US approves sale of Mk-V fast patrol boats to Qatar

first_img August 24, 2016 Share this article View post tag: USMI US approves sale of Mk-V fast patrol boats to Qatar Authorities The U.S. State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of Mk-V fast patrol boats and related equipment, training, and support to Qatar.According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the estimated cost of the sale is $124.02 million.The government of Qatar has also requested the sale of eight M2HB .50 caliber machine guns, forward looking infrared systems, MLG 27mm gun systems and practice ammunition.The principal contractor will be United States Marine Incorporated (USMI) from Gulfport, Mississippi, which produces the Mk-V fast patrol boats.center_img View post tag: Mk-V patrol boat Back to overview,Home naval-today US approves sale of Mk-V fast patrol boats to Qatar ” Qatar is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Persian Gulf region. This proposed sale will provide Qatar with military capabilities to protect its critical sea-based infrastructure and maritime security. Qatar will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” DSCA said. View post tag: Qatarlast_img read more


Dilshan bemoans lack of support and takes Mathews dig

first_imgTILLAKARATNE Dilshan took a dig at Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews after ending his stellar one-day international career and bemoaned the lack of support he was given during his tenure as skipper.The flamboyant opening batsman’s 330th and final ODI ended in defeat against Australia on Sunday, but the 39-year-old was able to sign off with an entertaining 42 and take a tricky catch.Dilshan was given a guard of honour by his teammates when he went out to bat in Dambulla and a rousing reception after he was dismissed.But the veteran took a swipe at some of those same teammates and questioned Mathews’ conduct, in particular when reflecting on his spell as captain from April 2011 to January the following year.“I didn’t actually plan to take the captaincy, but the SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) president asked me to take over for six months until we find someone else,” said Dilshan.“Unfortunately, we had also lost two bowlers. Murali (Muttiah Muralitharan) had retired. Nuwan Kulasekara was injured. Ajantha Mendis was injured. I didn’t have great resources.“Angelo Mathews had a calf injury for a year that stopped him from bowling. That must be because of my misfortune, because after I had stepped down, we went to Australia after a week. In that week, Mathews started bowling. That must be because of Mahela’s good fortune.”Dilshan, who will face Australia in two Twenty20 internationals next month, said the time was right to call time on a long ODI career in which he scored 10 290 runs at an average of 39.27 and made 22 centuries.He added: “I hadn’t planned to retire, before the series. Whether someone tells me to keep playing or stop playing, that’s not what’s important. What is important is what I feel.“I started the series thinking that I’ll play for another year – at least in T20 cricket. But when I woke up on the 25th I felt that it was time to go.“To be honest I could easily play for another year or two. But we have to look to the future. If I play for another two years and leave, there’s only 18 months before the next World Cup and that’s unfair to the team.“A young player could be blooded in that time. Since I started opening six years ago, we haven’t found a permanent partner for me.“I’ve opened with about 10 people – so that’s a problematic area for us. If I keep playing we won’t be able to get two batsmen settled in that place. I’ll be able to get some rest.” (Omnisport)last_img read more


YKK Asia, Real Madrid Foundation hold football clinic in Manila

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ View comments “The clinic complements the grassroots program of Philippine Football Federation as there are certain areas that our regional football associations cannot reach that the YKK can,” PFF General Secretary Edwin Gastanes said in a press conference at Shangri-La at the Fort Friday.The children are aged eight to 15 as YKK and RMF want to discover “future stars” in football.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMeanwhile, 30 local coaches selected by the PFF will get tips from the esteemed mentors on June 22.“We (PFF) have been increasing our coaches for the past six years, we now want to enhance quality and getting in touch with the Real Madrid Foundation is a good opportunity for us,” Gastanes said. “We will have quality players if we have quality coaches.” Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nets go abroad, grab Musa and Kurucs in NBA draft In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding YKK Philippines, Real Madrid Foundation, and Philippine Football Federation exchange tokens of appreciation. Photo by Justin Valencia, PDI traineeCoaches from Real Madrid Foundation will train 300 Filipino children in a three-day football clinic brought to the country by the YKK Asia Group.Kids from three non-government organizations will undergo training under RMF coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Santiago Sanchez Martin, and Hector Vicente from June 23 to 24 at McKinley Hill Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Gastanes also revealed that Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund also expressed their interest in holding a clinic in the country.The three NGOs from which the participants came from are Punta Fuego Village Foundation, ChildHope Asia Philippines, and Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, Inc.“We (YKK) chose football because it is the highest sport globally and it is the common language of the world,” YKK Philippines AVP for Marketing Augustin Villarama said. Justin Robert ValenciaADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more


