Royal Navy’s Lynx helicopters fly their final mission

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s Lynx helicopters fly their final mission View post tag: Royal Navy March 13, 2017 Royal Navy’s Lynx helicopters fly their final mission Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Lynx With the decommissioning of Royal Navy Lynx helicopters set for March 31, 2017, the last Lynx to deploy – Flight 208 – returned home together with HMS Portland on March 10.Commander (Cdr) Phil Richardson the Commanding Officer of 815 Naval Air Station welcomed 208 Flight back into the fold amongst their family members, friends and colleagues.“They are the last Lynx deployed after a very successful history of Lynx helicopters being embarked and integrated within the Royal Navy’s Frigates and Destroyers. Their success and experience will be transferred across to the Wildcat as 815 completes its transition to this new aircraft type. Welcome home 208 Flight – last of the Lynx,” Cdr Richardson said.Flight Commander Lieutenant (Lt) Laura Cambrook landed back home at 815 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton having deployed on 20 June 2017 on HMS Portland.“It’s really great to be back after a very demanding but exhilarating deployment where we achieved 190 hours of flight. It’s been a very successful deployment and poignant too and I will miss the Lynx, she rattles a lot, is small and agile; it’s just a great little helicopter that so many of us love to fly,” Lt Laura Cambrook said.“The Wildcat is going to take over that mantle really well in a much, much more capable aircraft”.The Navy Lynx helicopters are scheduled to conduct a five-hour farewell flypast on March 17, RNAS Yeovilton announced.The flypast will be followed by a formal decommissioning ceremony the following week in Yeovilton before 815 converts into a Wildcat squadron, providing the Lynx’s successor for destroyers and frigates. Share this articlelast_img read more

Ashers’ cake fight continues

first_imgThe trial of a bakery which refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake has gone into its second week at the High Court in Belfast. Regular customer Gareth Lee placed an order with Ashers Baking Company, in Belfast, but was later told by the bakery that they could not fulfil the request for a cake topped with a picture of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie, alongside the slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage’.Christian Karen McArthur, a director at Ashers, told the court she had initially accepted the order, which had been fully paid for, to avoid a “confrontation”.“In my heart, I knew I would not be able to put that (slogan) on the cake,” she said, adding that she did not want to “embarrass” the customer in the bakery.Ashers’ solicitors argued that the business took issue with the cake, not Lee or his sexuality.But Robin Allen QC, for the Equality Commission, which brought the case, said that businesses could not turn down custom based on “religious scruples”.The Equality Commission, which champions complaints of those who claim to have been discriminated against on the grounds of their religion, race, age, gender or sexuality, is seeking damages against Ashers. It said that if the bakery was allowed to refuse to do business with a minority group, a precedent would be set for discrimination.Christian charity the Christian Institute is backing Ashers in the case, which it says proves the need for the law to reasonably accommodate family-run businesses with firmly held beliefs.The cake, ordered to celebrate International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on17 May 2014, was supplied by another bakery.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jason Behrendorff fifer, Aaron Finch ton help Australia enter semis

