France: FREMM Frigate Aquitine Completes Three Weeks of Sea Trials

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today France: FREMM Frigate Aquitine Completes Three Weeks of Sea Trials View post tag: Frigate View post tag: Navy View post tag: completes FREMM frigate Aquitaine berthed at DCNS’s Lorient shipyard on Friday 25 November after three weeks of successful sea trials, during which DCNS teams pursued integration and testing of the combat system under the supervision of the French defence procurement agency (DGA). The ship is to be delivered to the French Navy in the third quarter of 2012.The trials were conducted in the Atlantic off Lorient and off Groix Island in the Bay of Biscay. The Aquitaine was crewed by French Navy personnel, with staff from DCNS conducting the tests under the supervision of representatives of the DGA and of OCCAR, the contracting agency for the FREMM programme. The work included further testing of the combat system, in particular to verify the performance of the sonar suite and continue integration of the communication systems.Following the trials, the ship made its first call at its future home port of Brest to test interfaces with the port’s communication systems and mooring facilities.“This fourth series of trials confirms that the first FREMM frigate is meeting its milestones: all the systems tested to date have met the customer’s requirements,” said Vincent Martinot-Lagarde, FREMM programme manager. “Each successive series of tests with the Aquitaine has confirmed that the programme is on track in every respect.”The success of the Aquitaine’s latest trials comes as DCNS continues to ramp up construction of the state-of-the-art FREMM frigates. With the first steel now cut for the Languedoc, a total of five FREMM frigates (Aquitaine, Mohammed VI, Normandie, Provence and Languedoc) are now at different stages of construction at the DCNS shipyard in Lorient.“With five FREMM frigates under construction at the same time, DCNS is successfully stepping up to another major challenge in naval shipbuilding,” added Vincent Martinot-Lagarde. “Importantly, the programme is also proceeding exactly on schedule and on budget as we move into full-scale series production.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 01, 2011; Image: DCNS View post tag: Aquitine View post tag: Naval View post tag: trials December 1, 2011 Industry newscenter_img View post tag: FREMM View post tag: News by topic View post tag: three View post tag: sea View post tag: of France: FREMM Frigate Aquitine Completes Three Weeks of Sea Trials View post tag: Weeks Share this articlelast_img read more

