Sainsbury’s & Argos launch shelf labelling scheme to encourage food bank donations

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Melanie May | 29 November 2018 | News Sainsbury’s & Argos launch shelf labelling scheme to encourage food bank donations Sainsbury’s and Argos have launched an on-shelf labelling scheme to encourage people to donate food and toys in the run up to Christmas, with a group of National Citizen Service (NCS) graduates playing a major role in its creation.The ‘Help to Brighten a Million Christmases’ campaign hopes to encourage one million food and toy donations in stores across the UK, and expands on Sainsbury’s year-round food bank scheme. It will be run in partnership with thousands of charity partners across the UK, to distribute the items to local communities in time for Christmas.Priority items include tinned meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, pasta sauces, pasta, instant coffee, tea, milk (UHT or powdered), and long life fruit juice, with new toys for children between the ages of 0-16 being collected at Argos.The NCS graduates from Exeter invented on-shelf labels to highlight priority products for donation after spotting that customers were noticing the food bank donation bins after finishing their shop when it was too late to purchase products for donation. As part of a social action project organised through the NCS programme this summer, the 13 teenagers created a dedicated shelf edge label to remind customers during their shop. After successfully pitching the idea to store manager, Sarah Spurling, in Sainsbury’s Exeter, the labels were implemented in store and donations tripled as a result.Sainsbury’s and Argos have worked closely with the teenagers to develop the idea and the labels will now be rolled out nationally to all Sainsbury’s stores across the UK. The labels will remain in these stores as a permanent fixture, with Argos customers able to donate toys in store until 16 December as part of the campaign.Claudine Blamey, Sainsbury’s Group Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, said: “We’re excited to be working together as a Group to expand Sainsbury’s food donation programme and to launch Argos’ toy donation programme. We are committed to making a positive difference in local communities and we hope our customers get on board to help brighten the lives of those less fortunate in the community“It’s been brilliant to work with NCS graduates to permanently roll out their fantastic label initiative to all our stores and help reach our target of one million donations.” Mark Richardson, manager of Exeter foodbank, said: Advertisement  216 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19center_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Donated goods “Teenagers these days often have an unfair reputation for being unengaged with the world around them, so it’s great to see young people being empowered by programmes like NCS to go out into their communities and make a difference.“The results of this initiative go to show that sometimes you just need a new mind on an old problem, sometimes the most simple ideas have the greatest impact. This campaign has already had fantastic results locally, and I’m excited to see how it can benefit food banks and their clients across the UK.”  215 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

City of Culture playing role in ‘killing’ Irish language

first_img#HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Séighin Ó CeallaighSINN Féin local election candidate Séighin Ó Ceallaigh has condemned Limerick City of Culture for ignoring the Irish language and failing to have any mention of ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ in its calendar of events.‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’, is a two-week celebration that takes place every year between March 1 and 17 to promote the Irish language. Irish speaker Séighin pointed out that our language is a huge part of our culture and is flabbergasted that nothing was done to promote it as part of City of Culture. The City East candidate, who is involved in UL’s Irish Language Society believes our “culture is being ignored”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “They are promoting Fuerza Bruta as a major part of the City of Culture calendar, but all they are doing is bringing in an international show, to make it seem they are doing something, where as the truth is they are not.“People say the Irish language is a dead language, but this ignorance of the City of Culture is killing our language,” said 21-year-old Séighin.“Fuerza Bruta  began in the middle of ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’, and it seems the City of Culture are happy to put on some unknown international show to make a quick pound, rather than actually promote Irish culture.“From the beginning the City of Culture has been a cause of controversy however it has huge potential to promote tourism in Limerick. But our culture has seemed to be the last item on the agenda,” he claimed.There was no comment from Limerick National City of Culture at the time of going to press. Sinn Fein plans for ‘all female’ election candidates are sexist and discriminatory, says male party member snubbed for election run WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleMunster Rugby – Eyes on Treviso, minds on LeinsterNext articleHistory beckons for UL Huskies Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Advertisement Print NewsLocal NewsCity of Culture playing role in ‘killing’ Irish languageBy Alan Jacques – March 20, 2014 1039 Linkedin #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Email Facebook TAGSFuerza BrutaLimerick National City of Culture 2014Music LimerickSeachtain na GaeilgeSéighin Ó CeallaighSinn Fein last_img read more

