Utah State holds off Wyoming 26-21

first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jordan Love passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns and the Utah State defense forced a late turnover to hold off Wyoming for a 26-21 win on Saturday.The Aggies (6-4, 5-1 Mountain West) scored 12 straight points on Dominik Eberle’s four field goals to lead 26-14 early in the fourth quarter. Tyler Vander Waal’s 5-yard keeper for Wyoming cut the deficit to 26-21 with 6:52 left in the game.The Cowboys (6-4, 3-3) entered Utah State territory on their final drive, but Vander Wall rolled right on a second-and-5 from the Utah State 39 and Eric Munoz intercepted his pass in the middle of the field with 58 seconds left.Siaosi Mariner caught four passes for 123 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown that tied it at 7 early in the second quarter. Love completed 18 of 29 passes and threw two interceptions, one that was returned by Logan Wilson for a touchdown to open the scoring.Xazavian Valladay ran 25 times for 114 yards for Wyoming.Utah State hosts No. 19 Boise State next Saturday for a chance to tie the Broncos for first place in the Mountain Division. Tags: Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Football Written by November 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State holds off Wyoming 26-21last_img read more

Race for OUSU Presidency begins

first_imgCommenting to Cherwell on her reasons for running, Howe explained that as JCR Presi- dent, “I’ve seen how important OUSU is in advocating for students, supporting common rooms, and offering welfare resources. “Our JCRs and MCRs are there for us on a day-to-day basis — they’re the guardians of our college galaxies, our benevolent bop-bringers, and — most importantly — our first port of call when we need support. We don’t always see the work that OUSU does, so it’s easy to dismiss it. But when we do so, we also dismiss the students OUSU helps, and the vital services it provides.” Howe explained, “One of my key pledges is about reviewing the student welfare system. One of the most important things a student union can do is find ways to best look after its members. The great differences between welfare structures in colleges mean that it’s often hard to know who to turn to if you need help. We need to make sure that we’re giving students the best support possible, and I want to investigate how to do this.” Meanwhile Eden Bailey, from Magdalen, is running for the ‘Right to Education’ slate, which does not include a candidate for President. In her manifesto, Bailey elaborates, “I want to make education at Oxford accessible and relevant to more students, regardless of identity or circumstance.” Although there are a range of independent candidates, as well as For Oxford and Right to Education nominees, running for Part Time Executive positions, several positions currently have no candidates, including Graduation Welfare Officer, Rent and Accommodation Officer, and International Students Officer. Speaking to Cherwell, former NUS Delegate Jack Matthews commented, “It is particularly disappointing that the key representative positions of NUS Delegate and Student Trustee will be elected unopposed. At this key juncture in both OUSU Governance and the run up to the General Election, it is more important than ever that these essential positions are occupied by our brightest and best.”  [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%10445%%[/mm-hide-text]OUSU Elections Nominations closed yesterday, with Adam Roberts (Wadham), Becky Howe (Pembroke), and Will Obeney (Regent’s Park) all running for President. Obeney is running as part of ‘For Oxford’ with Flora Sheldon and Nick Cooper (both from St John’s), with their slate focusing on reducing disparities between colleges in terms of academic provision, accommodation, and funding. Howe, meanwhile, is running with ‘Team ABC’, alongside Cat Jones (Pembroke) and Ali Lennon (St John’s), prioritising a review of the student welfare system, and tackling Oxford’s high living costs. Roberts is running independently, and is proposing to hold a vote every year on what students think OUSU’s policies should be. Current OUSU President Louis Trup commented, “These elections look like they will be interesting. I love interesting elections. Hopefully the key issues prioritised by candidates will lead to interesting debate. I love interesting debate. All in all, it’s a great time to be alive.” Obeney listed one of his main pledges as reducing disparities between colleges in terms of academic provision, accommodation, and funding. His aim, as stated in his manifesto, is for “a student union that was more dynamic and less centralised, and it’d be absolutely clear every year what we wanted as a whole student body.” Roberts insisted, however, that “a change like that one needs to be backed by a powerful mandate for reform from students like you: students who likely feel detached from OUSU, or love the work it does but not the way it’s run, or aren’t sure what it does at all.” Ali Lennon (St John’s), running for VP for Welfare & Equal