View post tag: News by topic HMS Kent Joins US Navy in Fight Against ISIL Share this article December 23, 2014 View post tag: fight View post tag: against View post tag: US Navy View post tag: HMS Kent View post tag: Naval View post tag: middle east Authorities View post tag: ISIL View post tag: joins More than 300 Royal Navy sailors, aircrew and Royal Marines have been supporting ongoing air strikes against ISIL forces in the Middle East as part of a US Navy carrier battle group.Portsmouth-based frigate HMS Kent, two Sea King helicopters from 849 Naval Air Squadron and support ship RFA Fort Austin joined Carrier Strike Group One, led by the USS Carl Vinson whose F/A 18 Hornets have been striking at ISIL targets as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.The Sea Kings, using their radars to provide the task group early warning of any threats by sea or air, joined EA-18G Growlers of Electronic Attack Squadron 139 and E-2C Hawkeyes AWACs aircraft in Gulf skies as part of efforts to support air strikes and shield the task group.As well as the 100,000-tonne carrier at the heart of the force, the task group comprised cruiser USS Bunker Hill, three Arleigh-Burke class destroyers as well as HMS Kent.HMS Kent is one of more than half a dozen Royal Navy warships and RFA support vessels deployed east of Suez over the Christmas period. And more than 3000 Royal Navy, RFA and Royal Marine personnel are deployed across the world over the festive period.HMS Kent’s operations come as the US and Royal Navies set out their vision for future co-operation with the Combined Seapower narrative.[mappress mapid=”14818″]Press release, Image: UK Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Kent Joins US Navy in Fight Against ISIL View post tag: Navy
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh always keeps things interesting with his rotating Phil Lesh & Friends band, and his newest announcement is no exception. Lesh is set to welcome Karl Denson, Eric Krasno, Stu Allen, Danny Eisenberg and Mark Levy to his own Terrapin Crossroads venue come this Tuesday, July 26th. Both Krasno and Denson are now veterans of the Friends circuit, each having performed with Lesh on numerous occasions. With Krasno between legs of his summer tour promoting Blood From A Stone, his work with Lesh is always top notch.For more information about the show and tickets, you can head here!
Waterking, a Dutch manufacturer of amphibious equipment, said in its latest announcement that they successfully delivered a dredging set for a ministry of agriculture in South America earlier this week.According to the release, the equipment is purchased for the dredging operations on the drainage channels.As part of the agreement, Waterking also arranged a complete training on location.The entire package includes:pontoon with 4 spud legs;Damen DOP pump 250 with cutter head;Waterking hydraulic power pack 600HP;Floating hoses and 500 m floating pipeline;two Doosan excavators.
He is the talk of the town. The football season has not even ended yet here in Spain, but fans of Barcelona are already salivating at the prospect of seeing new signing Neymar link up with Lionel Messi and their brilliant midfield next season.Neymar announced at the weekend that he will be joining the Catalan club after next month’s Confederations Cup, in a deal worth around €60 million in total.Nobody is quite sure, however, where the Brazilian will feature for Tito Vilanova’s team. So here, Goal takes a look at four options for Barca in 2013-14 as they seek to successfully integrate the 21-year-old forward into their star-studded line-up.Despite Neymar’s arrival, Barcelona continue to search for a new striker this summer as David Villa prepares to leave the Catalan club.Barca are keen to bring in a goalscorer who can make an impact similar to the one made by Henrik Larsson in the Frank Rijkaard era, when the veteran Swede was happy to sit on the bench and wait for his chances as a substitute.Should such a player be brought in, this would provide Vilanova with another tactical variation as Neymar and Messi could both operate off the frontman, as the two in a 4-3-2-1 system similar to Barca’s current 4-3-3, making devastating runs from deep and also creating for their new team-mate further forward. And as Barca boast attacking full-backs in Dani Alves and Jordi Alba, losing width is unlikely to be too much of a concern in this system. At Santos, Neymar usually operated in a deep forward position starting from the left flank. At Barcelona, this seems the most logical space for the Brazilian. With Villa set to be sold this summer, Neymar looks likely to be the first-choice forward on the left, from where he can cut inside and interchange positions with Lionel Messi as well as the team’s right-sided attacker, be it Pedro or Alexis Sanchez.The role is not dissimilar to the one occupied by Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, but at Barca will evoke memories of Ronaldinho, who lit up the left flank between 2003 and 2007. Like his compatriot, Neymar enjoys running at opposition defences and shooting from distance, and a starting spot on the left will allow him to cut inside onto his stronger right foot, just as he has been doing to such devastating effect at Santos over the last few years.Under Pep Guardiola, and at times with Vilanova this term, Barca have operated with four forwards in the side and this is something the Catalans can do with Neymar in their team – in a 3-3-4 system.With three defenders (perhaps Adriano, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique) and