Russia: Large Landing Ship Caesar Kunikov Prepares for Long-Range Cruise to Mediterranean Sea

first_img View post tag: Mediterranean Russia: Large Landing Ship Caesar Kunikov Prepares for Long-Range Cruise to Mediterranean Sea View post tag: BSF View post tag: to View post tag: Cruise View post tag: Landing View post tag: Caesar View post tag: sea September 16, 2011 Training & Education View post tag: prepares View post tag: Long-Range In accordance with combat training program, Black Sea Fleet (BSF) large landing ship Caesar Kunikov completes preparation for long-range cruise to the Mediterranean Sea. The ship is planned to visit ports of Greece and Montenegro in Oct-Nov, told BSF Commander’s press secretary Capt 1 rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev to Central Navy Portal.Having become traditional for BSF ships, such cruises strengthen mutual understanding among naval servicemen of Mediterranean countries and develop international cultural relations.As is expected, the crew of Caesar Kunikov will attend festivities of the Russian Week in Greece to be held in Oct 6-10 in Corfu.In the port of Pylos, BSF mariners will represent Russia at celebration related to anniversary of the Navarino Sea Battle. Also, large landing ship Caesar Kunikov will call at the port of Piraeus which is a sea gate to Greek capital city.This year’s cruise program for the first time includes formal calls at Greek ports Argostolion (Cephalonia Island) and Alexandroupolis (Rhodes Island).When visiting Montenegrin port Kotor, Russian seamen will take part in a number of protocol events as well. BSF Song and Dance Company will be on board Caesar Kunikov in the long-range cruise.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, September 16, 2011; View post tag: large View post tag: For View post tag: Kunikov Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Large Landing Ship Caesar Kunikov Prepares for Long-Range Cruise to Mediterranean Sea View post tag: ship Share this articlelast_img read more

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Israel Adesanya Taekwondo Doubt to UFC Champion

