Tesco snaps up web movie firm Blinkbox

first_img TESCO yesterday announced the shock acquisition of video on demand service Blinkbox.The cost of the deal for 80 per cent of the firm was not disclosed but one industry source told City A.M. the price is likely to have been low, based on his knowledge of Blinkbox’s financial figures.Tesco has bought the stake from Eden Ventures and Nordic Venture Partners. The remaining 20 per cent will stay with the current management team, including founder and chief executive Michael Comish.A Tesco spokesman told City A.M. it will acquire the management shares subject to them meeting performance criteria.Tesco added that management will be incentivised to remain in place until year four.Richard Brasher, Tesco UK chief executive, said, “Whether customers want to own the DVD, download a digital movie, stream a rental or all three, Tesco is committed to giving customers choice. “The acquisition of Blinkbox, together with a range of other services currently in development, means we can link physical purchase of a product to the building of digital collections in a new and seamless way.”Blinkbox, which launched in 2008, was set up by former Channel 4 and Vodafone executives. Comish said: “This partnership represents another step forward, bringing the leading movie streaming service together with the UK’s biggest retailer.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Ads whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap KCS-content Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp Share Tesco snaps up web movie firm Blinkbox Wednesday 20 April 2011 8:58 pm last_img read more

New Jersey church honors its war dead to highlight cost…

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Comments are closed. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Rev. Audrey Hasselbrook, assistant rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, dedicates a marker erected by Boy Scout C.J. Kaloudis to highlight the bell tower’s history as a memorial to World War I soldiers. Photo: Dom Gerard[Episcopal News Service] While celebrating the divine gift of the Holy Spirit to the church on Pentecost Sunday, St. James Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, also celebrated the human gifts of service and sacrifice as it honored men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who died serving their country.George Stanley Butcher was a parishioner at St. James Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, who was killed in battle in World War I in 1918 at age 23. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News ServiceIn particular, the church honored seven parishioners who died during World War I, especially George Stanley Butcher, a former crucifer who posthumously received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism.The church’s bell tower was erected in memory of those who died and in celebration of the safe return of other local World War I soldiers. The tower, currently under repair, was donated by Alexander Luchars, a St. James warden for 15 years, and contains bells inscribed with the names of the parish’s seven deceased soldiers.The church’s tribute focused on the World War I soldiers, and on Butcher in particular, to bring a human face to war, the Rev. C. Melissa Hall, St. James interim rector, told Episcopal News Service.Sometimes war is a necessity, she said. “World War II is a perfect example.” There was a “horrible evil” in the world, and people acted against it, said Hall. Her father, Paul, served in World War II, fighting at the Battle of the Bulge and helping to liberate a Nazi concentration camp.But, she said, “If you talk about war in the abstract, if you don’t make that connection and honor those people and name them, war becomes a lot easier. We’re a country at war, and people don’t even think about it.”The May 24 Eucharist included the “last roll call” reading of the names of the seven World War I soldiers – a military tradition in which each deceased soldier’s name is said three times – by parishioner 2 Lt. Phillip Russo of the 50th Brigade Combat Team of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division and his childhood friend 1 Lt. Gregory Carnazza of the Weapons Training Battalion of the Marine Corps Installations East. Russo’s father Cole, a Marine Corps veteran and former St. James warden, read a letter written by Butcher’s commanding officer, Maj. Williard E. Tydings, informing Butcher’s parents of his Oct. 27, 1918, death at age 23.The Rev. C. Melissa Hall, interim rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, and parishioner C. J. Kaloudis stand in front of the marker he created as an Eagle Scout project to highlight the church’s bell tower’s history as a memorial to World War I soldiers. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News Service“May God, in his mercy, ease your pain, with the knowledge that only can the finest of men give up their live for others,” Tydings wrote. “It is the wish of myself and the other officers and men who are left that this letter be published that his friends and townspeople may get a glimpse of his noble act.”In her sermon, Hall interwove the themes of Pentecost and Memorial Day.“Pentecost inspires the idea of the beginning of something new for humankind, it marks a new creation, a new church and a new life touched by the peace of God,” she said. “And, on the other hand, there’s Memorial Day which is about endings, and remembering the events of the past, and the lives lost in war.“Pentecost united the peoples of the world with one voice, one mission, one purpose,” she said. “And that purpose was to become the people of God, and to do the work of God. … The disciples are called by one name in the Spirit, and they are all God’s people.“Memorial Day is about naming as well. It is a national holiday that honors the fallen military that died in the service of this country. And as noble and important as that is, once this day is past, it is easy to forget those men and women who sacrificed themselves during times of wars.“Today Saint James has taken on the responsibility to put the faces to the names and to tell the stories of the lives of the fallen from World War I, who came from this church,” she said. “These are the stories we must remember if we are truly to honor our war dead.“War as an abstraction can be a dangerous thing, because it makes it so easy to see it as our only option to conflict,” she said. “I will say the same thing for peace, because peace cannot be done in the abstract. Peace is the outcome of an action. Peace requires at least two people standing face to face.”She concluded, “Let these lost children of Saint James remind us that war in the abstract is not an option, let their sacrifice make us mindful to follow in the ways of Jesus, and may their lives always guide us to choose love and peace first.”After the service, the congregation gathered on the church lawn. Phillip Russo read Butcher’s Distinguished Service Cross commendation. Then Hall and the Rev. Audrey Hasselbrook, assistant rector, led a litany commemorating the seven World War I soldiers and those who have died in other wars. A pair of military boots with a photo of each St. James soldier was displayed on red fabric banners hanging from the tower scaffolding and lining the church walkway – inspired, Hall said, by the sea of red ceramic poppies displayed as a World War I memorial outside the Tower of London.Seven parishioners who died serving in World War I were remembered with a Memorial Day display of boots, candles and photos at St. James Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News ServiceChoir member David Gurniak played taps. Then Hasselbrook dedicated a sign with historic photos and a description of the bell tower’s significance, recently erected as an Eagle Scout project by parishioner C. J. Kaloudis. His Boy Scout Troop 12 meets at the church. The ceremony ended with a tolling of the tower’s bells.Kaloudis, a high school sophomore who aspires to join the Navy, said he liked how the tower was designed to bring church and community together.“The town actually helped pay for this bell tower,” he said. “It was saying that this bell tower is for the town. It’s not just for the church, not just for this one religion.” It was dedicated to all the soldiers who fought, he said, “everyone in Montclair.”Parishioner Katherine Hall-Kapinski examines the photo of one of the soldiers from St. James Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, killed during World War I. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News ServiceKaloudis, who recently was confirmed in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, said he also wanted to do a project to benefit the church as a way of thanking it for hosting his troop and for supporting him through his years in the parish.Phillip Russo and Carnazza each said they appreciated the chance to participate in the tribute.Thinking about the soldiers they memorialized as a serviceman himself, Russo said, “It’s just a recognition that all of us are connected. … We’re just continuing their legacy.”With the St. James Memorial Day tribute, Hall told ENS, “We’re not memorializing war.” Rather, she said, the church is stopping to memorialize those who died serving their country. “We do this because it’s the right thing to do and it’s what we’re called to do.”— Sharon Sheridan is an Episcopal News Service correspondent. 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What is Title IX?

