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first_img View post tag: HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej The Royal Thai Navy welcomed its first South Korean-built frigate in a ceremony at the Sattahip Naval Base on January 7.Named after the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the frigate was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s (DSME’s) under a US$410 million contract from August 2013.HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej is the first of two ships to be built for Thailand. The second vessel in the class is to be built locally under a transfer of technology agreement.The DW3000 multipurpose frigate was officially delivered to the Royal Thai Navy in a ceremony in December after being launched in January 2017.Previously known as Tachin, Bhumibol Adulyadej is based on the South Korean KDX-1 destroyer design, measures 122.5 meters in length and has a crew of 136.The frigate displaces 3,650 tons and is expected to be equipped with a 76mm gun, an 8-cell vertical launch system, Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers, a Phalanx close-in weapon system, and decoy launchers.Photo: Royal Thai Navy Photo: Photo: Royal Thai Navy View post tag: DW3000 View post tag: Royal Thai Navy View post tag: DSME Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgSHARM El-SHEIK, Egypt – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Thursday with her Syrian counterpart in the first high-level diplomatic contact between Washington and Damascus in more than two years. The 30-minute meeting with Syria’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, came in the middle of two days of international talks on Iraq in which the Bush administration is seeking the help of Iraq’s neighbors, and countries around the world, to quell the violence there and relieve Iraq’s enormous debt. To that end, Rice also tried to speak with her counterpart from Iran, a country that the United States has no diplomatic relations with and that it has sought to isolate and contain. Rice had planned to approach Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki of Iran at dinner to ask that Iran stop providing Shiite militias in Iraq with weaponry to attack U.S. troops, State Department officials said. But he left the dinner, held by Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit of Egypt, before Rice arrived – and apparently before eating. At the day’s luncheon, attended by diplomats from 60 countries, Rice and Mottaki did exchange pleasantries. Rice’s decision to meet with the Syrian foreign minister and seek out the Iranian seemed to confirm a significant, if unstated, change in approach for the Bush White House to handling relations in the Middle East, analysts throughout the region said. Washington is asking for help, even from foes it has spurned in the past. Under pressure from its Arab allies, the Bush administration has slowly edged away from its position that talking can only be a reward for what it considers good behavior. Rice’s talk with Moallem, though short, was substantive. She asked that Syria, with its porous border with Iraq, do more to restrict the flow of foreign fighters. Bush administration officials noted afterward that Syrian intercession may already be happening; in the past month, they said, there has been a drop in the number of foreign fighters traveling over the Syrian border into Iraq. Rice characterized her meeting with Moallem as “professional,” adding, “I didn’t lecture him, and he didn’t lecture me.” Moallem, for his part, said he hoped that the meeting was the start of something more. He asked that the United States return its ambassador to Syria; the most recent ambassador, Margaret Scobey, was withdrawn in 2005 after the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Syria, which had troops in Lebanon at the time, has been implicated in the assassination but has denied involvement. What was also telling was what was not discussed. Syrian officials said Rice did not raise the issue of the Hariri killing or the plans to form an international tribunal to hear evidence in the case, which Syria strongly opposes. “We hope the Americans are serious because we in Damascus are serious about improving relations with America,” Moallem said. Rice gave him a noncommittal reply. The United States, which considers Syria a state sponsor of terrorism, has struggled to isolate Syria as a strategy to change it. The White House in April sharply criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria’s capital, Damascus, and meeting with President Bashar Assad, even going so far as calling the trip “bad behavior,” in the words of Vice President Dick Cheney. Less than a month later, Rice walked through the cavernous hallways of a conference center in this desert resort town and into the “Sun” room to sit down with Moallem. After the meeting, Moallem was mobbed by reporters and camera crews, while Rice quickly escaped to her hotel.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

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO–Since taking over as the Milwaukee Brewers general manager, David Stearns has quickly established himself as one of the brightest minds in baseball.Stearns has turned the Brewers into a World Series contender this season, but he won’t be constructing a similar turnaround for the San Francisco Giants. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Giants were denied permission to speak with …last_img read more

