Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Blyth Leads NATO Warships through Major Minehunting Exercise HMS Blyth Leads NATO Warships through Major Minehunting Exercise View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Minehunting View post tag: Navy View post tag: Blyth Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: leads View post tag: major November 19, 2012 HMS Blyth led international minehunters through a major exercise in waters off the historic Turkish city of Izmir. The Faslane-based ship is coming to the end of her six-month deployment to the Mediterranean, where she’s been in charge of a NATO minehunting task group.HMS Blyth headed to the bay off the historic city of Izmir to join fellow NATO minehunters finding dummy mines while coming under simulated attack.The Faslane-based ship is currently the command ship for NATO’s Standing Mine Counter Measures Group 2 – or SNMCMG2 – leading warships from Turkey, Greece, Italy and Germany through several weeks of successful maritime security operations and two major exercises.The most recent of these saw the Sandown-class ship use both her divers and her Seafox system to detect drill (or dummy) mines laid in the waters around Izmir (for those with classical leanings, the ancient city of Smyrna).At the same time the task group vessels had to respond to simulated attacks by small boats, fast jets and helicopters.“The exercise saw Blyth prove its capability in mine detection and disposal, as well as training the ship’s force protection teams against a variety of realistic simulated threats,” said Lt Cdr Tim Davey, the ship’s commanding officer.“Working closely with the Turkish navy, the exercise provided us with a great opportunity to train my team and maintain our core skills.”Helping Blyth in her role as the command ship are two NATO staff officers from the Greek and Turkish navies who are embarked on board the ship, working closely with the crew to support the planning and execution of the ship’s tasking.The exercise is the latest challenge in a demanding deployment for Blyth. Before arriving in Turkish waters she found herself at the centre of a major salvage exercise in the Aegean.Involving a simulated fire and flood on board, the scenario was designed to draw resources and personnel from other task group ships and test their responses.“The ‘assistance at sea’ exercise was a great opportunity for the four vessels in the task group to work together in a high-pressure situation,” said Lt Cdr Charlie Noonan, Blyth’s executive officer, who co-ordinates the response in the event of an onboard emergency.“In the end, the response from all teams was excellent and it proved the close bonding and high levels of co-operation that exist among the sailors.”The emergency exercise finished with a German fire-fighting team re-entering a smoke-filled compartment, a Turkish first-aid team dealing with simulated casualties and an Italian damage-control team conducting dummy repairs to ‘flooded’ compartments.Blyth’s time on NATO duties is drawing to a close now. There are three weeks of maritime security operations to conduct in the Eastern Mediterranean, monitoring shipping movements, before she begins the 3,000-mile journey home to Scotland in early December.During her time with the task group, Blyth has successfully conducted multiple exercises and training all over the Med, and taken part in simulated mine hunting in the Black Sea.“The deployment has been both challenging and highly rewarding,” commented Lieutenant Hamish Maxwell, HMS Blyth’s navigator.“Since arriving in the region in early July, the crew has done an excellent job and although we will miss our NATO friends, it is a good feeling to be approaching the end of our tour.“We are looking forward to the return trip back to the UK with fingers crossed for good weather in the Bay of Biscay!”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 19, 2012; Image: RN View post tag: Warships View post tag: NATO View post tag: HMS View post tag: Naval Share this article
“JTF-Bravo demonstrated their value as a partner in international search and rescue during this case,” said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, Seventh Coast Guard District search and rescue mission coordinator. “The coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard, Southern Command and the Nicaraguan government led to an effective response and the location of the capsized vessel and nearly all of the missing passengers.” For their part, the USCG through their District 7 unit in Miami, Florida, the U.S. Embassy team in Nicaragua, and JTF-Bravo assisted in the Nicaraguan-led, cooperative rescue effort between the two partner nations, producing the rescue of 21 passengers, as well as recovering the bodies of the 13 shipwreck victims. “Though dealing with an unfortunate event, the SAR operation provided an excellent combined and joint experience and assisted us in strengthening our bonds with Nicaragua,” stated U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Carlos E. Moya, Director of Civil-Military Operations at JTF-Bravo. “The professionalism and willingness to cooperate by all parties involved set an outstanding regional example.” More than 30 tourists were traveling aboard