first_imgAlexa Hines Twitter Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Twitter Seniors react to postponing May Commencement Title IX is a part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.Photo by the U.S. Department of Education/Flickr 2012 Alexa Hines https://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ + posts Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ ReddIt Previous articleDiversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee proposes new core requirementNext articleTips on offering servings of politics and opinions at the holiday table Alexa Hines RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tunnel of Oppression highlights different groups, encourages change Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Alumnus to reopen local bar Breaking barriers: Trailblazing women in sports media printSecretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been making headlines with her recent suggestions for changing Title IX policies. Here is what you need to know before reading her changes:What is Title IX?Title IX is a federal law passed and signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972 that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”Who does Title IX apply to?Title IX applies to any educational institution that receives federal funding, both public and private. This means Title IX applies to almost all colleges and universities as they receive federal funding through the financial aid programs their students use.Why is Title IX always brought up with athletics?School athletics are considered to be an educational program or activity. Due to that consideration, Title IX affects participation, scholarship and benefits for female athletes.Title IX requires schools and universities to offer an equal opportunity to play for women and men. This, however, does not require athletics to offer identical sports. All female and male athletes must receive athletic scholarships that are proportional to their participation and equal treatment of equipment, scheduling, travel and daily allowance and access to tutoring and other student-athlete programs and facilities.What else does Title IX apply to?Title IX applies to pretty much any form of discrimination, harassment or prohibited conduct at an educational institution. Examples include course offerings, financial assistance, student services, educational programs and sexual assault.What resources are available at TCU?TCU has a Title IX office inside Student Affairs that works with TCU Police, TCU Campus Life and other offices on campus.The proposed Title IX changes are open for public comment until January 28, 2019. Responses can be made at regulations.gov. Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook Linkedin What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Alexa is the Audience Engagement Editor for TCU360. She is a journalism major and Spanish minor from Orange County, California. In her free time, Alexa loves reading about and watching sports.last_img read more

