Nuclear Powered Submarine SSN Nerpa to Join Indian Navy on April 4

first_imgOfficial commissioning ceremony of Russian nuclear-powered submarine SSN Nerpa (INS Chakra) leased to Indian Navy will be held on Apr 4, said a source in Indian defense ministry.Russia officially handed over the submarine to India in Jan 2012. According to the contract, Nerpa will serve in Indian Navy for 10 years. The contract costs over $900 mln, reports RIA Novosti.“Commissioning ceremony of leased Russian submarine Nerpa (renamed into INS Chakra in Indian Navy) will be conducted in Vishakhapatnam on April 4”, said the insider at the Defexpo India 2012 exhibition taking place in New Delhi.SSN Nerpa (K-152, Project 971, Schuka-B class) is a third-generation submarine; she was laid down at Amur Shipyard in 1991. Financing of the sub’s construction was frozen in mid-90’s.The submarine was completed only after India’s investments.Displacement is 8,140/12,770 tons; max speed is 30 knots; test depth is 600 meters; endurance is 100 days; crew is 73 men; armament includes four 533-mm and four 650-mm torpedo tubes.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 03, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: 4 View post tag: SSN View post tag: Indian View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Nuclear Powered Submarine SSN Nerpa to Join Indian Navy on April 4 View post tag: Naval Nuclear Powered Submarine SSN Nerpa to Join Indian Navy on April 4 April 3, 2012 View post tag: join View post tag: nuclear View post tag: Navy View post tag: Powered View post tag: April View post tag: ON View post tag: ‘Nerpa’ Share this article Training & Education View post tag: submarinelast_img read more

Bird flu strikes Oxfordshire farm

first_imgVets have slaughtered 25,000 chickens after bird flu was discovered at a farm near Banbury. The outbreak occurred just fifteen miles away from the Gatecrasher music festival, prompting health fears amongst the hundreds of students who attended the event two weeks ago. Chickens on Eastwood Farm had been infected with the disease for three weeks, before bird flu was suspected and precautions taken. However, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra),stressed that the risks of H7 to human health are low. The birds have been infected with the H7 strain of Avian influenza, rather than the deadly H5N1 strain. However there have been cases in Britain where farm workers have suffered conjunctivitis and flu-like symptoms from it. A 3km protection zone around the farm and a 10km surveillance zone have been put in place around Eastwood Farm. The laboratory results on some of the dead chickens show that the H7 strain of bird flu is still highly contagious. Further tests will now take place to try to establish links with previously identified Avian flu viruses and where the disease could have originated. It is suspected that the disease has been spread by wild birds. The movement of birds and bird products have been banned in the whole of the temporary zone and all kept birds must be isolated from contact with wild birds. Restrictions have also been imposed on people who have contact with wild birds. Students who attended Gatecrasher two weeks ago expressed concern that their may be health risks. One Keble undergraduate, who attended the festival, expressed his concern, saying, “I’m quite worried. The chicken farm was really close by as we could all smell it when we were at the festival.” A St Anne’s third year who also went to Gatecrasher said, “I’m concerned about the whole thing, given that a bird pooed on me and that bird flu is such a big issue in the media at the moment. I haven’t felt ill or anything since the festival on Sunday, so hopefully I’ll be fine.” However, others were less worried. Jocelyn Corner, a second year student at Pembroke, explained that she was not greatly concerned by the news. She said, “The fact that the disease can only be spread by having close contact with infected chickens means that I don’t feel at any particular risk. “It’s certainly not going to stop me from eating chicken. If the more deadly H5N1 strain had been discovered then I’d be much more worried that an outbreak had been found so close to Oxford. I do feel bad for the farmer though, and the chickens.” In a statement a University Press Officer said, “The University has a flu pandemic planning committee which exists to plan for any type of pandemic flu, including bird flu. If there were an outbreak various procedures would kick in depending on central government assessment of the threat level (which right now remains at low).” The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that the risk to public health remains low. The Food Standards Agency has also confirmed that the disease cannot be contracted by eating food, but can be contracted by close contact with infected birds. Defra is considering whether any wider measures are needed. Avian influenza – Avian influenza (bird flu) is a highly contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory, digestive and/or nervous system of many species of birds. – H7 is the non-deadly strain of bird flu: the risk it poses to humans remains low. – H7 infection in humans is rare, but can occur among persons who have direct contact with infected birds. – Advice from the Food Standards Agency remains that properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat. – The H7 virus is destroyed by cooking thoroughly. By contrast, H5N1 is a much more virulent and deadly form of bird flu.last_img read more

