HMS Daring’s Lynx Helicopter Plays Vital Role in Philippines Relief Mission

first_img November 28, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Daring’s Lynx Helicopter Plays Vital Role in Philippines Relief Mission HMS Daring’s Lynx Helicopter Plays Vital Role in Philippines Relief Mission HMS Daring’s Lynx proved indispensable in first finding devastated remote communities in the Philippines – then delivering vital aid to them. During a hectic five days of flying, the helicopter carried more than eight tonnes of aid, ferried 150 people about and got to villages far beyond the reach of the destroyer’s sailors working on the shoreline.HMS Daring’s Lynx proved indispensable in first finding devastated remote communities in the Philippines – then delivering vital aid to them.As the destroyer makes for Tokyo after completing her relief mission in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the ship’s flight – from 815 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton – are taking stock of their achievements during a hectic ten days around the islands.Daring handed over to carrier HMS Illustrious earlier this week after delivering water, shelters and food and providing medical care and carrying out temporary repairs to buildings and amenities on islands around the Visayan Sea.“In my 38 years service there have been only two other occasions that have felt as satisfying and rewarding as this humanitarian aid operation,” said Flight Commander and Falklands veteran Lt Cdr Joe Harper.“The first is the Falklands campaign when I was doing exactly what we are trained for, and the second was in the Caribbean on counter-piracy operations.”The reconnaissance missions the helicopter flew as the Portsmouth-based warship approached the Philippines gave Daring “a head start” in identifying the many isolated villages and communities still in need of urgent assistance.And once the Type 45 destroyer was loaded up with humanitarian aid, the helicopter was crucial in getting to villages the sailors themselves could never have reached due to the distance from the shore and the wrecked road network on many islands.“A vehicle travelling by land carrying the amount of aid that we managed to get ashore to these islands would have to get through badly damaged roads and infrastructure to even stand a chance of getting to some of the villages we visited,” explained Daring’s operations officer Lt Jason Hannigan.“Ultimately stores coming from land would be most likely distributed to the first person in need rather than the most needy – which is the exact opposite of what the Lynx can provide.“For example with one of the communities – Rohas – we could take aid and people to help around six times an hour whereas by land that speed and agility could never be matched.”The Lynx flew 1,400 miles on surveys before getting stuck into the physical relief effort, delivering 8½ tonnes of stores – more than one and half times the aircraft’s own weight – during 21 sorties.The helicopter also ferried 150 people to and from the various islands Daring assisted during her week in the Philippines.The 32 hours flying on Operation Patwin – the codename for the UK military’s response to the typhoon – in just five days is a far higher tempo than the Lynx would normally be expected (aircrew must clock up at least 15 hours in the skies every month to remain current).Such a high tempo demanded 128 ‘man hours’ in Daring’s hangar and on the flight deck as the helicopter engineers and maintainers toiled to ready the Lynx for the next day’s missions.The destroyer – and Lynx flight – have now resumed their global deployment which has seen both away from the UK since late May.To date, Daring has visited the Caribbean, California, Hawaii, Australia and Singapore, from where the destroyer was diverted to support the UK’s major relief effort in the Philippines.[mappress]Press Release, November 28, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