Soccer erupts in second half, downs Houston Baptist 3-0

first_img2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East Linkedin Linkedin Previous articleNew policy enforced for animals on campusNext articleAfter recent mass shootings, Abbott unveils Texas Safety Action Report Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU celebrates after one of their 19 most recent scores. Photo by Jack Wallace Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special ReddIt TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Jack Wallace TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook Facebook printTCU celebrates after one of its 19 most recent scores. Photo by Jack WallaceNo. 17 TCU soccer extended their win streak to six with a 3-0 victory over Houston Baptist Thursday night.“I thought it was a pretty good effort from minute one to minute 90,” head coach Eric Bell said. “With us having the ball the lion’s share of the game, I was pleased that we didn’t get frustrated when we didn’t score.”Gracie Brian continued her relentless attacking run, netting her sixth goal and third assist on the season to bring the Frogs up 2-0 in the 58th minute.A Tatum Condrey ball in for Maddy Warren put the Huskies away in the 89th minute, sealing a sixth-straight win for the Frogs.In terms of firsts, Condrey had her first assist of her career, along with a career-first goal for Michelle Slater off of a Grace Collins assist, her fourth of the year.Grace Collins (right) celebrates a goal with teammate Payton Crews. Photo by Jack Wallace“Grace Collins [is] getting on the score sheet, being very productive with assists,” Bell said. “I’m happy to see Michelle Slater in the right place at the right time to score on a corner. Overall, I’m really happy with our group. The freshmen are doing what we expected of them.”Despite this onslaught, Husky goalkeeper Ashtyn Franks held her own, posting 11 saves against the Frogs.TCU has now outscored opponents 19-2 over the win streak and 19-4 over the season. This six-match win streak is the longest streak for the Frogs since 2014.The strong defensive effort has not gone unnoticed either, as TCU has only allowed three goals in this six-match stretch, two of which came in one game. Emily Alvarado had four shutouts in goal, totaling 10 in her career. She also recorded three saves on the night.TCU will test its win streak further with a home match against the Washington Huskies at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. + posts Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. ReddIt 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Twitter Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

DRC: Congolese information minister gags foreign media

first_img February 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the mounting harassment of journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo and regards a government decree restricting local FM retransmission of foreign media broadcasts as illegal. Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders to go further News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expression Receive email alerts February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expression Information minister Lambert Mendé issued the decree on 12 November, eight days after retransmission of the broadcasts of Radio France Internationale (RFI) was blocked in Kinshasa. No one has been able to listen to RFI – which Mendé has called “an opposition echo chamber” – in Kinshasa since 4 November.Radio Okapi, the radio station operated by the UN mission in the DRC, which broadcasts throughout this vast country in various local languages, was jammed for a few days although the jamming has now stopped.But Radio Okapi’s situation is precarious, like RFI’s, because both are clearly targeted by the decree, as are all the other international radio stations – Voice of America, the Belgian broadcaster RTBF and the BBC – whose broadcasts are retransmitted in the DRC.RTBF’s signal has been jammed in Kinshasa since 17 November. The signal of RFI’s FM retransmissions in the nearby city of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, has also been jammed in Kinshasa.Congolese lawyers consulted by RSF said they regarded the information minister’s decree as an abuse of authority and legally unacceptable. They said decrees should be non-specific and general, and could not be issued to justify measures already taken. As this decree was clearly issued to legitimize the jamming of RFI’s signal, it could not be regarded as valid.The UN has already argued that its relations with the DRC are governed by the agreement that created the UN mission and that Radio Okapi is therefore not concerned by the concept of “reciprocity” in the 1997 media law – an obsolete law that the government undertook to change during the 2013 “national consultations.”Under article 3 of the 12 November decree, foreign broadcast media that are not based in the DRC may only broadcast intermittently and may only do so by means of a partnership agreement with a Congolese broadcaster that must be approved by the communication ministry. This constitutes a clear encroachment on the powers of the Higher Council for Broadcasting and Communication (CSAC), whose duties include verifying the statutes of broadcast media outlets.Furthermore, conditioning foreign media operations on the operations of local broadcasters, which are vulnerable to political, judicial and economic pressure, threatens the “pluralistic, reliable and objective journalism” enshrined in article 24 of the DRC’s constitution.“This decree violates the DRC’s laws and constitution,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “We call on the communication minister to withdraw it at once because it constitutes clear political interference in the Congolese public’s right to information. The president and his government have a duty to respects the laws linking them and their country’s citizens.”When UN Security Council members visited the DRC from 11 to 13 November, they told President Joseph Kabila that he needed to respect media freedom and to restore RFI’s signal.The Congolese media and journalists are often the targets of unpunished physical attacks and acts of censorship for which local officials, the intelligence services, the army or the communication ministry itself are responsible.Marcel Lubala was deliberately murdered in the south-central city of Mbuji-Mayi last week, probably by police officers. The Kisangani News newspaper was banned from publishing on 17 November on supposedly administrative grounds although an official said the newspaper had been disrespectful.Two journalists were detained at the headquarters of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) for 24 hours last week for broadcasting an interview with opposition politician Moïse Katumbi, although Katumbi just asked the Congolese public to support the football team he owns.In October, a journalist was arrested by the ANR and then tortured by the military because he had brought opposition supporters, government supporters and civil society representatives together in a Radio Ngoma ya Amani studio in Sud-Kivu province. He had to go into hiding after being released.The DRC is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index while its president is on RSF’s list of press freedom predators because he allows attacks on journalists to take place with complete impunity. Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma November 21, 2016 DRC: Congolese information minister gags foreign media Help by sharing this information News Newslast_img read more