Working on Fire: saving lives, changing lives

first_imgThe WoF personnel showcasing their firefighting skills (Image: WoF)South Africa’s Working on Fire (Wof) firefighting programme not only saves lives and billions of rands in property every year, it also changes for the better the lives of the ex-prisoners and once-destitute people who fight the fires.A Department of Environmental Affairs initiative, WoF is the only full-time professional veld- and forest-fire fighting service in the world. It was set up in 2003 to reduce poverty and develop skills by employing people to manage fires and other environmental issues such as invasive alien plant control.Today WoF employs more than 5 000 young men and women who have been fully trained as veld and forest firefighters, stationed at more than 200 bases throughout South Africa.“We continue to receive letters of appreciation from various landowners who have all expressed their gratitude and thanks to our fire fighters and aerial resources for their hard work in having in many instances saved lives, property and also the environment,” Trevor Abrahams, MD of WoF, says on the project’s website. According to Abrahams, in 2014 South Africa experienced its worst fire season in seven years.Each of the programme’s bases, under the direction of a base manager, is manned by a team of 25 qualified people, called a hotshot crew. The crews use hand tools to fight fires, but can call on aerial support should the fire danger escalate.A third of the firefighters are womenRecruited from marginalised communities and trained in fire awareness and education, prevention and fire suppression skills, young men and women form veld and forest firefighting ground crews to help stop the scourge of wildfire that costs the South African economy billions of rands annually.The firefighters are 85% youth and 29% women – the highest level of female participation in any comparable fire service in the world.One of the spinoffs of WoF is to restore the dignity of young people by helping them earn a living.Nosmanga Nthibane, a formerly unemployed 26-year-old, is one. “When I finished school I fell pregnant and did not get the chance to further my studies,” she said. “So it took me seven years to get a job.”The programme also gives troubled people second chances.Lehlohonolo Majela, a 31-year-old fire-fighter based at the UKhahlamba Base in the Eastern Cape, said the programme totally changed his life for the better by helping him overcome alcoholism.“Alcohol was everything to me,” he said. “Joining WoF as a fire fighter changed my life and I got new friends who motivated me and showed me different sides of life. I did not understand their lifestyle. I had been drinking for a long time so I realised that I had to change my life.”Lucas Molelekoa Bakamela, from Bultfontein in the Free State, is a former gangster who has also been rehabilitated by the programme.“I was arrested in 2011 because of violent activities with other gangs in the area and for also stabbing my girlfriend,” he said.He was in custody for nine months until his girlfriend withdrew the charges. When was released he got a job, but was still running with gangs. He then applied for work at WoF, and his life changed.“Here I met people with purpose in life and they were able build me and remove the mind of wickedness that was in me,” he said. “I like Working on Fire because it changed my life and it also helped me to work with people from different cultures.”last_img read more