Opportunities, and Wadham’s Lucy Delaney (Wadham), running for VP for Women, are also unopposed.The office of Vice-President (VP) for Access and Academic Affairs is, however, hotly contested, with four candidates running for the position. Flora Sheldon (St John’s) is standing with ‘For Oxford’ slate. In her manifesto, she tells voters she is running because, “I want an Oxford where everyone can achieve their academic potential regardless of background.” Cat Jones (Pembroke), campaigning with Howe’s ‘Team ABC’ slate, explains in her manifesto, “I want to help to make the University of Oxford accessible to the brightest students regardless of background, and to ensure it is a place where everyone can thrive academically once here.” Greg Auger, an independent, is also standing. Explaining his reasons for running, Auger writes, “I want to help change our university for the better… I would love to use my knowledge and passion to make Oxford better for us all.” He explained, “Some colleges are really failing their students. I want to investigate the major issues that students face at Oxford, and formulate a Minimum Expectations document that outlines what every student should be entitled to. We can use this as a long-term strategy for negotiations with the university and the colleges, pushing them to adopt our guidelines.” He was also keen to mention his proposed “Out-of-Hours Pledge”, for which, he explained, “Other OUSU officers and I will be on hand, for two hours after 5pm every week, running an open surgery that any student can come to. I further will ensure an OUSU officer comes to every college every term – making sure OUSU is a representative voice.” Running independently, Adam Roberts — a PPEist at Wadham — has pledged to hold a vote every year on “what policies students think OUSU should have”, with successful proposals being made into a yearly manifesto. Wadham SU Vice-President last year, he is currently on OUSU’s Complaints Committee and the University’s Rules Committee, while he spent two years as trustee of a national children’s rights charity, CRAE.He told Cherwell, “I’m running because I think it’s really important we have a conversation about how OUSU can become more engaging and open.” Commenting on his proposal for a yearly vote on OUSU policies, he explained, “This makes it absolutely clear to the University and others what we as students want. It’s an interesting starting-point, and fingers crossed my candidacy alone will get some debates going.”center_img With regard to his campaign, Roberts explained that students probably wouldn’t be seeing him at their nearest hustings. He added, “Hustings are not the place to debate the specifics of policies, and I don’t think it’s good practice in general to make pledges on-the-fly. “What I will be doing is organising a couple of campaign events where you can meet and talk to me in person: maybe somewhere quiet over a cup of tea, or maybe on another night in a roomy Oxford pub.” Voting will open at 8am on Tuesday of 6th week, and will close at 5pm on Thursday of 6th week. The central hustings will be taking place on Wednesay of 5th week, at 7:30 PM, after OUSU council. OUSU Returning Officer Martine Wauben confirmed, “Sam has indeed told me of his intention to withdraw: this withdrawal won’t be final until he comes into the OUSU offices in person to do so, but I can confirm he at least intends to do so.” Nick Cooper and Wadham’s Danny Zajarias-Fainsod are running for VP for Graduates, while New’s Emily Silcock is running for VP for Charities & Community unopposed. There were initially going to be four presidential candidates, but Lady Margaret Hall’s Sam Wiseman announced his withdrawal to Cherwell shortly after the list was released. Wiseman originally presented himself as a ‘joke candidate’, with his pledges including the construction of an international airport at Oxford.  Howe also pledged to tackle ‘Lad Culture’ by launching a “series of discussion forums, encouraging teams, societies and campaigns to engage in debate and propose solutions.” Will Obeney, of Regent’s Park, is running as part of the ‘For Oxford’ slate, and is currently Chair of the Scrutiny Committee. When asked why he was running, he told Cherwell, “A year ago I thought OUSU was ineffective and irrelevant in our common room-dominated university, but having now experienced the organisation as a JCR President, I’ve realised it’s capable of getting big wins for students. The Student Union is getting better, but it needs to meet face-to-face with students, and be more strategic in its lobbying on our university’s most powerful committees.” Presidential candidate Becky Howe, a historian and former JCR President, cites her work in resolving the Pembroke rugby email controversy as one of the successes of her JCR Presidency, alongside negotiating a “much-needed rent and charges deal”. Her manifesto states, “I want OUSU to focus on the issues which effect students the most; flawed welfare systems, the cost of living, and divisions within our university community. I want to promote a happy, healthy, and cohesive Oxford.”last_img read more

