First of Three Frigates Built for Indian Navy Successfully Passes Last Trials

first_img Share this article View post tag: last View post tag: first View post tag: Frigates Industry news First of three frigates built for Indian Navy has successfully passed the last trials before delivery, reported RIA Novosti on Dec 7 referring to Sergei Mikhailov, press secretary of JSC Yantar Shipyard (Kaliningrad, Russia).“Project 11356 frigate INS Teg has almost completed closing stage of trials. What comes next is acceptance process of the first of three frigates built for Indian Navy”, Mikhailov said.According to him, the ship has to be handed over to India in Apr 2012.The $1.6-bln contract for construction of the second 3-ship batch for Indian Navy was signed on July 14, 2007 in Delhi. Under contract tied in 1997, frigates INS Tabar, INS Trishul, and INS Talwar were built and handed over to Indian Navy.Technically, frigates currently built at Yantar will have minor differences with their predecessors operated by Indian Navy. The changes are related to arms and shipborne equipment. In particular, they will be armed with supersonic cruise missiles BrahMos with flight range up to 300 km.According to RIA Novosti referred to a source in Baltic Fleet, frigate INS Teg and Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF) submarine Alrosa held a joint exercise this week. The sub launched a torpedo, and the frigate’s crew detected it and sidestepped.Alrosa is a Project 877 diesel electric submarine. Displacement is 2,325/3,076 tons; length is 76.2 meters; beam is 9.9 meters; draft is 6.2 meters; speed (surface/submerged) is 10/17 knots; operating range is 400 miles under water and 6,000 miles with snorkel; test depth is 300 meters; operating depth is 240 meters; crew is 53 including 14 officers. Subs of this project are armed with six 533-mm torpedo tubes (combat load 12 torpedoes) and Igla self-defense antiaircraft missile system.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 09, 2011; Image: pacificsentinel View post tag: trials View post tag: Indian View post tag: successfully View post tag: builtcenter_img December 9, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today First of Three Frigates Built for Indian Navy Successfully Passes Last Trials View post tag: News by topic View post tag: passes View post tag: Naval First of Three Frigates Built for Indian Navy Successfully Passes Last Trials View post tag: three View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Check Out These Swankified & Thrillifying #WickedDubs from Fans!

first_img Wicked Wicked celebrates its 12th anniversary on Broadway on October 30, and we asked you to join us in celebrating the only way we know how: lip-syncing to the score (with Krysta Rodriguez!). Watching your DubSmash videos—from “Popular” to “Defying Gravity” and beyond—was the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. Here are a few of our favorites from fans! One of our best dubsmash moments. @broadwaycom @DaisyLap #WickedDubs pic.twitter.com/nzFbOrvN6r— Chloe (@ChloeBarr0w) October 22, 2015 View Commentscenter_img Related Shows from $95.00last_img

Two Dead Following Plane Crash Near Florida Keys

first_imgTwo people are dead, after their plane crashed into the water near an airport in the Florida Keys.According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the bodies were recovered from the water Sunday morning after the U.S. Coast Guard was notified around 9 a.m. by someone who reportedly saw one of the bodies floating in the water.Deputies believe that a 1961 Cessna 210 Centurion, which was bound for Savannah, Georgia from the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, crashed in Gulfside waters around Rachel Key. The identities of the two victims have not been released. The crash remains under investigation.Law enforcement officials think the two victims were the only people aboard the plane, although the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) dive team plans to investigate further, along with the Federal Aviation Administration.last_img read more

Donegal school gets green light for new Special Education classrooms

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has today announced St Baithin’s NS in St Johnston has got the green light for works to develop two special education classes in the school.“I am delighted to be able to confirm the development of two classrooms for pupils with special education needs in St Baithin’s,” Minister McHugh said.“It is great to see a school get news like this even in the middle of the holidays and hopefully it will give the principal Anne Marie Meehan and all her team good time to start to plan for the works.” The work for the school has been approved by the Building Unit in the Department of Education and Skills under its programme for additional accommodation.Donegal TD Minister McHugh said: “Every week schools are getting hugely important news from the Department that money is being set aside to improve facilities, to modernise some buildings and in some cases to expand the space in the school.“St Baithin’s is just one of those and I look forward to seeing the work get underway which will help the school to put its best foot forward to support children with special education needs and ensure they can make the most of their time in school. Congratulations to everyone involved.”Donegal school gets green light for new Special Education classrooms was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Humboldt State softball rallies in game two to pick up doubleheader split against Chico State

