first_imgSAINTS got off to a ‘one in three’ start in the Rugby League 9s competition.At Wilderspool on Tuesday night they beat Salford 24-22 but lost to Cumbria 12-8 and Warrington 26-20.It leaves them third in the table: PWDLFORAGSTDIFFPTSWarrington33007636+406Cumbria31114858-103St Helens33025260-82Salford City Reds30125880-221 Saints squad was:Aaron McCloskey, Adam Hesketh, Alex Clare, Andre Savelio, Anthony Walker, Danny Jones, Danny Yates, Jaydon Sandford, Joe Greenwood, Josh Greaves, Lewis Charnock, Lewis Foster, Lewis Galbraith, Luke Thompson and Scott Hale.Buy a ticket for the 2012 Rugby League 9s Finals Night at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Tuesday June 26 now and you will receive another absolutely free of charge.This BOGOF offer is for pre-purchased tickets only and will not be available on the day of the game: all complimentary tickets issued will be of equal or lower value to those purchased.Tickets are available for just £10 adults and £5 concessions by calling Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office on 0871 423 1315 (calls charged at 10p per min – calls from mobiles may vary) or the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.For full fixtures and more information click herelast_img read more

first_imgNATHAN Brown is preparing his side for Friday’s trip to Headingley confident they can do well.It will be Saints’ second trip to Leeds Rhinos this year and in May, the last time the two sides met, they won 30-22.Since then, an injury ravaged team has got key players back and has hit real form – just at the right time.“There is real belief in the team,” he said. “We have played well over the last three months and our last loss was against Warrington. In the last ten or so weeks we have beaten some good sides along the way.“You can’t fake the confidence and belief that comes from winning. And that belief is something you get when you have done it in the past. Some of the players here have been in big games and have done well. Leeds have done the same too.“It will be a good game as both sides don’t just hit it up and kick do they? There is a lot of football in both teams. Both sides have vastly different ways of playing but aren’t afraid of using the ball.”Leeds come into the match after losing 40-20 at Warrington, but Brown isn’t reading too much into that defeat.“If you break the Warrington-Leeds match down Leeds had a short window where they didn’t go as well as they would have liked. If you’re a little off Warrington can punish you.“In the first 20 minutes Leeds were going well but Benny Westwood’s try was 50:50 and it had a big impact. Warrington were the better side though but it was closer than the scoreline suggested.“We’re not going to be able to go to Headingley, play average and win. All 17 players will have to contribute and perform well.“Leeds are packed with good players. Let’s be honest you can’t fluke six Grand Finals can you? They have kept the nucleus of those sides too – Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield, Danny Maguire, Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai – they have played a lot together and know each other’s games.“As their older players go, they replace with quality. Keith Senior was replaced by Kallum Watkins and he is a talented player; a winger goes and Ben Jones-Bishop comes in and Brent Webb has been replaced by Zak Hardaker.“They are a top club and we will need to play well.”Saints come into the match on the back of a good run of form and Brown expects to field the same 17 that beat Hull KR on Friday.“Most of the players came through ok, there were a couple of small bumps and bruises but we will look to play the same 17 as last week,” he continued. “That is important as the combinations have done well. How we are playing seems to suit the players too.“The dynamics of the team have changed this season. We have had outside backs with a fair bit of size to them and now we have some genuine speed too. Both wingers can move, we have Jordan Turner in the centres and we have blokes who can go the distance.“There is a good feeling in the squad. We have started well in games and that is important. We need to maintain that momentum and our intensity needs to be good.”Tickets for the Elimination Semi Final on Friday at Headingley remain on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook has been banned for two matches after pleading guilty to a Grade C offence.He was alleged to have made dangerous contact with Leon Pryce of Catalans Dragons in the 57th minute of the fixture played on Friday February 14.He has also been fined £300.last_img