South African expats open to idea of returning home

first_img10 March 2016Almost 400 Africans living in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe turned up for a meet and greet at London’s Park Plaza Victoria to learn more about how Africans living and working abroad were able to return home.The road leads us home. #HeartAfrica #home #beach pic.twitter.com/j1I5euDjpv— HomecomingRevolution (@HomecomingRev) March 9, 2016Homecoming Revolution, a recruitment firm for global Africans, together with its various partners including Brand South Africa, hosted the event on 4 and 5 March. It clarified the details and logistics of how Africans living and working abroad were able to return home, including information on careers, property trends, relocation services, education and immigration advice.“People flew in from Belgium and France especially for the Brand South Africa Cocktail & Pam Golding Lunch, highlighting the level of interest among Africans in Europe in opportunities back home,” said Homecoming Revolution chief executive Angel Jones.Employment, property and educationAttendees met representatives from top pan-African employers, including Agco, Bryanston Consulting, Guaranty Trust Bank, Ipreo, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Mace, MultiChoice and Africa Health Placements, to discuss career opportunities back home.A presentation by Pam Golding Properties unpacked the intricacies and requirements of the current African property market. Advice and logistical details on repatriation and shipping were also presented by the White & Company international moving firm.Delegates at #HRLondon16 get advice on removals, storage & shipping from @WhitenCompany pic.twitter.com/n9qA4RmL7R— HomecomingRevolution (@HomecomingRev) March 8, 2016Schools such as Roedean School (SA), Kingsmead College, Hilton College, and St John’s College also exhibited, offering advice and information on schooling and education.Homecoming success [email protected] @nikrabinowitz & @pumelasalela have a dance following an incredible #HRLondon16 #heartAfrica @Brand_SA pic.twitter.com/7y04J2jdSd— HomecomingRevolution (@HomecomingRev) March 9, 2016In addition to a performance by South Africa’s only isiXhosa-speaking Jewish comedian, Nik Rabinowitz, who updated the expat audience – in his own unique, light satirical touch – on the challenges of living in Africa, the event also offered some enlightening homecoming testimonials and other expert insights into the continent.Keynote speakers included Pumela Salela, Brand South Africa’s UK country head; Bankole Cardoso, Nigerian “homecomer” and entrepreneur; and Eddie Mandhry, the director for Africa of the Yale Office on International Affairs. Salela called the event “exceptional”, saying it was evidence of expats’ “greater emotional connection to Africa”.Thanks to @Makro_SA, everyone at #HRLondon16 was left full of their favourite #SouthAfrica snacks. pic.twitter.com/SLx8Qq6TPR— HomecomingRevolution (@HomecomingRev) March 9, 2016Each attendee also received a Taste of Africa gift pack of uniquely African snacks and drinks, sponsored by Makro and AVI Brands.Key trendsHomecoming CEO @angel1jones with @Brand_SA‘s @pumelasalela at #HRLondon16 @glosaf pic.twitter.com/ArRb0xarOL— HomecomingRevolution (@HomecomingRev) March 8, 2016In her address, Jones told attendees that throughout the Homecoming Revolution’s research and interaction with Africa expats, four specific trends emerged regarding the desire for those living abroad to return to their home countries.4 key trends emerge from #HRLondon16 https://t.co/MJQAy3uSFG pic.twitter.com/S3YbQV5P1H— HomecomingRevolution (@HomecomingRev) March 9, 2016More young peopleJones explained that over the past couple of years there had been a marked increase in the number of young people expressing a desire to return home, adding that “70% of attendees at our London event were aged below 45. mainly young singles, newly married couples and families with small children”.Africa is surprising, but so are its peopleLike the saying went, “Africa is not for sissies”, the continent was full of surprises – some good, some bad – but, as Jones explained, its people were also determined to deal with those surprises.“You can’t put Africa into a box. (its) unpredictability makes for a tenacious person. Risks are big (in Africa), but the rewards are even bigger.Critical skill requirements are growing“As industries across the continent evolve and diversify,” Jones said, “the need for skilled African diaspora professionals becomes ever more apparent. This was our most diverse employee event ever. While the event is usually top heavy in the financial services space, industries it covered now included consulting, construction, agriculture, health care, media, research and financial data.”Johannesburg is a desired destinationWhile Cape Town and Durban have usually been the cities of choice for homecoming expats, according to Jones “more and more people are beginning to view Johannesburg as a preferred destination. In recent years, the city has shed its black sheep image in favour of becoming the continent’s career hub as well as a hip and buzzing urban centre.”Eager to come homeSpeed networking at #HRLondon16. Such an incredible buzz! #heartAfrica pic.twitter.com/uJqJf7K0gg— HomecomingRevolution (@HomecomingRev) March 9, 2016Attendees were vocal about their desire to return to their countries of origin, and while they were realistic about the logistics of fulfilling that desire, they welcomed the assistance of Homecoming Revolution and its partners in making their desires easier to achieve.“It was so inspiring,” said Danielle Lefebvre. “It gave me goose bumps and definitely. hope of returning in the future.”The inspirational @pumelasalela had the crowd on their feet at our London event!A true ambassador for SA! @Brand_SA pic.twitter.com/kpevJx5sZd— HomecomingRevolution (@HomecomingRev) March 8, 2016Juanique Ferreira, who works in London, said the event helped her confirm what she had thought all along, that moving back home was the right thing to do. “I need to make it happen. Homecoming Revolution’s event has given me so much hope.”Other attendees, including Nana Ocran, praised Homecoming Revolution’s dedication to bringing the message to expats, both the good and the bad of returning home. Jones’s passion, motivation and inspiring message from the continent made the concept of homecoming a positive, fun prospect. “Inspiring, thought-provoking and I feel absolutely energised,” said Ocran, adding that she was excited about. returning back home.”Source: Homecoming Revolution South Africalast_img read more


