USS Vella Gulf Docks in Batumi, Georgia

first_img Authorities View post tag: Georgia View post tag: Navy View post tag: docks View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Vella Gulf Docks in Batumi, Georgia View post tag: americas The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Batumi, Georgia, for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 18. While in Georgia, Vella Gulf is scheduled to participate in a joint training exercise with the Georgian Navy focusing on signaling and visit, board, search and seizure tactics. Vella Gulf will also host a reception onboard for Georgian dignitaries.Vella Gulf’s mission in the Black Sea is to work with NATO allies and European partners, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to strengthening and improving interoperability while working toward mutual goals in the region.Upon departing Georgia, Vella Gulf will continue its deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.[mappress]Press Release, August 18, 2014; Image: US Navycenter_img View post tag: Batumi View post tag: USS Vella Gulf View post tag: Naval August 18, 2014 View post tag: europe USS Vella Gulf Docks in Batumi, Georgia Share this articlelast_img read more

Masirah adds to Yumna well funds through investment round

first_imgExploration and production company Masirah Oil has raised $21.5 million to fund the drilling of the Yumna appraisal well offshore Oman.Foresight Driller IX jack-up rig; Source: Foresight Offshore DrillingRex International, a majority stakeholder in Masirah Oil, said on Friday that Masirah had issued preference shares in relation to the subscription of the Masirah investment round.Following the investment round, Rex Oman holds an 86.37 percent stake in Masirah. Schroders, Trace Atlantic, Petroci, and Masirah management hold 7.03, 4.66, 1.83, and 0.10 percent stake, respectively.A total of $21.5 million was raised from the investment round in order to fund Masirah’s drilling activities of the Yumna appraisal well in Block 50 offshore Oman, where Masirah holds a 100 percent interest.The funds raised through the investment round will also be used for Masirah’s continued operations in Oman and general working capital requirements.The company in early November 2019 awarded a contract to Foresight Offshore Drilling to use the Foresight Driller IX drilling rig for the appraisal well on the block.COme late November and Masirah Oil awarded a contract to Wings Offshore for a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel to be used on the Yumna field, previously known as the GA South field. The FSO in question is Mt. Bull Papua, an Aframax tanker with a storage capacity of 750,000 barrels.The spudding of the Yumna 1 well was announced on December 26, 2019. Masirah said in December that early production testing of the Yumna field would start in January 2020. The oil produced during the field appraisal phase will be stored in an Aframax tanker.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Middle East Christians facing ‘extremist atrocities’

first_img Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyle Middle East Christians facing ‘extremist atrocities’ by: – June 14, 2011 Share Tweet 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Dr Williams said there had been extremist atrocities already, especially in EgyptThe Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that there are extreme forces at work that have turned the Arab Spring into a “very anxious time” for Christians.Dr Rowan Williams told the BBC that the vacuum left by the end of autocratic regimes was being filled by extremists.He claimed there had been more killings of Christians and burnings of churches in Egypt than people were aware of.Life was unsustainable for Christians in northern Iraq, and tensions in Syria were nearing breaking point, he added.The Middle East is the birthplace of Christianity and home to some of the world’s most ancient Christian denominations.There is no agreed figure for the number of Christians in the region, though some experts believe there are as many as 10 million.‘Consistent pattern’ In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s The World at One, Dr Williams said he was “guardedly optimistic” that the political upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa would bring greater democracy to the region.“In the long term, of course, a real participatory democracy in the region is bound to be in the interests of minorities because good democracies look after minorities,” he said.But in the short term, he warned, people were using the chaos it had brought to attack Christian minorities.“There is no doubt at all that it is a very anxious time for Christian communities. There have been extremist atrocities already, especially in Egypt,” he said.“It is a fairly consistent pattern over a number of months. Although at leadership level in the Muslim community in Egypt there is clear condemnation of this, it’s evident that there are other forces at work which of course may not be native Egyptian,” he added.He suggested outside elements had entered Egypt from “more traditional sites of extremism”, such as Saudi Arabia and northern Sudan, and did not rule out activity by al-Qaeda.Dr Williams said violent extremism had made life unsustainable for Christians in northern Iraq, in a way that amounted to ethnic cleansing.“The level of violence has been extreme,” he said.“More and more there is the talk of an ‘enclave solution’ to the problem in Iraq – that is a sort of safe territory for Christians, which Christians and their leaders don’t particularly want, but many would think is the only practical outcome now.”He said even in Syria, where Christians and Muslims had long lived together peacefully, tensions were building to breaking point.Even in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, Christians who had once been in the majority were now a “marginalised minority”, he added.BBC Newslast_img read more

