SNMG2 Departs for Op Active Endeavour

first_img View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today SNMG2 Departs for Op Active Endeavour View post tag: Active Endeavour July 24, 2015 Having concluded a successful port visit, Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) got underway on July 22 from Palma de Mallorca to support NATO’s Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.The Group’s flagship German frigate FGS HAMBURG was joined in Palma by the Canadian frigate HMCS WINNIPEG, the Spanish frigate ESPS SANTA MARIA, and the Spanish supply ship ESPS CANTABRIA.The crews and staff of SNMG2 have conducted coordination meetings, focusing on the operational, technical and logistics preparations for the at-sea period ahead. During the port visit, Palma residents also had the opportunity to visit the ships and meet with the Sailors during two “Open Ships” periods aboard the four ships.Rear Admiral Klein said:Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO is flying NATO colours in the Mediterranean again.Upon getting underway, SNMG 2 immediately started with force integration training and testing operational procedures. This preparation will be vital to the Group’s support of NATO’s Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, which began in October 2001.[mappress mapid=”16554″]Image: MARCOM View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: europecenter_img View post tag: Departs Authorities Share this article View post tag: OP View post tag: SNMG2 SNMG2 Departs for Op Active Endeavourlast_img read more

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UPDC Hotels/Golden Tulip Squash Goes International

first_imgDue to the phenomenal success achieved in the maiden edition of UPDC Hotels/Golden Tulip Squash Series, which rounded off last weekend, the tournament will go international and will become a world ranking event next year, organisers have hinted.Chairman, UPDC Nigeria Plc, Larry E. Ettah, who disclosed this exclusively to HotSports at the tournament, said they were satisfied with what they saw and hope to make it an annual affair with next edition going to be an international event.The UPDC Nigeria plc boss, who also represented O’Trafford Club as a player at the Series, said the facility in use at the competition is one of the few Professional Squash Association (PSA) certified facilities in Nigeria, which is why they want to raise the standard to international.“Our intention is to expose this world class facility to the cross-section of Squash fraternity and community because most of the facilities we have in this country don’t meet this standard,” he told HotSports.“If we don’t have our young men and women playing on this kind of world standard facility, they will go out there complaining like our footballers, who find playing turfs strange outside Nigeria because they are not used to them.“From what we have seen so far, we are pleasantly encouraged to continue what we have started.  It is already a national affair, but by next year we should make it an international event in which case, it will be a PSA certified and ranking event.   This means that players from all over the world could come here to play and increase their rankings.”In the two main events in the first edition, Goke Adediran won the ‘Club Invitational tournament’, while Abdulrahaman Olanrewaju and Yemisi Olatunji emerged best in the Professional Men and Women categories respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Napoli beat holders Liverpool in Champions League opener

first_imgAt the other end, Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret was also at full stretch, denying Mohamed Salah with his fingertips on 65 minutes.Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly had his hands full with Salah who had threatened to break the deadlock throughout the first half.Carlo Ancelotti’s side piled on the pressure early on, with Adrian pulling off a double save in the seventh minute from Fabian Ruiz before Hirving Lozano headed into the net from an offside position.Liverpool forward Sadio Mane dispossessed Insigne, forcing Meret into a save on 20 minutes with James Milner firing over.Salah finally managed to break free of the towering presence of Koulibaly, with Mane combining with Firmino who fired over.Firmino — making his 200th appearance for Liverpool — missed a chance to put the visitors ahead before the break with his header flashing wide.The breakthrough came eight minutes from time after Jose Callejon went down easily in the box under pressure from Andy Robertson, with Mertens slotting in the penalty after a VAR review.And Llorente pounced on Van Dijk’s loose pass to claim his first Napoli goal, sealing a famous win for the hosts. Mane missed chancesNapoli Liverpool Naples, Italy | AFP | Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente scored late goals as Napoli defeated holders Liverpool 2-0 in Tuesday’s opening round of Champions League group stage matches.Mertens converted a penalty on 82 minutes and Llorente added a second in stoppage time as Napoli gained a measure of revenge for last season’s 1-0 loss at Anfield that denied the Italians a spot in the knockout rounds.Jurgen Klopp’s side are the first reigning European champions to lose their opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994.Both Liverpool, who sit top of the Premier League after five straight wins, and Napoli remain favourites to progress from Group E despite Salzburg’s thrilling 6-2 win over Genk.Llorente joined Napoli this season after playing his last game for former club Tottenham in the Champions League final defeat by Liverpool in Madrid in June.He came on as a substitute and pounced on a rare Virgil van Dijk blunder after Mertens had opened the scoring from the spot to pandemonium among the crowd at the Stadio San Paolo.Liverpool also lost their group-stage match in Naples last season before going on to lift a sixth European Cup.Both teams could thank their goalkeepers for keeping the scoreline goalless for so long.Adrian made his Champions League debut in the Liverpool goal with Alisson Becker out injured, pulling off an impressive save from a Mertens volley just after the break. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Power play

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEPittsburgh Power:The Pittsburgh Power (3-12) fell to the Cleveland Gladiators (3-12), 71-58, at Quicken Loans Arena. Hey there ladies and gents. I think it is a disservice to Lake Erie to define Cleveland, as the “mistake by the lake;” because simply stated Cleveland is just a “mistake,” period…First and foremost it took me exactly one hour to get the right directions to the press box “after” I arrived at the Quicken Loans Arena to cover the game. Now I understand why LeBron James bailed from the Cleveland Cavaliers. It is also equally amazing at how two people can observe the same event and come up with a totally different conclusion. Arena Football League referee Larry Smith who was compelled to enforce a minimum of three totally bogus pass interference calls that were levied against the Pittsburgh Power appeared as if he had just eaten some tainted sushi hooked straight from the bowels of Lake Erie as he looked up at the replays shown on the big screen. He looked like the cat that swallowed the proverbial canary.These “neurologists” that police the game all obviously had a different, no flawed sightline and an opposite viewpoint in regards to their analysis as related to calling the game. There was also terrible clock management by Pittsburgh Power Head Coach Derek Stingley and his coaching staff at the end of the first half. Coach Stingley’s demeanor impresses me.However his coaching skills and insight in my opinion may come up just a bit short. The only “joy” for Pittsburgh was that Power wide receiver Mike “the joystick” Washington continues to play lights out football. Although small in stature Washington has a huge heart especially when traveling across the middle. I am confident that if the NFL doesn’t snatch him up, the Canadian Football League probably will. Final notes: I also bumped into Dr. Sharon McDaniel, President, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of A Second Chance Inc. for two weeks in a row attending the Power games. Okay I don’t want you ladies to unleash the “green monster” but the “joystick” also serves as the personal trainer to Dr. McDaniel; in my opinion she is one of the real life heroine’s of urban foster care in America.Win the games that you are supposed to win. The Pirates should be encouraged by the effort of A.J. Burnett who started against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field his first outing after returning from the DL. However all did not end well for the Bucs’ because they fell to the Cubs after Dioner Navarro’s sacrifice fly scored Anthony Rizzo in the 11th inning and gave the Cubs a 4-3 victory. The result sent the Pirates (53-34) into a tie with the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the National League Central Division. As of Sunday, the Cubs continued to remain 14.5 games behind the Pirates and the Cardinals insofar as their division is concerned. The Pirates must learn to display that “killer” instinct in order to get and preserve a playoff spot. It is not supposed to be a struggle to defeat a team that for all intents and purposes may be already looking toward 2013.last_img read more

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