WE CAN TRUST THE FBI, RIGHT?

first_imgWE CAN TRUST THE FBI, RIGHT? by Will DurstThis huge brouhaha between the FBI and Apple has escalated into a battle royale between the righteous and the wicked. And, as often happens, both sides are claiming to be on the side of the angels. With so many good guys in attendance, it’s amazing that world-wide badness is still so pervasive. But you can’t blame television for everything.The Feds want Apple to create specialized software in order to bypass the auto-erase feature of the San Bernardino terrorists’ iPhone. They don’t just want access to a backdoor, they want Apple to design a backdoor, construct it then hand them the only key. And snacks. They want snacks too.It’s the age-old battle between security and privacy, safety and confidentiality, minty freshness and chocolaty richness. But once breached, there’s no going back. It’s a slope more slippery than a caffeinated eel in a bathtub full of bacon grease. No such thing as a virgin repair kit, you know.The FBI says they only need to do this once. Yeah, right. Federal investigators in 11 other jurisdictions have already filed motions seeking access to suspects’ iPhone data. A Manhattan DA has 175 phones he wants to crack. Get ready to open a Pandora’s Box of 4th amendment violations, full of venomous snakes ready to spring out and bite us in the butt. Repeatedly.The problem is, you let one government into your back door and every other government is going to break land-speed records to stand in line to do the same and not all of them are familiar with the concept of lubricant, if you catch my drift. Besides, no global company, not even one located in Cupertino, California, can say yes to Obama and nyet to Putin. China? North Korea? Seriously?The FBI says we need to trust them. Isn’t this the same FBI that vowed for years they weren’t conducting illegal surveillance on Americans until it was revealed they were? And the same FBI that offered flawed testimony in thousands of court cases resulting in prosecutions, some of which led to executions? You mean that FBI? I wouldn’t trust that FBI as far as I could throw two handfuls of glue.And the fallacy of the backdoor code remaining secure is so laughable it should be green-lighted its own sitcom on Comedy Central. The claim that nobody else would be able to get their hands on this technology is either woefully ignorant or further demonstration of an ineptitude approaching that of a Sherman tank in the upper branches of an elm tree.The only way to guarantee security in this, the 7th year of the 2nd decade of the 21st century, is through a self-imposed sentence of solitary confinement. The term “internet privacy” is like saying “transparent cement” or “blazing snow.” Last October a 16-year-old kid hacked CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email. Why doesn’t the FBI hire him?Sides are being chosen. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg supports Apple while Bill Gates has come down on the side of the FBI. He would. And finally, supporting the FBI’s position, the walking contradiction known as Donald Trump called for a patriotic boycott of Apple in a tweet. That he sent out on his iPhone. You can’t make stuff up like this.——-FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Watch Gregg Allman Join The Tedeschi Trucks Band For An Allman Brothers Classic

first_imgWhile the Tedeschi Trucks Band has had many guests sit in with them this summer, tonight’s might take the cake. The Allman Brothers Band founder himself, Gregg Allman, joined the TTB on the keys and vocals for a rendition of the blues standard, “One Way Out.” With Allman singing along and Derek Trucks laying down those Duane slide melodies, the performance felt right at home for those at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC. Luther Dickinson also joined in the fun, adding his own guitar sound to the great mix.Thanks to 7pavement on YouTube, we can watch footage of this enormous sit in below:Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC – 7/24/16Set: It Ain’t Easy, Don’t Know What > The Letter, Something, Within You Without You > Just As Strange, One Way Out*, Color of the Blues, Keep On Growing#, That Did It, I Want More, Let Me Get ByEncore: Going Down To Mexico, Let’s Go Get Stoned* = w/ Gregg Allman and Luther Dickinson# = w/ David Hidalgo[Setlist via Tedeschi Trucks Band Fans Post]last_img read more

Xcel Energy begins commercial operation at 500MW Cheyenne Ridge wind farm in Colorado

