France Caught in “Crossfire” over Delivery of Mistrals to Russia

first_img View post tag: crossfire View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: France View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today France Caught in “Crossfire” over Delivery of Mistrals to Russia View post tag: Warship View post tag: Defense View post tag: Mistral May 21, 2014 View post tag: contract View post tag: Naval France Caught in “Crossfire” over Delivery of Mistrals to Russia A considerable load has been put on France due to its intention to continue with the construction and sale of Mistral-class ships to Russia. View post tag: Russia View post tag: DELIVERY France said that the delivery of two warships to the Russian Navy will not be affected by the current EU sanctions imposed on Russia amid the Ukrainian crisis. The contract is facing fierce opposition, especially from the U.S. and NATO, as tensions over the political situation in Ukraine continue to rise. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stood his ground in Washington on Tuesday saying that the contract which had already been signed must be honoured, since there is no legal loophole to avoid honouring it. What is more, Russia has already paid out more than half of the agreed $1.2 billion to France, writes AFP. Even though the U.S. has not officially asked France to renounce the contract, numerous concerns have been raised. Nevertheless, according to Fabius, the final decision on the contract will be made in October. A potential scenario that could lead to freezing the sale would require imposing of fiercer sanctions against Russia. This option, however, is not to be ruled out since the international community has warned Russia with graver sanctions if it tries to disrupt elections in Ukraine, scheduled for May 25th. The deal for the two ships for the Russian Navy was announced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 24 December 2010, and signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and French Defence Minister Alain Juppé on 25th of January 2011. The Mistral class is a class of three amphibious assault ships, also known as helicopter carriers. [mappress] Naval Today Staff, May 21, 2014; Image: Wikimedialast_img read more

Park End bouncers accused of mistreating students

first_imgAfter Cherwell presented the abuse claims to the club, a spokesperson replied, “The safety of our customers is always our main priority and we take complaints of this nature very seriously. Our door teams are fully certified and trained and any complaints are fully investi- gated. Anyone with concerns should contact [email protected]” When queried about whether they would be changing their training policies, the club told Cherwell, “We don’t directly employ our door staff but use accredited agencies. All the door staff are Security Industry Authority registered with up to date licenses (which is compulsory in the industry now). They have to go through specialist training in order to receive (and maintain) their licenses.” Reflecting on his encounter, the original Jesus complainant explained, “These incidents have to be reported. The police told me that the only way this will change is if they get a picture of bouncers’ attitudes from a strong base of reports. Individual cases in themselves aren’t that strong because they’re difficult to prove, so they’re not reported as crimes, but a whole host of student reports has more weight. “This is a widespread thing which doesn’t get nearly enough attention.” Thames Valley Police did not respond to our request for comment. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%10398%%[/mm-hide-text] (Image: Stephanie Sy-Quia/Cherwell)Bouncers at Lava&Ignite nightclub have been accused of physical and verbal aggression by a number of students, with one accusing the club’s door team of homophobia. Students have also been critical of the responses of police, who are said to have told one alleged victim, “Come back when you’re not drunk.” The allegations sent to Cherwell relate to a number of incidents at the club, colloquially known as ‘Park End’, that have occurred over the past year. The first statement came from a former Jesus student who graduated this year, relating to an incident which occurred on 11th June. He told Cherwell that, at the end of the night, as the bouncers were clearing the top floor, “One requested that I move towards the exit. I responded that there was a bottleneck at the doors and I preferred to wait as the crowd dispersed. “At this point one of the bouncers grabbed my arm and I asked him to let go. This was the only motivation needed for three bouncers to violently drag me to a separate empty stairwell. There I was held by three bouncers as a fourth punched me in the stomach and legs and a fifth shouted continuous abuse. “At one point it seemed that I could leave as three bouncers started to deal with a separate issue — though as I moved towards the exit, I was once again violently manhandled and put in a chokehold. After this I was forcibly carried down the stairs, where I saw another student being led by his neck by three other bouncers, having just undergone similar violent treatment. I was left with heavy bruises and cuts on my upper arms, bruises on my neck and deep cuts on one wrist. At no point was I provocative or violent.” “Within the next ten minutes of trying to reason with them, we were all dragged down three or four floors on our front or backs whilst in headlocks, causing painful bruising. At the bottom of the staircase one of the bouncers proceeded to kick me and call me a ‘faggot’, whilst trying to rip my phone out of my hands as I had tried to record some of the incident.” His phone was then damaged by bouncers, to the extent that he was unable to retrieve the footage. Frankie Nicholls, an englishist at Exeter, meanwhile, claims she was the victim of physical and verbal abuse on two separate occasions, a year apart. Stating that she had been “drunk” on the first occasion, she explained, “[a friend] and I were pushing each other around in a frivolous way, and two bouncers appeared out of nowhere. “They both grabbed my arms and picked me up, the force of which left me with two green bruises on my upper arm. center_img The Jesus graduate seems not to be alone in being dragged to an empty stairwell. An anonymous Brookes student informed Cherwell that he was taken to a “staff staircase” on a Monday night last year, having paid for entry. The student described how, “Before we knew it one of my friends was being kicked out — the bouncer doing so was abusing his power of authority, and quite aggressively so by shoving him out onto the staff staircase which is inbetween the bar and RnB room. “After he was shoved out onto the staff staircase, we decided to question the bouncer as to why he had been chucked out, and as a result were forced out onto the staff staircase too. Whilst on the staircase, we suddenly became outnumbered by bouncers by three to one. “They then pushed me through the fire exit where there is a lengthy story of stairs. They proceeded to call me a ‘fucking bitch’, and pulled me with such strength that my feet were no longer touching the ground. “Whilst outside I cried and pleaded that they’d let me in. Instead, these bouncers started mocking me, putting their middle fingers up at me. I was so angry that I called the police.” The police met her at her college the next day where she gave a statement, before being told a week later that the two bouncers involved were going to be part of a re-training week. However, she told Cherwell, “These same bouncers still work there. So that doesn’t actually fill me with any joy. They should have been fired after treating me in such a physically abusive way.” Nicholls claimed that when she returned to the club a year later, she was again a victim of aggression. After “trying to slyly sneak pass the bouncer to get into the queue”, she says a bouncer told her, “‘fuck off you little twat, get back into the queue before I kick you out of here.’” After eventually entering, she told Cherwell, “The same bouncer saw me in the smoking area, walked over to me, and pushed me. I started screaming ‘What are you doing?’ but he kept pushing me and gritting his teeth, saying, ‘Get the fuck out of here’. “I felt humiliated, irritated and, to be honest, abused. He came into my face and snarled at me, as if I was some sort of prey. I proceeded to get the police’s attention, and they ignored me, saying ‘come back when you’re not drunk’.” Second year Naomi Polonsky meanwhile was the victim of a violent threat from a staff member. After trying to explain why she didn’t have her drivers’ license, the bouncer told her to “shut up” and shoved her. She explained, “My friend asked the bouncer not to be so aggressive at which point the bouncer grabbed my friend by the wrist and said, ‘I can be a lot more aggressive round the corner if you want me to be’. Frankly, this kind of behaviour was completely unnecessary — I was only at Park End to carry out my role as an Entz Rep.”last_img read more