first_imgAustralia is the first team to qualify for the semi-final of 2019 World Cup.Australia has a 6-2 head-to-head record against England in World Cups.England has not beaten Australia in World Cups since 1992. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: In Australia’s previous tour to England in 2018, they were whitewashed 5-0 and lost the one-off Twenty20 International. In that horror series, they had conceded 481 in Trent Bridge which was the highest total ever. Heading into Lord’s on a green and seaming deck with overcast conditions, it looked like Australia’s nightmare against England would be prolonged. However, the World Cup brings out a different beast in Australia. In a clinical display of batting and bowling, the five-time champions turned the tables. Aaron Finch blasted his seventh ton against England and Jason Behrendorff’s maiden five-wicket haul, combined with Mitchell Starc’s 4/43 helped Australia beat England by 64 runs at Lord’s on Tuesday and become the first team to seal their spot in the semi-finals.The win was Australia’s sixth in eight encounters against England and it prolonged the hosts’ agony of not winning against the five-time champions in this tournament, having last won in 1992. For England, their second consecutive loss dents their semi-final prospects immensely with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan all having a chance.The base for Australia’s victory was built by Finch, who had scores of 36,82,153 and 53 in the previous games. Finch found an able ally in David Warner and the duo tackled the conditions brilliantly. After surviving testing over of swing and seam from both Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer, both stitched together their fifth consecutive fifty-plus opening stand. Both Warner and Finch grew in confidence and in the 18th over, Adil Rashid was smashed for a couple of boundaries as the partnership crossed 100.Both Warner and Finch reached their fifties but Moeen Ali got rid of Warner for 53. Finch progressed to his 100 with a couple of sixes and was given good support from Usman Khawaja. However, Ben Stokes got rid of Khawaja and Steve Smith entered. The right-hander was greeted by a chorus of boos while the crowd had not applauded Warner’s fifty, indicating the antagonism exhibited by the England crowd due to the duo’s involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in Newlands in 2018.Finch notched up his 15th ton by tucking Archer to the leg side for a couple but fell immediately as he top-edged a short ball. The wicket of Finch cost Australia some momentum in the death overs, with Glenn Maxwell hitting some lusty blows before falling cheaply. Australia’s total of 285 owed a lot to Alex Carey as he struck some crucial boundaries to give the Australian bowlers momentum.In response, Starc was at his absolute best and he was ably supported by Behrendorff, who struck second ball by removing James Vince. Starc trapped Joe Root LBW with an inswinger while Eoin Morgan top-edged a bouncer to fine leg. Jonny Bairstow looked to revive the England innings with some attractive fours but Behrendorff, bowling an extended spell, got a short ball to climb up and Bairstow miscued the pull to be caught close to the boundary at deep midwicket.Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler combined and steadied the ship. Australia built the pressure while Stokes found the boundary on a regular basis. The partnership went past fifty but Marcus Stoinis got Buttler to pull a short ball to deep square leg where Khawaja took the catch near the ropes. With that wicket, Stokes changed gears and he launched Glenn Maxwell for two sixes and Cummins for two boundaries. However, the match was sealed in grand style when Stokes, batting on 89, was undone by an absolute brute of a yorker from Starc and he fell for 89.Behrendorff came back and polished the tail as he ended with his maiden five-wicket haul and Australia sealed the win when Rashid sliced Starc to cover. The five-time champions have shown that past results do not matter and that in the World Cup, they definitely know when to raise their game. For England, their quest for a maiden World Cup title, that too a chance at home, is now slipping away slowly.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Ansa McAL Trading Ltd Lucozade Handicap Tournament 2019| Action heats up as squash aces continue battle

first_imgDEJE Dias, Zachary Persaud and Abosaide Cadogan were among the notable winners when the second round of the Ansa Mcal/Lucozade Handicap Squash Tournament continued at the Georgetown Club.In Category A, Zachary Persaud’s good from continued as he took on Dhirren Persaud in a 3-game bout and despite a fight in the second game by Dhirren, as he climbed to 8 points to cut Persaud off before he got into positive score from his -8 start. Persaud then wrapped up things 15-11, 0-15, 15-11.Louis DaSilva bested Safirah Summer in just two games, easily winning 15-11, 15-12 focussed the final. Shiloh Asregado and Matthew Spooner also secured wins in Category A.In the Open Category games heated up as top seed Deje Dias came from the largest handicap in the competition (-15) to out out Regan Rodrigues. Daniel Ince fought an on-form Nicholas Verwey with a one-point handicap difference in another 3-game matchup.The top 3 seeded girls played their first matches last night with mixed results. Abosaide Cadogan was the only victor against Johnathan Antczak after a first-game defeat of 10-15. Her athleticism came through to dominate in the second and third gaining her 10-15, 15-9, 15-7 victory, while Kirsten Gomes and Maddison Fernandes fell to Mohryan Baksh and Nicholas Narain respectively.Play continues in the Open Category, Category A and Plate divisions on Friday at 18:00hrs at the Georgetown Club, Camp Street.Thursdays ResultsOpen CategoryDeje Dias (-15) defeated Regan Rodrigues (7) 11-15 15-11, 15-11.Mohryan Baksh (0) beat Kirsten Gomes (0) 15-13, 15-13.Johnathan Degroot (4) defeated Lucas Jonas (0) 13-15, 15-11, 15-9.Nicholas Verwey (-1) beat Daniel Ince (0) 15-11, 14-15, 15-12.Gianni Carpenter (0) defeated Javed Rahaman (-4) 13-15, 15-12, 15-14.Abosaide Cadogan (0) beat Johnathan Antczak (-2) 10-15, 15-9, 15-7Samuel Ince-Carvalhal (-11) defeated Ethan Jonas (4) 15-10, 15-11.Nicholas Narain (-15) defeated Madison Fernandes (4) 15-6, 15-9.Category AZachary Persaud (-8) defeated Dhirren Persaud (7) 15-11, 0-15, 15-11.Shiloh Asregado (0) defeated Lucas Persaud (6) 15-10, 15-12.Matthew Spooner (0) defeated Kaden Pymeandy (0) 15-12. 15-12.Louis DaSilva defeated Safirah Summer (10) (-8) 15-11, 15-12.Category A PlateBradley Walton (2) defeated Angel Rahim (0) 15-11, 15-11.Teija Edwards (0) defeated Rylee Rodrigues (5) 15-4, 12-15, 15-11.Joshua Verwey (0) defeated Breno DaSilva (8) 15-14, 15-13.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard gives away 1 million backpacks to school children