England face battle to save second Test

first_img(REUTERS)-Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes hit an unbeaten half-century as the hosts took a lead of 128 with seven second-innings wickets remaining against England on the second day of the second and final Test yesterday.Kayes was on 59 as the hosts reached 152 for three in their second innings at stumps.Mahmudullah was bowled out to debutant spinner Zafar Ansari (2-33) on the last ball of another eventful day at the Shere Bangla National Stadium after adding 86 for the third wicket with Kayes.Bangladesh got a brisk start from first-innings centurion Tamim Iqbal, who hit a 47-ball 40, and Kayes who put on 65 for the opening partnership before the former became Ansari’s first Test wicket.Earlier, Bangladesh off-spinner Mehedi Hasan picked up his second five-wicket haul of the series but a ninth-wicket stand of 99 gave England a first innings lead of 24.England, who lead the series 1-0 and resumed on 50-3, were reduced to 144 for eight in the first session but the partnership between Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid put paid to Bangladeshi hopes of a first-innings lead.The second new ball finally bore fruit for the hosts as 19-year-old Mehedi (6-82) dismissed Woakes for 46 to break the dogged stand.Left-armer Taijul Islam (3-65) took his third wicket in the following over to dismiss England for 244 and bring up tea on the second day, leaving Rashid 44 not out.Thirteen wickets had fallen on the opening day and it did not take long yesterday for Mehedi, who also picked up six wickets in Chittagong on debut, to send back Moeen Ali for 10 and Ben Stokes to fall for a duck off a bat-pad catch.That left England struggling at 69 for five and the tourists were grateful to Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow for digging them out of a hole with a 45-run stand for the sixth wicket.Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim turned to Mehedi to break the partnership and the youngster duly delivered, dismissing Bairstow leg before for 24 with the first delivery of his spell.Root, who was dropped on 19 at slip off Taijul, showed great determination and nimble footwork to bring up his 23rd half-century in tests and built another stand with debutant Zafar Ansari before the latter became Mehedi’s fifth victim for 13.Taijul finally picked up the big wicket of Root for 56 with a leg before after the batsman misjudged the length and was hit on the back foot off a straight delivery.Taijul thought he had his third when Woakes was given out caught behind but the batsman successfully reviewed to overturn the umpire’s decision with replays confirming there was no edge.Woakes was also caught on 38 off a high, full toss from part-time leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman but the delivery was adjudged to be above waist height by the television umpire.BANGLADESH 1st innings 220 (T. Iqbal 104, M. Haque 66; M. Ali 5-57)England 1st innings (Overnight: 50-3)A. Cook lbw b M. Hasan 14B. Duckett c Rahim b Al Hasan 7J. Root lbw b T. Islam 56G. Ballance c Rahim b M. Hasan 9M. Ali b M. Hasan 10B. Stokes c M. Haque b T. Islam 0J. Bairstow lbw b M. Hasan 24Z. Ansari c Hom b M. Hasan 13C. Woakes c Hom b M. Hasan 46A. Rashid not out 44S. Finn c Rahim b T. Islam 0Extras (b-13 lb-7 nb-1) 21Total (all out, 81.3 overs) 244Fall of wickets: 1-10 B. Duckett,2-24 A. Cook,3-42 G. Ballance,4-64 M. Ali,5-69 B. Stokes,6-114 J. Bairstow,7-140 Z. Ansari,8-144 J. Root,9-243 C. Woakes,10-244 S. FinnBowling: M. Hasan 28 – 2 – 82 – 6, S. Al Hasan 16 – 5 – 41 – 1,T. Islam 25.3 – 3 – 65 – 3, K. Rabbi 3 – 0 – 16 – 0,S. Hom 4 – 0 – 8 – 0, Sa. Rahman 5 – 0 – 12 – 0(nb-1)BANGLADESH 2nd inningsT. Iqbal c Cook b Ansari 40I. Kayes not out 59M. Haque c Cook b Stokes 1Mahmudullah b Ansari 47Extras (b-1 lb-2 nb-1 w-1) 5Total (for 3 wickets, 31 overs) 152Fall of wickets: 1-65 T. Iqbal,2-66 M. Haque,3-152 MahmudullahTo bat: M. Rahim, S. Al Hasan, S. Rahman, S. Hom, M. Hasan, T. Islam, K. RabbiBowling: S. Finn 3 – 0 – 18 – 0,M. Ali 8 – 0 – 34 – 0,Z. Ansari 8 – 0 – 33 – 2, B. Stokes 5 – 1 – 20 – 1(nb-1 w-1),A. Rashid 5 – 0 – 30 – 0,C. Woakes 2 – 0 – 14 – 0.last_img read more

Fighting Irish hold on to beat Pitt 23-17

first_img“Again, got off to a pretty good start offensively, but as we’ve shown, we are really good at stubbing our toe, whether it be a penalty here or a drop here. But that’s us,” Kelly said after the Irish held on to beat the Panthers 23-17 Saturday.Quarterback Dayne Crist passed for a TD and ran for another in the first half, completing 12 straight passes at one point. And the Irish got three field goals from David Ruffer, who stayed perfect in his career (16-for-16) while setting a school record for consecutive makes.“You can just see the way we operate it, it can be really effective,” Crist said. “We’re happy with the way we were moving the ball while we were in that tempo.”Still, the Panthers climbed back into it. Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri hit Jon Baldwin on a 56-yard TD to bring the Panthers within 23-17 with 7:23 left.Pitt (2-3) got the ball back twice thereafter—at its own 10 with 4:45 to go and again at its 7 with 1:37 remaining. But on its final series, Gary Gray broke up a fourth down pass intended for Baldwin and Notre Dame (3-3) ran out the clock for its second straight win following a three-game losing streak.“We’re moving the ball. We get down in there. We have to settle for attempted field goals. We don’t finish the drive,” said Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, who’d beaten Notre Dame in thrillers the previous two seasons.Sunseri, who completed 27 of 39 passes for 272 yards and also ran for a second-half TD, agreed that not cashing in on earlier opportunities cost Pitt a chance at victory.“We have to come in and understand that we had the game, but we have to capitalize in the red zone whenever we’re down there,” Sunseri said.“They had us off balance defensively with the no huddle offense at a faster tempo than we could have ever practiced,” Wannstedt said.“That kind of got us on our heels a little bit the first half. Defensively, our kids, the second half, they battled to the last play.”Pitt (2-3) opens Big East play Saturday at Syracuse (4-1).The Rutgers at Pittsburgh game Oct. 23 will start at noon. ESPN Regional will televise the game as its Big East Conference game of the week.Rutgers will play at Pitt for the first time since winning 54-34 in 2008. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)—Brian Kelly’s baby, his spread offense, was clicking for a half. Notre Dame’s no-huddle was snapping off plays so rapidly that Pitt’s defense was hurrying to get organized. The speed early on was almost dizzying. But the 17-3 lead the Irish forged by halftime— thanks also to Pitt’s struggles to score from inside the 20—didn’t end in a comfortable win for Notre Dame. Not that style points mean anything to Kelly. ELUSIVE—Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist, left, eludes Pittsburgh defensive tackle Jabaal Sheard on his way to a 10-yard touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 9. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) last_img read more