the Reina del Caribe vessel on January 23rd between the popular tourist destinations Corn Island and Little Corn Island when strong winds and rain caused it to capsize. Nicaraguan Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force officials jumpstarted the coordination efforts to deploy a Nicaraguan Coast Guard vessel and a helicopter for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, while the government procured the assistance of the United States through the U.S. Embassy in Managua, which then reached out to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) for support. Joint Task Force-Bravo, a SOUTHCOM component in Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, responded by providing helicopters to join the SAR operation in the area surrounding the capsized boat, 12 miles off Corn Island. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) was already on the scene with a helicopter and a vessel when the JTF-Bravo helicopters arrived. By Dialogo January 27, 2016 Captain Hilario Blandón led the vessel across the stretch between the islands, but 25-30-knot winds and rain overpowered it, and caused it to overturn, resulting in 13 fatalities, all citizens of Costa Rica. The remaining tourists, including 12 Costa Rican, four American, three Nicaraguan, and two British citizens, among others, were rescued. Javier Sancho Bonilla, Costa Rican Ambassador to Nicaragua, personally thanked the joint Nicaraguan-U.S. Armed Forces effort during his visit to the Nicaraguan Air Force facility serving as the Command and Control Center for the SAR operation. “There is always great solidarity and affection among families or the people in sister countries like ours,” said Ambassador Sancho quoted by Nicaraguan news portal El 19 Digital. “We are very grateful to the Nicaraguan government, especially to President [Daniel] Ortega and [Nicaraguan First Lady] Mrs. Rosario Murillo.” The three countries’ interagency partners worked together following the operation to repatriate the bodies of the victims and get medical treatment for the survivors before helping them return home. In a show of respect, Costa Rica declared a National Day of Mourning on January 25th, according to the news portal CNN Español.
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Rebuilding trustAs in other sectors, the sharing economy firms will need to rebuild consumer trust to get consumers back.Sundararajan said these firms have an advantage because they have been working for years on helping change consumer habits.”The platforms are better-situated to deal with this uncertainty and rebuilding trust because that’s what they’ve been doing for a decade,” he said.But behavioral economist Lucas Coffman of Boston College said trust can be difficult, pointing to the “reputational” system of rating developed by online platforms.”You also need to trust everyone who rode in your seat before you,” Coffman said.Some segments of the sharing economy may emerge stronger, PwC’s Barr says, such as corporate jets or high-end black car rides.”Safety is going to be the new experience,” he said.Saif Benjaafar, director of the University of Minnesota’s Initiative on the Sharing Economy, said the platforms have been part of a lifestyle trend to on-demand, collaborative services that are extending to new areas such as medicine and education.”There has been a shift in the traditional way of delivering products and services, and I think that will continue,” Benjaafar said.”I think people are getting used to the idea of going to an app and getting things whenever they need it.” Hit to home sharing Leading home-sharing platform Airbnb has cut 25 percent of its staff with the travel industry crushed, with some estimates of bookings down 50 percent from earlier this year.Sundararajan says things may not be so bleak for Airbnb, which has over the years learned to build consumer trust and allow people to host or stay with strangers. The startup has already unveiled a new sanitary protocol and guidelines on leaving spaces vacant between bookings.”As people start to travel again, they will be oriented toward spaces where they feel they have control,” he said.”They may not want to pass through crowded hotel lobbies or stay in places where they don’t know who was there before.”He said Airbnb might be better positioned than some hotel operators “because it doesn’t rely on an extremely high rate of occupancy to make its business model work.” Rideshare blues Uber said in its quarterly update that it lost nearly $3 billion and its rides business was down some 80 percent in April, prompting cuts to 14 percent of staff. The rideshare giant said it has seen some “green shoots” in the recent weeks and is seeing strong revenue growth for its food delivery operation UberEats.However, an IBM survey released this month found more than half of those who used ridesharing apps planned to reduce or stop using these services completely. “Riders are to continue to have a strong aversion to getting in a vehicle with a stranger for fear of infection which will not be allayed until there is a vaccine,” said analyst Richard Windsor on his Radio Free Mobile blog.Arun Sundararajan, a New York University professor who researches the sharing economy, said he