CSM purchases Harden

first_imgBradford-based Harden Fine Foods, which supplies mini-bite flapjacks, brownies and cakes to in-store bakeries in supermarkets as well as restaurants and coffee shops, has been bought by CSM for £6.4 million. The Netherlands firm already owns BakeMark UK and Kate’s Cakes.Welcoming the latest acquisition, Marco Bertacca, CSM European vice-president for frozen and bakery foods, said: “We firmly believe that the market for premium convenience products is here to stay.”Harden has been at the forefront of this trend through the development of its market-leading range of mini-bites.”We believe Harden complements our existing UK operations, and will consolidate and drive our strategic position as the number one partner of choice for sweet bakery products in the in-store, artisan and out-of-home markets.”Harden Fine Foods managing director Andrew Higgins told British Baker that while the company had grown strongly “from nothing in the last 10 years or so, to sales of £11m”, CSM’s level of investment and expertise would be vital in further growing the firm.He said: “I believe the business needs to be taken to the next level. CSM came along at the right time.”Harden will continue to operate as a standalone manufac- turing operation and will not be integrated into either BakeMark or Kate’s Cakes.last_img read more

Warming and Overfishing Threaten Thousands of Fishermen in Central America

first_imgBy Dialogo August 10, 2009 Warming waters, overfishing, the use of unsuitable nets, and poaching are threatening the fishing industry in Central America, where around 100,000 families earn their living from this activity, an official said in Panama City. The principal fishing activities in the region are the tuna, shrimp, and lobster industries, but there is also massive participation by small fishermen, said the Fishing and Aquaculture Director of the System of Central American Integration (SICA), Mario González. “The fishing sector at the level of Central America as a whole produces around 1.5 billion dollars a year,” González said, noting nevertheless that this sector may lose its advantages due to the threats it is facing. One of the greatest threats “is warming waters” due to climate change, since the fish “have to migrate and in some cases die,” González indicated in a press conference in Panama City. Other threats are overfishing, the use of unsuitable nets, the abandonment of nets at sea, and illegal fishing, he added. Fishing has always been an economically and socially important activity in the Central American countries due to the number of jobs and the amount of foreign currency that it generates, González said. “In some countries agriculture is declining, and fishing becomes attractive as an alternative,” he indicated. With a 3.5-million-dollar contribution from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development, SICA will carry out a study to obtain detailed information on the situation of the fishing sector in the region, especially with regard to small fishermen, the official said.last_img read more

