HMCS Fredericton joins SNMG 2 in the Aegean Sea

first_img View post tag: HMCS Fredericton HMCS Fredericton, Image: Royal Canadian NavyAttending the NATO Defence Ministers, meeting in Brussels, Canadian Defence Minister, Harjit S. Sajjan supported the decision and confirmed the participation of the Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Fredericton in the Aegean Sea patrols.NATO Defence Ministers, meeting in Brussels, agreed on February 11, 2016, to provide support to Greece and Turkey with the current refugee and migrant crisis.Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister, said: “What we’re providing is that higher-level reconnaissance and surveillance to make their jobs far more effective, which is being able to figure out the patterns, from the criminality side.”General Philip M. Breedlove of the United States Air Force, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, said: “This mission has literally come together in the last 20 hours, and I have been tasked now to go back and define the mission. We had some very rapid decision making, and now we have to go out to do some military work.”The role of the SNMG2 mission will now be to conduct surveillance, reconnaissance, and monitoring of migrant crossings in the Aegean Sea in in close coordination with both national coastguards, and the European Union.While it was initially uncertain whether the SNMG2 ships would arrive to the region by February 12 or at a later date, the Canadian Navy in a tweet confirmed the initial predictions.#HMCSFredericton arrives in Aegean Sea with #NATO #SNMG2 today to begin patrols— Canadian Forces (@CanadianForces) February 12, 2016HMCS Fredericton is presently part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2), and is working with allies to refine its exact role within the operation. View post tag: SNMG-2 February 15, 2016 View post tag: NATO Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Aegean HMCS Fredericton joins SNMG 2 in the Aegean Sea Back to overview,Home naval-today HMCS Fredericton joins SNMG 2 in the Aegean Sea Share this articlelast_img read more

Canada – fruit of a reckless rushed liberal cannabis policy

first_imgFinancial Post 30 July 2019Family First Comment: Canada ain’t working that well, despite claims of NZ advocates for pot…..“Black market dope continues to sell for nearly half the price of the legal stuff because bootleggers are obviously able to produce and import with impunity. This negates the Liberal notion that legalization will put the drug dealers out of business, make sure the products are not diluted or dangerous, and collect big taxes on an illicit product that people were going to buy anyway. This is Cheech and Chong policy: Eliminating the black market will be impossible because while unlicensed cannabis cultivation is illegal in Canada, possession and consumption is entirely legal. So, criminals and importers have more customers than ever.”Duh!The legalization of marijuana was cynically rushed into law by the Trudeau government without sufficient medical testing on long-term health effects or adequate controls over the players involved, presumably to court the youth vote.For a country where governments bear the cost of medical care, it is the height of recklessness to legitimize the sale of weed without the same rigorous testing requirements that pharmaceutical or food companies must endure.In addition, Ottawa has delivered the worst of all possible outcomes in what amounts to an inept rollout: Black market dope continues to sell for nearly half the price of the legal stuff because bootleggers are obviously able to produce and import with impunity.This negates the Liberal notion that legalization will put the drug dealers out of business, make sure the products are not diluted or dangerous, and collect big taxes on an illicit product that people were going to buy anyway.This is Cheech and Chong policy: Eliminating the black market will be impossible because while unlicensed cannabis cultivation is illegal in Canada, possession and consumption is entirely legal. So, criminals and importers have more customers than ever. read more

Mixed Slopitchers finally get to play in the sunshine, Championship set for Sunday at QE

first_imgOn the diamonds first was Cardinals against Our Glass in B-Division play.Thursday its defending champions Jackson’s Hole against Takeouts at 6 p.m. and Molson Finleys vs Bogustown at 7:30 p.m. in A-Division action.The tournament concludes Sunday with A-Divison final at 6:30 p.m.The B event goes at 5 p.m. while the C event begins at 3:30 p.m.Due to the flooding of the Lakeside Diamonds, all games are being played at Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview. Thankfully, Mother Nature decided to take the night off rainwise, allowing the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League to begin the run to the championship game Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Park.last_img read more