three midfielders (Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta), Dani Alves could be utilised as a right-sided forward (as he has been in a number of games under both Pep and Tito, probably as he is able to switch to a defensive role if needed), with Cristian Tello on the left, leaving Messi as the ‘false nine’ and Neymar slightly deeper in the role of playmaker.The Brazilian occasionally stepped into this role at Santos and looked comfortable in the creative position. With a quick brain, an excellent final ball and the ability to build attacks from deep, this is another alternative for Vilanova in a four-man forward line which would terrify most opposition defences. Following Barcelona’s damaging defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals this season, the Camp Nou coaching staff are considering alternatives to their favoured 4-3-3 formation and one option for the big games next term is a 4-4-2 system with Lionel Messi and Neymar in attack.Having seen his side completely out-fought in midfield against Bayern, Vilanova could bring in Alex Song alongside Sergio Busquets in a two-man shield to protect the defence, with Xavi and Andres Iniesta further forward in the creative roles and Messi partnering Neymar in what would still be one of the world’s most exciting attacks, while another alternative would be a 4-4-2 diamond with Busquets deep and Cesc Fabregas behind the front two – a midfield often utilised by Pep Guardiola when he played 3-4-3.Either of these would relieve the two forwards of some defensive duties and would allow the pair to drop deep to link up with the midfielders, perhaps taking it in turns to do so as one of the two remains in a more advanced position.
“They forced me to raise my game to a championship level very quickly because of the way they played,” Bryant said of the Spurs. “The systematic approach to the game, their thinking on sequences, they play such a mental game. They play such a mistake-free game. It forced me at a really early age to step up to their level.”The Spurs still have the main cast of characters that fueled Bryant’s internal hunger. They featured Gregg Popovich’s commanding and innovative presence as head coach. They had Tim Duncan’s longevity, though he will sit out with knee soreness. They had Manu Ginobili’s competitiveness and clutchness, though he will also miss the game while recovering from surgery in his groin area. They had Tony Parker’s creativity. All of which helped the Spurs, including Duncan, tie Bryant’s championship ring count (five). The Spurs also eliminated the Lakers in the 2003 Western Conference semifinals and beat the Lakers in a four-game sweep in the first round in 2013, the latter series coinciding with Bryant sitting out with a season-ending injury to his left Achilles tendon. San Antonio did the same to the Lakers in 1999 in the Western Conference semifinals. The Spurs may have beaten the Lakers only by an average of seven points per game. Bryant may have averaged 21.25 points on 44.7 percent shooting during that matchup. But Bryant lent credence to the perception that San Antonio relied on substance over the Lakers’ flashy style.So Bryant spent the following offseason limiting his ball handling so he could become a more efficient player. Nearly 17 years later, Popovich called Bryant “one of the most fundamentally sound players we’ve ever seen.” Popovich added that Bryant and Jordan “are in a class by themselves.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN ANTONIO >> For one last time, Kobe Bryant will step foot in a city that almost became his second home during the playoffs. The Lakers’ star will also face a team that both brought elation and sorrow during his NBA career.When the Lakers (11-41) visit the San Antonio Spurs (41-8) on Saturday at AT&T Center, the game itself will not have as much significance as when the Lakers won four out of seven playoff series against the Spurs between 1999 and 2013.But the moment will conjure up memories for Bryant, whose latest stop on his farewell tour elicited reflections on how the Spurs significantly shaped his quest toward achieving greatness. So much that Bryant ranked the Spurs among the top toughest opponents he’s faced. The other teams included the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls, the Sacramento Kings in the early 2000s, the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals loss and the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals defeat. Quote box: “They forced me to raise my game to a championship level very quickly.” – Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the San Antonio Spurs “You look at those guys who really understood footwork and balance and timing and an uncanny intelligence for the game,” Popovich said. “When you add his abilities and competitiveness, you got quite a package. So I don’t think it had anything to do with San Antonio. He was of the mindset that he wanted to be great and he did it.” Either way, it did not take long for Bryant to offer San Antonio some payback. The Lakers swept the Spurs in four games in the 2001 Western Conference Finals, which included a 45-point effort in Game 1 that still remains a Spurs opponent playoff record.