Who’s Going to Tell Him? Republicans Shy From Asking Trump to Concede

first_imgWASHINGTON — Since he was elected, President Trump’s relationships with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have mostly fallen into one of two categories: the unbreakable bond with his most ardent followers, who defend him at all costs, and the tenuous, strained alliance with the rest, who share his agenda but often cringe privately at his language and tactics.Neither group is particularly well suited for the chore of trying to persuade Mr. Trump, who refuses to concede the election, that it is time to step aside — or at the very least, to stop spreading claims about the integrity of the nation’s elections that are contrary to considerable evidence. And there is little chance that Mr. Trump, who has been perplexed and sometimes enraged by the Republican institutionalists who might normally be expected to play such a role, would listen if they did.- Advertisement – The dynamic helps explain why, days after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner of the election, even Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, was unwilling to recognize the result. Instead, senators have tiptoed around — or in some cases blindly run past — the reality of Mr. Trump’s loss, and the lack of evidence to suggest widespread election fraud or improprieties that could reverse that result.“There is no bipartisanship to speak of, in terms of how many members are willing to speak up — and would it matter to him? Would he listen?” said William S. Cohen, a former senator and House member from Maine who was one of the first Republicans to break from his party and support the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon. “Trump doesn’t care a whit about the House or Senate, and he rules by fear. He still can inflame his supporters — there are 70 million out there. He still carries that fear factor.” By Monday evening, a club of only a few Republican senators known for their distaste for Mr. Trump — Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — had acknowledged Mr. Biden’s victory.- Advertisement – Mr. McConnell, who is poised to be the top Republican in Washington during the coming Biden administration, threw his support behind Mr. Trump, declining to recognize Mr. Biden’s victory as he argued Mr. Trump was “100 percent within his rights” to challenge the outcome.Far from attempting to influence the president’s thinking, most Republicans have gone out of their way to avoid seeming to dictate what he should do.“I look forward to the president dealing with this however he needs to deal with it,” Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican on Mr. McConnell’s leadership team, said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, even as he noted that it “seems unlikely” that the outcome would change based on Mr. Trump’s legal claims.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Still, some Republicans have argued in recent days that it is crucial for members of their party to push back in a measured way against the president’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.On Monday, 31 former Republican members of Congress — many of them outspoken critics of the president — denounced Mr. Trump’s allegations in an open letter that called on him to accept the election results.“We believe the statements by President Trump alleging fraud in the election are efforts to undermine the legitimacy of the election and are unacceptable,” wrote the group, led by former Representative Tom Coleman of Missouri. “Every vote should be counted and the final outcome accepted by the participants because public confidence in the outcome of our elections is a bedrock of our democracy.”Barbara Comstock, a Republican former House member from Virginia who signed the letter, said she did so because skeptical voters “have got to come to the understanding and see that this isn’t real.” Her former colleagues, Ms. Comstock added, had largely come to the conclusion privately that Mr. Trump’s legal challenges “aren’t going anywhere.”“Their facade is crumbling,” she said. “It’s inevitably going where it’s going. We’ve just got to responsibly explain to people why this isn’t true.”center_img Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican leader, also insisted that Mr. Trump was right to contest the results of the election.“Every legal challenge must be heard,” Mr. McCarthy said. “Then and only then does America decide who won the race.”In 1974, as President Richard M. Nixon faced the Watergate scandal and the strong likelihood of impeachment and conviction, a cadre of powerful Republican lawmakers marched to the White House and one by one, naming lawmakers in their own party who were prepared to vote to convict him, told him it was time for him to go. The message was clear, and Mr. Nixon announced his resignation the next day.Expect no such reckoning for Mr. Trump, said Timothy Naftali, the founding director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and a professor at New York University. Some of the Mr. Trump’s acolytes, on the other hand, have rushed to advance his baseless theories of fraud. Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue of Georgia, both of whom are facing runoff elections in January, demanded the resignation of their state’s top election official, a fellow Republican, after he said there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the state’s elections. Updated Nov. 9, 2020, 7:57 p.m. ET “It’s very difficult for Republicans whose leader got 71 million votes, the most by any Republican standard-bearer ever, to simply just turn their backs on him,” Mr. Naftali said. “The issue is now not so much Trump as loyalty to Trumpism. And I think that’s why you see the contortions now. If you’re a Republican and you get this wrong, you’re going to be primaried out.”There is a more immediate concern for the party, too. With Mr. Perdue and Ms. Loeffler facing elections whose outcomes are likely to determine control of the Senate, Republicans are reluctant to do anything to dampen the enthusiasm of their conservative base. Any hint that leaders were prodding Mr. Trump to exit the stage could provoke a Twitter rampage from the president that could turn his supporters against the party at a critical time.“The Republican Party hemorrhaged seats in 1974 after Watergate, after the near-impeachment of a Republican president,” Mr. Naftali said, while they appear on track to gain House seats this year after Democrats’ impeachment of Mr. Trump. “So what is the lesson for politicos? The lesson is not to run away from Trump.”last_img read more

