HMAS Sydney Returns to Its Homeport

first_img Authorities September 26, 2014 Australian Navy’s HMAS Sydney has returned to its homeport in Garden Island, Sydney, after five and a half months on patrol. View post tag: Homeport View post tag: HMAS Sydney Sydney sailed at short notice in early April and was operationally employed in a border patrol role. While Operation RESOLUTE was the largest part of Sydney’s program, the ship’s company also honed their war fighting skills during exercises BERSAMA SHIELD and KAKADU.One of the highlights of the time away for Lieutenant Commander Marc Beecroft was dominating the ‘free-play’ phase of Exercise KAKADU.“Sydney led the Blue Force, comprising of ships from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the Philippine Navy,” Lieutenant Commander Beecroft said.“During the unscripted scenario, we identified and neutralised the red force threat, proving the capability of our weapon systems and our crew’s abilities.”“We also had the chance to host a number of international observers, which gave us the chance to strengthen relationships with foreign Navy personnel,” Lieutenant Commander Beecroft said.Another highlight was visiting the Pemulihan Dalam Community Centre in Lumut, Malaysia after Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD.Over the coming weeks, Sydney will remain alongside conducting deployment preparations before she takes part in exercise TRITON SIM.[mappress]Press Release, September 26, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval HMAS Sydney Returns to Its Homeport Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Sydney Returns to Its Homeport View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Australian Navy Share this article View post tag: Returns View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Cake Box store numbers and like-for-like sales grow

first_imgEgg-free cake supplier Cake Box has continued its expansion with the opening of nine franchise stores in the past six months.The business, which is now operating 122 stores, has seen total sales rise around 6% to £8.8m in the six months ended 30 September 2019. This is a £0.5m increase on the same period last year.Sales in stores trading for at least one full financial year rose 6.9% year-on-year.Recent store openings included Dartford, Derby and Slough, and the company said the pipeline of new stores remained strong and the group was on track to achieve its store opening target for the year. “I am very pleased with our performance over the first half, particularly our ongoing momentum in like-for-like sales,” said Sukh Chamdal, co-founder and chief executive officer.“Our new store roll-out was slightly lower than the comparative period last year. However, we already have a further three stores fitted out and, once the final legal processes are completed, will be open for trading, so will be recognised in the second half.“With a number of other developments under way to improve the Cake Box proposition, we remain confident in our prospects for the full year and beyond.”Launched in 2008 in East London, Cake Box supplies products that are all egg-free, which the company said enabled it to target a larger potential market. The business has a manufacturing site in Enfield and, last year, listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).last_img read more

Science for teens

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaFor high school students interested in science, the University ofGeorgia Plant Science Scholars program is an incredible deal.For just $30, students can spend almost three days, June 23-25,on the UGA campus exploring areas of horticulture, plantpathology, crop and soil sciences and forestry.The students will learn how to extract DNA. They’ll visitgreenhouses and research farms. And they’ll learn how topropagate plants. These are just a few examples of the manyhands-on activities they’ll be able to try on the UGA campus.Students will be housed in UGA dorms. Their meals and eveningentertainment are provided.DeadlineThe application deadline is April 1. To apply or get moreinformation, visit www.plant.uga.edu/labrat/gapsspage.htm.Or contact Kisha Shelton at(706) 542-1426. Or write her at 2105 Miller Plant Science Bldg.,Athens, GA 30602-7274.last_img read more

Guatemalan Armed Forces Help Eradicate Heroin-producing Plants

first_img Interagency effort Authorities have also seized 70 vehicles that allegedly were used to traffic drugs, plus an airplane, two boats and 54 firearms. In addition, they also confiscated more than $1.9 million collectively in cash, including quetzales, Mexican pesos, and U.S. dollars. The eradication operation also included flyover experts from the Air Interdiction, Drug Enforcement and Counterterrorism Force (FIAAT), 500 agents from the Office of the Deputy Director General for the Analysis of Drug Enforcement Information (SGAIA) under the National Civil Police (PNC), and 10 prosecutors from the Prosecutor’s Office, according to statements SGAIA Deputy Director Yodzaida García made to the National News Agency. Most of the heroin-producing poppy plants are cultivated in the “Poppy Triangle,” which comprises the municipalities of Tejutla, Ixchiguán and Tajumulco in the department of San Marcos. The department’s elevation of 2,398 meters above sea level results in soil that produces a plant considered to be of high quality for heroin production. Authorities have found poppy plants bearing red, pink, and yellow flowers in the Poppy Triangle, according to Chapas. From February 14th-19th, Guatemala’s Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies teamed up to eradicate more than 17 million poppy plants in 610 fields measuring 45 hectares. The crops could have produced more than $57 million in heroin, authorities said. In 2015, the National Defense Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reported three eradication operations covering a total of 449 hectares and containing a total of 220,006,135 poppy plants, which would have been worth more than $711 million if they had been converted to heroin. In addition to eradicating poppy and marijuana plants, authorities have now initiated projects to benefit the community. The zone is an impoverished area, where narco-traffickers force farmers to grow poppy. The Armed Forces deployed 150 Soldiers, five specialists, eight junior officers and one senior officer from the Mountain Operations Brigade (BOM) for the mission, stated Army Cavalry Colonel Pedro Reyna Caro. In addition to assisting with personnel, the Army also provided security for prosecutors, in conjunction with the PNC. The security details were necessary because when authorities arrived at the eradication sites, operatives who allegedly worked for the crop owners fired shots and blocked the vehicles’ access to the site. center_img The Guatemalan and U.S. governments are cooperating to assist these populations. For example, the Guatemalan government and the U.S. Embassy provided school supplies in the three communities where authorities conducted this operation, according to Chapas. Many of the poppy fields were in remote locations, which is why the Armed Forces led the mission in cooperation with prosecutors, Drug Crimes Chief Prosecutor Aldo Chapas told Diálogo. In addition to the poppy plants, Troops also destroyed 344,896 marijuana plants worth more than $18 million, according to data published by the Prosecutor’s Office and the National Defense Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Previous eradication efforts By Dialogo May 09, 2016 The Ministry of Defense also assisted by providing BOM facilities in San Marcos, the capital of the department of the same name, to use as a center of operations. Every day, the work teams – spread across the three municipalities where the operation took place – traveled to the work site before spending the night at the BOM facility. A security force with an average of 500 to 600 members, which included between 150 and 200 Military personnel, participated in each operation, according to a report issued by the National Defense Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Interagency efforts have led to more than the eradication of poppy and marijuana crops. The prosecutor’s Office for Drug Crimes reported that the Army also provided assistance for the seizure of 712 kilograms of cocaine and 465 pounds of processed marijuana between January 1st-March 31st. last_img read more