first_imgENGLAND Academy secured a memorable 28-14 victory over the Australian Schoolboys at Leigh Sports Village, ensuring that they shared the two-Test 2014 Autumn International Academy Series.The fiery encounter in Leigh ended with both sides stood arm-in-arm when presented the shared honours, though it was the home side that were the happiest after beating an old foe for the first time since 2010.“That was a great response,” said Richard Marshall, after completing his first series as England Academy coach. “We were bitterly disappointed last week and this week we are the complete opposite – we are ecstatic.“The boys got what they deserved, they worked really well this week and put in a strong performance for 80 minutes.“They scored some really nice tries as well. The conditions were appalling, it didn’t help either team, but I think our guys defended resolutely and really worked hard for the victory.”A bitterly cold night in Leigh was not the place to put in a lukewarm performance for an England side looking to bounce back from defeat six days prior. Perhaps buoyed by the presence of James Graham in the stands – the senior international presented match shirts to the players the day before – it was just as well that the hosts came out in red-hot form.England needed only 75 seconds to register the game’s first try. Gifted a penalty ten metres from the Australian line, the Academy worked the game’s first set right through full-back Ash Golding, who found Ash Handley ready to take advantage of a small opening.In England’s very next possession, Jack Logan showed strength to gain ground down the right wing, offloading smartly to Handley who cut inside to stride 30 metres before being brought down. Jordan Abdul’s grubber eventually bobbled long, but England’s early attacking intentions were clear.Australia’s attacking threat was, as in the first game in this series, ever-present. Latrell Mitchell’s explosive power from full-back helped the Schoolboys gobble tens of metres per set, and on a number of occasions England relied on the sharp eye of man-of-the-match Golding to cut out Brock Lamb’s probing kicks.The Schoolboys managed their own try within 20 minutes. Having elected to run a penalty 15 metres from England’s line, the Academy looked to have survived an onslaught from Ray Stone and then the equally-large Ash Nisbet, however Mitchell’s eventual inclusion in the attack proved one powerhouse too many for England, as the Sydney City Roosters man burst through to just about make the line.From a similar position Nisbet went over on half an hour but Newcastle Knights player Lamb, finding it difficult in the blustery Lancastrian conditions, dragged his second conversion in succession wide of the sticks.That kick could have brought the tourists level going into half time, for England had already registered their second try of the night. Joe Keyes’s kick to the right corner was met by Hull FC’s Logan who, unchallenged, plucked from the air to touch down. Abdul couldn’t add to his earlier conversion, shaving the post from a difficult touch-line kick.The swirling sleet relented for the start of the second period but, for large parts of the second half, the Schoolboys’ attacks didn’t. Huddersfield Giants’ Mikey Wood did break through to gain nearly 40 metres, only for Mitchell to retrieve and make 20 of those straight back.Jacob Liddle was able to dive in under the sticks – a score easily converted by Lamb – after good work from Stone in the build-up, and they would have had another soon after had Gideon Gela not run out of steam in a length-of-the-field break – Golding again came to the rescue for the Academy.Only fleetingly were red shirts able to advance but, firstly through Jansin Turgut, England made their attacks count. Golding, lucky to still be on the field after a heavy collision with an advertising hoarding, made ground towards the left, winning the penalty from which captain Turgut was able to capitalise on.A second foray forward resulted in a fourth try for the home side, albeit via an ounce of confusion. After Ted Chapelow was tripped chasing a high bomb, referee Tom Grant allowed play to continue and from the ensuing mêlée Leeds Rhinos’ Robbie Ward pounced.The momentum was now with the home team, and again England found themselves ten metres out, in front of the tourists’ posts. They worked the ball left through Abdul, then Toby King, before Jack Johnson found himself in possession in the corner.With three green and gold shirts bearing down, he skipped back inside, selling all markers the dummy, to dart over and seal a memorable win for England.Ward and Australia’s Tom Amone each saw yellow for their parts in a brief brawl in the aftermath of England’s winning try, though the performance of referee Grant and his officials – all of the same academy age as the players – must be commended for keeping control of a match which, a number of times, threatened to boil over.Not that this detracted from an enthralling encounter, one which has given Academy coach Marshall plenty of hope for the future.England Academy:Ash Golding (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders); Jack Johnson (Warrington Wolves, Saddleworth Rangers), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Stanley Rangers), Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Blacks), Jack Logan (Hull FC, Cottingham Tigers); Jordan Abdul (Hull FC, Skirlaugh), Joe Keyes (London Broncos, Medway Dragons); Ted Chapelhow (Widnes Vikings, West Bank Bears), Robbie Ward (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders), Tyler Dickinson (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal), Oliver Davies (St Helens, Orrell St James), Jansin Turgut – Captain (Hull FC, West Hull), Sam Wilde (Warrington Wolves, Shevington Sharks). Subs: Luke Waterworth (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge), Will Maher (Castleford Tigers, Ulverston), Mikey Wood (Huddersfield Giants, Slaithwaite Saracens), Elliot Minchella (Leeds Rhinos, West Bowling).Australian Schoolboys:Gideon Gela (North Queensland Cowboys, Kirwan State High School Townsville QLD); Connor Cox (Morayfield State High School, Morayfield QLD), Braden Robson (Newcastle Knights, St Francis Xavier College Hamilton NSW), Keenan Yorston (Cronulla Sharks, Wavell State High School Wavell Heights QLD), Latrell Mitchell (Sydney City Roosters, Marist College Pagewood NSW); Brock Lamb (Newcastle Knights, St Mary’s College Maitland NSW), Jack Cogger (Newcastle Knights, Mackillop Catholic College Warnervale NSW); Hame Sele (St George Illawarra Dragons, Kingsgrove High School Kingsgrove NSW), Jayden Brailey (Cronulla Sharks, Acquinas Catholic College Manai NSW), Tom Amone (Parramatta Eela, The Hills Sports High School Seven Hills NSW), Tyrell Fuiaomano (Parramatta Eels, Patrician Brothers College Blacktown NSW), Ash Nisbet (Cronulla Sharks, St Gregory’s College Cambeltown NSW), Ray Stone (West Tigers, Wollindilly Anglican College Bargo NSW). Subs: Jacob Liddle (West Tigers, Wadalba Community School Wadalba NSW), Keegan Hipgrave (Brisbane Broncos, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School Palm Beach QLD), Jacob Host (St George Illawarra Dragons, De la Salle College Revesby Heights NSW), Oliver Clark (Penrith Panthers, Terra Sancta College Schofields NSW).last_img read more

first_imgTo celebrate Jonny Lomax’ Testimonial and raise funds for the 2019 Academy Tour of Australia, Saints #1 will join new signings Joseph Paulo, Kevin Naiqama and assistant coach Paul Wellens to talk all things rugby league.It will take place on Tuesday February 5 (7pm) at the Totally Wicked Stadium.It is priced at £12 (with food included).You can get yours from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium (01744 455 052) or by logging on here.Jonny Lomax will kick off his Testimonial year against Hull FC on Saturday January 18 (2pm).Tickets for the game are now on sale from the Ticket Office, online and via the above number while there are just a few tables left in hospitality. For enquiries please contact lomaxtestimonial@gmail.comlast_img read more

first_imgSaints Community Development Foundation are the only rugby league club foundation in the country to announce the junior team for those with learning and physical disabilities between the ages of 5 and 14.Training sessions take place every Thursday evening, from 5 until 6pm at Ruskin Drive Sports Complex.Gareth Foster,  Saints Disability Coach said: “I believe this is a fantastic initiative. We are always looking for new players to join us and being able to bring these sessions to younger members of our community is great.“It’s brilliant to be a part of the ever growing sport of Disability Rugby League, helping the sport develop and move forward. I hope to see new faces at our sessions in the near future and I cannot wait to get started.”We will be aided in this fantastic new initiative by YMCA Y Sports, Mark Jennings, St.Helens Sports Development and YMCA Y Sports Project Manager said:“It is great for us to be a partner in the delivery of the Junior disability sessions, carrying on from our involvement in the initial squad and project”.“Our staff love being involved and it is a great opportunity for them to challenge themselves as well as the players. The sessions and the squad are a perfect example of Y Sports looking to be Inclusive for all and we thank the Saints Community Development Foundation for the chance to be involved.”For more information on our new Junior Disability Squad, Please contact gareth.friar@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb stopped by Good Morning Carolina on Thursday to talk local issues in the school district.Yesterday, New Hanover County Schools announced they would close school next Wednesday because of thousands of teachers planning to go to Raleigh to protest. Viewers wanted to know if Brunswick County would support their educators and close school for the day.