UK: Portsmouth-Based Warship Bids Farewell For Next Six Months

first_img View post tag: News by topic UK: Portsmouth-Based Warship Bids Farewell For Next Six Months View post tag: Six View post tag: UK View post tag: bids Portsmouth-based warship HMS St Albans yesterday (Sunday) set sail for a six-month operational deployment of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf.The 4,900 tonne Type-23 frigate will be taking over duties from HMS Iron Duke and will be patrolling busy shipping lanes and providing security for the region alongside other coalition forces.Her work will include counter-terrorism and anti-piracy operations, exercises and operations with regional naval forces and wider regional engagement to support and promote the UK’s interests in the area.Since her return from the Middle East in August last year HMS St Albans has undertaken a number of tasks including a period of training off the coast of Plymouth and Scotland to prepare her for this deployment.Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, Commander Tom Sharpe, said:“HMS St Albans has spent the last five months preparing for this deployment and is now ready to deliver.”“Influence will be our key output; whether that is patrolling the high seas to reassure or escort, actively looking for acts of smuggling or piracy, training or exercising with other navies or engaging in diplomatic efforts from alongside.”“Given the political climate in our anticipated operating area, or indeed the Eastern Mediterranean before we even get there, we must be prepared to cover the full gamut of naval tasking from routine to high intensity operations and be able to switch between them with traditional flexibility. HMS St Albans sails today ready to do just that.”The crew varies from young sailors who will be sailing for their first deployment outside of UK waters to the more experienced sea dogs who are in their 22nd year of service and know the region well.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, June 7, 2011; View post tag: months June 7, 2011 View post tag: Navalcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Portsmouth-Based Warship Bids Farewell For Next Six Months View post tag: Navy View post tag: Portsmouth-Based View post tag: Warship View post tag: next View post tag: Farewell Share this articlelast_img read more

Iloilo to offer zero-interest loans to farmer coops

first_imgFarmers in Iloilo town harvest palay. Iloilo governor Arthur Defensor Jr. on Thursday said the province will offer loans to farmer cooperatives, which in turn, will purchase the produce of small farmers at premium prices. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The governor on Sept. 11 gathered variouscooperatives to discuss the loan program. “This will involve loans, financialinstitutions, and we will check our banking laws, our cooperative laws and evenCommission on Audit rules on what we can do,” he added. The governor recently met with Agriculturesecretary William Dar to discuss matters on solving the low prices of palay in the market. He added farmers with less than a hectare of palay production have no capacity tokeep the produce within the moisture standards of the National Food Authority(NFA). Iloilo governor Arthur Defensor Jr. onThursday said the province will offer loans to farmer cooperatives, which inturn, will purchase the produce of small farmers at premium prices. “It will have zero interest and we want toborrow from the Land Bank of the Philippines because that is the directive ofthe Agriculture secretary from the national government that the Land Bank willloan money to the local government units as a source of fund,” Defensor said. ILOILO CITY – The Iloilo provincial governmentwill offer an interest-free loan program to farmer cooperatives to help themadjust to the low prices of palay. Elias Sandig, assistant provincialagriculturist, on Friday said palayprices in Iloilo market are sold at P10 to P12 per kilo. He added the cooperatives must be accreditedby the province and have a drying facility.center_img “The national government wants the localgovernment units, especially the province, to be involved in this,” Defensorsaid. From January to August, 3,179 hectares of palay in the province were alreadyharvested. He said out of the 114, 000 farmers in theprovince, 7,953 farmers till below a hectare of land. The amount of loan that will be granted by theprovince will depend on cooperatives’ absorptive capacity. The NFA requires 14 percent moisture contentof palay the reason why it cannotpurchase the produce of small farmers who lack facilities in keeping the grainwithin the moisture standards. “About 8, 000 of our farmers have no capacityon drying palay,” he added, sayingthis number of farmers can benefit the loan program. Defensor said the provincial government iscrafting an executive ordinance on loan agreement as they are still “checkingthe laws and regulations” for the financial aspect of the plan. The provincial government targets to offer theloan program by October as it is still harvest season.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (April 18-23)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report for April 18-23.Players of the Week.Baseball:  Brent Turner – Rising SunSoftball:  Tiffany Vinup – Rising SunBoys Golf:  Drew Honnert – MilanGirls Track:  Megan Cole – South Ripley and Lucy Carrigan – Rising SunBoys Track:  Luke Welch – South Ripley and Zach Martini – Rising SunORVC Report (April 18-23)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img