Chinese newspaper warns US not to push too hard on trade

first_imgBEIJING — An official Chinese newspaper has warned Washington not to demand too much from Beijing as talks on ending their tariff war entered a second day with no word on possible progress.The Global Times said Tuesday the Trump administration is dealing with an increasingly strong China that has pressing needs. The newspaper said Washington “cannot push China too far” and must avoid a situation that “spins out of control.”Negotiators began talks Monday on their fight over Beijing’s technology development tactics but there was no sign either side changed its stance. They agreed Dec. 1 to suspend additional tariff hikes on each other’s goods for 90 days while they negotiate, but economists said that probably is too little time to reach a final agreement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Vehicle used in Kishtwar terror attack seized: Cops

first_imgJammu: Police have seized the car used in the Kishtwar terror attack in which a senior RSS functionary and his PSO were killed, an officer said Sunday.The vehicle was recovered from an area in Kishtwar district, he said. Police have released a photograph of the owner of the vehicle, Zahid Hussain, who had been absconding since the attack, the officer said. “We have identified and tracked down a vehicle (used in the terror attack). We have identified its owner also,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, M K Sinha said. Hussain has reportedly joined terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen recently but police did not confirm this. According to sources, the car had a false number plate and had changed hands four times. Senior RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his security guard were killed on April 9 when a militant opened fire inside a health centre in Kishtwar town.last_img read more

Despite US tariffs, China GDP grows above expected 6.4%

first_imgBeijing: China on Wednesday said its economy grew 6.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, slightly more than expected despite the world’s second largest economy facing a host of headwinds, including a long-running trade war with the US. China’s GDP reached 21.343 trillion yuan (about $3.18 trillion) in the first three months of 2019, and the growth pace was the same with that of fourth quarter 2018, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement on Wednesday. The Chinese economy grew 6.4 per cent in the year’s first quarter compared with the same period in 2018. The first quarter GDP growth was in the range of 6 per cent to 6.5 per cent target fixed by the Chinese government for this year. Last year the economy grew at 6.6 per cent. The tertiary sector reported the strongest growth in added value by expanding 7 per cent to reach 12.232 trillion yuan, which accounted for 57.3 per cent of the total first quarter GDP, picking up by 0.6 percentage points compared with first quarter 2018. Consumption continued to be the mainstay in driving up demand, contributing 65.1 per cent to first quarter economic growth, NBS data showed. The industrial and agricultural sectors saw their added value grow 6.1 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively, the figures said. China’s industrial output, an important economic indicator, expanded 6.5 per cent year on year in the first quarter. The growth rate came in 1.2 percentage points higher than that recorded in the January-February period, the NBS said. In March alone, industrial output increased 8.5 per cent year on year, a record-high since July 2014, up 3.2 percentage points from the January-February period. The industrial production saw faster growth in the first quarter, with more presence of high-tech industries, the NBS said in a statement. Industrial output, officially called industrial value added, is used to measure the activity of designated large enterprises with annual turnover of at least 20 million yuan (about $2.9 million) The Chinese economy, the world’s second largest, has been slowing down facing a host of headwinds which included a long-running trade war with the US, weak consumption at home and slower export demand abroad, as well as debt problems in both the public and private sectors. Expectations were high about reaching durable deal with the US to end the trade war as both the governments gave a positive assessment of nine rounds of talks reaching agreement on a host of issues. US President Donald Trump who kicked off the trade war last year is demanding China to reduce the $375 billion trade deficit and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets. He has already increased the tariffs on over $250 billion Chinese exports to US and threatened to extend tariffs on $200 billion Chinese imports to 25 per cent. China too slapped reciprocal tariffs on some US exports to the country. Trump held back his threat to impose additional tariffs on the rest of Chinese imports as both sides stepped up talks to finalise the text of the deal.last_img read more