Ohio couple selected as National Outstanding Young Farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nick and Sunny Cummings of Washington Court House were selected national winners at the 62nd annual National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress held Feb. 15-18 in Sacramento, Cal. Four national winners were selected from a group of 10 finalists for the award based on their progress in an agricultural career, extent of soil and water conservation practices, and contributions to the well-being of the community, state, and nation. National winners received a savings bond from corporate sponsor John Deere and the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., during National Ag Week in 2019.Nick Cummings credits his involvement in 4-H and FFA with cultivating an interest in agriculture that would lead to his future career. When a local farmer gave him a job moving wagons of grain from the field to the grain bins at age 16, he knew that somehow he would become a first-generation farmer. At 17, Nick convinced a local banker to loan him enough money to buy a baler. In paying back that loan, he established a relationship with an ag lender that he maintains today. He rented his first 25 acres at age 19, and he now raises corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and feeder cattle on nearly 2,000 acres. His wife, Sunny, grew up on a multi-generational farm. In addition to her job as an elementary teacher and duties as a mom to Tyler, Hannah, and Hayden, she manages the finances on the farm.Nick has maintained and improved surface drains and three different waterways on his acreage, and he has tiled 350 acres. Given his background, it is not surprising that Nick prioritizes giving back to youth agricultural programs. For the past 10 years, he has worked with the local FFA alumni and youth to hold a consignment equipment auction to fundraise for scholarships to further the students’ agricultural careers. He is also active with the Ohio Farm Bureau, Corn and Wheat Growers Association, and his church.The NOYF program is the oldest farmer recognition program in the United States, selecting its first group of national winners in 1955. The program is sponsored by John Deere, administered by the Outstanding Farmers of America (OFA), and supported by the National Association of Conservation Districts, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and the U.S. Jaycees.last_img read more