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Following a 2-0 loss to its arch-rivals in the opening game of Monday’s California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader, the Humboldt State softball team’s dugout was quiet as can be.HSU head coach Shelli Sarchett simply had one question for her team.“I kind of asked the team ‘Are you guys scared? Because you’re playing like it, you’re swinging like it,’” Sarchett recalled.With a stern talking to from their coach, the Jacks found a way to respond. What was …last_img

Eureka wins coin toss, advances to state championships

first_imgIn a season which has so far featured exclusively convincing wins, it was a toss of a coin which brought the Eureka Loggers as close as they had come to a defeat.Eureka won its coin-flip tie-breaker against Cardinal Newman Sunday morning at the NCS office in San Ramon.Cardinal Newman, the higher seeded team, made the call of tails. The coin landed with heads showing, and the Loggers emerged from what has been a historically chaotic month of playoff prep football.No. 1 Cardinal Newman (11-1) …last_img

Police: Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicited prostitute

first_imgJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after police said Friday he was twice videotaped paying for and receiving sex at an illicit massage parlor.Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn’t been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified.The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding Palm Beach County. About 200 …last_img

Why Academic Freedom Is Dangerous

first_imgBarbara Forrest has a tough case on her hands.  The veteran creationist-fighter has to convince the people of Louisiana that they did a bad thing by passing the Academic Freedom Bill, because academic freedom when it comes to discussing intelligent design and evolution is dangerous (cf. 05/12/2008, bullet 3).  The bill passed by 94-3 in the state House and unanimously in the Senate.    Amanda Gefter, reporting on New Scientist admitted Forrest has the deck stacked against her.  Those supporting the measure outnumbered her group and had more spirit.  Nevertheless, she empathized with Forrest’s anti-ID position, titling her article “New legal threat to teaching evolution in the US” and speaking of “hidden dangers” in the bill recently signed by Governor Bobby Jindal that protects the rights of teachers who wish to supplement their lessons with alternative material on controversial science topics such as evolution, human cloning and global warming, after first teaching the assigned textbook material.  It is the prospect of offering alternatives to evolution that has generated the most heated discussion.    What is it about the evolution issue that is so threatening to the time-honored tradition of giving voice to opposing views on controversial topics, and letting people think critically about the evidence?  In sum, here are the arguments as gleaned from the article for forbidding academic freedom on the evolution question:[Forrest] had spent weeks trying to muster opposition to the bill on the grounds that it would allow teachers and school boards across the state to present non-scientific alternatives to evolution, including ideas related to intelligent design (ID) – the proposition that life is too complicated to have arisen without the help of a supernatural agent.The act is designed to slip ID in “through the back door”, says Forrest, who is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University and an expert in the history of creationism.She adds that the bill’s language, which names evolution along with global warming, the origins of life and human cloning as worthy of “open and objective discussion”, is an attempt to misrepresent evolution as scientifically controversial.Jindal …. enjoys a close relationship with the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), a lobbying group for the religious right whose mission statement includes “presenting biblical principles” in “centers of influence”.  It was the LFF which set the bill in motion earlier this year.The development has national implications, not least because Jindal is rumoured to be on Senator John McCain’s shortlist as a potential running mate in his bid for the presidency.The new legislation is the latest manoeuvre in a long-running war to challenge the validity of Darwinian evolution as an accepted scientific fact in American classrooms.…Forrest presented evidence that ID was old-fashioned creationism by another name….“Academic freedom is a great thing,” says Josh Rosenau of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California.  “But if you look at the American Association of University Professors’ definition of academic freedom, it refers to the ability to do research and publish.”This, he points out, is different to the job high-school teachers are supposed to do.  “In high school, you’re teaching mainstream science so students can go on to college or medical school, where you need that freedom to explore cutting-edge ideas.  To apply ‘academic freedom’ to high school is a misuse of the term.”“It’s very slick,” says Forrest.  “The religious right has co-opted the terminology of the progressive left… They know that phrase appeals to people.”….those who wish to challenge Darwinian evolution have “plausible deniability” that this is intended to teach something unconstitutional…. “They are better camouflaged now.”In a landmark 1987 case known as Edwards vs Aguillard, the US Supreme Court ruled the [balanced treatment] law unconstitutional, effectively closing the door on teaching “creation science” in public schools.Convinced that intelligent design is unconstitutional, Forrest is worried that the bill makes it harder for opponents of ID to sue schools and teachers who present what they feel is religious material.  “Because the law allows individual boards and teachers to make additions to the science curriculum without clearance from a state authority,” Gefter reported, “the responsibility will lie with parents to mount a legal challenge to anything that appears to be an infringement of the separation of church and state.”  Forrest complained that this is like starting a lot of local brush fires that have to be fought individually.  “This is done intentionally, to get this down to the local level,” she said.  “It’s going to be very difficult to even know what’s going on.”    Forrest says she doesn’t fight “academic freedom” for fun, but because it’s a duty.  Her next tactic is to get the word to teachers to be on the lookout for creationist material finding its way into science class.    