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News story: Fighter jets join forces with British aircraft carrier to make history

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first_img The largest warship in British history is joining forces with the most advanced fighter jets on the planet. This marks a rebirth of our power to strike decisively from the seas anywhere in the world. The historic first landing on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth is a monumental moment in our country’s proud military history. It is also a statement of Britain’s determination to promote peace and prevent war. Fighter jets join forces with British aircraft carrier to make historyCommander UK Carrier Strike Group, Cdre Andrew Betton added: I am quite emotional to be here in HMS Queen Elizabeth seeing the return of fixed wing aviation, having been the captain of the aircraft carrier which launched the last Harrier at sea nearly eight years ago. The regeneration of big deck carriers able to operate globally, as we are proving here on this deployment, is a major step forward for the United Kingdom’s defence and our ability to match the increasing pace of our adversaries. The first touch-downs of these impressive stealth jets shows how the United Kingdom will continue to be world leaders at sea for generations to come. Fighter jets join forces with British aircraft carrier to make historyThe landings mark the start of more than 500 take-offs and touch-downs set to take place from the mammoth warship during the next 11-weeks, with the jets being put through their paces in a range of weather conditions.The return of ‘Carrier Strike’ to the UK comes eight years after a fighter jet last landed on a British carrier.Commanding Officer, Capt Jerry Kyd, who was also the captain of HMS Ark Royal when the last Harrier took off from a carrier, said: Fighter jets join forces with British aircraft carrier to make historycenter_img The Queen Elizabeth Class carriers have been specifically designed and built to operate the F-35 Lightning, offering an immensely flexible and potent combination to deliver military effect around the world. Conducting these trials is a critical and exciting step on this journey and I applaud the many thousands of civilian and military personnel who have played a part in bringing the strategic ambition to reality. While the HMS Queen Elizabeth Class carriers will be able to project British military power across the globe for the next half-century, they can also provide humanitarian relief, deepen defence relationships with key allies and provide critical support to our forces as they are deployed across the world.In recent operations, US aircraft carriers like the USS George HW Bush and USS Harry S. Truman have played a central role in the Gulf and the Mediterranean, conducting strikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.This week’s historic flight trials come more than 100 years after the UK’s HMS Argus became the world’s first carrier capable of safely launching and recovering naval aircraft.The ship will go on to continue her programme off the US east coast. The flight trials are expected to take around 11 weeks, during which time the ship is also expected to call into New York.HMS Queen Elizabeth remains set to be deployed on global operations from 2021. Britain now has sixteen of a planned 138 F-35 Lightning jets as part of its world-leading fleet of military aircraft. Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray and RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell were the first pilots to land their stealth F-35 Lightning fighter jets on board the carrier, demonstrating the formidable force HMS Queen Elizabeth and her fleet of jets will be.The first landings and take-offs from HMS Queen Elizabeth are the culmination of a national endeavour lasting more than a decade to bring an aircraft carrier back to the UK’s arsenal. Able to embark up to 36 of the supersonic jets, the carrier provides the Royal Navy with a capability possessed by few others.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:last_img read more

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Costa set to reopen more than 1,000 sites this month

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first_imgTwo-metre floor signs have been placed inside and outside stores to help consumers adhere to social distancing guidelines.Costa has also had bespoke serving hatches designed for its drive-through sites to ensure customers can collect their order with no contact (pictured right). The hatches lower items from the service hatch down to customers’ vehicles and have a built-in acrylic hygiene screen to protect customers and staff.The reopening follows research by Market Measures, which found that 45% of consumers missed visiting their local coffee shop more than pubs, bars and fast-food restaurants during the lockdown.“We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback that we have received from our customers,” said Costa Coffee CEO Jill McDonald.Many bakery and café chains are pushing forward with reopening plans, with Greggs set to open the doors of 800 sites this month. Costa Coffee is planning to have reopened around 1,100 of its 2,800 stores by the end of June.Each store has been equipped with protective equipment, hand sanitiser stations and will operate contactless payment. Perspex screens have been installed at all counters at take-away stores, with designated pick-up points for delivery and mobile order collections.last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s London summer program provides students with unique opportunities