Man facing charges after high-speed chase

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsCrime Facebook By admin – January 17, 2018 Pinterest Christopher Davidson Deputies engaged in a high-speed pursuit with the suspect of a vehicle theft Wednesday morning, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office press release stated.Deputies noticed a red 2010 Mustang reported stolen around 8:05 a.m. Wednesday near Kermit Highway and Pleasant Avenue, the release detailed, and upon initiating a traffic stop, the suspect, 45-year-old Christopher Davidson, attempted to evade the officers, leading them on a chase with speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour.Davidson at one point drove into Midland County near State Highway 158 and Farm to Market Road 1788 before turning west back into Ector County on State Highway 191, the release stated.Deputies quickly captured Davidson on foot near La Quinta Inn, 4122 Faudree Road, after one of the Mustang’s tires went flat, the release detailed.Davidson was charged with evading arrest and detention, a third-degree felony, and unauthorized use of a vehicle, a state jail felony.The release stated the stolen Mustang was returned to the Odessa Police Department as part of their stolen vehicle investigation.Jail records show Davidson was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Wednesday with bond yet to be set. Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Man facing charges after high-speed chase Previous articleMan charged after security officer assaulted at local barNext articleOff-duty officer spots man with cocaine in bar bathroom adminlast_img read more

Lacework Expands Leadership Team with Key New Hires, Including David “Hat” Hatfield as Chief…

first_img Pinterest Previous articleBiden attempt to resurrect Iran nuke deal off to bumpy startNext articleLafarge Canada Celebrates Our First ECOPact Project Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Local NewsBusiness Facebook Twitter WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest David “Hat” Hatfield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lacework By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 TAGS  Twitter Lacework Expands Leadership Team with Key New Hires, Including David “Hat” Hatfield as Chief Executive Officerlast_img read more

Supreme Court Issues Notice To Centre On Plea Seeking Appointment Of Regular CBI Director

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Issues Notice To Centre On Plea Seeking Appointment Of Regular CBI Director LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 March 2021 11:47 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of the Central Government on a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause seeking the appointment of a regular director for the Central Bureau of Investigation.The public interest litigation opposes the appointment of Mr. Praveen Sinha as an interim / acting CBI Director, after expiry of the term of the last incumbent viz. Mr. Rishi Kumar Shukla on February…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of the Central Government on a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause seeking the appointment of a regular director for the Central Bureau of Investigation.The public interest litigation opposes the appointment of Mr. Praveen Sinha as an interim / acting CBI Director, after expiry of the term of the last incumbent viz. Mr. Rishi Kumar Shukla on February 2 this year.A division bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat has posted the matter after two weeks.Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner NGO, submitted that there is no provision for the appointment of an acting director. He said that the work of CBI was suffering because of the lack of a regular directorThough Bhushan requested for a posting next week, saying that a quick response was required, the bench said that it was not sitting next week as it will be in the Constitution Bench hearing on Maratha reservation.Bhushan also pressed for an order to convene the selection committee meeting. However, the bench said that it will not pass any orders before hearing the Centre.The plea states that appointment of a full-time Director as per the statutory law is necessary for upholding the rule of law and for enforcement of the rights of the citizens under Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.It also refers to the case of Prakash Singh v. Union of India, (2019) 4 SCC 13, against appointment of Director General of Police on acting basis and argues that just like DGPs are heads of police force in states and CBI Director leads the premier Central Investigating agency. Next Storylast_img read more

€25 million sanctioned for three N56 projects

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Twitter Twitter Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook By News Highland – December 13, 2017 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic €25 million has been sanctioned for three phases of the N56 due to commence next year.It was previiously announced that work would begin next year on the Coolboy to Kilmacrennan Road, the Kilkenny to Letterlilly Road, and the Mountcharles to Drumbeigh Road.Minister Joe McHugh says the works are vital for Donegal’s infrastructure…….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/mchughweds1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme €25 million sanctioned for three N56 projects Previous articleEmergency works begin on the Back of Muckish RoadNext articleAidan Friel signs up at Finn Park News Highland last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: 600 dead in US, over 400,000 diagnosed worldwide

