VBSS Teams Conduct MIO Training during BALTOPS

first_img View post tag: Training VBSS Teams Conduct MIO Training during BALTOPS View post tag: VBSS Danish, Georgian and U.S. visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams conducted Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) training during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014 June 13. View post tag: Navy View post tag: BALTOPS View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today VBSS Teams Conduct MIO Training during BALTOPS The teams boarded FGS Spessart (A1442), a Rhn-class tanker of the German Navy. During the boarding, VBSS teams executed tactical team movements, climbing and rappelling techniques, self-defense tactics, and weapons handling. After completion of the exercise, the teams analyzed and accessed tactics, techniques and skills. The crux of training focused on partnership.“With this training we hope to become better and build a sturdy working relationship with each other,” said Royal Danish Navy Military Police Chief of Operations, Lt. Claus Rasmussen. “You will never know if we will have to conduct an operation like this in the future.”BALTOPS provides a unique opportunity for dispersed nations to collaborate together, in close proximity, on strategy and processes to enhance safety and effectiveness. VBSS operations are designed to support MIO through non-compliant and compliant boardings in order to combat piracy and smuggling, conduct counterterrorism missions, and perform customs and safety inspections.BALTOPS is an annual, multinational exercise to enhance maritime capabilities and interoperability with partner nations to promote maritime safety and security in the Baltic Sea. This year’s iteration of the exercise hosts 30 ships, 50 aircraft and approximately 3,000 people from 14 nations, including NATO.[mappress]Press Release, June 16, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: teams Authorities View post tag: conduct June 16, 2014 View post tag: MIO View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

Boateng commits to Milan

first_imgGhana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has dismissed suggestions that he could leave Milan in favour of a switch to Bayern Munich.The Ghanaian hasn’t had the easiest start to the season and a January move to the Bundesliga has been suggested.“I’ve heard the story that I’m off to Bayern, but there is no truth in that,” the attacking midfielder noted. “It’s just a rumour.“I can say something very clearly and that is that I am happy at Milan and I am not ready to leave this club.“I owe a lot to Milan and I’m not thinking about Bayern Munich or any other team.”Boateng, whose brother Jerome is at Bayern, joined the Diavolo in 2010 from Portsmouth, via Genoa.last_img

UN Diplomat robbed in Campbellville

first_imgThe UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative to Guyana, Mikiko Tanaka, was robbed on Thursday evening in Campbellville, Georgetown. Based on information reaching Guyana Times, the diplomat was relieved of her handbag containing important documents and an undisclosed sum of cash.UN Resident Coordinator to Guyana, Mikiko TanakaReports are the robbery was executed by a lone bandit on a motorcycle who relieved the woman of her bag and rode away. After reaching a short distance, he reportedly fell off the motorcycle eager to escape; leaving the bike behind and escaping on foot.The motorcycle was taken by Police as an investigation was launched. Attempts to contact Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum on the issue proved futile. Nevertheless, based on a description given to the Police by eyewitnesses, the Police are in pursuit of the suspect.The Police, however, did not release an official statement on the robbery. It is unclear if the bandit was arrested or any of the woman’s belongings recovered.The diplomat arrived in Guyana in August 2016 to take up the top UN position here after serving in a similar post in Yemen, Timor-Leste, Pakistan, China and New York.last_img read more

Vyborny lifts ‘Jackets over Kings in OT

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio – David Vyborny scored twice – including a goal with 21.4 seconds left in overtime – to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to 3-2 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night. Vyborny’s 15th goal tied it, 2-2, at 5:02 of the third period. The victory was the Blue Jackets’ third in a row. The Kings dropped their third consecutive game. Geoff Platt scored his first NHL goal and had an assist, giving him four points in two games. Vyborny assisted on Platt’s goal. Kevin Dallman scored his first goal in almost a year for the Kings and Jamie Heward had a power-play goal. Rick Nash came down the right wing and traded passes with Vyborny in the middle. Nash sent a centering pass to Platt, who was upended and flew through the air as he tipped the pass into the net. The Kings came back with two goals in the second period. In overtime, the Blue Jackets had a power play when Ron Hainsey skated to the top of the left circle and passed across the ice to Vyborny on the right wing. Vyborny’s quick snapper beat goalie Mathieu Garon inside the near post. center_img Dallman scored his first goal in 51 games when his wrist shot from the left wing slipped by Norrena. Just 10 seconds after Platt went to the penalty box for hooking, the Kings took the lead on Heward’s goal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Humboldt State assistant, former SaberCats coach Darren Arbet named Cabrillo football coach

first_imgDarren Arbet, the former head coach and general manager of the four-time Arena Football League-champion San Jose SaberCats, was named head coach of Cabrillo College’s football team Thursday.Arbet, 54, served as assistant head coach at NCAA Division II Humboldt State University last season, coaching linebackers and special teams. He takes over a once-proud Seahawks program that went 1-9 last season and hasn’t had a winning season since 2007.“My wife is happy and I’m definitely happy,” Arbet …last_img

