Sevmash Shipyard to Deliver INS Vikramaditya to India on Time

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Sevmash Shipyard to Deliver INS Vikramaditya to India on Time View post tag: Navy Industry news View post tag: deliver The contract for repair and modernization of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov (renamed into INS Vikramaditya) for Indian Navy is being executed up to schedule, said Anastasia Nikitinskaya, the press secretary of Sevmash Shipyard.“As was earlier planned, sea trials will start in May 2012“, Nikitinskaya told Interfax.According to her, the shipyard began preparations for the carrier’s sea trials. “Prior to that, all shipborne systems will be degaussed in April”, added Nikitinskaya.As was reported earlier on, the modernization contract for aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Gorshkov was tied with India in 2004. The contract provided allocation of $974 mln for the ship’s reconstruction and upgrading, and $530 mln for delivery of 16 deck-based fighters MiG-29K, ASW helicopters Ka-27, and radar picket helicopters Ka-31.In Jan 2007 India suspended contract payments. In Nov that year Russia raised a question of additional financing needed.After Russian president’s visit to India in Dec 2008, Indian governmental committee for defense approbated beginning of negotiations on new price for the cruiser’s modernization. At present, the contract cost is unofficially evaluated as $2.3 bln.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 02, 2012; Image: indiannavy View post tag: India March 2, 2012 Share this article View post tag: Vikramadityacenter_img View post tag: Sevmash View post tag: News by topic Sevmash Shipyard to Deliver INS Vikramaditya to India on Time View post tag: Naval View post tag: INS View post tag: shipyard View post tag: timelast_img read more

Two become one

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PREMIUM75 years on, Indonesia’s electoral system still needs improvement

first_imgGoogle Topics : Linkedin Forgot Password ? Facebook #Elections elections-in-Indonesia democracy-in-Indonesia democracy #Democracy #Indonesia75 Log in with your social account “Documenting 75 years of resilience” is a series of special reports by The Jakarta Post to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day on Aug. 17, 1945.Indonesia has hosted democratic elections and peacefully transferred powers after the fall of the authoritarian New Order regime, but experts say improvements are needed for the country to establish itself as a substantive, rather than procedural, democracy.The country has directly elected House of Representatives members since 1999,  president and vice president since 2004, and mayors, regents and governors since 2005 — all in an electoral process hailed as free and fair.The Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World index shows Indonesia’s score in political rights has been stable in the past 15 years since Indonesia organized the first direct regional elections in 2005, with Indonesia scoring 30 … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Dive into the Polar Plunge this Saturday

first_imgVersailles, IN— Special Olympics Indiana invites supporters to raise money and awareness by taking part in its 2020 Versailles Polar Plunge, to be held Saturday, February 15 at Versailles State Park.  On-site registration for the event will take place near the boat ramp beginning at 10 a.m. for the Polar Climb 5K Run/3K Walk and at 11:30 a.m. for the Polar Plunge. Runners will take their marks at 11 a.m., while plungers will enter the lake beginning at 2 p.m. Advance registration and additional details are available by clicking here.  The fundraising event is hosted by Special Olympics Indiana’s Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Counties Program, the event features a heated festival tent at the park, offering games, entertainment, a food court, and the always popular “After Splash Bash,” where additional prizes will be awarded as participants warm up with food and beverages. Spectators and guests are welcome throughout.Those interested in supporting the event and raising money without getting wet are invited to register as “virtual plungers”.last_img read more

Davis doubtful

first_img Press Association Northern Ireland will wait for word from Southampton regarding the fitness of captain Steven Davis. The midfielder was withdrawn from his side’s win over Leicester on Saturday with a hamstring injury. The Irish have an appointment with Romania on Friday and issued a short statement on Sunday to update Davis’ position. last_img