Softball Sweeps Loyola to Extend Winning Streak to 14 Games

first_imgGame two was a pitcher’s duel between Timmons and Kiley Jones. In the third inning, Pena singled in Johnson on an infield single to the shortstop after Frank and Johnson executed a double steal right before. Later, Frank was thrown out trying the double steal with Pena as the Bulldogs got just the one run. Drake broke open Saturday’s first contest with a nine-run second-inning that saw the Bulldogs send 13 to the plate, collect seven hits and capitalize on two errors. Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) singled up the middle to score Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and Newman on the first of four-straight hits by the Bulldogs. Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) followed with a base hit through the right side that plated Buie and pinch runner Becca Barnett (Moline, Ill.). Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) ripped a single to center field that scored Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa). Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) continued her hot-hitting with a double in the right field gap that scored Johnson and Roemmich. Newman then helped her own cause with her team-leading fifth home run, a two-run shot, that cleared the left field wall, and put Drake up 9-0. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team swept another Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader with a 9-0 win and a 1-0 win over Loyola Saturday, April 13 at Buel Field. It was all the Bulldogs needed as Newman struck out eight of the final nine Ramblers with just one ball going into play. Newman has now thrown a perfect game in three-straight Saturday games for Drake, starting with a seven-inning home performance against Indiana State on March 30 and followed by a five-inning perfect game at Valparaiso last Saturday. Loyola 4/14/2019 – 11 a.m. Timmons carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. In the sixth, she got a leadoff groundout before Loyola hit back-to-back singles for its first hits of the day. Timmons settled in and retired the next two Ramblers to keep Drake’s 1-0 lead safe. She closed out the gem by striking out the side in the seventh inning. Watch Live The teams close the series Sunday with a single game that starts at 11 a.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Preview Full Schedule Roster ESPN+ Drake (28-13, 14-1 MVC) received another pair of stellar pitching performances by its 1-2 duo in the circle of Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa). Newman threw her third perfect game of the season and her career in the five-inning game one victory while Timmons allowed just two hits with a career-tying 12 strikeouts in the second win. Johnson, Roemmich and Pena each had one hit in game two. Live Stats PDF Box Score Game 1 PDF Box Score Game 2 Story Links Next Game: Newman improved to 16-6 with the victory over Loyola (22-16, 6-10 MVC). She struck out 11 Ramblers in her eighth-consecutive complete game with 10 or more strikeouts. Timmons moved to 12-7 with the win in Saturday’s finale.last_img read more

Giants buzz: Kikuchi sweepstakes, plan for Posey, A’s trades

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The Mets shipped out top prospects for All-Star closer Edwin Diaz and veteran hitter Robinson Cano. The Nationals shelled out $140 million for free agent starter Patrick Corbin. The St. Louis Cardinals completed a massive trade, acquiring Paul Goldschmidt in exchange for three prospects from the Diamondbacks.So what are the Giants waiting for?CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing the photos on your mobile device.That’s a loaded question that can’t be answered succinctly, …last_img