Lošinj’s Vitality Hotel Punta is the first hotel on the Adriatic certified for a gluten-free offer

first_imgVitality Hotel Punta, the first in a series of hotels, villas and restaurants of the Lošinj hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas, implemented the strict standards of the first Croatian gluten free certificate and thus became the first hotel on the Adriatic and a proud holder of BOSK gluten free standards.Through education on the preparation, serving and distribution of gluten-free meals, the staff of hotels and restaurants from this summer is ready to host people on a gluten-free diet, in accordance with their needs and desires. At the same time, it will put the hotel and the island of Lošinj on the map of gluten-free tourist destinations.Recent research confirms that gluten is one of the most abundant allergens in food. It is estimated that there are more than 70 million gluten-sensitive and intolerant people in Europe today, 190 million people who avoid wheat and gluten because they think it is harmful to their health and 11 million people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease as the ultimate expression of gluten intolerance. Figures that speak enough about the tourist potential, and among them are many tourists who avoid gluten in their diet, because they have to or want it for health reasons, and who choose Croatia as their holiday destination and have not had the opportunity to they or members their families consume gluten-free meals.“Vitality Hotel Punta, the holder of the BOSK gluten free standard, has thus completed its diverse offer primarily focused on the concept of healthy eating and living. Meals are created according to the personal needs of each guest, which is why Vitality Hotel Punta is the best choice for all those who came to Lošinj in search of health programs, which are created and implemented under the watchful eye of internists, nutritionists and wellness and spa therapists. kinesiologist. ” stand out from Losinj Hotels & VillasBOSK gluten free standard is intended for caterers and provides them with practical knowledge about the preparation, serving and distribution of gluten-free dishes. The BOSK gluten free standard was developed on the basis of scientifically proven and globally accepted food safety protocols and is based on the principles of the HACCP system, good manufacturing practice (DPP) and good hygiene practice (DHP). The standard was developed with the aim of avoiding the risk of gluten contamination of prepared dishes and desserts and prescribes protocols of production processes as well as corrective measures in case of suspicion of gluten contamination.last_img read more

Croatia won the First Walking Festival

first_imgLess than a month remains until an important sporting event that will be held for the first time in Croatia, in Lika-Senj County. On the first and second of September, organized by the Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County, it will be held The first Croatian walking festival. It is a big event for the whole of Croatia because Festivals of this type are an exceptional trend in the world, and in addition to popularity, they are also adorned with mass because walking is an activity that is gaining in importance and professionalism. That is why some of the world’s festivals gather up to fifty thousand walkers.The first Croatian Walking Festival will be held in Gospić and Otočac, with each city providing two routes – shorter and longer.The first of September is reserved for Gospić, where all registered “walkers” will master two trails of 23 and 30 kilometers, symbolically called Tesla. After that, on September 18, the event moves to Otočac on the trail named Gacka – a shorter trail of 34 km and the longest and most demanding trail of XNUMX km.”The goal of the project is, of course, with the promotion of Lika, the promotion of active tourism and active lifestyle, to which we place a strong emphasis in our county. We have placed the project in the cities of Gospić and Otočac, which meet all the criteria of this type of Festival. We are all extremely motivated to put Croatia on the world map of the leading Walking Festivals, and our Croatian will surely become traditional. We invite everyone to sign up and enjoy a two-day holiday of health, sports and entertainment. ” Ivan Radošević, director of the LSŽ Tourist BoardThe benefits of professional as well as recreational walking are numerous, and one of the most famous facts is that with every minute you spend walking, you can extend your life by one and a half to two minutes! It is an excellent motive for all those who want to do something good for their health, but also have a good time and enjoy the untouched nature, to become participants in the First Croatian Walking Festival.The deadline for applications is August 28, and look for more information on the official web sitelast_img read more