first_imgA website featuring the complete published works of Charles Darwin went public today at Darwin-Online.org.  This adds to an earlier site featuring all of Darwin’s correspondence, at Cambridge.  Access is free to the public.  Students and researchers will be able to search, compare and cross-check different versions of The Origin of Species and other things.  Nature1 noted that Darwin’s first use of the phrase “survival of the fittest” was in 1868, nine years after the first edition of the Origin, and that was in the first edition of another book, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication.  A year later the phrase showed up in the 5th edition of the Origin.    Henry Nicholls quoted John van Whye (historian, U of Cambridge) with an admonition to creationists:The creationist faithful would do well to take a look, says van Wyhe.  “If people feel so strongly about Darwin, they should actually take the time to read his own words rather than relying only on the interpretations of others.”  Even if this doesn’t convert them to evolution by natural selection, it should expose the popular misconception that Darwin had an anti-Christian agenda, he says.  “This was not what he was about,” says van Wyhe.  “He was simply a scientist trying to explain how the world works.”Nicholls contrasted Darwin’s attitude with the ”defiantly irreligious Francis Crick who, enraged by the decision of Churchill College, Cambridge, to build a chapel, wrote a letter to the college’s namesake Winston enclosing £10 towards the building of a brothel to go with it.”    Other scientists and prominent personages have their own online archives, too, including Sir Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, and Albert Einstein.  Sponsors of the site will be interested not only in providing Darwin’s works for easy access, but also in monitoring how visitors use it.  See also the announcement on the BBC News.1Henry Nicholls, “A life online,” Nature 443, 746-747 (19 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/443746a; Published online 18 October 2006.It’s a fair request that creationists consult the actual words of Darwin instead of relying on the interpretations of others, as long as that same request cuts both ways.  Darwinists routinely misquote and misunderstand the points of creationists and those in the intelligent design movement.  Many Darwinists don’t understand Charlie, either—including Mr. van Wyhe who thinks Darwin had no anti-Christian agenda and “was simply a scientist trying to explain how the world works.”  Read Janet Browne’s biography of Darwin for some disturbing details that provide more finesse than a quick either-or judgment on Darwin’s motivation.    Critics of Darwin should welcome this site.  Now it will be possible to trace the evolution of Darwin’s own ideas, including his loss of faith in the Bible.  For instance, early editions of Voyage of the Beagle are said to indicate he still believed the Bible and creation, and supported Christian missionaries for some time after his voyage, till gradually his faith wore away under the influence of ideas from Lyell and others who cast doubt on the historicity of Scripture.  His mind began to interpret what he had seen in terms of slow, gradual change over long periods of time.  Now that the uniformitarian foundation that caused this slide into apostasy has been undermined, it is well to consider the lesson of building a world view on fallible ideas.    A digital archive is not the same as a book.  With the advantages come some disadvantages.  One can only hope the administrators of both websites will have high standards of integrity, and will not surreptitiously expunge politically incorrect words or passages from the documents.  Van Wyhe need not fear creationist faithful will avoid taking a look.  When some uncomfortable details come out, the question will become, will the Darwinist faithful take a look?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgCC Africa’s flagship game reserve is the world-renowned Londolozi, Zulu for “protector of all living things”. (Image: Londolozi)Janine ErasmusConservation Corporation Africa (CC Africa) is driven by its philosophy of “in order to do well we must do good”. To this end the company balances its luxury holiday offerings with responsible tourism, community empowerment, and sustainable conservation development.CC Africa is built upon the model established 82 years ago at the company’s flagship game reserve, the world-renowned Londolozi (a Zulu word meaning “protector of all living things”). Even then it demonstrated that the business of wildlife could be economically viable through carefully managed, low-impact, high-yield tourism.South Africa, with its abundance of wildlife and its scenic beauty, has since become a sought-after destination for travellers looking for something different. However, it is important to minimise the impact upon the natural environment, not only for the benefit of visitors but for the generations of the future.Says Valeri Senekal of CC Africa, “We recognise that wildlife and conservation can thrive alongside each other with the communities’ buy-in. So instead of merely farming the land we preserve its natural state, to the advantage of all involved. We work closely with the communities around our lodges to educate them about the importance of conservation.”This falls in line with the company’s belief that economic development of the areas in which it operates is crucial to the maintenance of bio-diversity. Co-operation with communities, who in many cases own the land on which CC Africa’s lodges are built, results in benefits for both parties.One