first_imgKawhi Leonard loves the kids.The NBA star recently teamed up with the Clippers Foundation and non-profit Baby2Baby to give away one million backpacks to school children in need. 𝐁𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭. @kawhileonard returns to his Moreno Valley elementary school to kick off donating one million backpacks to SoCal students! pic.twitter.com/EDXc61m4bo— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) August 20, 2019MORE: Clippers hiring Tyronn Lue as Doc Rivers’ top assistantHelping level the playing field across SoCal. @kawhileonard and @baby2baby surprise all of 107th St. Elementary with backpacks on the first day of school! pic.twitter.com/8RA0FqzZJM— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) August 20, 2019The day was extra special for the two-time NBA Finals MVP, as he returned to his former school, Cloverdale Elementary, to make the announcement.  “My goal this year is to make a meaningful contribution both on and off the court,” Leonard said. “This felt like the right way to get started. It was important to me to make this announcement in my hometown of Moreno Valley at my former Elementary School, but the benefits this program will have across all of Los Angeles makes today even more special.”It’s bigger than basketball. #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/1oVOf9IVSU— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) August 20, 2019The backpacks were given to every student in the Moreno Valley Unified, Inglewood Unified and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, according to a press release from the Clippers.Leonard signed a three-year, $103 million deal with the Clippers in July.last_img read more

Tale of the tape as video ref stars at Confederations Cup

first_imgChile striker Vargas missed a whole host of chances in his side’s victory over Cameroon, but became the first player to ever have goals disallowed and awarded by a video official in the same match.The former Napoli man had an eventful day to say the least, as he struck the post in the first minute, saw a shot saved and blazed an excellent chance over before he eventually found the net in first-half stoppage-time.Over a minute had passed since Vargas’ exuberant celebrations when the on-field referee signalled the goal had been chalked off.Initial replays appeared to show the forward level with the last defender, only for the technology that draws a line across the pitch to reveal half of his head was in an offside position.Confusion reigned in the stadium while Vargas and teammate Arturo Vidal frantically pointed at the replays on the big screen to try and prove their point as the players walked off for the interval.The Copa America champions were by far the better side over the course of the encounter, and deservedly broke the deadlock through Vidal’s excellent 81st-minute header.Alexis Sanchez, brought on as a second-half substitute after picking up an ankle injury in training, ran clean through on goal late on with a national record 38th Chile goal for the taking.His shot was blocked, but with the Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa stranded, Vargas tapped in.The 27-year-old was flabbergasted to see the linesman’s flag raised, but video replays showed that Sanchez was onside in the build-up and Vargas’ 34th international goal was given.The 2018 World Cup warm-up event continues on Monday, as Germany face Australia in the last of the opening round of fixtures.Share on: WhatsApp Moscow, Russia | AFP |  The video assistant referees were called upon for several key decisions at the Confederations Cup in Russia on Sunday, as Portugal were held 2-2 by Mexico and Chile beat Cameroon 2-0.The first senior global tournament to have video technology for decisions other than goalline calls saw it come into focus on the second day of action.“There are immediate feelings that have to do with the emotional part that surrounds football and to reverse that will take some time and get used to it,” was Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi’s view on the VAR system.A dramatic Group A game in Kazan that saw Hector Moreno head in an injury-time winner for Mexico also featured a goal by Nani disallowed for offside on review.Chile left it late to edge out a dogged Cameroon in an opening Group B clash that saw striker Eduardo Vargas have goals both ruled out and given by the video assistant.Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo went into the day’s first match with plenty of attention on his future, after reports that he wanted to leave Real Madrid after being charged with tax fraud.The forward teed up Ricardo Quaresma to put the European champions ahead, but Javier Hernandez levelled on the stroke of half-time.Before that though Fernando Santos’ Portugal had been denied the opener after Nani converted from a rebound when Ronaldo’s volley had rattled the crossbar.But the referee consulted with the video official, who noticed that four Portuguese players had been offside in the passage of play before Ronaldo’s shot.Southampton full-back Cedric Soares restored the Portugal advantage with four minutes left when his drilled effort looped in off Moreno.But the Mexican defender climbed highest to power home a header from a corner in added time and snatch a point.– Vargas sees both sides of video ref –last_img read more