first_imgHaving not been successful in his early years in his Taekwondo , Nigerian-born New Zealander, Israel Adesanya, turned out the undisputed UFC Champion of the worldUFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya last weekend retained his title with a unanimous decision victory over Yoel Romero. While the fight was a letdown for most fans, the reigning champion was not going to let the crowd affect him during the fight. Making an appearance on The Luke Thomas Show penultimate Monday, Adesanya discussed why he wouldn’t let the crowd affect him during his fight against Romero.“I’m cool with you guys because you guys give me a fair shake. You have to ask hard questions, you have to be objective, but I appreciate that you give me a fair shake. You know me if this was my fault I’d be the first one to own up to it. I’d be so embarrassed. I let my team down, I let people down.’““Like for me, I didn’t take the stupid risk that the crowd wanted me to take. You know why? Because behind me were four other men and behind them were a whole gang of other people who put everything into me. If I just deviated from the game plan and decided to oblige for what the crowd wanted or what the fans wanted, then I’m letting those four men down. All their hardwork they’ve put into me over the last three months I’m letting all that go to waste.For what? Because some grongos in the crowd? No. They told me beforehand they need 25 minutes of focus, complete and absolute focus to beat this guy. It’s not just about me. If it was a street fight, maybe I could get dumb enough to do that but nah, I’ve got Andre, Eugene, Twist, and Mike, and a gang of other people that put everything into me for me to be able to just like throw it all away and throw all their hard work away.”After acknowledging that he didn’t want to let his team down and wasn’t going to be affected by the crowd, Adesanya continued that he doesn’t feel the lack of action was his fault against Yoel Romero.“You know if it was my fault, I’m objective in that way. I know that wasn’t on me that was on Yoel Romero and it’s his last chance he’s ever going to try and get gold, and he knows in his mind, he never went after it because he has no gas tank, he has no faith in himself. So he’s going to be the one to have to sleep at night with that thought and live with that for the rest of his life.”Meanwhile, Adesanya has labelled his much-criticised win over Romero “the weirdest fight I’ve ever been part of”.Adesanya defended his belt against Romero in Las Vagas last Sunday in a bizarre fight that saw little action as the Cuban fighter often refused to go on the attack.Adesanya sensibly kept his patience and worked his long-range game to see out a comfortable unanimous points decision.The fight, in such contrast to Adesanya’s usual all-action affairs has been slammed by fans and UFC boss Dana White. Adesanya understands why.“One hundred per cent, the weirdest fight I’ve ever been a part of,” he told ESPN with a couple of days’ reflection on the bout.“Even for me, as a fan, it’s the most boring fight I’ve ever had, and I don’t have boring fights. That’s not my style, that’s not my gig.“You can just check my resumé and see that I come to fight. I’m not an actor. I’m a fighter.”Adesanya then explained his tactics to counter the strange approach of Romero that started from the outset as he stood in the middle of the ring with his hands guarding his face for the opening two minutes.“For me, I was just thinking, ‘Don’t give in. Don’t get frustrated,’” Adesanya said.“So now, I thought, ‘OK.’ It sounds stupid. There’s a guy standing there, not doing anything. You should go hit him, right?“But, he’s not doing anything. He’s a hundred per cent defense, and he’s waiting for that split second so he could unload that knockout blow. And he did. At one point, I had my foot from the outside, I attacked with my foot on the inside.“And then as soon as I blitz in, he lets go of that left hand and cracks me. Never rocked me, never hurt me, never dazed me, never flashed me. But he cracks me with this… and I could feel the thud. I was like, ‘Ooh, don’t get hit by that again.’”Adesanya felt Romero had missed his opportunity by failing to follow up that decent strike.“When he cracked me, he hurt my eye. He compromised my eye (and) my vision,” Adesanya told ESPN.“I could see two Romeros. When Anderson Silva, who is an older guy as well, did that in the second round of our fight, what did he do? He pressed the action. He came looking trying to finish. And I was on my bicycle and then I started countering, as well.“If you visibly compromise someone or hurt someone, or hurt their vision, you’re not supposed to still just stand there and wait for them to come to you.“I’m not stupid. After you just punch me, I’m not gonna be like, ‘Alright, let me do that again’.”Adesanya now waits to see who his next title defence will be against but everything points to a fight with Brazil’s Paulo Costa, possibly in July.As a sporting nation, New Zealand has long punched above its weight. And pride in their champions has made the Halberg awards the country’s sporting equivalent of the Oscars.Last month, in the running for ‘Sportsman of the Year’ were shot-putter Tom Walsh, racer Scott McLaughlin (whose Ford Mustang ruled the Australian Supercars championship) and Kane Williamson, who led his team to the final of the World Cup and was adjudged player of the tournament.In a shock to many, said achievers were overshadowed by a mixed martial artist — the reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and his remarkable 2019. Last year, the Nigeria-born, New Zealand-raised fighter defeated MMA legend Anderson Silva, beat contender Kelvin Gastelum in UFC’s ‘fight of the year’ and became the undisputed champion with a sensational knockout win over trans-tasmanian rival Robert Whittaker.The 30-year-old, who defends his title against Cuban Yoel Romero at UFC 248 last Sunday, said: “The award wasn’t for me. This is for the young generation coming up who get to see someone they can relate to. They can feel like, ‘Man, my sport, like Muay Thai or Jiu-Jitsu or Wrestling is up there with the All-Blacks, the Black Caps, and the Tall Blacks and New Zealand’s top sporting teams.”Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a family of five children. His father, Femi, is an accountant and his mother, Taiwo, is a nurse. He attended Chrisland Shool, Opebi, and enrolled in its Taekwondo after-school club until he was removed by his mother due to an injury.In early 2001, he relocated to Ghana with his family for 10 months, but due to his parents wanting their children to receive a well-recognised higher education, he settled in Rotorua, New Zealand at age 10.At the age of 18, Adesanya started training in kickboxing, after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak. He went on to amass an amateur kickboxing record of 32–0 before moving to and fighting in China. At the age of 21, Adesanya moved to Aukland, New Zealand, and began training under Eugene Bareman at city Kickboxing, with other established MMA fighters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Pochettino looking towards Fiorentina ‘final’ after FA Cup disappointment

first_img Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino looking towards Fiorentina ‘final’ after disappointing FA Cup loss 1 Mauricio Pochettino is disappointed to be out of the FA Cup but has urged his young side to focus on Thursday’s ‘final’ against Fiorentina.The Tottenham manager praised the effort of his team in their 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace, saying a reduced schedule is no consolation.With the loss at White Hart Lane, Spurs are free to pursue the Europa League and Premier League where they have tough games to come beginning with the Italian side.“We feel very disappointed because [the FA Cup] was a competition that was very exciting for us to go far but we are in a very tough period and every game seems like a final,” the Argentine said.“We need to be ready for next Thursday as we have another ‘final’ [against Fiorentina in the Europa League’s round of 32]. The next game is the most important now.”Dele Alli and Josh Onomah were two players who came close to scoring for Tottenham, but Pochettino explained it counts for nothing if you don’t win.“Dele played well even though opponents tried to provoke him but there is nothing to complain about. We had good chances to win [against Palace].“Against Fiorentina we ran seven kilometres more. [And] our effort was bigger than Crystal Palace’s, but it is about winning or not.”last_img read more