Broadband doubles as SA shifts to mobile

first_img14 December 2012Broadband access in South Africa more than doubled in the last two years as mobile operators slashed the cost of data and network roll-outs accelerated, according to researchers World Wide Worx.According to the final version of the Internet Access in South Africa 2012 study, released last week, the number of broadband subscriptions in the country grew by 128% from 3.6-million at the end of 2010 to 8.2-million by the end of 2012.Over the same period, the number of individual broadband users more than doubled, growing by 140% from 2.8-million to 6.7-million.The study, conducted by World Wide Worx with the backing of the howzit MSN online portal, shows that many users have multiple forms of broadband access – such as an ADSL account as well as 3G – while many hop between operators to take advantage of promotional offers.‘Shift in way South Africans consume content’“The migration from fixed line to mobile represents a profound shift in the way South Africans consume content,” howzit MSN executive producer Justin Zehmke said in a statement.“The 9-5 internet peak, along with the traditional desktop publishing and advertising model that has become the South African standard, will become increasingly irrelevant.“Coupled with the availability of cheaper mobile devices, this presents an opportunity for smaller publishing and tech companies to enter a market traditionally dominated by a few major players.”Zehmke’s view is backed up by World Wide Worx’s finding that the total number of fixed line broadband subscriptions is now outnumbered 8 to 1 by mobile broadband subscriptions. Telkom’s ADSL service now holds just 10.6% of the broadband subscriber market in South Africa.‘Demographic of SA internet user shifting’Measured by subscriptions, South Africa now has an apparent 15.8% broadband penetration of the population. However, due to extensive multiple-use of broadband subscriptions, especially thanks to the falling cost of data and the proliferation of promotional offers, the number of individuals using broadband subscriptions represents only 11% penetration of the population.“This may seem small, but it is still light years ahead of where we were five years ago,” said World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck. “It suggests that, five years from now, mobile broadband and smartphones will be the conventional means of access, rather than fixed line, which will increasingly be confined to small business.”Zehmke added that high speeds, lower rates and ease of access also meant that the demographic of the South African internet user base was shifting significantly, once again creating space for new content and business models.“The trends presented in this survey suggest that we will see a major shift in the type of content supplied and consumed, with mobile apps and services at the top of the industry’s priority list.”The impact, Zehmke believes, will be highly positive for the content industry.“The search for viable digital business models will lay the foundation for a culture of innovation in technology and publishing, creating choice and variety for the consumer. As the audience matures and continues to grow, we are set for a reinvention of the South African digital industry.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Safety tips for travellers in South Africa