Evelyn leads South West qualifiers for Grand Medal Final

first_img27 May 2014 Evelyn leads South West qualifiers for Grand Medal Final Cornwall golfer Evelyn Postles – who has been playing golf for just three years –  led the South West qualifiers for the England Golf Grand Medal Final. She won the South West regional medal final at Forest Hills in Goucestershire by three shots, with a net score of one-under 73. She leads 10 qualifiers for the Grand Medal Final at Peterborough Milton Golf Club on June 28. They are: Evelyn Postles  of St Mellion, Carolyn Stait of Taunton & Pickeridge, Indumathi Kumaravel  of Killiow, Toshiko Ricketts of Mendip Spring, Juliet Hagley of  Clevedon, Tracy Bryant of Bulbury Woods, Kate Lush of Rushmore, Penny Deakin of Okehampton, Lorna Elliott of Dartmouth, and Heather Kerr-Wilbur of Mendip Spring. Evelyn sealed her triumph with a par on the last, where she holed a 20-footer, and said: “Everything went my way today and to think I’ve actually won is amazing! I’m honoured that I’m playing in a national final – it will be good fun.” This is only Evelyn’s third season of golf. She took up the sport after retiring from the health service at 50 and moving from London to Cornwall, where her home overlooks the golf course. “The golf course was there and I wanted to do something competitive! Whatever I do I try to succeed and do my best and I’ve put a lot of work in to my swing,” said Evelyn. “Usually in competition I tend to mess up some holes, but today I just played nicely. I had one bad hole but that was it, I played steadily and my playing partners were very encouraging.” Her ambition for the season is to reduce her handicap, which was 17 at the start of the regional final. Her performance means a cut is on the way! The was the sixth and last of the regional medal finals. All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2013. South West Regional Medal Final Forest Hills, Gloucestershire Par 74, CSS 77 r/o Net qualifying scores 73 Evelyn Postles (St Mellion) 76 Carolyn Stait (Taunton & Pickeridge) 77 Indumathi Kumaravel (Killiow), Toshiko Ricketts (Mendip Spring), Juliet Hagley  (Clevedon) 78 Tracy Bryant (Bulbury Woods), Kate Lush (Rushmore), Penny Deakin (Okehampton) 79 Lorna Elliott (Dartmouth), Heather Kerr-Wilbur (Mendip Spring) For full scores please click herelast_img read more

Virat Kohli usurps Steve Smith to claim number 1 spot in ICC Test ranking

first_imgAdvertisement cdkqtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs946l2kiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E31eh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zcfWould you ever consider trying this?😱6x1i47Can your students do this? 🌚1g38Roller skating! Powered by Firework The skipper of Indian Cricket Team, Virat Kohli claimed the top spot in ICC Test ranking again. Steve Smith was at the top position in the previous ranking. However, Steve Smith failed to build a long innings against Pakistan in the recent series. On the other hand, Virat Kohli scored a brilliant century against Bangladesh in the pink ball test match at Eden Gardens.Advertisement Virat Kohli is currently at the top spot in ICC Test ranking with 928 points. On the other hand, Steve Smith is standing at the second position with 923 points. So, Kohli has already got a lead of 5 points against his counterpart at this moment. Two other Indian batsmen are also in the top ten. They are Cheteswar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Pujara is at the 4th position with 791 points in his bag. On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane is standing at the 6th position with 759 points.Advertisement David Warner has come back into the top ten with a brilliant triple hundred against Pakistan at Adelaide. He is standing at the fifth position with 731 points in his bag. Another Aussie cricketer Marnus Labuschagne is at the 8th position with 731 points. Dimuth Karunaratne is holding the tenth postion with 723 points.Mohammad Shami floats into top 10 test bowling rankings after fine show against BangladeshAdvertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more