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Warriors-Kings cheatsheet: Can Golden State contain Sacramento’s high-octane attack?

first_imgTwo nights after an overtime loss to the Rockets, the Warriors (25-14) travel up the I-80 freeway to take on the high-octane (19-19) Sacramento Kings.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Golden 1 Arena, 7 p.m. (NBCSBA)Kings projected starting lineup: Nemanja Bjelica, Willie Cauley-Stein, De’Aaron Fox, Iman Shumpert, Buddy Hield Kings Stock Report: In the three weeks following the last matchup between these two teams, the Kings have struggled, going 4-6 …last_img read more

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Travel chaos at US airports

first_imgLos Angeles International Airport – the world’s 8th largest – was gridlocked Sunday night by thousands of angry demonstrators protesting over President Trump’s ban on nationals of seven countries.The first demonstrations erupted on Saturday the day after Trump signed the order banning travel to the U.S. by citizens of Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Iran and Somalia. At Los Angeles International Airport many intending passengers were forced to abandon their taxis or buses and walk to the terminal.Rental car company buses took over 90 minutes – instead of 15 – to get to the airport. Many rental car customers returning their cars opted to walk the 30 minutes to the airport.The traffic gridlock also trapped airline crews with many flights delayed because of their late arrival.The demonstrators were peaceful but extremely noisy. Police was equipped with riot gear but took no action.Many of the signs read “We are all immigrants in America” and Let them go” referring to those travellers who were on route to the US when the ban was implemented. Other signs suggested the ban was reminiscent of the Nazi regime of the 1930s and labelled Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who has just been appointed the Security Council a Nazi.On Saturday, a Federal Judge in New York issued an order blocking the government from deporting passengers with valid visas who arrived after the travel ban was implemented.However, confusion remains on the temporary ban, while the courts of Virginia, Washington and Massachusetts took similar action.A solution in the courts may take weeks to resolve commentators suggest. According to Associated Press Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, said on Sunday that the Trump’s measures were “rushed, chaotic, cruel and oblivious to the realities” of security. They had, he added, ushered in “a dark moment in U.S. history.”Airlines were warning passengers to get to the airport early during Sunday afternoon but not all could be contacted.Demonstrators say the campaign of disruption will last 30 days and impact other international airports such as San Diego, Seattle and San Francisco.last_img read more

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Conversations on Nation Brand alignment to be held

first_imgBrand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, will host various stakeholders at the Gauteng Investment Centre on Thursday 08 June 2017 as part of its workshop to build South Africa’s competitiveness and a cohesive image of the South African Nation Brand. Just how is a nation brand marketed? This is one of the many questions Brand South Africa and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development will try to answer at the nation brand workshop. (Image: Walter Knirr, Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Tuesday 06 June 2017 – The workshop conversations aim to enable stakeholders to assess their role in contributing towards building the Nation Brand and how existing efforts to build a cohesive Nation Brand can be further strengthened.Brand South Africa continuously works with stakeholders around the country on an ongoing basis to bring these conversations, as it is imperative that all stakeholders understand how they can work together to position South Africa as a competitive investment, tourism and business destination.Ms Toni Gumede, Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Government asserts that; “the Nation Brand alignment workshops are a critical part of achieving coordinated and coherent manner of presenting the country. This year we aim to further drive these conversations to all stakeholders, making it inclusive and diverse with the core message, to build a strong Nation Branding.”Topics for this Gauteng session will include “the importance of building a sustainable brand” presented by Mr Bob Mabena and a case study on Nation Brand alignment presented by the Gauteng office of the Premier.Participants will also engage in the Nation Brand Masterclass and site tour of the Gauteng Investment Centre.Media is invited to participate in the workshop as follows:Date : Thursday 08 June 2017Time : 08h00 -16h00Venue : Gauteng Investment Centre, The Place,1 Sandton Dr, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196RSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail [email protected] number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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The Leadership Playbook: What I Want in a Leader