first_imgCrime in South Africa, like many other places in today’s world, can be a problem, but all you need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.South Africa has many unique attractions for global visitors. As with most destinations, there are dangers to be aware of, but with the right precautions taken, tourists can avoid these and enjoy their visit. (Image: Wikipedia)Know where you’re going before you set off, particularly at night, watch your possessions, don’t walk alone in dodgy areas, lock your doors at night.And, like anywhere else, there are some areas of the major cities that are known to be more risky than others. It is easy to avoid these and still have a good time.If you cannot avoid such areas, then don’t wear visible jewellery or carry cameras and bags over your shoulder. Limit the amount of money you carry on you and keep mobile phones and wallets tucked away where no one can see them.Check beforehand that the areas you plan to visit are safe by asking hotel staff or police.Other sensible advice is not to hitchhike, or don’t accept or carry items for strangers.Make sure when leaving South Africa or travelling within the country that you wrap your luggage in plastic wrap. There are wrapping stations at most international airports.Important South African safety advice includes avoiding deserted areas at night; securing valuables such as photographic equipment and wallets on your person; and leaving expensive, flashy jewellery locked in your hotel safe while out and about.If you intend travelling to malaria areas, take the necessary prophylaxis before you leave home.Watch videos by South African Tourism on highlights, attractions and travel advice.  Vehicle safetyWhen driving a private vehicle, either borrowed or hired, take some simple precautions to avoid car hijackings or “smash-and-grabs”.As a driver, be on the alert when coming to a halt at traffic lights or stop streets, as well as when arriving at or leaving any premises. Car doors should always be locked, and valuables are better kept in the boot or under the seats.Plan your route beforehand. Make sure the map you consult is a current one.When parking at night, choose well-lit or security-patrolled parking areas. Street security guards will usually ask whether they can watch over your car, and in return should be paid a small fee – anything from R5 upwards.In rural areas, watch out for wild or farm animals – road signage will warn you when you need to take care.Only use reputable tour operators and travel and transport services. If you’re not sure, ask your hotel to recommend a service provider for you or contact the National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345.ATM safetyWhen using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in South Africa, practise the generally accepted safety precautions you would employ when at home.Never accept an offer from a stranger to help you with your transaction. Be alert and watch that no one steals your card when you turn your back.If your ATM card is withheld by the machine, approach the bank to release it, or call the helpline number that can be found at the ATM.When using a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter to bring a portable credit card machine to your table. If your card is declined, check with restaurant management that the second machine used belongs to the establishment. Report stolen or lost cards immediately.Hotel safetyNever leave your luggage and other possessions unattended. Know where your things are.Remember to store valuables in the safety deposit box and keep your room locked at all times.Don’t leave your room keys lying around; rather hand the key in at the desk when you leave.EmergenciesDial 10111 from a landline for the police and briefly explain what happened. This call is free from any phone box or landline. If you are using a cellular phone dial 112 and your call will be transferred to the appropriate emergency service.If you’re in your hotel room, contact the emergency number provided or the front desk.For further assistance, contact the National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345.Lost passportsIt’s a good idea to travel with certified photocopies of your valuable documents, keeping the originals in a safe place.If you lose your passport, report the loss as soon as possible to the South African Police Service, as well as to your country’s embassy or consulate in South Africa. For a full list of embassies and consulates, visit the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Source: Dirco, South African Police Service, South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Cricket World Cup 2015: End of the Proteas’ “choke” hoodoo?

first_imgSince their ignominious defeat in the 1999 Cricket World Cup final against Australia, the tag “chokers” has hung over the Proteas. But with a mix of formidable experience and exciting new talent, the squad that takes to the field this Sunday may have a chance to throw off the jinx. Bowling coach Alan Donald says this Proteas team will come out and prove they are champions. (Image: Cricket SA) Sulaiman PhilipSouth Africa begins their ICC World Cup tournament with a match against Zimbabwe on Sunday in Hamilton, New Zealand, as the third best one-day international (ODI) team in the world. Rankings don’t matter, of course: South Africa is not considered a bookies’ favourite to win the tournament.In the 1999 World Cup South Africa needed a single off the last three balls in the semi-final against Australia, but still managed to lose. Since then the tag “chokers” has hung over the Proteas. A catalogue of heart-breaking late failures, indifferent performances and near misses have dogged the team’s World Cup appearances. But that may change with the 2015 squad’s good blend of experience and youth.The retirement of Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith has made space for a new generation of players who do not have the World Cup hoodoo hanging over their heads. David Miller has added stability to the middle order in the absence of seasoned JP Duminy. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is the second player in history to score four ODI centuries before his 21st birthday. And Rilee Rossouw, as a 20-year-old, hit the fastest triple century in South Africa domestic cricket, scoring 319 off 291 balls.Captain AB de Villiers is the world’s best ODI batsman by a country mile. He has never averaged below 50 in a calendar year for the last five years and is one of the most respected and exciting batsmen in international cricket. Against the West Indies in January he recorded the fastest ODI century ever, reaching 100 off 31 deliveries and ending with 149 off just 44 balls.Vice-captain Hashim Amla, after De Villiers, is the world’s second-best ODI batsman. When his career ends Amla will be considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, in all forms of the game. In his last nine ODIs he has scored 569 runs, including three centuries and two 50s.With Kallis all but retired the biggest weakness in the squad will be the lack of a world-class all-rounder. The return of JP Duminy may not be a like-for-like replacement but the underappreciated batsman, who can bowl a little, brings calm to a side that was battered by Australia – their only loss in seven ODI series – while he was out injured. Duminy gives the team a strong batting presence lower down the order and his ability to contain batsmen (he almost never concedes more than five runs an over) gives his captain an experienced option.Beyond the batting talent South Africa has the best pace attack in world cricket today. The formidable Dale Steyn, the best ranked bowler at the tournament, is the sharp point of the blitz attack, which includes Morné Morkel and Vernon Philander.  Kyle Abbot and Wayne Parnell are South Africa’s second line of attack and keep making valuable contributions. To add variety on the fast pitches in Australia and New Zealand, De Villiers can call on Imran Tahir, one of the best spinners playing the short-form game.In 2003 there was the Duckworth-Lewis miscalculation. In 2011, chasing 222, the Proteas went from 108 for two to 172 all out. But this is a different team, built on maturity, unabashed talent and a squad that plays hard for each other.The world thinks it knows what to expect. But as coach Russell Domingo says: “The team is mentally in a better state than it’s ever been. They’ve won games in high-pressure situations under different conditions at different venues. They’ve got a pride in performance. They are passionately led by a captain who plays with his heart on his sleeve.”last_img read more