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Denver Post:Xcel Energy-Colorado has completed construction of the 500-megawatt Cheyenne Ridge wind farm on the Eastern Plains.The 229-turbine facility in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties will provide enough energy to power about 270,000 homes, Xcel Energy said in a statement Wednesday. The project, owned by the utility, was completed ahead of schedule and began operating in August.Earlier in September, Cheyenne Ridge helped Xcel Energy set a record for hourly wind generation in Colorado when the wind power on its system served close to 70% of the energy for customers.Cheyenne Ridge will help move Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest electric utility, closer to its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2030, the company said. And by 2026, more than half of the power produced by Xcel will come from wind and solar energy, according to the utility.The Cheyenne Ridge project will also generate economic benefits for area landowners, Xcel Energy said. Over its life, the wind farm is expected to generate about $107 million in lease payments for landowners and $29 million in new tax revenue.A recent report by the organization The Western Way found that more than 95% of the state’s renewable energy capacity is on the Eastern Plains, producing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in benefits each year.[Judith Kohler]More: Xcel Energy adds to its wind power with completion of Cheyenne Ridge on Eastern Plains Xcel Energy begins commercial operation at 500MW Cheyenne Ridge wind farm in Coloradolast_img read more

In Search of a Common Shield

first_img Interview with Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj, Chief of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Staff Shootings between gangs and drug trafficking vendettas in Trinidad and Tobago, home to the most joyous carnival in the Caribbean, forced the government to declare a state of emergency during the summer of 2011. Still, from that unfortunate event came about an unprecedented link between the country’s Police and Defense Forces, both of which worked together to put an end to a crisis that was draining the island nation. A year-and-a-half after the emergency in Trinidad, is the Military still collaborating with the Police to avoid another episode like the one in 2011? During an interview granted to Diálogo during the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), in December 2012, Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj, Chief of Defense of Trinidad and Tobago, answered these and other questions about regional cooperation in the security realm. Diálogo: Last year, during CANSEC 2012 in St. Kitts and Nevis, we had the opportunity to speak to you about the security and defense challenges faced by Trinidad and Tobago. What’s new in the security and defense panorama of your country? Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj: What was significant over the last year was the change in the leadership of the Ministry of National Security, and the new minister, the Honorable Jack Warner, brought some new perspectives to the national security landscape in terms of his leadership style and his priorities. We have had to engage some additional rules and responsibilities to further our support to agencies within Trinidad. The new minister has placed to a higher level the importance of social interventions. So, in support of the Police, we have been engaged over the last few months in treating with some of the social issues and some of the high risk communities in Trinidad and Tobago, more so in Trinidad, with our targeted efforts on the youth. It has been interesting to actually have a new engagement that speaks to one aspect of crime prevention. Diálogo: During the state of emergency in Trinidad, in 2011, the Defence and the Police Forces worked together. Have you continued with that model of cooperation? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: I must admit to you, without having to be politically incorrect, that the relationship between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Defence Force is an excellent one. There is really an open forum for discussions on any issue as opposed to 10 years ago when there was a clash of cultures in the way the Military did business versus the way the Police did business. We understand each other better now than we did previously, which makes for a more amicable relationship not just at the executive level, but at the ground level. There is a greater level of comfort working side by side in joint patrols, mobile patrols or foot patrols. Diálogo: How do you manage to work together without overstepping your boundaries? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: We had to craft very robust rules of engagement coming out from the experience of the state of emergency we had between August and December last year [in 2011]. My legal officer at the Defence Force has been very engaged in crafting rules of engagement and ensuring that there is a level of accountability and transparency in the way in which business is done by the Defence Force in support of the Police. And I want to extend that to include our involvement in social programs, since working with civilians requires a different type of engagement. Notwithstanding the fact that we have put more resources into social programs, the Defence Force has done well maintaining the security posture in the air and maritime environments, so our border security is not compromised in terms of allocation