Hundreds of ‘HEROES’ Help Designated Driver Campaign

first_imgMembers of the Ocean City High School girls’ soccer team lead the way as part of “Team Halliday” in the annual HERO Walk on the boardwalk Sunday in Ocean City, NJ.Hundreds took advantage of a sparking fall day on Sunday to participate in the John R. Elliott 5K Hero Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Start of the HERO Walk at Sixth Street and Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ.The HERO campaign promotes the use of designated drivers, and the annual event raises tens of thousands of dollars toward the effort.The HERO Campaign was organized 14 years ago by William and Muriel Elliott whose son, John, was tragically killed by a drunk driver.Their program already has been adopted by several states, and the Elliott’s goal is to have every state in the country adopt life-saving, designated driver legislation. The fundraising goal for Sunday’s event was $100,000.This year, the Hero Walk provided photo booths and frames on site so that participants taking the “Hero pledge” could post their photos on the Foundation’s Facebook page, Instagram and their own social media.__________For more information, visit www.theherowalk.org.  __________last_img read more

Phil Lesh & Friends Reveals Impressive Lineup For Upcoming Capitol Theatre Run

first_imgPhil Lesh & Friends just announced the ensemble’s lineup for the upcoming two-night run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, across May 26th and 27th. The run constitutes the Grateful Dead’s bassist’s 68th and 69th shows since 2012, and is bound to be something special. For their first performance on May 26th, Lesh will be joined by Karl Denson (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe),  Robert Randolph, Jackie Greene, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, and Alex Koford. On Saturday night, Karl Denson, Robert Randolph, Ross James, Jason Crosby, Tony Leone, and Alex Koford will return to the Capitol with Lesh, along with Neal Casal subbing in for Jackie Green on guitar. Tickets for the show at the legendary venue are available here, and the full lineups for each night can be viewed below.[Photo courtesy of Andrew Blackstein]last_img read more

