UK: HMS Westminster Hands Over Gulf Role

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Westminster Hands Over Gulf Role View post tag: HMS View post tag: over Training & Education Share this article She worked for half a year to protect Britain’s interests in the Middle East and Indian Ocean, but now that job lies with another ship. HMS Westminster is on her way home having handed over to Devonport-based frigate HMS Sutherland.During her time Westminster – known as The Capital Ship – has disrupted pirates, seized millions of pounds worth of heroin from smugglers and conducted security patrols in the Gulf.She’s also paid goodwill visits from Aqaba in Jordan to Dar-es-Salam in Tanzania, and conducted numerous exercises with coalition and allied forces in the region.Speaking about the tasking Westminster’s commanding officer, Captain Nick Hine said:“I am tremendously proud of all that we have achieved. “My fantastic Ship’s Company has risen to every challenge that has been laid before them and we have had a tangible effect in making the UK’s interests more secure as a result.” Meanwhile HMS Sutherland sailed from Devonport Naval Base on July 5 after completing her operational training under Flag Officer Sea Training.She picks up the mission from HMS Westminster and is also a highly versatile ship enhanced with a Merlin helicopter and Royal Marines Boarding Team.Since deploying HMS Sutherland, known as “The Fighting Clan”, has been working hard conducting continuation training to ensure she is ready to deal with any scenario.She carried out gunnery drills around Gibraltar and more recently the ship conducted her Operational Capability Confidence Check at the NATO range in Souda Bay, Crete prior to travelling through the Suez Canal.Now East of Suez, the crew of the Fighting Clan is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.Sutherland’s commanding officer, Commander Al Wilson, said:“I intend Sutherland to continue the fantastic work that Westminster has undertaken over the last six months. “We are fully prepared and ready for operations.” HMS Westminster is due home to Portsmouth in mid August.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 1, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: News by topic August 1, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Hands View post tag: role View post tag: Gulf View post tag: Westminster UK: HMS Westminster Hands Over Gulf Rolelast_img read more

Uganda Cranes invites ‘Mo’ Opondo for Niger tourney

first_imgMo and FUFA boss Magogo in 2015. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has called 23 players for a three-nation tournament due in Niger, West Africa.Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre has included Danish based winger Moses “Mo” Opondo who features at Vendsyssel Football Club.“Mo” gets his first call up, three years after he visited the country and confirmed his availability to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President, Eng. Moses MagogoUganda Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre addressed the media Wednesday and named the 23 man squad that will be used for the two international warm up matches coming up between 27th May to 3rd June 2018.‘The main objective of this training camp is to have the players gel together in preparation for the four AFCON 2019 qualification matches between September and November 2018.’ Desabre noted.Uganda will face Central African Republic on May 30th before battling the hosts on June 2. The summoned players are expected to depart the country on the 26th May 2018. *******SOURCE FUFA MEDIAShare on: WhatsApp Faruku Miya199721Standard LiègeBelgium Denis Onyango198533Mamelodi SundownsSouth Africa Geofrey Walusimbi199028Gor MahiaKenya Jamal Salim199523Al MerreikhSudan Murushid Jjuko199424SimbaTanzania GoalKeepers Charles Lukwago199423KCCAUganda Defenders Bevis Mugabi199523Yeovil TownEngland “Although the games will not be played during a FIFA international friendly window period, they will help me continue to assess the players as we plan for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier,” Desabre told URN.Uganda Cranes kick started the 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign with a vital 1-0 Group L win away to Cape Verde last year. In September they will host Tanzania before facing Lesotho the following month.Meanwhile, the FUFA Communications manager Ahmed Hussein informed the media about the latest updates concerning the Uganda U-20 national team (The Hippos) ahead of the return leg for the CAF U-20 qualifiers.The team of 18 players and 6 officials will depart the country on Thursday early morning for Cameroon.UGANDA CRANES TEAM: Hassan Wasswa198830El GeishEgypt Mohammad Shaban199820KCCAUganda Joseph Ochaya199325Lusaka Dynamos F.C.Zambia Strikerscenter_img Moses Opondo199721VendsysselDenmark Khalid Aucho199325East BengalIndia Milton Karisa199523VipersUganda Taddeo Lwanga199523VipersUganda Luwagga Kizito199325CSMS IaşiRomania Yunus Sentamu199424TiranaAlbania Nicholas Wadada199424VipersUganda Isaac Muleme199226AssioutyEgypt Midfieders Emmanuel Okwi199226SimbaTanzania AllanKateregga199424Cape TownSouth Africa Denis Iguma199424Al-Nabi ShaythLebanon E.drisa Lubega199820Floridsdorfer ACAustria Timothy Awanyi199622KCCAUgandalast_img read more