first_imgIf I were hiring a leader, here is what I would want in the person I was hiring.A Compelling, Inspiring Purpose and Vision: If you are going to lead, you are going to have to create followers. So, where are you taking us? Why should we want to go there, and more still, why should I want to go there? A leader provides a clear, compelling vision that inspires others to act. Without that vision, you aren’t a leader; you’re an administrator.A Burning Desire to Win: For my money, I want a leader who loves a good fight. I want someone with a fire in their belly and an insatiable desire to win. A leader knows that her organization is competing, maybe against direct competitors, maybe for attention, maybe for donations. A leader can’t be someone who is okay with the losing; they have to hate losing, learn from it, and go back and compete again.An Unshakeable Optimism: No one wants to follow a pessimist. No one wants a leader who believes all is lost. That isn’t something a leader can be. A leader can’t be the person who is full of fear and loathing when it comes to the future. Optimism is what allows you to act. A leader recognizes negatives as a burning platform and makes the decisions to move the organization she leads into a better future.Impatience and a Sense of Urgency: Leaders know they are playing against a clock. They never believe they have enough time. A number of US Presidents (maybe all of them) have had calendars with the days they have remaining. They know that whatever they are going to get done has to be done now—if not sooner. They have to be impatient for results and lead their organization with a sense of urgency.An Extraordinary Emotional Intelligence: There are countless stories about great leaders who were nasty, foul, and completely lacking in emotional intelligence. They are exceptional, not so much as leaders, but in that they are the exception. Great leaders have very high emotional intelligence. They can work a room. They rely on their powers of persuasion and not their formal authority because they know persuasion is more effective. A leader is in the “people business,” and that means they need an extraordinary emotional intelligence.A Desire to Help Others Grow: A poor leader from a dominator hierarchy looks at their people as a means to an end. A great leader looks at their people as the end. They focus a good part of their time and attention on helping the people they lead grow and develop. A leader builds future leaders. They pull people up. They nurture people and teach others to do the same. A great leader knows that their legacy is how the organization performs after they are gone.last_img read more

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Young Osaka is deserving World No.1

first_imgNaomi Osaka loves the heat. For someone who said she likes walking the streets of Melbourne without the fear of being mobbed, the 21-year-old turned on the heat yet again.At the jam-packed Rod Laver arena on Saturday, Osaka showed she is the rising star of world tennis, choking emotional favourite Petra Kvitova in a battle lasting two hours and 26 minutes.When Osaka won the US Open defeating Serena Williams last September, she did not get time to savour the win as the American had created a furore by arguing with chair umpire Carlos Ramos. For those who thought Osaka’s win then was a fluke, she came up with plenty of pointers this fortnight at the Australian Open.Osaka did face pressure and choked when she blew three championship points in the second set. Being the quintessential puncher with a huge first serve, slick court coverage and plenty of energy, Osaka eventually rose to the occasion.Tennis can be a strange sport when fans are not cheering you. Kvitova had more people egging her on but Osaka’s ability to pump herself up and keep pegging away made the difference in the end. The Japanese star said she loves the heat and in the final, the heat had to do with the weather as well as the big moment of winning two back-to-back Grand Slam titles.Osaka has a Japanese mother and her father is from Haiti. Based in Florida, the US, the athletic girl who is five feet and 11 inches tall, mixes a strong first serve with a razor sharp forehand. Watching it on television, you would get the impression she has the extreme Western grip for the forehand but what makes it even more lethal is the revolutions per minute spin she generates hitting the tennis ball.advertisementAgainst Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, Osaka stayed in the zone despite her second serve faltering in the latter part of the match. The big difference, so to say, was Osaka had great self-belief and did not choke even when she was lapsing into errors. Match stats definitely suggest Kvitova was error-prone, but many of them were forced errors as well.This was a final between young champion Osaka, wanting to win again and the 28-year-old from the Czech Republic who is also on the comeback trail. After winning Wimbledon twice, in 2016, Kvitova was stabbed in her left hand. All her fingers were damaged and the fact she could play tennis again was a tribute to her fighting the inner demons. The world of women’s tennis has seen a certain Monica Seles being stabbed in Hamburg in the nineties and never able to recover emotionally.In the case of Kvitova, it was a mad man who stabbed her inside her own house after he claimed to come and check the gas. To be sure, it has been an emotional fortnight for Kvitova. Her return to the top level definitely suggests she will continue to go full tilt in 2019. But then, she will have to be better prepared for tight matches.For Osaka, who was the underdog all fortnight long, along with the winner’s trophy comes the World No.1 ranking on the WTA computer on Monday. She is young and will do well to work on her game even more. There aren’t too many glitches and it’s more a question of how to play even sharper under pressure.In sport, new champions come like a whiff of fresh air. At the same time, it’s not easy to write off the more seasoned players. Yes, Serena Williams lost in the quarter-finals from a seemingly comfortable position. The diva of women’s tennis is still hopeful of equalling Margaret Court’s tally of 24 Grand Slam titles.In a full season ahead, there are three more Grand Slams to go. Osaka will now face bigger pressure, holding on to the No.1 ranking and expected to keep performing. The regulars on the WTA Tour and a champion like Serena will be there to test her.Likewise, even though Roger Federer failed to defend his title this time, he plans to compete even in the clay court season. At 37, Federer and Serena are doing everything it takes to succeed in pro tennis. From the sidelines, it may appear the younger tennis stars have an advantage, but thanks to work ethic and dedication, Federer and Serena will still be potent forces at the Majors in 2019.On Sunday, in the men’s final, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be ready to slug it out over the best of five sets. The two men are playing high voltage tennis and picking a winner will not be easy.advertisementlast_img read more