first_imgvchal/iStock(NEW YORK) — Over 1.5 billion people across the globe — more than one-fifth of the world’s population — have been ordered or urged to stay home amid a deadly pandemic of the novel coronavirus, which the World Health Organization has warned “is accelerating.”The new respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, has killed more than 18,200 people worldwide since emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. There are more than 407,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 across the globe, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The U.S. has more than 49,700 diagnosed cases. The virus has spread to every state as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, claiming the lives of at least 600 people in the country. Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.1:00 p.m.: Harvard president tests positive for coronavirusHarvard President Lawrence Bacow and his wife Adele, tested positive for the coronavirus, he wrote in a letter to the university community.Their symptoms — coughs, fevers, chills and muscle aches, began Sunday, he said. They were tested Monday and received their results on Tuesday.“We began working from home and completely limiting our contact with others on March 14,” Bacow wrote. “We will be taking the time we need to rest and recuperate during a two-week isolation at home.”Bacow ended his letter by telling the Harvard community, “The world needs your courage, creativity, and intelligence to beat this virus—wishing each of you good health.”11:55 a.m.: Virus moving like a ‘bullet train’ through New YorkIn New York state, the “rate of new infections is doubling about every three days,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday. “That rate of increase, that apex, they project at this time could be approximately 14 to 21 days away.”Cuomo described the virus moving at first as a “freight train,” but now speeding like a “bullet train.”New York now has over 25,000 diagnosed cases, he said, including over 14,900 in New York City.The state has “exhausted every option” to combat the spread, Cuomo said, by closing businesses, increasing testing and reducing street density.Cuomo said New York now must dramatically increase its hospital capacity very quickly.The greatest critical need are ventilators which “will make the difference between life and death,” Cuomo said.The state has procured about 7,000 ventilators and needs 30,000 more at a minimum, he said.In a powerful moment, Cuomo pushed back at FEMA, questioning why the Defense Production Act isn’t being used to produce ventilators.“FEMA says, ‘we’re sending 400 ventilators.’ Really? What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?” Cuomo said. “You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.”“The president said ‘it’s a war, it’s a war.’ Then act like it’s a war,” Cuomo said.The president tweeted earlier Tuesday, “We are helping the states to get equipment, but it is not easy. Just got 400 Ventilators for @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio. Work beginning on 4 hospitals in New York! Millions of different type items coming!”11:00 a.m.: India going on lockdownIndia’s prime minister decreed Tuesday that the country of 1.3 billion will go on lockdown for 21 days.10:02 a.m.: Detroit police dispatcher, 38, dies from coronavirusA 38-year-old Detroit police dispatcher has died from COVID-19, reported ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ.There are at least eight confirmed coronavirus cases within the police department, prompting more than 200 officers to self-quarantine, according to WXYZ.9:42 a.m. Pandemic could cost airlines more than $250 billionThe airline industry could take a hit of more than $250 billion as a result of the steep decline in demand and government travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). “Without immediate government relief measures, there will not be an industry left standing,” IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac warned.8:51 a.m. Japan announces Tokyo Olympics will be postponed until 2021Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee have agreed that the upcoming Tokyo Olympics “will be held by the summer of 2021,” the prime minister’s office announced Tuesday. “I proposed to postpone for about a year and president Bach responded with 100% agreement,” Abe told reporters in Tokyo, referring to Thomas Bach, head of the International Olympic Committee.The Olympics were originally slated to kick off in Tokyo on July 24, but there has been mounting pressure for organizers to postpone or cancel them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The International Olympic Committee’s executive board on Sunday said it would assess the worldwide situation over the next four weeks and make a decision that could include the scenario of postponing the Games. The board, however, emphasized that it has no current plans to outright cancel the 2020 Summer Olympics as such a scenario “would not solve any of the problems or help anybody.” 8:28 a.m. Sen. Klobuchar says husband remains hospitalized on oxygenSen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who recently dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, said her husband, John Bessler, remains hospitalized and on oxygen support after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. “The reason he was hospitalized is he had pneumonia. He was coughing up blood and his oxygen levels were dangerously low, so he’s been there for a few days now,” Klobuchar told ABC News in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“He got a test last Wednesday and we didn’t get the results until yesterday,” she added. “That’s the story of a lot of people, and I think one of the things I want to say is a lot of Americans have this and worse going on, and one of the hardest things about this disease is you can’t go and visit your loved one. As much as I love being on your show, I would rather be there with him right now and I can’t do that.”Klobuchar said her husband, who is 52, has no preexisting conditions and was “very healthy” prior to falling ill with the virus.” “We don’t know how he got it and no one around us got it,” she added. “As far as we know, he didn’t infect anyone else.” Klobuchar’s said her husband began feeling sick with what felt like a cold about 12 days ago and immediately quarantined himself inside their apartment. Bessler stayed put until he started coughing up blood and was hospitalized, she said. Klobuchar said she hasn’t been tested because she had not come into contact with her husband in the last 14 days and hasn’t shown any symptoms. “Why would I get a test when other people who are getting sick aren’t getting tests? That’s how I approached it, I’m going to be treated like everyone else,” she said. “I think that’s what everyone has to do right now.”7:44 a.m. FEMA ‘absolutely ready’ to use Defense Production ActFederal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor said Tuesday the agency is “absolutely ready” to use the Defense Production Act, as health care workers across the nation sound the alarm over dwindling supplies needed