first_img View post tag: Witt July 17, 2013 View post tag: africa View post tag: Horn Back to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS Johan de Witt Sets Sail for the Horn of Africa View post tag: HNLMS View post tag: Counter-Piracy View post tag: Defence View post tag: ship View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Transport View post tag: de View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: Johan HNLMS Johan de Witt Sets Sail for the Horn of Africa View post tag: sets View post tag: sail View post tag: News by topic HNLMS Johan de Witt, the amphibious transport ship, left Den Helder on July 14th  for the Horn of Africa in order to take part in counter-piracy operations being conducted in the area.Johan de Witt will take part in the EU mission Atalanta as a staff ship for 4 months. During this time, it will accommodate an international staff led by Commodore Peter Lenselink.In addition to disrupting pirate activities, the naval ships acting under the EU flag in the area escort vulnerable vessels and ships sailing for the United Nation’s World Food Programme.[mappress]Press Release, July 17, 2013; Image: Dutch MoD Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe City Council have joined the growing chorus of opposition against the Oxford Union’s latest far-right speaker invitation.In an official letter to Union President Dan Wilkinson, the Council’s executive board member for public safety expressed concerns about “the Oxford Union’s pattern of endangering community safety by inviting fascists into the city.“Steve Bannon, Tommy Robinson, Marine Le Pen, Alice Weidel. Now Marion Marechal Le Pen. The Union has recently put an unhealthy fascination with courting controversy ahead of doing the right thing by Oxford, the city that’s called it home since 1823.”Councillor Tom Hayes argued that the Union was legitimising the far-right, writing: “While you may live in Oxford for a short time, the costs of your courting of controversy will last a long time. It should be of concern that this line-up of fascists you are inviting into Oxford get to exploit the prestige of the Union to legitimise prejudice.“We know that hate hurts. Up the road from the Union, there will be an exhibition on the Lessons of the Holocaust at the same time as you are enabling fascists to spread a sickening series of racist views. That exhibition clearly shows just how much hate hurts and how much the legitimisation of hate can hurt on the biggest possible scale. I invite you to visit the Town Hall to discuss your invitation and visit the exhibition.”The letter also raised concerns about the cost of security for the event: “Our cash-strapped, cut-back Thames Valley Police should not be forced to police this event when they could be stopping and catching criminals, just as they should never be made to pay for the costs of policing the Union’s attention-grabbing behaviour. What security support will the Union be giving to your event?“We have seen stand-offs between police and far-right activists in the capital, and I do not want to see similar stand-offs in Oxford city centre. I have concerns for the safety of the police, as well as our citizens, and urge you to do the right thing and revoke an invitation which ought never to have been made.”Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds has also fiercely criticised the Union’s decision, calling on the Union’s leadership to “grow up” and cancel the invitation.The MP said: “Inviting Marion Maréchal-Le Pen to the Oxford Union legitimises one of the ‘new generation’ of fascists. She is known to be on the far-right even of the far-right National Rally.“The Oxford Union’s pathetic courting of publicity by inviting racist after racist is deeply frustrating for local people. Our city is proud of its diversity and yet the Oxford Union seems determined to threaten this.”The statement comes as a planned protest gathers pace, with one event on Facebook listing 175 people as going and 529 as interested. The event is being hosted by a number of local and national activist groups, including Oxford University Labour Club and the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ and racial equality campaigns.Mr. Wilkinson are yet to respond to request for commentlast_img read more

first_imgJalen Hurts is “stronger” because of everything he went through at Alabama.The quarterback left the Crimson Tide program after three seasons and joined Oklahoma in mid-January. Hurts discussed his transfer for the first time when he met with reporters Wednesday. Hurts was Alabama’s starter for most of his freshman and sophomore seasons. But he was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa in the 2018 national championship game and served as his backup as a junior.“I’m wiser,” Hurts said. “I’m better. I’m stronger for it with everything that happened last year and over the last three years. Obviously, I didn’t get the snaps. I had limited time there, but I’m at a new place now. New opportunity. I think it’s a different team on the same mission.”Hurts has completed 62.9 percent of his passes and thrown for 48 touchdowns, along with 12 interceptions, during his collegiate career. He has also added 23 scores on the ground.“My past success — the things I have done and achieved — those don’t help us win any games (at Oklahoma) in the fall,” Hurts said. “I think the biggest thing for us is creating an identity for ourselves, finding out who we are as a team and then, ultimately, playing ball and getting things done in all phases of the organization this year.” “The whole situation is unique and it’s happening to a unique person,” Hurts said, via AL.com. “I’m not your average Joe. I’m kind of built for these kinds of situations. There’s never been anything in my way that I couldn’t overcome or see through.“I clearly understand what I got myself into, but I also know I have expectations for myself.” Related News Two Georgia players arrested, charged after alleged bar fightcenter_img Clemson WR Amari Rodgers suffers torn ACL, report says Hurts said he has learned to see things from a “different perspective” in the process.“There are a number of variables in going through my development,” Hurts said. “I think all of those experiences helped me for the better. I was able to see things differently. … That has led up to me being the person I am standing before you.”Hurts led Alabama to a 26-2 record as a starter.last_img read more