Dung and Dragons: Myanmar kids dodge cows to play rugby

first_imgBarefoot on the park: Myanmar’s Little Dragons rugby team train in the North Dagon townshipYangon, Myanmar | AFP |  Sidestepping cowpats and garbage, Myanmar’s only home-grown junior rugby side train on the outskirts of Yangon, preparing to take on children from the city’s well-heeled international schools.When the Little Dragons aren’t running barefoot on the litter-strewn dirt, the makeshift field on the outskirts of Yangon is sometimes used as a cockfighting ring or a fairground.But every Sunday, boys and girls aged five to 18 from Yangon’s North Dagon township can be seen playing touch rugby, an incongruous sight in a country where the sport is barely known.As novice monks file past collecting alms, the players shoo away cantankerous cattle to begin warm-up drills under the tutelage of their coaches, a mix of locals and expatriates.In the monsoon the training ground is shin-deep in mud, but during the hot season the surface is baked into an unyielding, crusty mosaic.Yet many of the Little Dragons play in bare feet.Youth worker-turned-coach Aung Kyaw Lin, 24, helped set up the team four years ago to run alongside English and maths lessons, and workshops on fire safety and health.“Children here used to spend their free time in gaming shops,” he says.“When they started playing rugby, they stopped arguing and worked together.”Although the organisers ran out of funding to keep their education centre going, the rugby continued.Few women play sport in conservative Myanmar, yet half of the 40 or so Little Dragons are girls.Nann Shar Larr He’s older sister used to scold her for wanting to play with the boys, but now most of her family come to watch the training sessions.“There’s no difference between girls and boys when we play rugby,” the 15-year-old smiles.– Second-hand trainers – As the only homegrown junior team in the country, the Little Dragons look to Yangon’s international schools for matches.In May, they took part in Myanmar’s first junior tournament — partly played on a full-sized, artificial grass pitch at one of the schools.Out of 10 teams in each age group, Little Dragons sides finished second and third in the Under-14s, and second in the Under-11s.“These kids ran rings round them,” says coach Bradley Edwards.One baffled team even tried removing their trainers to see if that was the key to the Little Dragons’ agility — an experiment that lasted only a couple of minutes on the hot, rough surface.“We felt like crying when they scored, but we just tried even harder,” says 12-year-old Dragon Kyaw Kyaw Lin.The schools are helping out the team, donating second-hand trainers and sharing transport.But the Dragons are looking for sustained funding to support them and resurrect the now-closed education centre.An interested international sponsor backed away last year, concerned about Myanmar’s “political climate” — a reference to the global outcry triggered by the mass expulsion of Rohingya Muslims in 2017.Edwards sees this as counter-productive, arguing that sport can be a unifying force.“There are so many things separating communities now in Myanmar and in rugby one of the key values is respect,” he says.The next step is to introduce the players to rugby sevens — but fellow coach Josh Peck says they are eager for more.“These kids are fired-up and ready. They want to play (full) contact.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ohio man accused of trading drugs for sex with children

first_imgPolice arrested an  Ohio man who exchanged drugs for sexual access to children of drug-addicted parents and took sexually explicit photos of the girls to create child pornography, according to an indictment made public this week.69-year-old Larry Dean Porter repeatedly traded drugs for sex with three girls. He had several other adults help him transport the victims to his home. Police say one of the victims was only 7 years old. Porter both raped the girls and filmed himself raping them, U.S. Attorney Dave DeVillers said Wednesday.Occasionally allegations come along that call into question “our confidence in humanity,” DeVillers said. “This is one of those cases.”Numerous sources in Scioto County in southern Ohio told the FBI that Porter “was involved in sexually abusing minors, and that such abuse was occurring with the consent of the minors’ parents who were receiving illegal controlled substances from Porter,” the complaint said.Two of Porter’s adult daughters, are accused of trying to hide evidence by taking key material to a storage unit so investigators wouldn’t find it.The abuse began in 2013 and continued until this year, DeViller said. The investigation is continuing and there are believed to be more victims.Nine people were charged in total.last_img read more