Pinless Moisture Meters

first_imgThe cornerbead throws off the meter readingsI confirmed this phenomenon with my own Delmhorst pinless moisture meter. Image #4 shows a comparative reading of 8 where the drywall has just an empty framing cavity behind it. Image #5 shows a reading of 35 at the corner. In its 2.5-inch by 3.5-inch sensor pad, the meter is including the metal cornerbead. The reading should not be interpreted to mean that the moisture level is higher in this location.To “ground” those numbers, I took a moisture content reading with my Delmhorst BD2100 pin-type moisture meter (see Image #6) and got a reading of 0.3. What does that mean?It turns out that Delmhorst is the only moisture meter manufacturer to have done the extensive testing necessary to develop a true scale for the percent moisture content by weight for gypsum wallboard. A moisture content by weight of 0.3% is approximately what the equilibrium moisture content would be for air of 50% relative humidity at an air temperature of about 70°F. The Delmhorst manual indicates that % moisture content for gypsum wallboard up to approximately 0.5% is acceptable, 0.5% to 1% is cautionary, and greater than 1% is “unacceptable” (with the main consideration being whether or not the drywall can be painted or wallpapered). As a baseline, take a reading from a surface known to be dryWhat about using pinless moisture meter readings (by either % or the unit-less comparative scale) for determining moisture content as it relates to mold growth? The Ryobi moisture meter clearly states that their “…pinless moisture meter detects moisture levels which can contribute to mold growth.”However, the manual for the Delmhorst ProScan pinless moisture meter is much more circumspect regarding the use of this meter relative to mold growth. The manual states, “ProScan is a useful tool in identifying moisture in walls, ceilings and floors in a water restoration or mold remediation. In order to establish pre-loss conditions, find an area of the building that was not damaged and take several readings on various materials. This will provide you with a ‘dry standard’ or target moisture levels when drying damaged areas.“Take several readings on each wall. Pay special attention near the base, around doorjambs, electrical and plumbing fixtures, and other places where water may have entered. Use the meter continuously during the drying process to monitor drying progress.” In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter. Extending the Reach of a Moisture MeterMeasuring (and Understanding) HumidityTools of the Trade: Moisture Meters Video: NAHB Train the Trainer Video Series: Tools of the TradeEssential Energy-Audit EquipmentDiagnostic Tools for Energy-Minded RemodelersMoisture Sources, Relative Humidity, and MoldWhy Is It So Humid In Here? I got a call the other day from a builder client, who said, “Hey Peter, a new homeowner of mine is super-worried about moisture and mold and is getting scary readings with his pinless moisture meter. Help!”Pinless moisture meters read from the surface of any material, using an electromagnetic field. Feedback from this field provides information to estimate moisture content. These meters are called “capacitance-based” meters, while pin-type moisture meters are called “resistance-based” meters.center_img Image #2 (below) shows the Ryobi meter reading 0.00% and set for “Wall.” Image #3 shows the same meter reading “78% moisture content” with the alarm going off. You can see that the meter is right on an outside corner of the drywall. What do you think it is reading?Yup — the meter is picking up the metal cornerbead less than ½ inch behind the joint compound at the corner. The moisture content at the corner is no different than it is on the rest of the wall. To be fair, there is this note in the Ryobi manual: “The presence of metal behind the wall may interfere with the reading…” Using pinless moisture metersThe bottom line:Like most moisture meters, pinless meters work best for the material they were originally designed for: wood.With any material less than ¾ inch in thickness, be very careful about what is behind the material — be it air, a stud, or (especially) any metal, including fasteners, steel studs, or cornerbead.Use the readout numbers only comparatively, comparing the readings of materials that you know are “dry” to the readings from areas you are assessing. Take lots of readings and use the pattern of readings to augment other information or patterns that may suggest elevated moisture content, like staining, material softness, or odor. Moisture content readings are given as a percentageMy builder’s homeowner has a Ryobi E49MM01 pinless moisture meter. The Ryobi manual starts off at the top with this information: “The pinless moisture meter detects moisture levels which can contribute to mold growth. This product detects and displays the percentage of moisture present in softwoods, hardwoods, drywall, and masonry.”So, here comes the first problem: % what? Moisture meters are set up to measure % moisture by weight, so that a reading of 13% for wood means that the moisture content of the wood is 13% by weight. If you dried all of the moisture out of the wood, the wood would weigh 13% less. But when you switch any meter over to the “reference” scale, the meter is no longer measuring or reporting moisture content by weight; it is simply assigning a comparative moisture content between 1 and 100, with lower numbers representing less moisture and higher numbers higher moisture content. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more


Tiger Woods pulls out of Bay Hill with neck strain

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1st female gamers qualify for NBA 2K League draft pool MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – US golfer Tiger Woods waits for his turn on the green of the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA World Golf Championship, at Chapultepec’s Golf Club in Mexico City on February 23, 2019. (Photo by Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP)ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with what he describes as a neck strain.Woods announced his decision Monday on Twitter. He says his lower back is fine and he has no concerns over the long run. Woods says he’s had the neck strain for a few weeks and it hasn’t improved with treatment to the point he feels he can play.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES This is the first time the 43-year-old Woods has withdrawn from a tournament in two years, shortly before his fourth back surgery to fuse his lower spine.Woods is an eight-time winner at Bay Hill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe says he hopes to be ready the following week for The Players Championship.Woods has played three times this year, with his best finish a tie for 10th in Mexico City. View commentslast_img read more


12 hours agoBarcelona players blanked Spanish media after Champions League win

first_imgBarcelona players blanked Spanish media after Champions League winby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona players blanked the Spanish media after their Champions League win over Slavia Prague.Sport says despite picking up a victory, no-one wanted to speak with the media following the contest. It was left to Sergio Busquets, who had been substituted and was in the dressing room, who came back out to fulfil the media requirements pitchside. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, after returning to the dressing room, also gave an interview to ‘Movistar’. He was one of a handful of squad members who spoke to outlets. No-one stopped in the ‘mixed zone’ to speak with the assembled radio stations who were waiting for a brief interview. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more