of CC Africa’s success stories is Phinda (“the return” in Zulu). The private game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, established in 1991, become the subject of a land claim whereby two-thirds of the land came under dispute. After much discussion CC Africa decided not to oppose the claim because, as CEO Steve Fitzgerald said, while it was important to carry on business to ensure profitable ecotourism in the area, it was not crucial to actually own the land.Negotiations with community leaders resulted in a settlement that was acceptable to both parties. On 11 August 2007 at a ceremony attended by South Africa’s Minister of Land Affairs Lulama Xingwana, and chair of the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, CC Africa signed the land over to the community and promptly leased it back for a 72-year term. Dr Buthelezi hailed the agreement as a win-win situation.Conservation and community projectsCC Africa has initiated several successful conservation and community upliftment initiatives. These include Positive Health, The Goal is Life, and Sing for Life.Positive Health was inspired by American-born David Patient, who was diagnosed with HIV is 1983 and is still living a healthy life 25 years later. Patient now lives in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga and is involved in ongoing HIV-Aids education, including Positive Health.The Positive Health programme was launched in 2003 around the ever-present HIV/Aids pandemic, and aims to educate lodge staff and their families about the benefits of good health and how it can help in the fight against HIV. Staff pass on the message at home, which in turn benefits the communities as they learn about planting vegetable gardens and living healthy lifestyles while maintaining a positive outlook.The company holds workshops and provides dietary supplements and reading material to all involved. With over US$100 000 invested in laying the platform for Positive Health, the programme is now run in over 45 of CC Africa’s lodges in South Africa and other countries across the continent. According to programme co-ordinator Elsje van Wyk, it has reached 30 000 people in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.The Goal is Life taps into South Africans’ enthusiasm for football. The programme organises soccer challenges within CC Africa’s lodges. Says Senekal, “This programme gives our staff something to work towards – a goal. We engage with well-known local stars such as Mark Fish to visit our lodges and play football with the staff, but the celebrity will also give a talk on the importance of having goals that are worth living for, especially if you have a dread disease. The overall winner of our football challenge will receive tickets to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”However, the company has realised that not all their staff are football-mad, and has introduced a third programme named Sing for Life. “This is aimed primarily, but not exclusively at our ladies,” says Senekal. “The first year of the programme has just come to an end. We ran it at our lodges across Africa, getting our staff together in choirs to perform songs from a number of genres such as traditional and gospel. We also encouraged them to write their own songs.”The best choirs from all regions went forward to the gala evening which was held at the Theatre on the Track in Kyalami in January 2008 and featured six colourful African cultures – Xhosa, Zulu, Swazi, Shangaan, seTswana, and Tanzanian.Making a lasting impactAccording to Senekal, visitors to CC Africa’s lodges often become so inspired that they wish to help even after they’ve returned home. The Africa Foundation is the non-profit arm of the company that was set up in 1992 to disburse donations made by guests and supporters from around the world.Focusing on community equity, income generation, education, and health care, the Africa Foundation has worked in 26 rural conservation communities across Africa, and touched the lives of over 300 000 local residentsTo date over US$4-million has been channelled into community development projects such as the Community Leaders Education Fund, which offers partial funding for tertiary education to students from rural communities around CC Africa’s lodges, and the Conservation Lessons programme for schoolchildren.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah are patrons of the organisation.Useful linksResponsible SafarisCC AfricaAfrica FoundationLondoloziDepartment of Agriculture and Land Affairslast_img read more

first_imgPV Sindhu battled her own tendency of giving away easy points as she marched into the quarter-finals of French Open with a 21-17, 21-16 win over Japan’s Sayaka Sato on Thursday.Sindhu took off 45 minutes to fend off the challenge from Sato’s fighting display and her own errors as she set up a quarter-final clash against China’s He Bingjiao, who earlier defeated South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun 21-12, 21-19.While Sindhu’s was a routine victory, it were India’s wins in the men’s doubles that sprung the most and the best surprises.The pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy stunned the world No.5 Chinese pair of Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng 21-14, 21-16 to set up a meeting with their compatriots Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. Manu Attri (right) and B Sumeeth Reddy played out of their skins to beat world No.5. (BAI Facebook Photo)Satwik and Chirag, ranked 25th in the world, had earlier toppled world No.16 Chinese pair of He Jiting