in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week invoking the 1950 wartime law, which requires private companies to prioritize any product orders from the federal government over others. But the government has apparently yet to make any orders for medical supplies, such as personal protective equipment. “We just want to be careful that we don’t do anything to put it out of balance and counter some other positive efforts that we see,” Gaynor told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“We will use it, I have no doubt about it,” Gaynor added. “But right now we’re focused on getting those critical items to those states most in need. What I say to all governors out there, if you find a source, go buy it. FEMA will reimburse you.”Stephanopoulos argued that governors are actually calling on the federal government to use the Defense Production Act now because states are competing with each other for supplies. Gaynor said they are “ready to take action on all of that” but are also “trying to keep the system in balance.” “We don’t want the federal government scooping up everything,” Gaynor added. “We want to make sure that there’s enough capacity that governors and mayors around the country can order on their own, so it’s a delicate balance.” “What the governors are saying is that the federal government should scoop it up and distribute it to the states,” Stephanopoulos responded, “and by forcing them to compete with each other, it’s driving the price and hurting their ability to get what they need.” “We’re trying to identify sources around the globe. If it’s in China, we’re ready to fly it back to the United States today,” Gaynor said. “Again, we’re focused on making sure that those governors that are most critical in need, no matter where it comes from, the federal government or another source directly, we are enabling that today.”7:28 a.m. Spain reports over 500 deaths in past 24 hoursSpain’s health ministry on Tuesday reported 514 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.The country’s death toll from the COVID-19 virus is now at 2,696. Spain has the third-highest number of recorded deaths in the outbreak, following China and Italy.With nearly 40,000 diagnosed cases, Spain is behind the United States and Italy in the highest national total outside China.6:14 a.m. U.S. Senate on the cusp of a stimulus dealU.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they are “very close” to an agreement on a massive stimulus package to save the national economy from the detrimental impact of the coronavirus pandemic.After emerging from a series of late-night meetings on Capitol Hill, Mnuchin and Schumer told reporters around midnight that they hope to come to a final agreement on the nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package by Tuesday morning.“We expect to have an agreement tomorrow morning,” Schumer said. “We still have a few little differences, but neither one of us expect it will get in the way of a final agreement. Secretary Mnuchin called the president and he told them we were very, very close to the agreement.”Schumer said the Senate will “hopefully” vote on the legislation Tuesday evening.Mnuchin told reporters he had spoken with U.S. President Donald Trump a number of times, updating him on the progress.“Today we’ve been working incredibly hard, both sides have been working around the clock,” Mnuchin said. “There are still documents that are going to be reviewed tonight and turned around, there’s still a couple of open issues, but I think we’re very hopeful that this can be closed out tomorrow.”5:37 a.m. Thailand decrees state of emergency to control coronavirusThailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced Tuesday that his cabinet has agreed to declare a state of emergency to implement stricter measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.The one-month state of emergency, which takes effect Thursday, will give Thailand’s government enforcement powers that otherwise wouldn’t be available.There were just under 900 diagnosed cases of the virus in the Southeast Asian country as of Tuesday afternoon local time.5:10 a.m. Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Finnish president tests positiveMartti Ahtisaari, a Nobel laureate and former Finnish president, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The office of Finland’s current president, Saul Niinisto, said in a press release Tuesday that Ahtisaari, 82, was diagnosed with the virus on Monday and that he was “doing well under the circumstances.” His wife also tested positive just three days earlier.Ahtisaari, a United Nations diplomat and mediator who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve international conflicts, served as Finland’s head of state for one six-year term from 1994 until 2000.3:43 a.m. Hawaii governor issues statewide stay-at-home orderHawaii residents will soon join the millions of other Americans who are being ordered to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a proclamation on Monday night, ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home, starting Wednesday after midnight and lasting through the end of April. Essential workers are exempt.“The threat of COVID-19 is unprecedented and requires aggressive action,” Ige said in a statement. “I have been in discussions with our county mayors who are developing their own plans to meet the unique needs of their counties. We also agree that a statewide order is necessary for cohesion and consistency.”Residents can leave their homes for various needs, including to seek healthcare, purchase food, take care of the elderly, minors and those with disabilities, and to exercise outdoors.Those who do not comply with the order could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or a jail sentence of up to one year behind bars, or both.At least 21 U.S. states have implemented or announced statewide closures of non-essential businesses.2:52 a.m. China to lift lockdown on Wuhan on April 8Chinese authorities plan to lift the draconian travel restrictions imposed on the city of Wuhan next month.The city, in China’s central Hubei province, was placed under lockdown on Jan. 23 as thousands of residents became infected with the novel coronavirus before it spread to other parts of the world.The Hubei provincial government announced Tuesday that those control measures will be lifted on April 8 and cleared residents will finally be allowed to leave the city. Those who wish to enter the city will also need clearance, according to a statement from the provincial government.Officials have already begun to slowly relax some of the strict measures put in place in Wuhan. Road checkpoints are being removed and some private vehicles have returned to the streets. The city’s subway system remains shut down but has begun trial runs as workers disinfect the subway trains and stations in preparation for the restoration of public transport.After several consecutive days without any local transmission of the virus, Wuhan reported one new case of confirmed infection on Monday, according to China’s National Health Commission. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2011