Musing on Another Eagles’ ‘Golden’ Bronze

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeCurtain fell on the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt last Friday with Baghdad Bounedjah’s fastest goal of the tournament handing Algeria their second title 29 years after they won the first one as hosts in 1990.Bounedjah’s right-footed strike from outside the box looped up off Senegal’s Salif Sane as he attempted to block, sending the ball high, flying over goalkeeper Alfred Gomes and into the Teranga Lions’ net for the only goal of the epic final just two minutes of play inside the Cairo International Stadium. All attempts by the Senegalese to fight back and cancel that lead failed to produce any meaningful result till the final whistle by Cameroonian centre referee Alioum Sidi Neant.And so, just as it happened to Senegal in the 2002 final, the Teranga Lions who were one of the favourites to lift EGYPT 2019 failed yet again to record their first AFCON win.Do I feel any pity or anger that the Super Eagles, despite all the good preparations and motivation from Nigerian football authorities failed to get to the final stage? Far from it! For me, picking the third place medals on Wednesday night was even a bonus. For a team that failed to qualify for the last two editions in 2015 and 2017 and have never really played convincing football since Franco-German Gernot Rohr took charge over two years ago, finishing in the third position can be considered an achievement of a sort. Don’t get me wrong: Nigeria does not belong in bronze category in African football! We sure deserve more than that.Having won the tournament three times in the past and finished as runners up four times, winning Nigeria’s EIGHTH bronze medal in Egypt 2019 was certainly no big deal! However, credit must be given to the young lads who made that feat possible.Just like Late Stephen Keshi did when he took a bunch of near greenhorns to win the tournament in South Africa in 2013, most Nigerian ball fans believed such a miracle was capable of happening with the squad led by John Obi Mikel/ Ahmed Musa. After all, Nigeria had a ‘soft’ group stage pairing with Madagascar, Burundi and Guinea. We were supposed to stroll into the knock out phase effortlessly. Did that happen? Of course not, After an easy opener against Burundi, a resurgent Madagascar taught Rohr and his Eagles some bitter football lessons with that 2-0 defeat. The German gaffer thought the Indian Ocean Island nation was going to be easy to beat with a second string Eagles but it turned out a poor judgment. Even if Madagascar did not get to the semis, Coach Nicolas Dupuis turned around the Berea into one of the revelations of the tournament, taking them as far as the quarter final stage in their very first outing at the continental football showpiece.Nigeria’s victory over defending champions Cameroon and South Africa further reinforced the hope that Rohr’s Eagles were on the way to emulating the Class of 2013 but failed to fly when it mattered most after. Algeria exposed Rohr’s deficiencies. Instead of an improved team, Eagles exhibited the usual individual play and misplaced passes and shots in attack. The defence and midfield weren’t any better as confusion and collision of players reigned supreme. The criteria adopted by Rohr in selecting his goal keeper remains a bizarre one, never ever witnessed in the history of Nigeria’s senior national team. Daniel Akpeyi replaced both Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa. They proved poor cover for Carl Ikeme who stepped in when Vincent Enyeama retired. Leukemia ended Ikeme’s career.While Rohr’s Eagles remain an example of a team that has retrogressed from Nigeria’s known game, his opposite number in Algeria, Djamel Belmadi turned the Desert Foxes to the most feared squad in Egypt 2019.Belmadi like Rohr, inherited a talented but troubled Algeria squad and rebuilt it into a championship team. Having taken over a side that failed to advance from the 2017 group stage and endured a woeful World Cup qualifying bid (were in the same group with Nigeria), the 43-year-old succeeded where a series of predecessors could not, by turning a drifting side into the sleekest unit that lifted Algeria’s second title in Egypt last Friday.Like Baghdad Bounedjah, the twin partner of Riyad Mahrez said shortly after lifting the AFCON title, Belmadi made them play with their heart and a rhythm scripted by this former Algerian player. “We play for Algeria, we don’t play for money. We don’t play for fame. When I enter the stadium, I only play for Algeria, I have nothing else I play for.” This could not be said of Rohr whose wards, like their predecessors put aside the reason for their being in Egypt and opted to squabble over unpaid allowances and match bonuses.This brings to mind the question of how did we get to this level of our game now in the third-tier stage in the continent.Since we lost the semi final game to Algeria, I have heard all manners of analysis on why our Eagles are no longer super. While some have blamed Rohr as the one who failed to do the right selection of players and played strange tactics not known to delivering good results, others blamed the Nigerian Football Federation for contracting him in the first place when he has nothing to offer. Some others insist that the craze for foreign coaches must stop and the indigenous gaffers be given the same treatment we heap on these Oyinbos for better results.For me, the problem with the Super Eagles goes beyond the pigmentation of the skin of whosoever is in charge as head coach. A holistic view of the national team shows that what led our football to this down turn is a structural defect. Since the Golden Generation of 1994 left the stage, what we have been doing ever since is to try to paper the cracks in the system and attempt to recreate semblance of the past.Students of Nigerian football history will tell you that the conditions that made Clemens Westerhof succeed with the Super Eagles can never be recreated because no two actors in power behave same way. Westerhof was able to get away with what some people termed ‘sacrilege’ because the government in power could tolerate him and his nuances. The Dutchman experimented with well over 300 players stretched over a period of six years. He got from government everything he needed to succeed.In just a space of five years since 2014, Nigeria has had four coaches: Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia, Sunday Oliseh and Rohr. Now, agitation is rife to drop the Franco-German for a fifth coach in five years. Westerhof spent six years starting with a team that was decimated in opening game of Algier ’90 but ended up playing in the final against same Algeria that humiliated Nigeria in that opening game and lost.I want to state that I am not a fan of Rohr as his football culture does not appeal to me. But I have seen semblance of a great team emerging from the crop of youngsters in the present Super Eagles if allowed space. Instability has never done any team any good. Even the Algerian AFCON winning coach admitted that his team stayed together for five years for it jell into the ‘menacing’ squad that it has become. Does Rohr have the capacity to turn around this present team with so many promising players if allowed to continue? This is the question that needs to be answered by the men at the Glass House in Abuja.The problem with Eagles goes beyond qualifying Nigeria for the last World Cup (in Russia) and winning the AFCON 2019 bronze. Eagles must be seen to be playing that robust flair Nigeria is known for in the past.It is true that several countries who didn’t do well at the just concluded tournament have dispensed with the services of their coaches: Egypt sacked Javier Aguirre, Tanzania got rid of our own Emmanuel Amuneke, Burkina Faso sacked Paolo Duarte, Cameroon fired Clarence Seedorf, Guinea parted ways with Paul Put while Ricardo Manneti left his post in Namibia. Many more are on the waiting list to be pushed out. However, given Nigeria’s high turnover rate of coaches, is sacking Rohr the solution? Despite Keshi winning AFCON 2013 he was sacked for starting the race for the 2015 edition badly. Siasia and Oliseh who were invited on rescue mission had issues with the authorities and had to be relieved of their jobs respectively before the Franco-German stepped in.What is happening now is a familiar sing-song. We have walked this road before and may be repeated again and again after every AFCON in future if no solution is found now once and for all.Name them, Westerhof, Jo Bonfrere, Philipe Troussier, Bora Milutinovic, Amodu Shaibu, Christian Chukwu, Austin Eguavoen, Berti Vogts and Lars Lagerback. They were all fired from the Eagles job for one reason or the other.Of course, it is not unexpected to hear shrill voices calling for a return to the indigenous coaches. Those muting this option point in the direction of the two coaches that played in the AFCON 2019 final as proof that the home grown coaches understand the domestic league and talents within better than a foreigner. It is their belief that most of the foreigners are ‘job-men’ with no commitment to growing local players. Belmadi and Senegal’s Aliou Cisse appear justifying these thoughts but the unfortunate Nigerian situation is that we have tried almost all our best and our appetite for anything foreign did not allow us the patience to allow them space to grow on the system like we did with Westerhof.Until we tell our selves the home truth and admit that we currently parade mostly average players in our league and in the diaspora and allow room for growth, we will keep repeating this discourse every two years.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles and players celebrating winning Nigeria’s eighth bronze medals at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt… penultimate Wednesdaylast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, June 10, 2014: •11:47 a.m. Officers investigated a theft by unknown suspect(s) in the 2000 block N. H, Wellington.•3:02 p.m. Sheila M. King, 69, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 55 mph in a 30 mph zone.•7:55 p.m. Miguel A. Pena, 46, Prosser, Wash. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.last_img