Nitrogen Prices Are Up

first_imgFarm crops need nitrogen to grow and produce. But when nitrogen-based fertilizer pricesgrow along with the plants, farmers want to know why.The answer: the law of supply-and-demand.”Nitrogen prices are up at least 20 percent,” said Glen Harris, an agronomistwith the University of Georgia Extension Service. “That’s compared to last year’sprices. And the increase will probably continue through this year.”How much more a farmer pays for his fertilizer, he said, depends on where and when hebuys it. But everyone will likely see the price go up.The demand for nitrogen-based fertilizers depends on how many acres of certain cropsfarmers plant, Harris said.Corn, cotton and pastures or hay are the major nitrogen-requiring crops Georgia farmersgrow. As acreage for these crops increases, so does the nitrogen demand.This year, Georgia farmers expect to plant 580,000 acres of corn, an increase of 45percent over ’95.Of all the crops that need nitrogen, corn requires the most. “About 40 percent ofthe nitrogen farmers use goes onto corn,” Harris said.Based only on corn acreage, Georgia farmers need 43,000 tons of nitrogen.”Some may not need the entire base rate, due to some remaining nitrogen in thesoil,” Harris said. Others use poultry litter to meet some nitrogen needs.Demand always increases, too, during the spring planting season, he said.This year, though, not only is demand unusually high, but the supply is tighter thannormal.Extension economist Forrest Stegelin said much of the nitrogen U.S. farmers use comesfrom the former Soviet Union.”They’ve learned about market forces and a capitalistic economy over there,”he said. And to make sure they have ample supplies for their own farmers, Russianofficials have cut back nitrogen exports.As Russian exports decrease, supply tightens, demand increases — and prices go up.”Wholesale prices haven’t gone up yet,” Stegelin said. “Retail priceshave gone up in expectation of the future increase.”Stegelin said rising transportation costs, both abroad and in the United States, haveadded to the price increase. But he and Harris both said fertilizer cost hikes aren’t outof line with other farm costs.”It’s really just catching up with other inputs such asfarm machinery, other agricultural chemicals and wage rates,” Harris said.Farmers who have already bought fertilizer for spring-planted crops got in just underthe wire. But those who waited or need to buy more may face higher prices.The supply may be tight for a while, too, Harris said. U.S. nitrogen-producing firmshave been running at or above capacity since 1990. And no new plants are being built.Nitrogen, no matter how much it costs, remains one of the most important chemicalsfarmers use.”Without an adequate nitrogen supply, crop yields dropdramatically,” Harris said.He said farmers should apply the amount of nitrogen recommended in soil test results.That amount, from 120 to 180 pounds per acre for corn, is based on field trials andlong-term crop research.Harris said research has shown nitrogen to be the nutrient corn needs most. Using toolittle causes the biggest losses in yields and quality.But just because the required rate is good, he said, twice as much isn’t better. Anyextra nitrogen won’t help the plants at all.And rising prices are reminders, he said, that any wasted money is more than enough.last_img read more

Clover Country CD

first_imgGeorgia artistsGeorgia 4-H’ers and country stars Luke Bryan and Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles are on there, too. Bryan is from Lee County, Nettles from Coffee County. Grammy-winning songwriter Hillary Lindsey from Wilkes County sings “The Clown,” a song she wrote exclusively for the project.“Jennifer and Lindsay both made their musical debuts in Georgia 4-H’s Clovers & Co. performing arts group,” said Bo Ryles, Georgia state 4-H leader. “We couldn’t be more proud of these three, talented singer-songwriters and their contributions to Georgia 4-H and country music.” Purchase funds 4-H programThe National 4-H Council partnered with EMI Music to create the CD which features 11 country songs. The CD costs $9.99 plus shipping and handling. Orders can be placed through the Georgia 4-H Web site at www.georgia4h.org. For more information, contact Lindsey Fodor at 706-542-4H4H. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaA new country music CD featuring artists like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire has been released as a fundraiser for the nation’s 4-H program. The megastars on the compilation not only have their musical talents in common, they were all 4-H’ers.“Clover Country” includes songs from country music singers and 4-H alumni Alabama, Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Martina McBride. last_img read more

Unwanted horses survey

first_imgBy Allie ByrdUniversity of GeorgiaProblems with the economy, drought, rising costs of hay and increases in the cost of euthanasia and carcass disposal are leading to a nationwide rise in the number of unwanted, neglected or abandoned horses. With the help of equine associations, veterinarians, breeders, horse owners and related groups, the problem of unwanted horses is being studied through a nationwide initiative by the Unwanted Horse Coalition. Everyone with an interest in the welfare of horses is asked to take a survey at http://survey.ictgroup.com/uhcsurvey/.The survey is phase I of the study. It will collect information from people most affected by and involved with the issue. This will help researchers learn more about the problem and possible solutions.The American Association of Equine Practitioners says unwanted horse are “horses which are no longer wanted by their current owner because they are old, injured, sick, unmanageable, fail to meet their owner’s expectations, or the owner can no longer afford or is incapable of caring for them.”last_img read more