Writing for National Review, Discovery Institute senior fellow John West denied that the Louisiana bill is a threat to science.  “The act is not a license for teachers to do anything they want,” he said.  “Instruction must be ‘objective,’ inappropriate materials may be vetoed by the state board of education, and the law explicitly prohibits teaching religion in the name of science, stating that its provisions ‘shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine.’”  It is hypocritical for pro-Darwin lobbyists to fight this bill on religious grounds, he said, when many of them have a clear atheist agenda.  He pointed out that Barbara Forrest is a militant atheist and long-time board member of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Organization.    West countered that the real threat to science is to indoctrinate students and fail to teach them how to evaluate evidence.  The law was so carefully framed, he added, that even the head of the Louisiana ACLU has had to concede that it is constitutional as written.  He accused the “usual suspects” of mounting a “disinformation campaign” against the bill which turned out to be a massive failure in Louisiana.  Both political parties, he pointed out, were nearly unanimous in support of the bill, and some science professors came to the hearings to testify in favor of the bill.    West argued that students deserve to be taught more than the consensus views on controversial issues, because historically the consensus has often been wrong or subject to blind fanaticism (he cited the eugenics movement, supported by all the leading scientific societies of the early 1900s, as a particularly bad example).  Furthermore, scientific positions often have serious implications for society and government policy.  Students, therefore, need to be able to evaluate critically the evidence on which the claims are based.  “In truth, the effort to promote thoughtful discussion of competing scientific views is pro-science,” he concluded.    Michael Stebbins (co-founder of Scientists and Engineers for America) did not quite elevate the cordiality of the dialogue when he wrote in The Scientist about “Jindal’s Creationist Folly” and referred to intelligent design as “urine in the education pool.”  Meanwhile, Evolution News took time out for a reality check concerning the New Scientist article.Hallelujah!  The dogmatists are on the run.  Were you impressed by the scare tactics and loaded words used to support the idea that high school students are so dumb and pliable, they must be indoctrinated into lily-white evolutionary truths lest their pure minds get corrupted by evil religious ideas?  Were you attracted by the tender vitriol of their hate speech?    This is how you make freedom look dangerous.  You characterize the ones calling for freedom as evil.  Those sneaky, creepy (05/22/2008), creationists are just angry they lost at Dover.  So in retaliation, they look for new ways to set brush fires and wreak havoc on civilization (cf. 11/30/2005).  Thus black is white and white is black.  (Be sure to throw in a few big lies wherever needed, like defining ID incorrectly, mischaracterizing the Supreme Court ruling [it does not prevent teaching creation science but only laws that require teaching creation equally alongside evolution], and claiming there is no controversy among evolutionists; see 03/07/2008.  Also, keep holding up the Dover decision – an ACLU-plagiarized ruling by one unelected judge in one Pennsylvania school district – as the standard of jurisprudence for the entire world.)    Evolution, of course, is so “scientific” that it is the only contender for a science class (06/03/2008).  And of course, evolutionists have no bias or agenda (06/21/2008, 04/13/2008).  Why, those evolutionists, they are so smart, and so logical (04/14/2008, 03/12/2008) they know for a fact that people have bacteria ancestors (03/20/2008, 02/22/2008).  They only tell the honest truth (03/06/2008).  Their math is so good they get the whole universe out of nothing (01/15/2008).  Yes, we must protect students from challenges to those natural truths.  Nothing supernatural about their miracles.  And they just lo-o-o-o-o-ve the people of Louisiana (04/09/2008).  They would never do legal maneuvering and play politics to sneak around the will of the people (02/20/2008).    The dogmatists can’t win through the democratic process and town hall or through open debate on the evidence, so they use the courtroom and special-interest PACs.  To enforce their will on the people, they get unelected judges to tell us what science is, and get the ACLU and Americans United for “Separation of Church and State” (a misleading slogan, more properly United Against Academic Freedom) to slap parents, teachers and students with budget-busting lawsuits (intimidation, e.g., 01/06/2007).  Who has been setting those brush fires?  No wonder the people at the Louisiana hearing were wearing stickers, clapping, cheering and standing in the aisles.  No longer will they have to stay after class with Ben Stein, covering the chalkboard with “I will not question Darwinism.”    Let’s keep the pressure on Barb till she emigrates to a country she would really enjoy – Cuba.  There, she can stand and clap for little Elian Gonzalez – you remember the little boy denied freedom in America and captured at gunpoint and shipped to Castro’s evolutionary heaven?  Now, eight years older (high school age) and sufficiently indoctrinated with the consensus view, Elian is a proud young member of the Communist Youth Brigade (see New York Times).  He promised he will never let down the murderous Castro dictators.  Enough to make Forrest clap, cheer and stand in the aisle!  Sufficiently programmed, Gonzalez will have all the academic freedom he wants to be a good, loyal communist on an island where alternative views are systematically excluded.  Maybe he can debate (with his professional academic freedom) controversial topics like whether an annual pro-communist rally should be held on Fidel’s birthday or on Raul’s.  See?  We’re only trying to alleviate the anxiety that is wearing Barbara Forrest down.  Why not take your services to a place where they would be appreciated?    After reading the anti-ID smear piece on New Scientist, take a refreshing intellectual shower.  Read John West’s piece on National Review celebrating the fact that neo-Darwinism is no longer a protected orthodoxy in Bayou country.  He explains what academic freedom is really all about.  If you agree, get to work against the Darwin-only-Darwin-only DODOs in your state.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Superlative New Hubble Deep Field Shouts Awe