“SOLD OUT” has become a symbol of one of our tourist events

first_imgHow to attract tourists to the sea in the off-season, without having anything to do with the sun and the sea. The answer is clear – quality content, such as the excellent concept of Wine & Walk in north-western Istria.A beautiful walk by the sea and the medieval walls of Novigrad, a relaxed atmosphere, tasting top wines and food and hours of enjoying the beauties of northwestern Istria marked this year’s Wine & Walk by the sea in Novigrad – the simplest description of Wine & Walk by the sea held in Novigrad this weekend .This more than successful concept is a real concrete example of how tourism develops 365 days a year, in this case in the off-season. Certainly it should be emphasized that this story has absolutely nothing to do with the sun and the sea as the main motive for coming.In the morning, more than 500 walkers gathered, who received their tasting glasses, vouchers and a map at the start and set off on a Novigrad adventure. Through a journey of 10 kilometers along the trail, they enjoyed visiting local wine cellars, walking through olive groves, vineyards, but also the medieval city walls, and on the way they were greeted by a rich gastronomic and wine offer of the best Istrian winemakers. “Despite the announcements of bad weather, all registration fees were sold out even ten days before the event. Today, 500 walkers enjoyed a walk through the Novigrad vineyards, numerous Istrian delicacies and a view of the sea, and after the hike, the fun continued on the Novigrad square where even more guests gathered.”, Said Vesna Ferenac, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Novigrad.Eight influencers from Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Croatia, who are part of this year’s Best of the Northwest campaign and introduced northwestern Istria as an Influencer Friendly Destination, joined the walkers on the trail. Great addition and extension of the story.In a couple of years, this whole story has gained a lot of Wine & Walk ambassadors, to the extent that demand is much higher than capacity and the question arises: Should I spread the event or not? Perhaps the best answer to this question are the extensions created by Istria Wine% Walk, one in the pre-season called Sweet Wine & Walk and the mentioned Wine & Walk by the sea. Which, of course, in my opinion, was the right move of the organizers, because otherwise the quality and attractive leisure that adorns this great tourist story would be lost.”SOLD OUT” has become a symbol of Wine & Walk”Sold out” is already a traditional phenomenon in north-western Istria through the excellent concept of Wine & Walk.If you are wondering why “Sold out” is synonymous with Wine & Walk, at least when we talk in our tourist frameworks, the answer is very simple? Because all tickets are sold within 24 hours and all over the internet. Visitors call and wait for the day when tickets will go on sale, without the organizers limiting ticket sales, a smart move because they keep the quality that would surely be lost in the crowd, they could talk to thousands of visitors.And yes, it is important to point out that these are mostly visitors from Slovenia, Austria and then from Croatia. So, people from Zagreb get in the car and come to Istria for the weekend, and in this case the motive for coming is Wine & Walk.Those who want development are growing, while others are whining, sticking to the status quo and saying that it is not possible. It is possible, but it takes a lot of effort and time, there is no success overnight. Quality, diverse and authentic content is the only solution to extend the tourist season. Definitely one of the best Croatian tourist stories.And my personal experience and why I consider Istria Wine & Walk one of our best tourist stories, find out in the attachment.RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Remi Garde staying optimistic despite continued Aston Villa slump

first_imgAston Villa equalled an unwanted record after defeat to Watford but Remi Garde still believes he can revive the club’s fortunes this season. Saturday’s 3-2 loss leaves Villa rooted to the bottom of the table with just five points – matching the lowest haul after 14 Barclays Premier League matches. Swindon in 1993-94, Sunderland in 2005-06 and QPR in 2012-13 also had only five points at this stage of the campaign and all three were relegated come May. Villa are five points adrift of safety and Garde, after three games as manager, is acutely aware of the task facing him but remains optimistic. Told that some will now be writing off Villa’s chance, the Frenchman said: “I heard that already and it will be over if we carry on that way but today I think we deserved a point, to be fair. “Not in terms of the result, but the play was better. And I believe we must play well if we are to win points. “When you always have to run behind in the score it is difficult but we had spells where we were good and I think we deserve better. “But there were mistakes. We lack efficiency in both boxes and maybe we had lack of patience because we knew it was important to win. “Because of this we didn’t keep the balance like we did in first half, giving them chance to counter-attack so easily. “It is difficult as obviously we have a lack of confidence both defensively and offensively. “It is not a criticism but everybody has to improve their levels, and we can.” Press Association It was Troy Deeney who piled on the misery for his boyhood club. Despite being a lifelong Villa fan, Deeney, who began his career at the midlands club before leaving aged 15, clearly enjoyed his 85th-minute header, sliding on his knees in celebration at the Holte End after putting his side 3-1 up. A fourth goal in his last five games looked like giving Watford a comfortable victory but Jordan Ayew got Villa back within a goal in the 89th minute. Garde’s team were then unable to find an equaliser in the 10 minutes of injury time allowed for a second-half injury to Heurelho Gomes. Odion Ighalo gave Watford the lead but Micah Richards levelled just before half-time, before Alan Hutton’s own goal gave the visitors the advantage once more and set up the dramatic closing stages. Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores praised his strike force of Ighalo and Deeney. He said: ” It’s amazing the connection they had during the match. They are able to play on the long ball or on the floor. They cope well with whatever way we play. “It’s amazing what they are doing different. “I have the impression he (Deeney) enjoyed his goal but it’s normal when you come back to play against one team. You try to win always.” The game was stopped for almost 10 minutes following an injury to Gomes, who collided with team-mate Craig Cathcart when trying to cut out a low Hutton cross. The Brazilian received treatment for a lengthy spell before being fitted with a neck brace and carried from the pitch on a stretcher. Giedrius Arlauskis, who played for Lithuania against England in last month’s European Championship qualifier, came on for his Premier League debut. Flores said: “He had a kick to the head but felt something in his neck. I don’t know exactly but we will have scans and see the results.” Gomes was taken to a Birmingham hospital but was able to return home with the rest of the squad on the team coach. last_img read more