nonetheless sees some room for optimism for ride-hailing firms.”I think we’ll see a shift to greater personal space control,” Sundararajan said. “A lot of people will move away from mass transit in densely populated areas.”This could bring more business to ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber or to “micromobility” platforms for bicycles and scooters, which the two companies also offer.The researcher said, however, that it may take more time to see a rebound for “pool” rides with multiple passengers, and that the health crisis might slow the trend in which people give up their personal vehicles for shared rides. “I think there’s going to be a very significant shift in consumer behavior,” Barr said.One factor could be a move away from urbanization in dense cities — a major force driving the sharing economy.That could dampen the sharing economy “lifestyle” that had been building for people who opted to shun ownership, Barr noted. “Sharing economy” firms like Uber and Airbnb were seeing surging growth and predictions they would reshape several economic sectors. Then the pandemic hit. These companies are now bleeding more cash than ever, shedding workers and scaling back expectations for profitability amid heightened uncertainty about consumer trends and the economic outlook.The sharing platforms had “tremendous momentum” in industries like transport and tourism and even apparel-sharing prior to the pandemic, said consumer markets analyst Steve Barr of PwC, which had previously predicted the sharing economy to generate $335 billion in revenue by 2025. Topics :
“Due to its extremely low content ratio in the air, it’s quite difficult to collect CO2 effectively from the air, but the condition to gather CO2 efficiently is already arranged there at Gundih,” said a J-Power public relations official.”So we can say the site is suitable for CCS projects,” the official said, citing the acronym for carbon capture and storage.Japan will continue to support similar emissions reduction efforts in other Asian countries, whose dependency on fossil fuel thermal power generation is relatively high, a METI official said.The project will “provide an opportunity for domestic companies to promote their high-level technology” for reducing the CO2 emissions, the official said.The result of another demonstration held on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido since 2012 until last year has showed that burying CO2 costs about 6,000 yen ($57) to 7,000 yen per ton, according to the official.The Japanese government expects the CCS project to be commercialized in 2030 at the earliest, but the viability as a business depends on whether the benefit obtained by trading of greenhouse gas emission credits would offset the cost, the official said.According to the International Energy Agency, the percentage of coal-fired electricity generation, which is considered to exhaust a larger amount of CO2 per power generation than any other energy source, is relatively high in Asian countries.The latest IEA data showed that thermal power generation using coal comprised about 70 percent of all electricity in 2018 in China and India, over half in Indonesia, and more than 40 percent in Malaysia and the Philippines, compared with the world’s average of around 38 percent.The IEA has said in a report that 14 percent of cumulative emission reductions from 2014 must be derived from CCS as of 2060 to achieve the 2-degree temperature cap targeted in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.A signatory to the Paris accord, Japan has continued to target a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by fiscal 2030 from fiscal 2013 levels amid international criticism it is not doing enough to fight global warming.Indonesia has set reduction goals of at least 29 percent from the business-as-usual level.Topics : It will be the first such demonstration project assumed to be subject to the government’s CO2 emission trading scheme, they added.A gas pipeline with the length of about 4 kilometers will be laid between the gas field and the carbon dioxide storage site, where the project operators will dig a hole to a depth of around 3.6 kilometers to reach underground aquifers.Costs are expected to reach several billion yen in total.About 300,000 tons of CO2 are generated in the process of gas purification at the Gundih field and diffused into the air each year, according to J-Power. Two Japanese firms will carry out a demonstration project to store carbon dioxide deep in the ground starting next year in Indonesia as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Electric Power Development, known as J-Power, and consulting company Japan NUS are set to begin the four-year plan at Gundih gas field in Central Java Province with the cooperation of the Indonesian government and state-owned oil company PT Pertamina, according to a recent announcement by the Tokyo-based firms.The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in May picked the two firms’ business proposal as an infrastructure research project aiming to be applied to the so-called Joint Crediting Mechanism, which regards Japan’s contribution to greenhouse gas emission cuts by a foreign country as its own emission reductions, they said.