- Advertisement – Tubb said as of 4:30 p.m. last night, there were 145 teachers who requested off. He said the district plans to look at the numbers today and make a decision on how to address it today or tomorrow.“Presently, we have enough substitutes to cover our classes,” Tubb said. “We want to support the teachers, but in turn, what’s happening in the classroom is important also”.Tubb also addressed the growth in Brunswick County and how the school system is dealing with it. He said a $152 million bond is helping with the construction of a new middle school just south of Winnabow, adding classrooms and upgrading facilities. Tubb also said the plans could change with the rate of growth. He explained that Brunswick County’s 156 buses travel 15,000 miles per day, so additionally, the school system is looking at transportation, facilities and security.Related Article: Brunswick Co. Schools still looking for bus drivers as other districts near full rostersWhen asked about if Brunswick County Schools is looking into a social media survey software, Tubb said they have seen two or three but have not yet found the appropriate one. Officials want one that will track and listen to people who call in and monitor exactly what is happening. An option currently in consideration is “Say Something,” which offers a person for individuals to talk to, especially in instances where students are considering suicide.This was the first of six Superintendent Sit-Downs we have planned for Good Morning Carolina.Bladen Co. Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15. Pender Co. Schools Superintendent Steven Hill is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16. New Hanover Co. Schools Superintendent Tim Markley is scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Columbus Co. Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk is scheduled for Friday, May 19. Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Kenny Garland is scheduled for Monday, May 21.We want to ask them about the questions that matter to you. E-mail your questions to newsroom@wwaytv3.com.last_img read more

first_img Davis says request for funding was not addressed in the House budget, but he says things are not dead in the water yet.Davis says the budget bill has moved to the Senate for discussion.“I am talking with some Senate members now about trying to get that $10 million put in the budget at the Senate,” Davis said. “Then when it’s brought back over to the House for consideration, during those budget discussions, I will certainly be a spokesman on behalf of the House to add that to the House budget.”Related Article: Trump calls North Carolina speaker on speech offerDavis says if the funding is approved, it would cover around half of the funding for aquarium’s expansion. NEW HANOVER COUNTY , NC (WWAY) — A proposed bill to fund the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher expansion is under discussion, but still has to swim upstream before it is approved for the budget.Representative Ted Davis filed the bill which would give the aquarium $10 million to fund its expansion project.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating a shooting that injured a 40-year-old man.Officers responded to the 700 block of Queen Street before 1 a.m. Thursday after getting a Shotspotter notification of gunfire. As officers arrived on scene, they say the victim called 911 from another location saying he was shot.- Advertisement – The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.Police ask that anyone with information should contact the Wilmington Police Department or use Text-a-tip.last_img read more

first_img Director of ‘Timon of Athens’ Thadd McQuade and Guest Director of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Jessica Hanna, sat down with WWAY’s Donna Gregory with a preview of the shows happening July 17-20.Here’s more information. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Alchemical Theatre Company presents a summer season each year as part of the Lumina Arts Festival at UNCW. This years’ productions include ‘Timon of Athens’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’The theatre company is revealing what’s “Behind the Curtain”; featuring a newly created piece based on Macbeth with company member Esther Williamson and Artistic Director Christopher Marino.