of resources, understanding the nature of the national security environment today and our commitments to the region as well. It is not just about Trinidad & Tobago. Thankfully we are now utilizing all of our air assets; the four Augusta-Westland 139 helicopters that were recently acquired are now all operational. They do maritime surveillance, search and rescue… The land force continues to be engaged within borders and all the other efforts that I already outlined. And our Coast Guard continues to grow. Our Coast Guard is in the process of acquiring long-range patrol vessels and is doing extensive repairs to our interceptors. We are now in the process of acquiring new engines and acquiring long-range patrol vessels so that we can provide support in the region, as well as that deterrence in our exclusive economic zone and in our littoral waters in general. Diálogo: Are you working with other countries in the Caribbean to create that common shield to protect each other against transnational organized crime and other threats? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: While we are a small island-state in general, there are some islands that are smaller than others, and they have limited resources. Trinidad and Tobago is one of the strong economies, and therefore we have greater capabilities. So far collaboration is about getting the best bang for the buck, in regards to the available resources. Trinidad and Tobago has had to take the lead there so our coastal surveillance has been extended up to Saint Lucia. We have radar coverage in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and what is already installed in Trinidad and Tobago. Generally speaking, the CARICOM member states relate very well. It is just that we have a challenge with respect to resource availability. While Trinidad appreciates the assistance it gets from international partners, as well as from regional neighbors and partners, we do have to understand and appreciate the levels of capabilities that exist within the region, and provide the type of assistance that will ensure that generally speaking, the shield that we seek to establish in the region is on the basis of mutual support, and who has the resources to help in that regard. Diálogo: How would you say is the relationship between the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force and the United States Military? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: We have many years of a strong friendship with the United States, with Canada, and the United Kingdom, with international partners. Over the 50 years of our independence that relationship has only strengthened, we have crafted many mechanisms for corporation. During the 2007 Cricket World Cup, which I tend to describe as a precipitating event, a number of legislative instruments were crafted to strengthen regional collaboration and to extend far beyond the regional collaboration between the CARICOM region, and with the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, just to name three international partners. I don’t want to remove France and other countries from that discussion because they are all partners, as far as Australia, South Africa… they are all very strong security partners of ours and we intend to continue to move from strength to strength in that regard. Diálogo: During one of your interventions at CANSEC 2013 you mentioned the importance of looking at the model created for the security of the Cricket World Cup in 2007 that took place in venues over several Caribbean countries. Can you please elaborate on that? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: I will preach the gospel of the Cricket World Cup of 2007 until I die. The legacy that came out of the Cricket World Cup, not all of those benefits remain today. At the end of the event those pieces of legislation were shelved. I do hope that sometime in the future we review those pieces of legislation because that is what constituted the success story of the Cricket World Cup of 2007. It was a willingness of the region to come up with some common agreements on how we treat regional security. So, that precipitating event that the Cricket World Cup 2007 was, mobilized regional, unified regional support. I would really like to see the spirit of that commitment return to the table. It must not necessarily be restricted to only an event, it must become part of the landscape, part of a thought that defines who we are in the context of the region. If we need to re-craft legislation to support or strengthen cooperation and collaboration, then so be it. If we have to draft new memorandums of understanding, no problem. So the residual effects of that success story live with me, and will continue to live with me until I die, as a citizen of the region, more so than a citizen of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Diálogo: How do you see the spirit of collaboration among the countries participating at CANSEC? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: As Mr. Francis Forbes [interim Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS] said during the conference, there are idiosyncrasies that reside within the region, but that does not mean that we don’t have the conditions to continue the mutually respectful engagement. Those conditions are there, and the region does have a history of cooperation, so we rely on our very friendly partners, we are communicating to ensure that we can convert that into the success that we can achieve on any issue of regional importance. By Dialogo January 16, 2013last_img read more