Frnaklin County, In. — A two-vehicle crash at State Road 1 and Lucas Road injured one person Tuesday.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says Johnathan Osborn, 21, of Connersville was southbound on State Road when he drove left of center, striking a northbound vehicle driven by Brian Canady, 54, of Cambridge City.Osborn was treated at Fayette Regional Hospital.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |Flying Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha looks set to make his Ivory Coast debut after he was named in their final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.The 24-year-old is among several Premier League stars included by coach Michel Dussuyer for the January 14-February 5 tournament in Gabon, where the Ivory Coast are defending champions and among the favourites to retain their crown.Dussuyer last week named a 24-man provisional squad and it is forward Nicolas Pepe, who plays in France for Angers, who misses out.England manager Gareth Southgate had urged Zaha, who was born in Abidjan but appeared in two friendlies for England under former boss Roy Hodgson, to stick with the country where he grew up.But the former Manchester United man ignored that and now looks set to play a major part in Gabon after pledging his allegiance to the Ivory Coast in November.Missing for the Ivory Coast is captain Gervinho, who is out injured, but Dussuyer can still call upon an array of European-based players, among them defender Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Serge Aurier (PSG), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin) and Wilfried Bony (on loan at Stoke City from Manchester City). Ivory Coast are playing Sweden in a friendly on Sunday and Uganda three days later.At the Nations Cup, Ivory Coast play Togo on January 16 in their opening match followed by Democratic Republic of Congo and Morocco.Ivory Coast squad:Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (Mazembe/DRC), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek/NOR), Ali Badra Sangare (Tanda/CIV)Defenders: Eric Bailly (Manchester United/ENG), Serge Aurier (Paris SG/FRA), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague/CZE), Ousmane Viera (Adanaspor/TUR), Wilfried Kanon (The Hague/NED), Lamine Kone (Sunderland/ENG), Adama Traore (Basel/SUI), Bagayoko Mamadou (St-Truiden/BEL)Midfielders: Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel/SUI), Victorien Angban (Granada/ESP), Cheick Doukoure (Metz/FRA), Franck Kessie (Atalanta/ITA), Serge N’Guessan (Nancy/FRA), Jean-Michael Seri (Nice/FRA)Attackers: Wilfried Bony (Stoke City/ENG), Max Gradel (Bournemouth/ENG), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa/ENG), Giovanni Sio (Rennes/FRA), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace/ENG)Share on: WhatsApp
Advertisement bj31wNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsoeWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5vzjy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6eWould you ever consider trying this?😱t6xcCan your students do this? 🌚Roller skating! Powered by Firework The talented Wriddhiman Saha has proved himself as India’s primary wicketkeeper in Test Cricket since MS Dhoni’s retirement and currently being hailed as one of the best in the world following his comeback, last month. But the 35-year-old suffered yet another setback, as the keeper fractured his right-hand finger during the Pink Ball Test against Bangladesh. And today, Saha underwent a surgery in Mumbai and looks eager to start his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru very soon. Advertisement Yesterday, the BCCI announced that the medical team consulted a hand and wrist specialist and Saha was suggested a surgery for the fixing the fracture.Advertisement “The BCCI Medical Team consulted a hand and wrist specialist and it was suggested that Saha undergoes a surgical fixation of the fracture,” the Board stated in a press release.The keeper from Bengal was off the pitch for a long period with shoulder injury last year and only returned to the team during the Caribbean tour this season; although young Rishabh Pant was selected as the first choice ahead of him.Advertisement But Saha’s patience paid off and he was picked for the South Africa series at home. Since then his form has improved significantly; with some sharp reflexes and anticipation Saha produced some of the best moments of the game.Meanwhile, India received a massive blow before their series against West Indies, as opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of all three T20I matches. The promising Sanju Samson has been called up to replace him while Dhawan on the other hand, suffered a knee injury in Delhi’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy clash versus Maharashtra.Read Also:A Study In Pink: What the Day/Night pink ball test at Eden Gardens means for Test cricket in IndiaAll the records that India broke with innings defeat of Bangladesh in historic Pink test! Advertisement