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first_imgThe LEB Summer Program at Saint Mary’s offers students an opportunity to take classes and participate in practicums in London for four weeks over the summer. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, but any major can participate. The program was founded by the College’s Interim Provost, Jill Vihtelic, in 2015. Since then, Saint Mary’s has sent several students to London. Junior business administration major Mia Washington traveled to London in the summer of 2018. “I took a course on globalization and worked for a company which did work on wireless chargers,” Washington said. “I did market research and analysis. At the end, we were able to present our findings to the CEO, which was really cool.” Washington lived in apartment-style housing and was responsible for her own meals, which she said taught her independence and helped her gain confidence. “It was up to us to purchase our own food and learn to cook,” Washington said. “It helped teach me how to navigate a new country by myself and learn about the diverse culture, society and even the political climate in London.” Washington said her decision to go to London was due to family experiences. “My dad had always wanted to take our family to London,” she said. “He’s an artist, and he always wanted to study the stained glass of London. I decided to go and to take advantage of the opportunity given.” Jennifer Zachman, faculty coordinator of study abroad programs, said there are several classes students can take in London along with the practicum. “All the classes have to do with London in some way or another,” she said. “There’s British Life and Culture, Globalization, Discovering London’s Architecture and Design, Digital Photography and Nutritional and Exercise Management.” Although no students will be sent from Saint Mary’s this year, Zachman said, the program will do more promoting next year and try to have an earlier deadline. “It’s a pretty small program, but students know immediately after if they’re accepted,” she said. “They have to apply through us with an essay and then through LEB, but if we accept them, it’s almost guaranteed that LEB will as well.” Zachman said classes can count either as credit for the Sophia Program in Liberal Learning or as an elective.“It’s a very unique and incredible opportunity,” she said. “Students can get practical experience in business while living in an amazing and multicultural city.”Washington expanded on some additional opportunities for students that she took advantage of while abroad. “The London School of Economics is right next to where students stay,” she said. “We were able to attend presentations by professors. One I really enjoyed was a professor who gave us the full rundown on Brexit — what it was, how people really felt about it and how the government was dealing with issues.” Mana Derakhshani, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), said the London study abroad program is a unique experience for students.“London is such a cosmopolitan center of business culture, a combination of old history and new development due to migration and new technology,” Derakhshani said. “It’s a unique experience, especially because most of our study abroad programs are not in large, multicultural cities like London.” Derakshani had one major piece of advice for students looking into the London program. “Be flexible, be open, be ready to adapt and experience new things,” she said. “If you expect everything [to be] the way you think it will, don’t do this program.”Tags: London, London LEB summer program, saint mary’s, study abroadlast_img read more

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London Datebook: Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton & More

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first_img View Comments The nights are drawing in, so all the better reason to feast on a month that sees a Broadway classic (the acclaimed revival of Gypsy) enter its final weeks even as another Broadway entry (Elf) opens for the holiday season. That, plus Shakespeare at every turn, Sir Richard Eyre directing Ibsen, and Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall back once more on the London stage.NOVEMBER 2-8Sir Ken’s Season: Five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh launches his yearlong residency at the Garrick Theatre on November 7 with a daylong opening first of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, with a supporting cast headed by the venerable Judi Dench, and then a Terence Rattigan double bill that includes the 1948 backstage comedy Harlequinade and with a cast headed by Branagh and Zoe Wanamaker. Broadway’s own Rob Ashford is on hand as co-director.Also: Ben Forster, Jessica Martin and Joe McGann star in the West End version of Broadway’s popular Elf, opening November 5 at the Dominion Theatre in time for the holiday trade.NOVEMBER 9-15Waste Not, Want Not: One of the great plays of the early part of the last century gets a major revival when film director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes) returns to his stage roots to direct the National Theatre revival of Harley Granville Barker’s Waste. A story of scandal among the political elite of 1920s England, this production stars Charles Edwards and Olivia Williams and opens November 10 in the Lyttelton auditorium.Also: Final performance November 14 at the Young Vic of Joe Hill-Gibbins’ freewheeling production of Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s play here including inflatable dolls and film and stage star Romola Garai as the anguished Isabella. Calling it quits the same night on the Royal Court mainstage is American director Rachel Chavkin’s touring production of RoosevElvis, a two-hander first seen in March, 2013, at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn.NOVEMBER 16-22 Unto the Breach: First full opening week at the Barbican of the latest Royal Shakespeare Company staging of Shakespeare’s fiery Henry V, a play that launched the career of a very young Branagh some 30 years ago. The English king is played this time around by the fast-rising Alex Hassell, last seen on the West End playing Biff to Antony Sher’s Willy Loman in director Gregory Doran’s expert RSC revival of Death of a Salesman.Also: Final performance November 21 at the St. James Theatre of Pig Farm, the off-Broadway play from Tony winner Greg Koris (Urinetown) here starring Charlotte Parry and The Twilight Saga’s Erik Odom. The same day sees the end of Richard Jones’s ambitious Old Vic Theatre revival of Eugene O’Neill’s expressionist classic The Hairy Ape, with Tony nominee Bertie Carvel (Matilda) transforming himself yet again to play the rabidly masculine Yank.NOVEMBER 23-29Goodbye to Blueberry Pie: Imelda Staunton sings her final “Rose’s Turn” on November 28 at the Savoy Theatre in a star turn that many have ranked among the finest musical theater performances ever. Luckily, Jonathan Kent’s revival of Gypsy exists on CD and has also been recorded for broadcast on TV, so its power will linger on well after Staunton has given her lungs a deserved rest.Also: The National Theatre’s former artistic director Richard Eyre returns to north London’s Almeida Theatre to direct Ibsen’s little-known play Little Eyolf, with Jolyon Coy and Tony nominee Lydia Leonard (Wolf Hall) leading the cast. Performances start November 25 for Kim Cattrall’s return to the London stage in Linda, written by Penelope Skinner and directed by Michael Longhurst.last_img read more

