Royal Thai Navy commissions second Krabi-class OPV

first_img View post tag: Krabi-class View post tag: Royal Thai Navy View post tag: HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan Photo: Photo: Royal Thai Navy Share this article The Royal Thai Navy commissioned its second Krabi-class offshore patrol vessel in a ceremony in Sattahip, Chonburi, on September 27.HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan (hull number 552) was commissioned less than a month after it was launched in early August by Thailand’s Bangkok Dock.Built under a licensing agreement with UK defense contractor BAE Systems, HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan is based on the River-class OPVs currently being built for the Royal Navy by BAE Systems.The lead ship in the class, HTMS Krabi, was delivered to the navy from Bangkok Dock in 2013.The 90-meter vessels feature Thales combat and communication suites and will be capable of launching Harpoon missiles via four launchers.In addition to the UK and Thailand, a version of the 90-meter OPVs is in service with the navy of Brazil and is known as the Amazonas-class. View post tag: BAe Systemslast_img read more

Conservation class

first_imgA classroom and field workshop focusing on how to develop a conservation reserve program plan is set for Oct. 23, 2012 on the University of Georgia campus in Tifton, Ga.The class is part of the Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative (CRPRI) and is co-sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.The workshop, “CRP Plan: Start to Finish,” is part of the national CRP Readiness Initiative’s nationwide effort to train conservation professionals and independent consultants. The goal is to prepare these professional to provide the planning, implementation and management services associated with the Conservation Reserve Program. Participants will learn the CRP conservation planning process step by step, including how to develop NRCS-required maps, use online tools to evaluate soils, choose the best conservation practices, assess installation and maintenance specifications and develop a timeline so landowners can meet all CRP program requirements.The conservation trainings offered through the CRPRI will also be useful to conservation professionals working in other NRCS conservation programs outside of CRP. Professionals from nonprofits, conservation districts and state agencies with ties to NRCS would also benefit from the course. Additional online courses will be available in October through the CRPRI website, FacesOfCRP.info. To register for the Georgia workshop or online courses, or to learn more, visit facesofcrp.info/training. Directions to the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center can be found at ugatiftonconference.org. For more information on the workshop or the online classes, contact David Ferrell, CRP Readiness Initiative southern media contact, at (912) 337-5548 or [email protected]last_img read more

UN calls for more attention to environment amid Zika crisis

first_img Tweet NAIROBI, Kenya (CMC) — The United Nations says the outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean has sent a strong signal to the international community that there is a need for increased attention to the linkages between the environment and health.The list of health conditions that can be linked to environmental pollution and degradation is “long and growing”, including skin cancer, lung cancer, asthma, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, malaria, Ebola and Zika, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) .“There is a growing awareness that humans, through their intervention in the environment, play a vital role in exacerbating or mitigating health risks,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in an address to the UNEP’s Committee of Permanent Representatives — a group of delegates representing more than 140 countries and major groups. They had gathered at the agency’s Nairobi headquarters to prepare for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, to be held at the end of May.In his remarks, Steiner cited data from the World Health Organization (WHO) which found that 23 per cent of all premature deaths around the world can be attributed to environmental factors. Among children, that figure rises to 36 per cent.“Every year, nearly seven million people die because they are exposed to indoor and outdoor air pollution, from power generation, cook stoves, transportation, industrial furnaces, wildfires, or other causes,” he said. “We are eating into an ecological infrastructure that not only sustains us, but protects us. The fallout from the footprint of human activity in the 21st century seems to grow every year.”The UNEP chief also pointed out that more than two billion people live in water-stressed areas,1,000 children die every day from water-borne diseases, and 42 million life years are lost every year due to natural disasters.Concerning the Zika virus, last week, the World Health Organization launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.The plan also seeks to improve vector control, effectively communicate risks, guidance and protection measures, provide medical care to those affected and fast-track research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics, according to the WHO.Dr Natela Menabde, the executive director of the WHO office in New York, told UN member-states, during a briefing to the Economic and Social Council that currently 34 countries have reported the Zika virus, mostly in the Americas and Caribbean.She said seven countries in the region have reported an increase in cases of microcephaly with Brazil registering than 4,700 suspected cases. Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint UN calls for more attention to environment amid Zika crisis by: Caribbean Media Corporation – February 24, 2016center_img 104 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Ozzie Guillen and Dusty Baker

first_imgWill Ozzie Guillen or Dusty Baker get another chance to manage a baseball team?  Guillen was last with Miami, and Baker was with the Reds.  In the case of Guillen, he almost had the Miami job back this spring.  However, because of some complications with his old contract, they decided to go to one of their front office people.  As far as Baker is concerned, he has not been on the field since the Reds let him go.Ozzie is again being considered for the Miami job mainly because of his familiarity with the south Florida fan’s language.  As far as Baker is concerned, he has been mentioned as a prime candidate to fill the Dodgers’ vacancy.  After all, Dusty is a Californian and played with the Dodgers.Both of these former managers were well liked by their players.  Guillen got in trouble with management because of his mouth.  Baker had trouble with management because they said he was not tough enough on his players.  In both cases, the teams that fired them have been a disaster ever since.last_img read more

Andrea Pirlo named Juventus manager

first_imgHe takes over from Maurizio Sarri who was sacked hours after their round of 16 elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of Lyon.Pirlo was named head coach of the Juventus U – 23 team barely a week before his elevation to the top job.Considered one of the best midfielders of his generation, Pirlo played for the Bianconeri from 2011 – 2015 and scored 16 goals in 199 appearances while winning four Serie A titles. Juventus have named former midfielder Andrea Pirlo as the new manager for the team according to reports.last_img read more