and Tan Qiang 21-13, 21-19 to enter only their third quarter-final this year on the BWF World Tour.Earlier in the day, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal had both advanced to the quarter-finals with come-from-behind victory against Lee Dong Keun and Nozomi Okuhara, respectively.Saina has now defeated Okuhara twice in two weeks as the Indian had come out on top in the Denmark Open quarter-finals clash against Okuhara too. Srikanth, on the other hand, snapped his two-match losing streak against the South Korean.Sindhu started the match against Sato with utter dominance as the Japan’s left-hander was just unable to match Sindhu’s accuracy, power and stroke-making. Such was Sindhu’s control of the game that she led Sato 11-5 at the break of the first game.advertisementHowever, Sindhu lost her concentration and her sharpness in the middle to let Sato come back into the game. Sindhu also had two unsuccessful challenges as Sato closed it down to 16-16.Sindhu upped the ante from thereon and let Sato get away with just one point before taking the first game in 22 minutes.The second game was exactly the same where Sindhu raced off to a huge 12-4 lead only to lose her way in the middle and Sato threatened to come close. However, Sindhu did not repeat the mistake on letting Sato too close a second time and closed out the match 21-16 with a 31-shot rally, the longest of the match.YONEX FRENCH OPEN 2018 | Badminton WS – R16 – Highlights #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton pic.twitter.com/lmQ5Z8NlEzBWF (@bwfmedia) October 25, 2018INDIAN MEN’S DOUBLES PAIRS SHINEBoth the pairs of Satwik/Chirag and Manu/Sumeeth had an uphill task at hand with Chinese opponents against them but they managed to play out of their skins to get the huge victories.Towards the late half of the evening, both the Indian pairs showed their class to the French audience in the arena by outplaying their Chinese counterparts.While it took Satwik/Chirag 36 minutes to go past He/Tan, Manu and Sumeeth took 39 minutes to show their class against Liu and Zhang. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will meet Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy in the French Open quarters. (BWF Facebook Photo)It was a huge day for the Indian doubles badminton as two Indian pairs outplayed China, who boast of an extremely strong bunch of doubles players on the circuit.While Satwik/Chirag toppled the pair nine place above them in the BWF rankings, Manu and Sumeeth registered a remarkable upset as they thrashed the Chinese pair who are ranked 24 places above them in the BWF rankings.The two Indian pairs will take on each other in the quarter-final on Friday and whoever comes out on top will run into the winner of the match between world No.1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and seventh seed Chen Hung Ling/Tpewang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipei.DISAPPOINTMENT FOR PRANEETH, POORVISHA/MEGHANAB Sai Praneeth faltered in the Round of 16 as he lost 16-21, 14-21 to Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie in just 42 minutes on Thursday. Praneeth, who played late into the night, was unable to draw from the wins of his compatriots on the day and gave in meekly against the world No.14.YONEX French Open 2018MS – Round of 1621 21 Jonatan CHRISTIE16 14 B. SAI PRANEETHin 42 minuteshttps://t.co/9hXzPBuN9aBWFScore (@BWFScore) October 25, 2018Praneeth and Christie have faced each other three times so far, twice this year, and the Indonesian has come out on top both the times in 2018.advertisementPraneeth had defeated Christie in three close games in Thailand Open 2017 but since then the Indonesian has improved his game a lot and showed that to Praneeth both the times they were up against each other this year.On the other hand, Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram had an uphill task against fourth seed Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia and failed to spring a surprise.In just 30 minutes, Meghana/Poorvisha were outclassed by Polii/Rahayu 15-21, 13-21.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TrinidadandTobago, March 14, 2018 – The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries will be hosting ‘Spotlight on Energy: Our Oil, Our Gas, Our Future’ at the Port of Spain Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency on Wednesday 14″‘ March,2018.The broadcast of the event commences at 9:00 am and will end at 2:30 pm.Spotlight on Energy will be a forum for open and frank discussions on the Energy Industry in Trinidad and Tobago and its current and future impact on our lives. This event will be broadcasted live on CTV, TV6, CNC3,i95.5 fm and Talk city 91.1fm.Presentations will be made by the Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Senator the   Honourable Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Selwyn Lashley, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Vishnu Dhanpaul -Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Anthony Pauland representatives of Poten and Partners.The presentations will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion on comprising Minister Khan, a representative of Poten and Partners – the International consultancy firm that prepared the Natural Gas Master Plan, energy experts Gregory McGuire and Anthony Paul, Chairman Local Content Committee.This feature will highlight the prospects for the energy sector and the significant role it will continue to   play in the economy.Release: news.gov.tt Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more