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Rock ‘N Play Baby SleeperRock ‘N Play Baby Sleeper The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority says that a baby product being recalled across the UK, US and Europe, was not available in Maltese shops.Malta’s Consumer Authority has told Newsbook.com.mt that a 4.7 million unit recall of the Rock ‘N Play Baby Sleeper produced by Mattel – Fisher-Price will not impact Malta because the product was not distributed in Maltese retailers.The news comes after the company decided on April 12th to recall all of its units after it emerged that at least 30 infants had tragically died over the last decade. Their deaths were understood to be linked to the product.The popular baby sleeper had originally entered the market in 2009 and had been met with thousands of reviews from parents.A joint warning from Fisher-Price and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said that, ‘Infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ’n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.’The company stresses that, ‘consumers should immediately stop using the product.’Help or hindrance?The popular product and its 36 different versions, vibrates, plays music, rocks and most importantly ensured that that infants actually slept and parents could be spared more sleepless nights. At the same time, it helped prevent a number of preventable accidents which came of parents sleeping with their babies in the same bed.But, according to guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics, they are not suitable for an infant’s healthy sleep.AAP states that babies should sleep on their backs, on flat surfaces that are not movable and without a pillow or blanket.  It is intended that this would prevent instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) because it prevents suffocation. Since the introduction of this guidance in 1992, the number of SIDS-related deaths has gone down.Because of its reclining design, the Rock N Play baby sleeper actually risked constricting an infant’s airway leading to Asphyxia.  Some of the later models actually came with items like pillows and toys which experts say increased the risk.One sleep expert speaking to National Public Radio in the US, explains that parents buying the product are not stupid and recognise that crib sleeping is safer but it is the convenience of a product that helps infants and parents to sleep.Alexis Dubief explains that, ‘Newborns do not sleep well. They have a poorly regulated system. And so they need a lot of assistance to fall asleep and stay asleep, and babies do tend to sleep fairly well in [Rock ’n Plays … Many parents understand that sleep in the crib is the gold standard for safety. They understand that. These are not parents who are uninformed. But they’re also miserably sleep deprived. The reality is people suffer seriously from sleep deprivation.’Alerting companiesBefore the MCCAA had issued its guidance on the baby product, Newsbook.com.mt had actively spoken with a number of retailers across Malta to determine if the product was sold in shops and if a recall had been issued to them before MCCAA responded.Those that replied explained that they did not stock the specific item or were not stocking Mattel – Fisher-Price products at all.MCCAA latterly told Newsbook.com.mt that they have now informed local companies about the recall and that they are coordinating with the US Consumer body as well as the European Market Surveillance Authority.They outline the following models as those distributed to Europe: FWX180, SKUs, DMJ24, FHW34, FWH33 and FNR95.Regarding online sales, the authority says that the ‘distributor has also informed the Authority that this product was available through Amazon; Amazon has been contacted in an effort to locate all recalled products.’Read also:Selected Baby cots and carriers, defective – MCCAAWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Justin Amash (R-MI), who recently tweeted his view that the Mueller report on Russia showed that President Trump had obstructed justice, arrives for a House Oversight Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Justin Amash (R-MI), who recently tweeted his view that the Mueller report on Russia showed that President Trump had obstructed justice, arrives for a House Oversight Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo U.S. Representative Justin Amash, the first Republican in Congress to say President Donald Trump committed an impeachable offense, quit the Republican Party on Thursday with a blistering attack on politics that puts party over principle.The congressman from Michigan, who drew a barrage of criticism from fellow Republicans after he laid out a case for Trump’s impeachment, said he has become disenchanted with a political system that is “trapped in a partisan death spiral.”“The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions,” he wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece published on the U.S. Independence Day holiday.