Nabong guarantees GlobalPort will make playoffs

first_imgKelly Nabong. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort hasn’t formally entered the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs yet but big man Kelly Nabong believes it’s only a matter of when than if.Nabong guaranteed that the Batang Pier will make the quarterfinals this conference after helping his team beat Kia, 108-91, on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES La Salle finds strength after NU loss Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “No, no, it’s not an if ever, we’re making to the playoffs. We’re making to the playoffs,” he stressed after posting 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.“I mean, we have a young, good team. We just gotta keep believing in the system, keep playing defense, and everybody has to come to play 100 percent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it’s not as if Nabong is making a bold prediction with GlobalPort poised to make the playoffs after improving its record at 5-5 to climb to seventh place.And though, the Batang Pier aren’t assured of a quarterfinals slot yet, they have a relatively good quotient against potential teams that they could end up tied with at the end of the elimination round in the event of a tie. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed To avoid complications, however, GlobalPort has now set its sight on its crucial tiff against Phoenix on March 2 in the final day of the eliminations.A win over the Fuel Masters coupled with a Barangay Ginebra loss to Rain or Shine also on March 2 will assure the Batang Pier a spot in the top six.“We took care of business tonight but it doesn’t stop, eliminations are not over yet so we have one more game to get that spot in the best-of-3,” Nabong said. “We just have to lock down on defense, we have to move the ball, make our open shots. Phoenix is coming up and they’re a tough team, they’re very aggressive so we gotta be locked in.”“We’re focused on our game against Phoenix then, let’s see what the scenario will be. We’re hoping to beat Phoenix and get that number six spot to avoid playing the number one or two in the quarters because they’ll have twice-to-beat,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

NHA Begins A Health Worker ‘Owns a Home Campaign’ Today

first_imgThe National Housing Authority (NHA) will today (Monday July 20), launch the “Empower A Health Worker to Own A Home Campaign,” in appreciation of the dedicated services of health workers to Liberia during the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, and their continuous dedicated services to society.The disclosure was made by Mr. Prince A. Wreh, Deputy Managing Director of Administration during a media briefing in Monrovia. According to Mr. Wreh, NHA’s management team will pay the amount of US5, 000, representing 45% of the cost of a two bedroom housing unit, valued at U$11,000 at the Gobah Town Housing Estate, Brewerville, Monsterrado County and will be processed through a mortgage program with LBDI with a balance of US$6,000 over a period of 10 years.He said a qualified health worker through a vetting process will be awarded with the money as the first payment for the unit.Mr. Wreh further disclosed that health authorities in Monsterrado, Nimba, Margibi, Bong, Grand Bassa and Grand Cape Mount counties were requested to submit the names of five dedicated health workers to the NHA for a raffle draw today at a local resort in Monrovia. Mr. Wreh appealed to line ministries and agencies of government as well as private institutions, donor partners, foreign missions, business community and individuals of good will to emulate the example of the NHA to ensure that more health workers can benefit from the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more