US Concludes Escort Mission in Strait of Hormuz

first_img Authorities Share this article View post tag: middle east View post tag: Navy With no further incidents following actions by Iran that led to Navy ships accompanying U.S.- and British-flagged commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz since May 1, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command ceased the mission, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.The Navy ships accompanied the U.S. and British ships following two incidents less than a week apart late last month when Iranian navy patrol vessels harassed commercial ships in the strait.While the Navy ships remain in the strait, crews are providing maritime security operations, Warren said, adding that the adjustment is relatively minor.On April 24, four Iranian navy patrol boats approached the U.S.-flagged merchant ship Maersk Kensington, Warren said in an April 29 briefing.The boats came astern of the Kensington and followed her for 15 or 20 minutes in actions that the Kensington’s master interpreted as aggressive.There was no U.S. military involvement at the time, he said.Then on April 28, Iranian patrol vessels approached the M/V Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel in Iranian territorial waters that have internationally recognized commercial shipping lanes, officials said. The Tigris remains at anchor off the coast of Iran near Larak Island.[mappress mapid=”15893″]Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Concludes Escort Mission in Strait of Hormuz View post tag: strait of hormuz US Concludes Escort Mission in Strait of Hormuz May 7, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Mission View post tag: US View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Bingo Spartans, GCC The Sequel triumph in hockey league

first_imgThe Guyana Hockey Board’s developmental league resumed over the weekend as if it never had a break, with players showcasing an exceptional upkeep of form.Abosaide CadoganIn the first two matches of the Under-19 Division, the GCC Pitbulls were pitted against Saints Splinters, while Hikers continued their campaign against Saints Sonics.The women’s Second Division saw Bingo Spartans contesting with Woodpecker Hikers and Saints competing against Old Fort. The Second Division men’s games saw Hikers Cadets face-off with Old Fort, while Bounty GCC came up against GCC The Sequel.The first bout of action got underway on Saturday afternoon at the Saint Stanislaus Ground on Carifesta Avenue.The Under-19 category had business as usual, with the GCC Pitbulls being awarded a walkover for their encounter with the Saints Splinters. Additionally, three goals were awarded to the team.The next matchup saw the Hikers striking similar luck when the Saints Sonics arrived late. The Hikers were awarded a goal for their opponent’s tardiness, and went on to capitalize on the scoring, adding another goal to defeat the Sonics 2-0.The Men’s Division saw a more intense competition, given the presence of older and more experienced players. In the Old Forts/Hikers Cadet encounter, Jerezeneo Bell gave his team a push to get the goals flowing. Shortly after, Theodore Thierens equalised for his team, Old Fort.However, Hikers Cadets were determined to come out on top, and play in the match eventually saw recorded one goal apiece from Cove Bowman and Devon Munroe, resulting in a 3-1 win for the Hikers Cadets.Almost namesakes, GCC Bounty had to settle for the back-burner, being smothered by GCC The Sequel. When GCC Bounty drew first blood, the general consensus was that they would dominate the game; but they were unable to repeat that goal-scoring feat, while GCC The sequel began demonstrating their skill coupled with steadfast determination, and were able to produce four thrilling goals, two of which came off the stick of skipper Phillip Fernandes.Over in the Women’s Division, Saints got a taste of sweet victory over Old Fort when they played a superb hand of offence and defence, and limited their opponents to being scoreless while they penetrated the net three times to secure a 3-0 victory.In what was probably the most exhilarating matchup of the day, Abosaide Cadogan led her team, Bingo Spartans, to a clinical victory over Woodpecker Hikers. By the 18th minute of the game, Cadogan had already completed a hat trick of goals, leaving the Woodpecker side shocked and vulnerable.In the second half, she added two more to the score before Shondelle Durant put Woodpecker’s first goal on the board. It was by then a little too late for the Woodpecker side, as Cadogan netted one more time to add a cherry to the proverbial pie, the encounter finishing 6-1 in favour of the Bingo Spartans.The developmental league was postponed back in April after inclement weather had made the field unplayable.last_img read more

Prison service spending €80,000 per year so inmates can watch Sky Sports

first_imgThe Irish Prison Service (IPS) has spent more than €325,000 providing inmates with access to Sky Sports and other premium channels during the past four years, new figures have revealed.Almost €7,000 a month of Irish taxpayer money is being put towards TV package deals for prisoners to enjoy while behind bars, according to the Irish Examiner. All inmates have access to free-to-air channels on televisions in their prison cells, and can upgrade to digital packages by having a small sum deducted from their daily pocket money. Prisoners can also access premium channels such as Sky Sports in the recreational areas of enhanced landings – common areas equipped with large television screens. A deduction of 15 cent for in-cell television services is automatically taken from the daily gratuity payment that every inmate receives from the IPS.The prison service has defended its expenditure on premium TV services for prisoners, stating that incidents of self-harm and suicide had been dramatically reduced since the introduction of televisions. An IPS spokesman said: “Prisoners serving sentences are very much isolated from society and access to televisions, radios and newspapers are important to help keep prisoners connected with society and their communities.”All prisoners receive ‘pocket money’ of up to €2.20 per day, which can be used to buy non-essential goods such as cigarettes, sweets and computer games. It can also be used to pay the small fees for access to digital TV subscriptions.More than €2.8 million was doled out to inmates in pocket money last year, according to records released under the Freedom of Information Act. Prisoners can also earn an additional €3.50 per week for chores such as cooking and laundry. A total of €80,760 was spent by the IPS on multi-channel services last year, representing a small reduction from the €83,357 that it paid for the same services in 2017. The expenditure on channel subscriptions in 2016 and 2015 was €82,144 and €80,356, respectively, bringing the total over the four-year period to €326,617.Prison service spending €80,000 per year so inmates can watch Sky Sports was last modified: September 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors can’t complete the comeback, and other takeaways from their 124-122 overtime loss to the Knicks