Egypt prosecutor refers former minister to trial

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt’s public prosecutor Wednesday referred a former minister to trial for offering state television equipment to a satellite channel broadcasting demonstrations backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial sources said.Salah Abdel Maqsud, who was information minister under Morsi, and an official from state television, have been referred to trial, the sources said.The two are accused of offering state television’s equipment to be used by a satellite channel for broadcasting pro-Morsi demonstrations before the Islamist leader was ousted by the army on July 3 following mass street protests against his rule. The two are also accused of illegally benefitting from state funds, the sources added.Egyptian media reports claim the equipment was offered to Al-Jazeera television.Police had started a crackdown on the Doha-based satellite broadcaster’s Egyptian affiliate, Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, almost immediately after Morsi’s ouster, by raiding its offices and seizing its equipment.A Cairo court ordered its closure in September.Authorities and the media have accused Al-Jazeera of biased reporting of the popularly backed coup that toppled Morsi.last_img read more

Seven countries to develop European drone

first_imgBordeaux- France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Poland gathered in Brussels to launch a “drone user club” during a meeting of Defense ministers,  according to French daily le Monde.The seven countries, which own or are going to acquire drones, agreed to develop a European Medium Altitude Long Endurance drone by 2020. Said countries will exchange their experience and “identify cooperation opportunities” in training, logistics, maintenance and development through the European Defense Agency.The United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium and the Czech Republic have declared they are ready to invest in the project but do not want to start a common production yet. This initiative comes shortly before a meeting of the Heads of European states on defense issues, which will take place in mid-December. Because of a lack of political will and a general reduction of defense budgets, the cooperation among European states has been frozen for several years.The purpose of this “club” is to not miss on a crucial equipment deemed essentials by the armies and with major industrial implications. It is of utter importance for European states not to remain dependent of a market dominated by the United States and Israel.The EDA wants to identify areas in which investments will promote the competitiveness of the European industry.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Mens basketball Kam Williams suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams (15) will serve an indefinite suspension beginning with Ohio State’s game against Illinois on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 17 Ohio State will be without one of its starting five Sunday against Illinois, and possibly in the Buckeyes’ looming showdown versus No. 3 Purdue on Wednesday.Redshirt senior guard Kam Williams was suspended by head coach Chris Holtmann indefinitely for a violation of team rules, per a team spokesman. The suspension was announced two hours prior to the Ohio State-Illinois game beginning.Williams has started in 16 of the Buckeyes’ 24 games this season. He is averaging eight points per game and shooting nearly 49 percent from the field this season, including 46.3 percent from 3-point range.Freshman forward Musa Jallow replaced Williams in the starting lineup early in the season, so it’s plausible that Holtmann will put Jallow into the starting lineup while Williams serves his suspension.Williams has been praised by Holtmann this season for his leadership along with senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and senior guard Andrew Dakich.Without Williams, Ohio State will have to find production from a player off a bench who has not provided the Buckeyes with much scoring this season. Williams has shown the ability this season to not only be a threat from 3, but also has utilized an effective shot fake to create space for himself off the dribble.Williams currently ranks second on the team in effective field goal percentage at 59.2 percent, according to advanced statistical ratings service KenPom. He averages 22.3 minutes per contest. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Asia Doss to miss Big Ten championship

Ohio State senior guard Asia Doss has a walking boot on and will not play in the Big Ten championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team advanced to the Big Ten tournament championship game without senior guard Asia Doss, and now it will be forced to take on Maryland in the title game without her.Doss, who suffered a sprained ankle in the last game of the regular season, will miss her third game in a row Sunday night. She had never previously missed a game, having played 134 in a row.After win against Rutgers in the quarterfinals, Doss said she felt 95 percent healthy, but was being held out for precautionary reasons. McGuff said the team held her out to ensure she is ready for the NCAA tournament.In Doss’ place, senior forward Alexa Hart picked up her first two starts of the season in wins against Rutgers and Minnesota. She had 10 points and six rebounds in the quarterfinals against the Scarlet Knights and picked up eight points and six rebounds in the semifinals win versus the Golden Gophers.McGuff said he felt the loss of Doss hurt the Buckeyes’ transition defense in the win against Minnesota. The Golden Gophers racked up 19 fast-break points.Doss averages eight points and 2.7 rebounds per game. She shoots 33.6 percent from the field and has hit just 26.3 percent of her 3-point attempts. read more