COVID-19: Gorontalo only province unscathed as Indonesia records highest daily death toll

first_imgEast Nusa Tenggara (NTT) became the latest province to confirm the presence of COVID-19 within its borders on Thursday, bringing the total number of provinces affected to 33.Health Ministry data showed that East Nusa Tenggara had confirmed one case after previously only reporting a suspected infection. The province followed Bengkulu, which reported its first confirmed case on Mar. 31. A Flourish mapGorontalo is now the only province in the archipelago that has not reported any COVID-19 infections. Local news outlets said on Monday that 29 patients under surveillance in the province had tested negative, leaving 6 people under surveillance and 1,255 under general monitoring. Achmad Yurianto, the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, said on Thursday afternoon that 337 new COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 3,292. The death toll also rose to 280 as the ministry reported the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities in a single day: 40 deaths. The figure doubled Indonesia’s previous highest one-day death toll of 20, on March 26.“This is a heartbreaking figure for us because we know that viral transmission among the public is still taking place,” Yuri said in his daily press briefing on Thursday.Jakarta remains the hardest-hit province with 236 new confirmed cases, bringing the total tally to 1,706 cases and 142 fatalities in the capital.Topics :last_img read more

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson hails ‘special’ Arsenal star Kieran Tierney

first_img Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jul 2020 5:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link416Shares PLAY Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Comment Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has hailed ‘fantastic’ Arsenal star Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has hailed ‘fantastic’ and ‘special’ Arsenal star Kieran Tierney.Tierney, 23, is beginning to establish himself as a key player for the Gunners following his £25million move from Celtic last summer.Robertson shares a dressing room with Tierney while on international duty for Scotland and says he is an ‘excellent’ player.There is a debate within Scottish football on how current manager Steve Clarke can get the best out of both Robertson and Tierney and the Liverpool star admits he is ‘sick’ of the comparisons, while heaping praise on the Arsenal defender.ADVERTISEMENT Liverpool defender Andy Robertson hails ‘special’ Arsenal star Kieran Tierney Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Video Settings Skip Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE ‘I’ve spoken to KT before and I think we’re both sick to death of the comparisons,’ Robertson told the Lockdown Tactics podcast.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He is a fantastic player. I watch him a lot and he’s excellent at what he does. He’s had his injury problems but he’s back now and looks really fit and special.‘What would I do [if I was Scotland manager]? I honestly don’t know. That’s up to the manager. Read More Read More Read More 1/1center_img Read More 1 min. story Coming Next ‘We’ve had sloppy moments before and not been punished for it but this is good because we have to learn from it. Credit to Arsenal for being there and using it.‘I can’t make something negative from something so positive, we get the points we deserve and we will see how many that will be.‘These boys played an exceptional season, nobody can take that away from them.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m disappointed and angry about a few things but the game was good, the attitude was good, but we took a break and that is why we lost the game.‘That is football, someone is surprised these boys are human beings – I am not. From time to time they are not perfect.’Arsenal face Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday, while Liverpool host Chelsea next Wednesday.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal have closed the gap on Liverpool in four areasMORE: Liverpool blasted for missing out on Premier League record after Arsenal defeat SPONSORED / Read More Top articles Skip Ad Advertisement by Metro Robertson has praised his Scotland team-mate (Picture: Getty)‘There’s a few ways of doing it. We’re just two players playing at a good level. Maybe it’s a conundrum for managers but there’s ways of doing it.’Robertson and Tierney came up against each other on Wednesday night as new Premier League champions Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal.Speaking after the defeat, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said: ‘We have to learn from it, 100 per cent. About Connatix V67539 Advertisementlast_img read more