California only border state yet to announce National Guard deployment

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — California is the only border state that has not announced a deployment of its National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have announced a combined 1,588 Guardsmen to support President Donald Trump’s new border security mission. Nearly 700 of those troops have already deployed to the border, with the remainder expected to arrive later this month.California Gov. Jerry Brown is the lone Democrat governing a U.S.-Mexico border state. His office has routinely been at odds with the Trump administration, particularly on immigration laws.In March, the Trump administration sued California over its sanctuary city laws that the state says protect undocumented immigrants. Brown responded forcefully, saying the administration was making up “lies.”Most recently, Trump attacked Brown on Twitter for his pardon of five men facing deportation.A spokesperson for the California National Guard told ABC News on Tuesday that Brown is still considering the president’s request.There are already around 55 California Guardsmen providing support on the state’s southern border.“These personnel perform a variety of missions, including surveillance support at the San Diego Harbor, horizontal engineering in an effort to repair roads, fences and culverts, and criminal analysis with state and federal law enforcement personnel in support of counter-narcotics and counter-narcoterrorism operations,” the California National Guard said in an email.During a radio interview with KTSA on Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that, across all border states, “the goal is to have at least 4,000 deployed here in about a month or two,” with Texas bringing its total troop deployment to “more than 1,000.”Texas will increase its number of Guardsmen by about 300 per week until they are “fully staffed up,” he said. There are currently 250 Texas National Guardsmen on the border right now.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was present to send off 225 Guardsmen from his state on Monday. An additional 113 troops will deploy on Tuesday.Last Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed a memo that authorized the federal government to pay for the potential deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard troops for Trump’s border mission through September.“The National Guard’s efforts will include aviation, engineer, surveillance, communications, vehicle maintenance and logistics support,” Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement last week. “These National Guard members will act in support of Border Patrol agents who are performing law enforcement duties.”The Department of Defense has established a Border Security Support Cell led by Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security. The 24/7 cell, comprised of Department of Defense officials, is designed to coordinate the department’s efforts with the Department of Homeland Security, White said.Last week, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) released data showing the number of border apprehensions in March had risen 203 percent compared to March 2017 and risen 37 percent from February 2018.However, CBP data shows 2017 produced the lowest recorded number of illegal border crossings apprehensions since 1972. A year-to-date comparison between Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018 showed apprehensions are down nearly 13 percent.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK: Royal Navy Explosive Experts Blow Up German World War II Bomb

first_img View post tag: blow View post tag: Explosive Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Explosive Experts Blow Up German World War II Bomb View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: world View post tag: experts View post tag: up View post tag: German View post tag: Bomb View post tag: Royal Royal Navy explosive experts have on July 10 blown up a large German World War II bomb off Kent’s east coast.The 500lb device – dropped by enemy aircraft – was brought to the surface by a dredger on Sunday near the entrance to the port of Dover.It was taken three miles out to sea off Deal and a four-man bomb disposal team from Portsmouth – led by Petty Officer (Diver) Dave May – lowered the one-metre long bomb back to the seabed. They waited for the safest tidal window and carried out a controlled explosion at 8.45am today.The local coastguard put a one-mile cordon in place during the operation, but no major shipping movements in the area were affected.Lieutenant Dan Herridge, in overall charge of the bomb disposal team, said the explosion was carried out at a depth of 15 metres and caused a 50ft–high plume.“We don’t come across this size of bomb that often. This one was in poor condition and we could not tell if the fuses were intact or not, so the safest option was to take it out away from the busy shipping lanes and dispose of it as soon as we could.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 12, 2012; Image: Royal Navy UK: Royal Navy Explosive Experts Blow Up German World War II Bomb View post tag: II View post tag: War View post tag: Naval July 12, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