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Merchant backlash over #EMV fraud liability

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first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The migration to EMV chip cards has been a positive experience for some and a less-than-ideal experience for others. Because EMV in the U.S. is still in its early stages, there are many kinks to iron out.Merchants, for example, have recently retaliated against major card brands due to liability shift loose ends. Some merchants claim that, although they were armed and ready with EMV-capable terminals by the October 2015 liability shift, the required “certification process” to pass the fraud to financial institutions could take years to complete.Hear from two TMG experts about the recent merchant backlash in this video: continue reading »last_img

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Trump refuses to halt rallies as coronavirus surges

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first_imgUS President Donald Trump signaled Saturday that he has no intention of halting campaign rallies despite surging coronavirus infections, as a case was confirmed for the first time within miles of the White House.The president struck a defiant tone as he spoke to reporters about the outbreak at his Mar a Lago resort in southern Florida, where he was hosting his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro.”We will have tremendous rallies and we’re doing very well, and we’ve done a fantastic job with respect to that subject,” Trump responded when asked if his “Keep America Great” campaign events would continue. Trump’s remarks came as the number of cases confirmed across the United States leapt past 400, with 19 deaths confirmed so far, mainly in the west coast state of Washington.Meanwhile health authorities announced the first confirmed case in the nation’s capital — a Washington DC resident in his 50s with no history of international travel and no close contacts with anyone known to be infected.Asked if he was concerned that the virus had spread to within a few miles of the White House, Trump replied: “No, I’m not concerned at all.”The president had already insisted as he visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday that the risk of having so many people in close proximity “doesn’t bother me at all.” The CDC warns on its coronavirus web page against people congregating in crowds and encourages the elderly, in particular, to stay home as much as possible.  Trump has been holding rallies — which attract many senior citizens — at a rate of more than one a week recently, often as counter-programming to Democratic primary contests or debates. However, his website currently indicates “no events scheduled” for the coming days, without giving a reason. Trump has been heavily criticized for repeatedly contradicting the advice of his administration’s own experts in his public pronouncements about the coronavirus.At a freewheeling news conference at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, the president claimed falsely that tests for the virus were available for anyone who needed one.  The event was intended to update the public on the epidemic. Instead, the president made headlines by calling the governor of the worst-hit state, Washington, a “snake,” revealing that he preferred to keep sick Americans on a stranded cruise ship to keep the infection numbers down, complained about CNN and revealed that he was surprised to discover that people could die from the flu. More than 100,000 people have been infected globally by the new coronavirus, with more than 3,500 deaths announced so far, mainly at the epicenter in China. Trump’s potential Democratic challengers for the presidency in November, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden have also continued to hold campaign events attracting large crowds during the crisis.Topics :last_img read more

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Owner of Regal Retreats has brought a touch of Manhattan to Main Beach

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first_img1382/23 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise“That just takes your breath away during the day or on a moonlit evening.” The penthouse has room for a dining table seating up to eight people. There is a music and media system throughout. 1382/23 Ferny Avenue Surfers Paradise“This was my first penthouse and I was attracted to the position and obviously the magnificent beach and Ocean Views,” he said. Mr MacDonald said he was inspired to create a Manhattan design.“We did extensive renovations and completed an interior design that was based on a black and white Chanel theme,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 1382/23 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise“That renovation and fitout was masterplanned by Virginia Oxenford of Globe Interiors at Southport. Virginia has curated all my properties in Australia and has a fantastic eye for detail and quality. “The work she did on the penthouse was incredible given how different it was to my beach house at Kingscliff. “I had lived in Manhattan for a period of time when I worked for Macquarie Bank and she really captured what I was after. 1382/23 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise“I also like the fact that my family and I could use this from time to time during our holidays and that when not in use by us it would make a superb high-end short term rental that could attract premium rates.“My favourite room is a tough question, as all the rooms have very special views, but having said that there is nothing quite like sitting on the top deck with your own private pool looking out over the Pacific Ocean. 1382/23 Ferny Ave Surfers ParadiseIT is described as trendy cosmopolitan living with a Manhattan inspired design, and it’s really not hard to see why.The two-level penthouse at the Mantra Chevron Renaissance Towers is one of many properties owner and boss of holiday-stay business Regal Retreats, Andrew MacDonald, bought for his portfolio.last_img read more