first_imgThis review describes outcomes of a 2010 horizon-scanning exercise building upon the first exercise conducted in 2009. The aim of both horizon scans was to identify emerging issues that could have substantial impacts on the conservation of biological diversity, and to do so sufficiently early to encourage policy-relevant, practical research on those issues. Our group included professional horizon scanners and researchers affiliated with universities and non- and inter-governmental organizations, including specialists on topics such as invasive species, wildlife diseases and coral reefs. We identified 15 nascent issues, including new greenhouse gases, genetic techniques to eradicate mosquitoes, milk consumption in Asia and societal pessimism.last_img read more

Indian Navy Commissions New Naval Air Squadron

first_img View post tag: New View post tag: air Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy Commissions New Naval Air Squadron April 13, 2012 The Maritime Reconnaissance capability of the Eastern Naval Command got a fillip with the commissioning of a new Naval Air Squadrons at INS Parundu, the Naval Air Station at Ramnathapuram in Tamil Nadu.The Naval Air Squadron INAS 344 was  commissioned on 11 Apr 12, by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command at a colourful ceremony at INS Parundu. Senior dignitaries from the State Government, Police, Coast Guard and Indian Navy attended the commissioning ceremony that marks an important event in the history of Naval Aviation.NAS 344, commanded by Commander Vinit Anand and known as the Spirited Shadowers is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Squadron. It is third of its kind in the Indian Navy and first on the Eastern coast of India. The Squadron will be operating the Heron and the Searcher MK II vehicles. These aircraft with long endurance and stealth capabilities are ideally suited for search  and detection. The commissioning of the UAV Squadron will provide value addition to the surveillance capability of the Eastern Naval Command and augment the efforts at enhancing coastal security along the East Coast.Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Chopra said that the Air Station that has been undertaking operational tasking of immense importance to the nation and the Navy can now boast of a vastly enhanced surveillance capability in the region, following the induction of the UAVs. The Commander-in-Chief complimented the officers and men of INAS 344 and Parundu on their efforts towards successful commissioning of the new Squadron, which  also included the Administrative building, maintenance facility and accommodation. He expressed confidence that the Squadron would operate the UAVs in the same spirit as the Osprey eagle, a ferocious hunting bird, as depicted on their crest.The Squadron will be based at INS Parundu, under the operational control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command. INS Parundu, commissioned on 26 Mar 09, is presently commanded by Captain VB Bellary. The station, which had first started as a small Naval Air Detachment in 1985, operates Chetak and Dornier aircraft today that provide round-the-clock patrolling and air surveillance in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar regions. The commissioning of UAV squadron will boost naval operations in the region while marking an important milestone in the history of Naval Aviation as well.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 13, 2012; Image: navy Indian Navy Commissions New Naval Air Squadron View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Squadron View post tag: Indian Authorities View post tag: commissions View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Second Patrol Vessel Delivered to Omani Navy

first_img View post tag: middle east Second Patrol Vessel Delivered to Omani Navy Authorities Share this article View post tag: Omani Navy View post tag: RNOV Shinas View post tag: Patrol Vessel View post tag: Second September 14, 2015 View post tag: RNOV Sadh View post tag: ST Marine Back to overview,Home naval-today Second Patrol Vessel Delivered to Omani Navy Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) delivered the second Patrol Vessel RNOV Shinas to the Omani Navy.The Company also held the Naming Ceremony for the third PV RNOV Sadh built for the Navy.The contract for the design and build of the four Al-Ofouq Class of PVs was awarded by the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman through a competitive international tender in April 2012.These four vessels will replace the current four Seeb-class patrol vessels commissioned in the early 1980s.The Al-Ofouq class of PVs measures 75m in length and displaces approximately 1,250 tonnes. Armed with a modern weapon and combat management system the PVs are most suited for a variety of maritime and homeland security missions such as undertaking extended surveillance patrols of the Sultanate Exclusive Economic Zone.Image: ST Marinelast_img read more