Angels Notes: Martin Maldonado frustrated with limits on mound visits

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Maldonado’s stance nonetheless highlights how vital he feels it is for be able to visit his pitcher.“I think mound visits are important,” Maldonado said. “It’s how you slow the game down for the pitcher. As a catcher you are always thinking ahead. The mound visit lets you focus and get back on track.”Maldonado also said he was concerned about possible injuries to catchers who aren’t prepared for a certain pitch because they weren’t able to go to the mound to get straight on signs. The rules do have a stipulation allowing an extra visit after an apparent cross-up, though.The Angels’ pitchers seemed to have mixed feelings, believing that six visits is ample most of the time, but it could be a problem in the times that it’s not.“It will be maybe a little adjustment,” Matt Shoemaker said. “If the catcher is going to come out now, I’ll have to second-guess that depending on how many visits there have been. So that’s going to be a pretty big adjustment. But, ultimately, I think it’s fine.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Martin Maldonado said he won’t let the commissioner’s plan for quicker games interrupt what he feels is a critical part of his job.A day after Major League Baseball’s new restrictions on mound visits were released, the Angels catcher said the limit of six visits won’t stop him if he feels a trip is necessary.“If I have to go out there, I’m going to go,” Maldonado said. “If the game is on the line, I’m going to go out there. If we’re at six (visits), and it’s going to be the seventh, I’m going to go out there, even if I have to pay a fine. I’m there for the pitchers. If they need me, I’m going to go out there. It doesn’t matter how many times I go. If I have to pay a fine or whatever, I’m willing to pay.”Later in the day, Manager Mike Scioscia said he didn’t believe Maldonado would actually try to go to the mound beyond the allowed number of visits. Joe Torre, baseball’s executive vice president in charge of baseball operations, said the umpire simply wouldn’t allow the seventh visit.center_img Tyler Skaggs said he doesn’t feel any changes were necessary to speed up the game: “People pay to come watch us play. There’s no time limit on the game.”KEY STEP FOR RAMIREZJC Ramirez, who is recovering from a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, faced hitters for the first time in his rehab on Tuesday. He pitched the equivalent of two innings, and said afterward he felt fine.“I feel really happy with how I felt today,” Ramirez said. “It looks good. It’s firm. Location-wise was good. I’m excited to be in my first game of the spring.”Ramirez said he’s scheduled to pitch for the first time in a Cactus League game on March 1, which would put him slightly behind the other starters, but not so much that he couldn’t still be ready by opening day.ANGEL STADIUM CHANGESThe Angels announced that they have changed the dimensions for home runs at Angel Stadium this season. Now, balls will need to clear a yellow line eight feet high on the right field wall – just below the out-of-town scoreboard – for a home run. Previously, a ball needed to clear the scoreboard, which is 18 feet high, to be a home run.General Manager Billy Eppler said he learned last July that the club was making changes with the scoreboard, they did some analysis on the wall and determined they could “create an environment that had a little bit more balance.”OHTANI REPORTShohei Ohtani took live batting practice for the first time, although he did not swing. Typically, the first days of live batting practice are more for the benefit of the pitchers than hitters, who simply track pitches to get used to the velocity. Ohtani said he had the option to swing, but chose to only track pitches.Ohtani will throw his next bullpen session on Thursday, and then be scheduled to pitch in his first game. Presumably, a bullpen session on Thursday eliminates him from starting a game on Friday, so Saturday is the earliest he could pitch in a game.In other Ohtani news, Commissioner Rob Manfred said his office is still investigating how his medical report was leaked to the media in December. Yahoo Sports obtained a copy of his medical report, which revealed he had a first degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament.“If we had figured out where that leak came from, you would probably know about it,” Manfred said. “We have not been able to do that, but we have not given up. Medical information is always a particularly sensitive topic. It’s something I think we owe to all the players, to do everything possible to figure out how that information became available.”last_img read more