaOn the evening of Thursday 9 April, the Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African, co-hosted the third annual South African Premier Business Awards in Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre.Brand South Africa would like to congratulate all the enterprises that entered this year’s South African Premier Business Awards. The awards recognise business excellence and honours enterprises that promote the spirit of success, innovation and job creation.Prominent commercial brands with strong reputations support a positive nation brand and it is for this reason that Brand South Africa is involved with the South African Premier Business Awards.We need to consider whether we are competitive in terms of being able to grow a nation that can compete equitably with global peers and if we are growing individual brands with solid reputations that are considered as leaders in their individual industries. This is crucial to being able to deliver on our mandate to position South Africa as a reliable and attractive destination for inward investment.As the reputation management agency for the country, Brand South Africa is mandated to develop – in conjunction with other stakeholders – and articulate the value proposition for South Africa and why the country is an attractive investment destination.The companies that entered the awards have demonstrated the strides they are making towards developing an economy that will encourage job creation, and for this we commend them. They are part of the good story we have to tell and directly contribute to positioning South Africa as an attractive investment destination.We congratulate the following award winners:Lifetime achievement: Dr Anna MokgokongManufacturer: Hazleton Pumps InternationalExporter: Canvas and TentWomen-owned business: Ekurhuleni Artisans & Skills Training CentreYoung entrepreneur: DNA Brand ArchitectsInvestor of the Year: CCI Call CentresProudly South African Enterprise: Little Green NumberPlay Your Part: Access AdvertisingSMME: Hazleton Pumps InternationalBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part award went to Access Advertising. This award aims to celebrate enterprises that excel in displaying active citizenship and nation building in South Africa.The Play Your Part Award recognises those that inspire all South Africans to contribute towards positive change within their communities. Congratulations once again to Access Advertising for playing their part in shaping South Africa’s development. Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to uplift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all citizens to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. The South African government has put measures in place to assist small enterprises to enter the market and this has been proven in the finding of the 2015 Ease of Doing Business report.The report indicates that South Africa improved in a range of indicators including starting a business. The calibre of entrants into the South African Premier Business Awards attests to the fact that government interventions in supporting commercial enterprises – big and small – are indeed effective.The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement, Dr Anna Mokgokong, is an example of a South African who has played their part in contributing to South Africa’s economic development and assisting start-up enterprises.Dr Mokgokong, voted as one of the leading women entrepreneurs in the world in 1998, is one of only five women in South Africa to have received this prestigious award. She has been actively involved in mentoring of upcoming entrepreneurs in community projects aimed at uplifting economic conditions and for this Brand South Africa salutes her.South Africa’s global competitiveness is our collective responsibility and it is in line with the National Development Plan, we need to begin to collectively respond to creating the conditions that improve our competitiveness.Awards such as the South African Premier Business Awards highlight the strides we’ve made, and continue to make, in economic development. We look forward to next year’s awards and to honouring more champions of economic transformation.Maponya is the chair of Brand South Africalast_img read more

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Knicks outscore Raptors 41-10 in 3rd en route to victory

first_imgKyle Lowry scored 25 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 for the Raptors, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.The Knicks trailed 59-48 at halftime and were down 62-52 after Lowry’s two free throws with 10:47 left in the third quarter. Enes Kanter’s layup with 10:28 left began the eight-minute surge, which didn’t end until CJ Miles hit a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining. Kanter added five more points during the run, while Courtney Lee contributed seven of his 15 points.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 shutoutNew York took its biggest lead at 89-69 on Doug McDermott’s jumper with two seconds left in the third quarter.The Knicks still led by 18 when the Raptors went on a 12-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to 94-88. But Porzingis converted a three-point play with 5:25 left to end the run and also hit the next bucket, and the Knicks put it away soon after when Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer. Toronto led most of the first half and DeRozan’s layup with a second left put the Raptors up by 11 at halftime.Hardaway and Lee each had game highs of seven assists.The Knicks are 10-2 when scoring at least 100 points this season. They are 4-0 when holding opponents to less than 100.DeRozan had scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games before falling two points short on Wednesday.Joakim Noah has not dressed in all five games the Knicks have played since he was activated following his 20-game suspension. He is currently in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) tries to strip the ball from New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK—Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third quarter that sent the New York Knicks to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the third.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Heat beat Celtics to end 16-game winning streak Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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10 months agoStuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Stuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVfB Stuttgart are ready to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.The England U21 international has seen a loan move to Crystal Palace fall through over medical concerns.However, BILD says Stuttgart are now ready to step in and tempt Solanke to Germany – and with the support of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.Stuttgart sports director Michael Reschke met with Solanke’s father and agents last week, though admitted defeat when the striker chose a return to London with Palace.However, with the move now off, Reschke is ready to resume talks for Solanke. A decision is expected over the weekend. last_img read more

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