April 28 date set for GMR&SC Endurance Round 2

first_imgTHE second round of Endurance racing under the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) will take place on April 28.The GMR&SC executive committee made the disclosure following a meeting and the move will allow for competitors to get their cars in order for the two-hour endurance event.During round one, Team Wreckers’ Adrian Fernandes inched Sean Bacchus for the overall title.2018 overall champion Fernandes narrowly defeated Bacchus who finished 77 laps, both in 1600cc and overall brackets in the two-hour long drive.During round one action, the unlimited class was won by Romeo Singh (72 laps) but Motilall Deodass (59 laps) surprisingly finished second ahead of Seejatan. Deodass’ Motor Trend-sponsored Starlet encountered problems from the start of the race so he had to race at a decelerated pace throughout the race.Mohamed Ali (33 laps) was the best driver in the 2000cc class while Roshan Ali (20 laps) finished second followed by Rafeek Khan in third with 19 laps.In the 1500cc class, Narendra Mangar (73 laps) won, followed by Richard Hamid (70) in second place and Mark Wong (69) in third.last_img read more

A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES!

first_imgIt may be a small Donegal school but it is going big places in national competitions.Cloughfin NS are going to see Google!Cloughfin N.S., situated in a rural setting between Ballindrait, Castlefinn and Raphoe, might be a small two teacher school but this has not impeded them from excelling in two national competitions.Pupils and staff were thrilled to hear that their school’s website has once again been shortlisted for the Eircom Junior Spider Awards for the Best School Website category. There are only seven primary schools from all over Ireland that have been shortlisted in this category. Pupils will attend the Awards Cermony in none other than Google’s European Headquarters in The Foundry at Google in Dublin on Tuesday the 29th of April.Principal Fiona Farry said “Pupils are so excited at the prospect of traveling to this spectacular venue. It will be an amazing experience for them. Our school website www.cloughfinns.com showcases the huge amount of hard work and dedication of the pupils and staff in our school. We are the only primary school in Co. Donegal to be shortlisted and are delighted to hear that a group of students from St. Eunan’s College (post primary school) in Letterkenny have also been shortlisted for their project in the Best web design category http://www.optimalf1.com/ ”The school’s website.But wait, there is more. 5th and 6th class pupils have also topped the polls in a National Maths Competition for the months of February and March and are currently in pole position overall as the end of the challenge approaches on May 16th. TD Joe Mc Hugh presented them with there Mathletes Cup for winning the National February Challenge. http://www.mathletes.ie is the brainchild of Junior Minister for Education Ciarán Cannon and Sean O Sullivan, Sos Ventures and former Dragon on Dragon’s Den (RTE) and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills. Mr. O Sullivan tweeted the following ” Sean OSullivan @sosventuresBiggest little underdog Primary School in #Ireland @MATHletes_ie Cloughfin NS in Lifford, Co. Donegal http://mathletes.ie/leaderboards-schools-march/ … #Superhuman ”Pupils master maths skills online using Khan Academy in school and at home. It is amazing to see how much time they spend learning maths at home and even during the school holidays! http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/khando-approach-rips-up-the-rule-book-on-learning-by-rote-30193088.htmlIf the students retain their overall lead on May 16th, they will be presented with their award and a grant to purchase technology for their school at the eXCITE Global Digital Learning Conference, in Dublin on May 31st. http://www.excited.ie/Great see the Donegal Flag flying high again at National Level!!Http:/www.cloughfinns.com or follow the school on Twitter @CloughfinNs A SMALL DONEGAL SCHOOL GOING VERY BIG PLACES! was last modified: April 27th, 2014 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)Tags:CLOUGHFIN NATIONAL SCHOOLdonegalGooglelast_img read more