“When I saw him doing what he was doing, I said to myself, I am witnessing basketball greatness,” said Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen, who played with the Lakers from 2000 to 2002. “He was making shots, going around people and dunking on them. He was finishing over the length of David Robinson and Tim Duncan. He was doing a little bit of everything that game and making his teammates better. It was a special to watch.” But not for the Spurs, who also lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals in 2002 (4-1) and 2004 (4-2) as well as the Western Conference Finals in 2008 (4-2). Bryant felt the same way when he recalled how “awesome” it was Derek Fisher hit a game-winner with .04 seconds remaining in Game of the 2004 West Finals. But Popovich dreadfully recalled more images of Bryant “fading on the baseline and sticking it to us, dunking over us and guarding somebody when he decided he wanted to stop somebody.” Ginobili described Bryant as “a killer.”“It’s funny you get to see both sides. I heard everything that goes on from Coach Pop and how much he hated the Lakers and how much he hated Kobe Bryant,” said Time Warner Cable SportsNet analyst Robert Horry, who played for both the Lakers (1996-2003) and the Spurs (2003-08). “He thought Kobe was so arrogant. It wasn’t arrogance in the sense that ‘I’m better than you.’ It was arrogance in the sense that ‘I got to have this attitude because I want to be successful and kick people’s butts. I want to be a champion.’”Nonetheless, Bryant and Popovich both gushed about having extended conversations when Popovich coached Bryant in three NBA All-Star games (2005, 2011, 2013), a partnership that will continue in the 2016 NBA All-Star game on Feb. 14 in Toronto. Popovich admitted wishing he could have coached Bryant somehow. Bryant expressed a desire to have spent his career with one established coach.“I’ve been a big fan of his for a long time,” Bryant said of Popovich. “There’s so much mutual respect”Bryant and former Spurs guard Bruce Bowen viewed each other the same way amid. While Bryant averaged 28.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting against Bowen in 22 playoff games, Bowen held Bryant to 26.3 points per game average on a 42.6 percent clip through 32 regular-season contests. Hence, Bryant called Bowen a “great defensive player”“He was angular and extremely intelligent. He understood when to give me a shot, when to trap, when to contest, when to trip me,” Bryant said, laughing. “He was extremely savvy. I looked forward to those matchups because I understood that aside from the physical standpoint, he really did his homework.”Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson dismissively nicknamed Bowen “Edward Scissorhands,” but Bryant insisted “that’s a compliment because of how he uses his hands.” Meanwhile, Bowen said he and Bryant never talked trash. Instead, the two played what Bowen called “a game of chess.” Bowen tried to avoid falling for Bryant’s pumpfakes. He remained mindful Bryant would attack the basket if Bowen fell in foul trouble. Bowen consistently reminded himself all “Kobe needs is a layup” to fuel a scoring outburst. “I respect Kobe more than any other player. He knew I wasn’t out there trying to hurt him. He knew it was about competition,” said Bowen, who played for the Spurs from 2001-2009 and is currently an ESPN NBA analyst. “The most critical aspect of Kobe’s game for me was his mental focus. It was comparable to mine to not allowing things to get to the point where you lose focus off of what’s at hand.”Bryant kept that focus partly because of the Spurs, their enduring consistency driving the Lakers’ star to do the same. All of which partly helped Bryant last 20 NBA seasons.
He hopes there will be fewer stoppages for referees to consult monitors than seen during other events such as the Champions League last season or the recent Women’s World Cup.“I think fans want to see those clear and obvious mistakes changed and put right,” Masters said in China, where he has been attending the Premier League’s pre-season Asia Trophy.“But they don’t want to see the Premier League or English football interrupted, or the pace of the game changed.“I think the only difference you might see is the referees using the referee review area a bit more sparingly and relying more on the VAR for the more subjective decisions.“But we are putting something new into the Premier League and if it needs to be refined or improved or tweaked we will look at it when the moment arises.“We’ve got to let it happen first and keep an open mind about whether it is really working.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: VARShanghai, China | AFP | Premier League interim chief executive Richard Masters admits VAR is certain to cause “controversy” when the technology makes its English top-flight debut in the forthcoming season.The video referee system will be used for the first time in the Premier League after its introduction was delayed for a year to allow time to develop the system.VAR has been used in England in the FA Cup and League Cup, as well as in numerous other foreign leagues and tournaments including the Champions League.It hasn’t been a huge success, with complaints from managers and fans about the slowness of the system and mistakes made by the officials.“I have no doubt it will create some controversy because it is about the big decisions but we are prepared for that,” Masters said.“We have spent two years working up to this point, and we were committed to doing it in our heads for two years.“We have been training and testing and making sure when it happens, particularly on Saturday afternoons when we have got multiple matches going on, that we have a number of VARs trained. We feel that is done and we are ready to launch it.”Masters is adamant the Premier League have looked at ways to ensure VAR operates effectively, taking lessons from the initial use of the system elsewhere.