Check out the Shenandoah Spirits Trail!

first_imgIt’s no secret that The Northern Shenandoah Valley is a haven for the great outdoors whether you like hiking and canoeing in rural areas, strolling the downtown streets of our small cities, or taking in the vast history of our region. Whatever adventure you choose, there are places to stop along the way where local agriculture meets the fine tastes of handcrafted wines, beer, cider and distilled spirits.Take a scenic drive along The Shenandoah Valley Spirits Trail and tour the byways and back roads to 19 vineyards, 14 craft breweries, 3 cideries and 4 distilleries throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley, an area that is rich in outdoor adventure. Embrace the agricultural roots that set the Shenandoah Spirits Trail apart from other regions. With surrounding mountains and rolling hills in the valley, the temperatures and rainfall, sun and soil provide ideal growing conditions for grapes and corn, hops and fruit trees, giving the visitor a chance to get closer to the process, meet the vintners and brew masters and then experience the flavors close to where they’re grown.Some things you might experience along the trail:Grab a pint at Swover Creek Farm, a Virginia Century Farm which grows many of their ingredients on the premises.Enjoy a glass of lavender infused wine at Purple WOLF Vineyard, and take in the scenery as the grapes are grown on the same property as a beautiful lavender farm. Sample distilled spirits in a 1930’s theatre at Gingerwolf Distillery in Middletown.Have a beer with friends at Pale Fire Brewery, in the Historic Ice House in Harrisonburg. Sip a glass of wine on the patio overlooking the Shenandoah Valley at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Twin Oaks Tavern Winery. Bring the entire family to Old Hill Cidery where you can pack a lunch and have a delightful picnic among the apple trees.Check out River Hill Distillery which makes small batch whiskey from corn grown on their farmLearn more about beer and the history our brewing heritage in Virginia from 1607 at the Virginia Beer Museum located in a place that was once referred to as “Hell Town” where people came to drink.The Shenandoah Spirits Trail covers six different counties in the Shenandoah Valley. So whether you like a sip of wine in a quiet country setting or a bustling brewery in the historic district of a charming small city, it’s easy to sip your way through the region while enjoying the ultimate path to beverage enlightenment.last_img read more

The data warehouse is not enough

first_imgCredit unions are beginning to invest heavily in big data and analytics.  When deciding how to allocate funds in this space, leaders are awash with buzzwords and conflicting advice.  One of the most common terms used within big data and analytics is: data warehouse.  Deciding whether to build or buy a data warehouse is an important strategic decision for credit unions.  Unfortunately, many decision-makers get lost in discussions about storage capacity, data processing, data visualization, etc.  All of these concepts are important.  However, data warehousing is not the solution.  It is a powerful tool in an enterprise data management (EDM) strategy.Without master data management (MDM) to define data elements, agree on business terms, and document the logic of data integration, the data warehouse will be confusing to end users.  Because data fields are defined differently throughout a credit union’s source systems, terms are used interchangeably (without the same meanings).  This will bring more confusion.  A data warehouse, which is supposed to be the Single Version of Truth (SVOT), must have an effective EDM strategy to reach its fullest potential.Most Valuable AssetThe internet has made data the most valuable asset in the credit union industry.  Credit unions are realizing the value of their data and are tailoring their budgets to invest accordingly.  Understanding that data is the most valuable asset of the credit union is the first step toward developing an EDM strategy.  However, a search for the word data will bring up thousands of conflicting pages instructing credit union leaders to handle their data in certain ways (while also mentioning their latest and greatest analytics applications). continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Analyze your opportunity with data: 5 steps

first_img continue reading » Delivering a great member experience in a tech-centric economy is a never-ending process.Consumer demand for convenience continually raises expectations. If you’re not constantly improving, customers can easily take their business elsewhere through their tablet or smartphone.Even business models born from the concept of convenience are in a constant state of improvement. Take fast food, for example. An industry dedicated to getting us fed fast and fret-free is never resting on its laurels.In April, McDonald’s—the epitome of convenience—launched a new mobile ordering and payment platform. This move follows an increased focus on technology for the company, including kiosk ordering and a test of delivery service in Florida via mobile ordering with ridesharing firm UberEats.While their customers’ experience will improve, think of all the data the fast food giant will get in return. It’s not hard to imagine McDonald’s analyzing that information to uncover patterns and preferences, which in turn would lead to better business decisions. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more