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House smashes record sale price for Burleigh Waters dry blocks

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first_img36 Banksia Broadway Burleigh Waters. Picture: realestate.com.auEVERYONE wants to live in Burleigh Waters.That’s according to Ray White Broadbeach — Mermaid Waters agent Troy Fitzgerald, who sold a five-bedroom home at auction over the weekend for $1.655 million. 36 Banksia Broadway Burleigh Waters. Picture: realestate.com.au“This smashed the record price for Burleigh Waters dry blocks,” he said.The property at 36 Banksia Broadway features a raft of luxurious features including a media room, alfresco area, pool, outside hot shower and games room. Popular Burleigh Heads on a glorious Gold Coast day. Picture: Adam Head“There’s a lot of people with new builds and renovations in Burleigh and you might find there will be an influx of those types of properties on the market now that this property at Banksia Broadway sold for such a high price.”The highest price paid for a house in Burleigh Waters was $1.95 million in September. The property is on the waterfront at 65 Wedgebill Pde. 36 Banksia Broadway, Burleigh Waters. Picture: realestate.com.auThe median house price in Burleigh Waters is $750,500 according to CoreLogic data to July, 2017 — it’s up 1.8 per cent over the past three months and up a huge 53 per cent over five years.Mr Fitzgerald predicted Burleigh Waters to continue to surge and said it was one of the “best places to live on the Gold Coast”.“That little pocket in Burleigh Waters really is the beachside pocket of Burleigh,” he said.“It’s walking distance to James St, the beach, The Village Markets, cafes and restaurants. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago36 Banksia Broadway, Burleigh Waters. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Fitzgerald said the buyers were from the Gold Coast.“We had about 90 people at the auction and nine registered bidders,” he said.“The buyers were local from Tallebudgera Valley.”last_img read more

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Report says 7,000 babies stillborn every day worldwide

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first_img Share 34 Views   no discussions Around 7,000 stillbirths occur globally every day, with the poorest nations worst affected, a series of papers published in The Lancet suggest.An overwhelming 98% of the 2.6m stillbirths each year strike middle and low-income countries, they say.Better clinical care and monitoring could halve stillbirths in poorer countries by 2020, the paper adds.Save the Children said current opportunities to address the problem were currently being missed.Invisible tollThe UN’s Millennium Development goals set out targets for maternal and child deaths, but the authors of the Lancet reports suggest stillbirths are being neglected, and are taking what they call an “invisible toll” in poorer countries.Sub-Sahara Africa and South Asian countries continue to suffer the most.The report tasks poorer countries with reducing still births by 50% by the end of the decade and sets out measures which can be taken.“Care at birth will give us the biggest return and saves mothers, newborns and children,” Dr Joy Lawn of Save the Children told the BBC.“Another really missed opportunity is treating syphilis during pregnancy and particularly in southern Africa, syphilis still kills babies and we estimate that around 136,000 stillbirths could be averted every year and that’s at relatively low cost – it’s about making your antenatal clinic services work.“Other critical things would be treating hypertension in pregnancy, identifying diabetes in women who are pregnant and managing that better and then identifying babies that aren’t growing well.”Some countries are already showing the way forward, according to the report.Middle-income countries such as Columbia, China, Mexico and Argentina, have reduced their stillbirth rates by 40% to 50% in recent years.BBC News Share Sharing is caring!center_img HealthLifestyle Report says 7,000 babies stillborn every day worldwide by: – April 14, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img read more

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IMCA Modified, Late Model, Sprint drivers all chase awards from Diversified Machine Inc.

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first_imgLANCASTER, Pa. – The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified driver racking up the most 40-point feature wins this season will also be the big winner in Diversified Machine Inc.’s contingency award program.The second-year IMCA marketing partner gives a Bulldog CT-1 quick change rear end to the top driver in Modified wins in 2016. Ricky Thornton Jr. collected 31 checkers to win the rear end last year.Diversified Machine, of Lancaster, Pa., also gives $100 product certificates to sixth through 10th place drivers in national Modified, Late Model and EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car point standings.“We’re very pleased to not only be involved in the staple divisions of the IMCA brand but to watch the continued growth of the RaceSaver Sprints across the country,” said Diversified Machine’s Dave Ely. “Our IMCA involvement allows us to continue to build our brand as the choice among passionate racers everywhere.”Awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the follow­ing week from the IMCA home office.More information about DMI-made rear ends is available by calling 717 397-5347, on Facebook and at the www.diversifiedracing.com website.“Renewing this program with DMI in 2016 speaks to its success with IMCA racers across the country,” commented Kevin Yoder, marketing director for the sanctioning body. “Winning races is the name of the game and awarding a quick change rear end to the driver most proficient at that at the end of the year is tremendous incentive.”last_img read more

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