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Family of indigenous Ontario woman who died in custody speaks out

first_imgThe family of a First Nations woman who died in police custody in Ontario says her death is part of larger widespread tensions between police and indigenous communities.Relatives of Debra Chrisjohn say they still have questions about what happened to the 39-year-old from the Oneida Nation of the Thames despite the fact that two police officers are now facing charges in her death.Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit announced Thursday that Const. Mark McKillop of the Ontario Provincial Police and London, Ont., police Const. Nicholas Doering are charged with one count each of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life.Both interacted with Chrisjohn at some point between her arrest on Sept. 7, 2016 and her death later that night.A lawyer representing Chrisjohn’s family says any future discussion of the officers’ conduct needs to focus on why they did not seek medical attention for Chrisjohn when it should have been apparent that she required help.She says Chrisjohn’s death is an example of what she calls the problematic relationship between police forces and indigenous communities across Canada.“What happened to Debra is not an isolated incident,” said Caitlyn Kasper with Toronto’s Aboriginal Legal Services. “It is very obvious that it isn’t these types of issues just in London or the Oneida First Nation. It’s a concern we hear about in Toronto, all across Ontario and all across Canada.”Robert Chrisjohn, Debra’s father, said the family has been devastated by his daughter’s death.“Why didn’t the police take her to the hospital sooner when they knew she was sick and needed help?” he asked in a public statement issued Friday. “The police arrested her and were responsible for making sure she was okay. This happens way too often in our community. This happens all the time. The police just don’t seem to care.”Details of Debra Chrisjohn’s final hours are still vague, though the SIU released some information in announcing the charges against McKillop and Doering.The SIU, which probes incidents involving police where someone is killed, injured or accused of sexual assault, said Doering was among those who responded to a call for a traffic obstruction on Sept. 7 in London.Police found Chrisjohn at the scene and arrested her, only to discover that she was wanted on an outstanding charge in nearby Elgin County. Kasper said that outstanding charge was for shoplifting.She and the SIU said Chrisjohn was transferred from the custody of London police to the provincial force to answer to the outstanding charge.At some point during that time Chrisjohn went into medical distress and was rushed to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. She was pronounced dead there later that night.The SIU has declined to offer further comment on the case, since it is now before the courts.Both Kasper and the SIU declined to release the cause of death, but Kasper said police had enough information on hand to handle Chrisjohn’s case differently.She said Chrisjohn, who had a documented history of both substance abuse and mental illness, had interacted with London police officers just the day before her death.On that occasion, she said police did not arrest her but instead took her to hospital for treatment. She said the family feels officers should have responded the same way the following day, adding there were clear indications that Chrisjohn needed medical attention rather than time in police custody.Kasper said Chrisjohn’s relatives are pleased that officers are now facing charges, but said they’re bracing for a lengthy legal process.She said the ensuing case should focus on what she called the “foundational relationship” between police and indigenous people from coast to coast, saying current headlines are rife with examples of how the troubled dynamic plays out.She pointed to the need for a national inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, which has recently been mired in controversy among a spate of resignations from key staff members and even a commissioner.She also cited recent deaths of several indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ont., who were all pulled from a local river after moving to the city from remote northern communities. Indigenous leaders have called upon the RCMP to take over a probe into those deaths, citing a lack of trust in either city or provincial authorities.last_img read more

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