first_imgHow many galaxies can you fit in a piece of sky the diameter of the full moon? Keep reading.The Hubble Telescope team has been busy. For years, they have been collecting photons of light from a small area of sky, the apparent diameter of the full moon.  On May 2, they released their latest mind-boggler. The Hubble team tells the history that led up to their biggest deep field yet:The Hubble Legacy Field combines observations taken by several Hubble deep-field surveys. In 1995, the Hubble Deep Field captured several thousand previously unseen galaxies. The subsequent Hubble Ultra Deep Field from 2004 revealed nearly 10,000 galaxies in a single image. The 2012 Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, was assembled by combining ten years of NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope observations taken of a patch of sky within the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field.The new set of Hubble images, created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures, is the first in a series of Hubble Legacy Field images. The image comprises the collective work of 31 Hubble programs by different teams of astronomers. Hubble has spent more time on this small area than on any other region of the sky, totaling more than 250 days. The team is working on a second set of images, totaling more than 5,200 Hubble exposures.And so here as the answer to “How many galaxies can you fit in a piece of sky the diameter of the full moon?” Incredibly, the team believes they can see 265,000 galaxies, according to Space.com. The new Hubble Legacy Field will probably hold a record for years to come. But one never knows; there are still many, many more galaxies to see out there.Bored? Need some awe in your life? Meditate on these images for awhile and think about Psalm 8 and Psalm 19. Then think about the Creator of all this stooping to become a man and living with and teaching his creatures. Then ponder what they did to Him. Then think about His triumph over death and sin. Then think of His free gift of eternal life to all who believe. Then think about heaven.Nobody should ever be bored again. (Visited 474 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Travel-weary Yemenis dream big

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “We had to face all these problems, but we will do our best to win tomorrow’s match,” he said. “We’re very thankful to be here. We want to make history (by qualifying for the Asian Cup) because it the people of Yemen love football.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Potts out to fulfill promise to grandfather by joining PBA Draft NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul To reach Bacolod, the team traveled for almost 30 hours by bus to Muscat, Oman, where it took a two-hour flight to Doha, Qatar. The next leg of the journey was a nine-hour flight from Doha to Manila, before they jumped on another short flight to this bustling city. “We are struggling from all the traveling,” admitted Yemen’s Ethiopian coach Abraham Mebrato Gebreselassie. “Even from the capital Sana’a to Oman was a very tough journey for us because that was by bus. Its because Sana’a airport is closed that’s why we traveled such a long way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingExcept for a few players who ply their trade in Oman, Gebreselassie’s squad doesn’t have the benefit of playing in a local league since it has been stopped two years ago because of security concerns brought by the civil war in the country.  But Gebreselassie said these challenges serve as a motivation as they clash with the Azkals in a crucial Group F clash in Asian Cup Qualifying. Having been based in Sana’a for the past eight years, handling the country’s Under-22 and Olympic teams, the Ethiopian knows the importance of qualifying for the Asian Cup as a means to unite the country. MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Cedelf Tupas/INQUIRERBACOLOD CITY – Yemen harbors dreams of reaching the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, but playing matches in the qualifying stage should already count as a victory in itself considering the trouble its team has to go through just to represent the strife-torn Arab nation in the competition. The Yemenis arrived in this sugar-producing province last Saturday night for their clash with the Philippines on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium, after traveling for almost three days from the capital Sana’a, whose international airport has been closed since 2015 due to security reasons.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more