Taylor vs Gutierrez: Jack Cullen shatters John Docherty’s unbeaten record with points victory | Boxing News

first_img 2:01 Kash Farooq reflects on his wide points win over Angel Aviles A hurtful combination from Cullen stiffened the legs of Docherty, who repeatedly lost his gum shield as he endured a torrid eighth.Into the closing rounds, Docherty wearily tried to preserve his unblemished reputation, but Cullen claimed victory on the scorecards.Kash Farooq staked his claim for another major title fight after a dominant unanimous decision win against Angel Aviles. Thomas Whittaker-Hart beat Jermaine Springer in opening fight on the bill Thomas Whittaker-Hart beat Jermaine Springer in opening fight on the bill

HUT: Any change should be created and implemented in cooperation with the entire sector, which unfortunately was not the case in the preparation of new legislation

first_imgThe Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) welcomes the beginning of changes in the structure and functioning of the system of tourist boards announced in the published draft laws: the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism, the Draft Law on Tourist Tax and the Draft Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards. but also points out that in passing the new Laws did not consult with the profession.HUT points out that any change should go towards strengthening the competitiveness of Croatian tourism and be created and implemented in cooperation with the entire sector. Unfortunately, this was not the case in the preparation of these legal proposals, as well as the previous ones, when in two years the amount of the sojourn tax, without any structural and detailed analysis and consultation with the sector, was raised twice.”Redefining the tasks of individual levels of the system, organizing local tourist boards on the principles of the organization that manages the destination, specific financial incentives for the association of tourist boards, decentralization of the distribution of funds, determining the maximum amount that can be used for salaries, starting certain economic activities. own revenues by performing activities on the market, has the support of all entities gathered in the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), which are in addition to the two most famous professional associations (Croatian Hotel Employers Association and the Croatian Camping Association) and the largest Croatian hotel company generating 70% of total revenue Croatian Hotel Industry ”HUT believes that the proposal to reduce the share of individual members of the tourist board from the existing 40% to 25% is not acceptable, as it will reduce the share of tourism workers in local community assemblies, and decisions will potentially be made by people not directly related to tourism. “We can understand the intention of the legislator that no member has a majority in the Assembly of the Tourist Board, but we believe that the proposed further reduction to 25% will be counterproductive. If we want to increase the quality of Croatian tourism, we need to enable professional tourism workers to sit in tourist bodies. In addition, we remind you that there is already a limit by which the total paid sojourn or tourist tax is limited to 25% of the total paid. “ HUT points out and adds that the association of tourist communities should be more strongly (with greater resources) financially stimulated, because in many cases it is necessary, for efficiency and market logic, at the level of a tourist-recognizable area or region, to promote and develop new products. is provided by the draft law.In conclusion, HUT points out that the proposed changes are a qualitative step forward compared to the current situation, but expect continuous improvements in the legislative framework for the functioning of tourist boards in response to increasingly demanding market challenges facing the entire tourism sector.RELATED NEWS:HUNT ON FAMILY ACCOMMODATION AND POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCESHUB: IT IS NOT LOGICAL THAT BANKS WHICH DO NOT PERFORM REGISTERED TOURIST OR SERVICE ACTIVITIES ARE EXPECTED TO BE SUBJECT TO THE LAW ON TOURIST MEMBERSHIP FEESMINISTRY OF TOURISM PRESENTS DRAFT PROPOSAL OF TOURIST LAW PACKAGESlast_img read more

Pirates Attack Two Ships in One Day off Nigeria

first_imgArmed pirates attacked two vessels in separate incidents on February 24 off the coast of Bonny Island, Nigeria, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.In the first incident, which occurred in the morning hours some 50 nautical miles off Bonny Island, some eight armed pirates in a speed boat chased a container vessel underway.IMB informed that the alarm was raised, ship security alert system (SSAS) was activated, and the speed was increased, while all non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. The Nigerian navy was also contacted, who informed the Master to rendezvous with their naval vessel in the vicinity. As the pirate boat closed the Master commenced evasive manoeuvres.Due to the hardening the pirates were unable to hook their ladder onto the vessel and moved away. Nigerian navy escorted the vessel to the pilot boarding point.The second incident occurred in the afternoon hours, while a refrigerated cargo ship was underway some 40 nautical miles off Bonny fairway buoy.Around ten pirates in a speed boat, armed with automatic weapons, chased and fired upon the vessel. The armed guards onboard the vessel returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away.IBM reported that all crew were safe, while the vessel sustained minor damage due to the firing.last_img read more

Titanic-Builder Harland and Wolff Files for Insolvency

first_imgIrish shipbuilder Harland and Wolff is filing for insolvency at the High Court in Belfast, after its bankrupt Norwegian owner Dolphin Drilling failed to find a buyer for the shipyard.The company informed that the insolvency request would be completed on August 6, adding that accountancy firm BDO had been appointed as administrators.The procedure will put 120 workers at risk of losing their jobs and could mean the end of the shipyard that is best known as the builder of the Titanic.Harland and Wolff opened in 1861 and employed as many as 30,000 people during World War II. It has built countless merchant and military ships. The shipyard built its last ship in 2003.General trade union GMB has organized a petition, calling for the shipyard to be nationalized in order to save local manufacturing jobs.“The future of Harland and Wolff is more than a commercial issue that the government can stand by and do nothing about,” the union said.“Nationalization will keep this yard open in order to protect this vital industry, the jobs that make it and the communities that rely on it.”last_img read more