Reyes wants expanded Gilas cadets pool

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comWith Gilas Pilipinas’ manpower issues as evident as ever, coach Chot Reyes has already broached the idea of introducing a new batch of Gilas cadets to avoid the scheduling conflicts that comes with the new Fiba competition calendar.“Having an expanded pool will allow us to have guys who are not in the PBA, that when scheduling conflicts arise, we’ll always have choices,” he said Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted homecoming presser at Marco Polo in Ortigas.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying Reyes is hopeful that all of these planning will eventually bear fruit in the end, saying, “Hopefully, we keep building until we get to the final objective which is to qualifying for the World Cup and be the best Asian team.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Unlike with the original setup between the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the PBA where rookies in the national team pool were dispersed to all 12 teams, Reyes said that the idea is to have a core group similar to that of the old Smart Gilas, where the best amateur players will be tapped to form the core of the national team pool.“Hopefully, in so doing, we’re able to train up enough players to form a competitive group even though there are complications with the pro leagues,” he said.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 shutoutThough the idea is still at its formative stage, Reyes shared that the SBP has already made a list of possible players to tap.“We know everyone who has potential, and everyone who are coming out, but we don’t want to touch those who are in college now. We know the problems that they will have in college teams,” he said. “We’re keeping tabs on everyone who we think are worthy, but right now, we want to focus on the guys who has no any collegiate obligations.”center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe court, which asked the WFI to give a hearing to SushilThe court, which asked the WFI to give a hearing to Sushil on the issue, told the federations counsel, “This person has done many things in the past. You (WFI) do not discredit him. You call him, talk to him and then decide.””He should be a respected member of the federation. He has won medals. You explain everything to him and as a good sportsman, he will hear you. Keep his dignity and respect and try to sort it out,” the bench told WFIs counsel.The court also issued notices to the WFI and Ministry of Sports seeking their responses on Sushils plea and asked them to file affidavit by May 23. It asked Sushil to, thereafter, file counter to the affidavits within a day or two.Sushil was also present in the courtroom during the hearing.As the proceedings commenced, Sushils counsel told the court that there were two contenders for the one Olympic berth in the 74 kg freestyle category.”World wrestling championship was held in July 2015. I did not participate in world championship due to injury. Another athlete goes to world championship and won a medal and berth for Olympic,” he said.”The important aspect is that as per scheme of Government of India for the Olympics, funds were given for training of sportpersons who have the potential of bagging medal at the Olympics. The petitioner (Sushil) received funds even after Narsingh Yadav won the bronze medal in world championship. I have a reason to go for a shot for the Rio 2016,” he said.advertisementHis counsel further said, “Confusing signals were given to me. I did not have any response from WFI. If selection trial will be carried out, I do not want to miss that. The WFI has failed to follow the guidelines.”To this, the bench said, “See, you cannot undermine the other gentleman (Yadav). He has also won medal. You both are good.”However, Sushils counsel said, “I am only saying lets have a trial”.Countering his submissions, WFIs counsel said that till January 2014, Sushil had participated in 66 kg freestyle category and now he wants to participate in 74 kg category.He said that Yadav had won a bronze medal in the world championship which is “far more tougher than the Olympics”.”In a world wrestling championship, there are 40-50 wrestlers in one category. In Olympics, hardly 18 wrestlers compete in one category. A world championship has a very high standard as compared to Olympics,” the counsel said.WFIs counsel claimed that Sushil was “avoiding” wrestling with Yadav and the Olympic medallist had not participated in the world championship trial as Yadav was there. PTI ABA HMP PPS VMNlast_img read more