First for African forest stewards

first_imgA young woman prepares to plant ablackwood seedling, while Tanzania’s loftyKilimanjaro looms in the distance. (Image:African Blackwood Conservation Project) Unassuming to look at, the Africanblackwood is a highly sought-aftercommodity. (Image: Steve Ball, Fauna &Flora International) A cross section of the mpingo tree,showing the yellowish sapwood without,and the dusky heartwood within. (Image:African Blackwood Conservation Project)Janine Erasmus In a first for the African continent, the Forest Stewardship Council has bestowed its certification for community-managed natural forest on two communities in Tanzania for their care of the African blackwood, that country’s national tree.Africa’s blackwood, or mpingo as it is known in Kiswahili, is native to 29 sub-Saharan African countries. It occurs in a range that extends roughly from the Sudan south to Mozambique and north-eastern South Africa, across to Angola on the west coast, and then north as far as Nigeria and west as far as Senegal. It is classified as Near Threatened on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.The blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon), a member of the rosewood family, is highly sought after like its relatives the Brazilian, Indian and Honduras rosewoods. The African variety, which grows abundantly although slowly, is ideally suited for the manufacture of woodwind instruments such as piccolos, wooden flutes, clarinets and oboes. This is the wood’s primary economic use.Not only is it snapped up by instrument craftsmen around the world, but local wood carvers, notably the Makonde people who live in the tree’s main growing region on the Tanzania-Mozambique border, use it extensively. Furniture makers also prize the valuable commodity, and it is said that the ancient Egyptians used the wood in their furniture building.The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit body that works to promote responsible management of the earth’s forests. The FSC certification is viewed as the gold standard in worldwide forest management and conservation. Certified forestry organisations are entitled to use the FSC logo and thereby help consumers to identify products that are harvested responsibly and sustainably.To date, over 50-million hectares of forests around the world have been FSC certified.Sustainable harvestingProper management of the forests is the key to their preservation and profitability. Trees take upwards of 60 years to reach maturity and become commercially viable, so careful monitoring and management is necessary to prevent over-harvesting which will result in the species becoming endangered.Tanzanian communities are assisted in this endeavour by the East Africa-based Mpingo Conservation Project, an organisation that promotes sustainable harvesting of valuable indigenous timber and works for conservation of endangered forest habitats.“In this time of global economic crisis,” says a spokesman from the Mpingo project, “it is important to remember that even small consumer choices can make a huge difference to poor communities in the developing world, providing them with an opportunity for a hopeful and sustainable future.”Because the wood is so sought-after, illegal logging is widespread and poor communities that derive a livelihood from the surrounding forest are often deprived of benefits they might otherwise enjoy.The groundbreaking FSC certification achievement will enable the two communities, both situated in Kilwa District, south-east Tanzania, to earn up to 250 times more for harvested wood than before, affording them the opportunity for a brighter future.By managing their current 2 420 hectares of forest responsibly, local folk can ask for, and receive, a much better price on sustainably-harvested timber. UK-based conservation organisation Fauna & Flora International predicts that communities will soon be earning in excess of US$19 (R158) per log compared to the paltry eight cents (67 cents) they received previously.Community ownership and controlCommunities may also take advantage of Tanzania’s Participatory Forest Management scheme, which allows them to take over the ownership and control of surrounding forests from the government, but they first have to show that they are competent enough to do so. Then, with their FSC certificate in hand, communities have proof that their timber is sustainably harvested and can ask, and receive, a fair price for their labours.The initiative will also benefit the miombo woodland ecosystem, a dry forest-savannah biome that covers the greater part of southern Africa. This ecosystem is important because it supports many forms of wildlife including lion, buffalo, warthog, elephant, and African wild dog.According to the World Wildlife Fund, the area supports what may be the largest populations of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) on the continent.The FSC certification takes effect in time for the first harvest in June 2009. Because the wood requires at least a year’s slow drying time to avoid the risk of splitting, it is expected that the first FSC-certified instrument will only be available in 2011.The Mpingo Conservation Project hopes that its blackwood initiative will become the flagship of many more woodland conservation success stories.Perfect for woodwindsWith its grey bark and spiny shoots, the African blackwood may look scruffy on the outside, but its heartwood is a lustrous inky black and can vary from dark brown to a purple-indigo. The heartwood is extremely resistant to decay. Top quality timber can fetch up to $18 000 (R150 000) per cubic metre, according to the Mpingo Conservation Project.It is said that between 7 500 and 20 000 African blackwood trees get the chop each year, destined to become the highest quality musical instruments.The wood used to be referred to as ebony, but the true ebony tree belongs to another unrelated genus known as Diospyros. Among these are D. ebenum, known as Ceylon ebony and native to southern India and Sri Lanka.Blackwood’s dense grain is naturally impregnated with oil, meaning that sound waves vibrating inside an instrument’s bore do not get absorbed by the wood, resulting in a brighter sound. The natural oils also protect it from degradation caused by players’ breath and saliva.Its fine grain means that it can be turned and bored easily, and its density, roughly that of cast iron, is so robust that it easily and accurately accepts the metal screw threads of keys. The wood is tough enough that it has been known to dent and blunt cutting tools. It is stable under extremes of humidity and temperature, and its beautiful finish makes it the wood of choice for woodwinds.American master flute maker Casey Burns, who also uses South African-sourced mopane wood for his creations, recently claimed that African blackwood is now the standard by which all other blackwoods are judged in the manufacture of woodwind instruments.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksMpingo Conservation ProjectForest Stewardship CouncilFauna & Flora InternationalSound & FairFood and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nationslast_img read more