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Facing a 22-point deficit to the Knicks in the second quarter, the Warriors could either let another disappointing loss wash over them, or battle back like they have so many times this season.What began as a lopsided affair became a tightly-contested matchup between teams with the two worst records in the NBA, though the Warriors (5-21) lost 124-122 to the Knicks in overtime at Chase Center on Wednesday, reclaiming the league’s worst record.After falling behind by 22 points …last_img read more

Photo library: Development 3

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Development contact sheet (625KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Trainee diamond polishers at the Harry Oppenheimer DiamondTraining School. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Construction on thenew Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus, a large township inthe south of Johannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Aids-awarenessmural outside hostels in Vosloorus, a large townshipin the south of Johannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Aids-awarenessmural outside hostels in Vosloorus, a large townshipin the south ofJohannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Brickmakerproducing his product for themany new home renovationsbeing carried out in Vosloorus,a large township in the southof Johannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Brickmakerproducing his product for themany new home renovationsbeing carried out in Vosloorus,a large township in the southof Johannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Aids-awarenessmural in Woodstock. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, » Download high-res image Beaufort West, Western Cape province: HIV/Aids awareness mural on a wall at theentrance to the township. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: A RoundaboutPlaypump, a water pump andstorage tank at a ruralschool in the Acornhoekarea. The pump is builtinto the merry-go-round,which, when turned as thechildren play on it, pumpsunderground water intothe tank. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res imageDEVELOPMENT 3: {loadposition dev}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email [email protected]last_img read more

Puppet Labs Secures $5 Million Funding for Open-Source Server Automation

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#news Related Posts Portland, Oregon-based Puppet Labs, commercial sponsor of the open-source server configuration framework Puppet, announced today that it has secured a $5 million Series B funding round, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Existing investors True Ventures and Radar Partners also contributed, bringing Puppet Labs’ total funding to date to over $7 million. This round of funding will help the company build its engineering team and build on its growth in the enterprise.Puppet Labs’ open-source software helps system administrators configure and automate server management. Rather than relying on manually built scripts with little portability or reusability, Puppet streamlines the deployment of servers and improves the consistency of data center resources. Puppet is currently used by companies like Digg, and Twitter.Puppet Labs also announced today the release of Puppet 2.6, an upgrade to its flagship product. New features include a REST API.Like several major players as well as startups in the cloud industry, Puppet Labs is building its enterprise offerings around open source. The intersection between cloud computing and open source is poised to be a major topic at this week’s OSCON in Portland. audrey watterscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

25 days agoMan City midfielder Rodri: You can’t relax here

first_imgMan City midfielder Rodri: You can’t relax hereby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri is confident he will improve.Pep Guardiola has been enthused by the £60million summer signing’s performances but Rodri admitted he still has much to learn.Fernandinho and Mikel Arteta have become big influences in his opening weeks at the Etihad Stadium since moving from Atletico Madrid.”Sometimes I’d be a bit relaxed like in Spain but here you don’t have it,” Rodri said. “In Spain we say slow down but here you can’t. I need those matches to adapt but I like it.”Fernandinho has helped me. He taught me a little bit. It’s not easy to be in this team. He has a lot of experience. I have lots of things to learn.”I’m not used to this position. We don’t have many defensive players. I like this. I think it’s the best position I fit in most.”The first matches can be difficult. I’ll get better of course. The fact I play alone with no other defensive midfielder. It’s a challenge for me. I have to read the games and learn this position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoLiverpool striker Mane: We must keep Vardy quiet

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane: We must keep Vardy quietby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Sadio Mane says they must keep a close check on Leicester star Jamie Vardy – or he will take full advantage.The Reds were uncharacteristically lax in allowing a three-goal lead slip against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League before eventually prevailing 4-3 on Wednesday.”I think if we want to win we have to play better because we know Leicester, especially this season they are very strong and a very good team,” Mane said.”For sure we are going to learn from it (the Salzburg game) and be ready for Saturday, which will be a massive game for us. It is a lesson for us to be on our toes in the next game.”I think they started the season very well and are a very good team and if we want to beat them we have to be 100 per cent ready.”Vardy always scores so we have to make sure this game he will not score and we try to take all our chances – that will be the key.” last_img read more

Controversy is familiar ground at TIFF Howell

center_img Handling and his staff have stared down many protests during TIFF’s 41-year history. The most vociferous I’ve seen was the 2004 furor over a documentary called Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat, which merely described the fatal torturing of a cat on video by three Toronto men who were trying to pass themselves off as artists. To say that cat lovers were outraged is putting it mildly. It should go without saying, although it often has to be said, that TIFF exists to provide moviegoers with “Infinite Views,” to quote its pithy slogan for next month’s festival, which runs Sept. 8 to 18. It’s absolutely not the fest’s mandate to seek out the most bland and inoffensive cinema possible.Piers Handling, TIFF’s director and CEO, offered a timely reminder of this reality when I sought his reaction this week to the uproar over Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, a Sundance-lauded slave drama now burdened with rape allegations from Parker’s past.TIFF is standing by plans to screen the film three times, two of them on Sept. 9 as part of its international premiere, although there are no plans for a festival press conference for the film.“You never want the festival to turn into a safe festival that’s unafraid of controversy,” Handling said. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more