HMS Protector Leaves Portsmouth, UK

first_img View post tag: News by topic HMS Protector Leaves Portsmouth, UK Training & Education View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Protector Leaves Portsmouth, UK Share this article October 18, 2013 View post tag: HMS View post tag: Leavescenter_img View post tag: UK View post tag: Protector View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Protector left Portsmouth yesterday (October 17) for a ‘double deployment’ to the frozen continent of Antarctica.The 5,000-tonne ship will stay in the region for two consecutive deployments, returning to her new home at Devonport Naval Base in Spring 2015. She will conduct surveys and patrols on behalf of the UK Hydrographic Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office and provide logistical support to the British Antarctic Survey organisation.It’s the ship’s first deployment since being bought by the Ministry of Defence last month from GC Rieber Shipping. The MoD had previously leased the vessel from the company.Protector will continue to provide a sovereign and reassuring presence in the United Kingdom’s largest Overseas Territory – the British Antarctic Territory. She will help deliver the United Kingdom’s commitments under the Antarctic Treaty, support science programmes and ensure that expeditions and vessels are meeting their international environmental obligations.The ship’s team of four divers are a key component of the team, gathering vital underwater data. The team are deployed to carry out their tasks in Protector’s flotilla of small boats, including the state-of-the-art survey vessel James Caird IV.The vessel is also used to collect imagery as part of Protector’s role in surveying the waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. Together with data from the ship’s multi-beam echo sounder, the information is used by the UK Hydrographic Office to update international navigational charts to improve the safety of other ships and mariners using the waters.Protector’s Commanding Officer, Captain Rhett Hatcher, said: “The ship’s company have worked incredibly hard in training and preparation over the summer. We have installed a number of equipment upgrades and improvements and having completed operational sea training we are now ready for the challenges of the planned double deployment.“Experienced members of the crew and new ones alike are very much looking forward to this deployment and proudly flying the White Ensign and the Union Flag around the Antarctic territories and the region.”Also embarked for the deployment will be a small detachment of Royal Marines, responsible for cold weather and survival skill support and training for Protector’s personnel whenever they land ashore in the Antarctic.[mappress]Press Release, October 18, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Portsmouthlast_img read more

Zeelandia backs bakery open day

first_imgIngredients supplier Zeelandia and Glovers Bakery held two open days, on 18 and 19 May at the Glovers shop in Leyland, to promote speciality breads.Zeelandia provided technical support, promotional material and ingredients. The focus was on its Prokorn, Fiesta Corn, Exakt Ciabatta and O’mega products. The Exakt Ciabatta was made into squares and Fiesta Corn into tins, rolls and cobs. O’mega took the shape of a heart as well as tins and rolls.Tony Bain of Glovers said: “The customer response on the day and the feedback since has been amazing!” On the back of this success, Glovers is hoping to hold more open days at some of its other shops.last_img

Finsbury buys Weight Watchers cake company

first_imgBakery group Finsbury Food Group has acquired Weight Watchers low-fat cake manufacturer Anthony Alan Foods as a rapid expansion programme continues.Anthony Alan is a sales and marketing agency, which has the rights to distribute ambient cakes using the Weight Watchers brand in the UK and Ireland. Manufacture is outsourced to third parties.Chief executive Dave Brooks told British Baker that the deal, which completed late on Monday night, would give Finsbury a market leading position in low-fat cakes alongside top positions in the premium and celebration cakes sectors, and also allow it to develop its bought-in business.Finsbury Food Group already produces nearly 60% of the Weight Watchers cakes’ product range at various bakeries, including its Memory Lane Cakes and California Cake Company divisions.The remaining 40% of the Weight Watchers range is sourced primarily through Inter Link Foods and Brooks said Finsbury was looking forward to working with its rival cakes supplier.Brooks explained that Anthony Alan’s founder, the entrepreneur Tony Maloney, had sold up as he was “ready to pass the baton on” to a bigger player in the ever-consolidating cakes market.Finsbury plans to revamp the Weight Watchers cakes range in 2008 and develop the brand with the multiple grocers.Finsbury, the number two player in the UK cake industry, acquired cake company Lightbody of Hamilton in February and indicated last month that it was ready to make another purchase (British Baker, 21 September, pg 14).It is likely to pay a total of £3.75m for Anthony Alan.last_img read more