Cab Cam – Yoder Grain Farms, Logan County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As Josh Yoder runs his John Deere 4630 to plant corn on this Logan County ground, he hopes that 2015 yields will work out like 2014 did and that markets look a lot better than they do now when harvest time arrives. Ty Higgins from the Ohio Ag Net joined Yoder for a Cab Cam.last_img

PBA: Blackwater squeaks past Columbian to halt 4-game skid

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The Dyip, led by their star rookie CJ Perez and skipper Rashawn McCarthy, had a chance to cut a 100-104 deficit with 13 seconds left to play, but took a while to inbound the basketball.Perez had 22 in the outing to go with eight rebounds while McCarthy had 18 points coming off the heels of a career-best performance and a remark that the tussle against Blackwater is a “winnable game.”“That’s our motivation to my players, too,” Ramos said, apropos of McCarthy’s comment. “We can match up—any position. I asked them to just continue to have faith, to trust the system.Blackwater, which improved to 2-6 in the All-Filipino tournament, is looking to employ a relaxed approach to its final three games.“We’re not thinking about it,” Ramos said of their chances in making the quarterfinals. “We’re just going to take it one game at a time.”ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ View comments World Cup downhill in Sochi called off for poor snow surface PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Blackwater held off Columbian, 106-100, to arrest a four-game skid in Friday night’s PBA Philippine Cup action at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Allein Maliksi fired 29 points while Mac Belo mounted his best scoring performance in a long while with 22 markers.“At least we know how to finish the game already,” Blackwater coach Bong Ramos told reporters in the post-game presser. “We finished it strong.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“They really wanted to win today,” he added. “They continue to try to improve. We all know that there’s talent within the team. But we’re still a bit rough on the edges.”“We just have to continue train, try to get a W,” Ramos shared. “The morale is high within the team not because they’re on top—but because they’re seeing who the system pays dividends.” Ramos and his wards face TNT next at Ynares Center in Antipolo on Mar. 9.Columbian, which dropped to 3-5, looks at a tall task in a bid to return to the win column. It is set to tangle with league-leading Rain or Shine on Mar. 6 at the Big Dome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

JAY Z Announces 2017 Budweiser Made In America Festival To Benefit ACLU

first_img“Budweiser Made in America,” the JAY Z curated two-day music festival and staple of Labor Day Weekend, returns to Philadelphia for a sixth year.This year’s concert will benefit both the ACLU of Pennsylvania and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. A primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved.As a result of this concert, money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and heath of the most vulnerable citizens in these regions. As a result of this year’s Budweiser Made in America festivals, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will invest in initiatives that support youth success and family stability to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the Greater Philadelphia area.Headliners JAY Z, J. Cole, The Chainsmokers are joined by Kaskade, Marshmello, Migos, Solange, Run the Jewels, Little Dragon, 21 Savage, Sampha, Cash Cash, R3hab, Pusha T, Vic Mensa, DMX, DJ Mustard, Marian Hill, Tiwa Savage, Getter, KYLE, Wizkid, Stormzy, Lizzo, Dirty South, Broods, Kelela, Francis and The Lights, Ugly God, Yung Lean, PnB Rock, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Rob $Tone, Rapsody, Netsky, Green Velvet, Beach Slang, Salva, Burns, Jorja Smith, Vanic, THEY., Kap Slap, Devault, Nick Grant, Mt. Joy, Mannequin Pussy, Kodie Shane, Flor, Earthgang, Medasin, Tommy Genesis, Smino, Mozart La Para, Carter Winter, Maleek Berry, Karen Rodriguez, J.I.D, Busty & The Bass, Ari Lennox, Downtown Boys, Queen of JeansWhen: 
Saturday, September 2, 2017 Sunday, September 3, 2017Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA and for those who are unable to attend, global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, will livestream the festival on TIDAL.comTicket Purchase:
TIDAL members have access to an exclusive presale ahead of the general public beginning Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm (ET) at is the official credit card of the Budweiser Made In America Festival. Citi cardmembers get access to presale tickets beginning on Tuesday, May 2nd at 10:00am ET through Thursday, May 4th at 10pm ET. For additional details, visit www.citiprivatepass.comGeneral public can purchase tickets beginning Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 am (ET) at Ticketmaster.last_img read more