“Instead of acting as an independent branch of government and serving as a check on the executive branch, congressional leaders of both parties expect the House and Senate to act in obedience or opposition to the president and their colleagues on a partisan basis,” Amash wrote.A member of Congress since 2011, Amash, 39, made some high-profile decisions in recent months that chronicled his growing disdain for Trump and subsequent drift from the party.It was his decision to speak out on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian activities during the 2016 presidential election that drew the president’s fury – and a prompt Republican primary challenge.Amash said in May that the Mueller report showed Trump had obstructed justice, bucking his party and joining Democrats in castigating the president for his actions. “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct,” he said.Amash’s comments on the Mueller report echoed the conclusions of many Democrats, but Democrats are divided about impeachment. Most Republicans are still standing by the president at a time of economic growth, turbulent markets and global trade tensions.Trump quickly returned fire by calling Amash a lightweight and a loser. Soon after, Jim Lower, a Michigan state legislator who described himself as “pro-Trump,” said he would challenge Amash in the 2020 congressional race in Michigan, a state Trump won in 2016.The president welcomed Amash’s news with an acrimonious personal attack on Twitter that also referenced Amash’s primary challenge. “Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is ‘quitting’ the Party,” he said.Amash has signaled he would consider running as a libertarian against Trump in 2020, but he made no mention of that Thursday. Amash’s office did not return calls for comment.The leading Democrat to challenge Trump in 2020, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, was asked about Amash’s departure while campaigning in Iowa. “Where there’s faith, there’s hope,” he quipped.In his opinion piece, Amash said he believed that most Americans are not rigidly partisan and do not feel well represented by either party.In February, he became the lone Republican to co-sponsor a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the emergency Trump declared at the U.S.-Mexico border to build a wall there, in a stinging reprimand to the president.Last month, Amash left the conservative House Freedom Caucus he helped found, whose members usually defend Trump. A libertarian who has targeted government overspending, his July Fourth announcement cast a wide invitation.“No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us,” Amash said. “If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Malta is organising an exhibition acknowledging women at the University since their first enrolments over 100 years ago.The exhibition, titled Hors Concours, is to take place at the Valletta Campus from the 31st October until the 29th November 2019. It is being curated by Professor Raphael Vella.The show will feature women such as Blanche Huber and Tessie M. Camilleri who were the pioneers in a Maltese context, as they studied and graduated in classes of otherwise exclusively male students.Hors Concours showcases women at the university from that time to the present day, when female students actually outnumber males in almost all subjects. Contemporary artists Kristina Borg, Charlie Cauchi, Amber Fenech and Margerita Pulè will be exhibiting work at the exhibition, responding to the theme of the exhibition and acknowledging perhaps that parity in numbers at university does not automatically mean an equal experience.The University of Malta is still looking for individuals to be added to the display. A picture that represents your time as a student should be accompanied with the year and a sentence describing your submission, to be sent to horsconcoursexhibition@gmail.com (1MB max.), by the 31st of July 2019.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The deal kicks off when Microsoft launches Windows 8 later this year, and offers the most advanced retail version of the new OS, Windows 8 Pro, as the upgrade.Microsoft has yet to divulge the release date for Windows 8 or the regular prices of either Windows 8 Pro or the lower-cost Windows 8. Most analysts expect the company to debut its newest Windows for Intel- and AMD-powered desktops, notebooks and other devices this fall. If the company makes its “release to manufacturing,” or RTM, milestone later this month, as seems likely, it could launch the OS in October.The announcement follows the one four weeks ago when Microsoft said it would sell a $14.99 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro to buyers of new PCs equipped with the still-current Windows 7. That deal, like today’s, is good through January 31, 2013. – Advertisement – Although the new offer is open to customers with PCs powered by XP, Vista or Windows 7, the upgrade is most thorough from Windows 7, Microsoft said.“You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and bring everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and apps,” said company spokesman Brandon LeBlanc.That fits with what Microsoft had told users when it launched Windows 8 Consumer Preview last February, and what reports said had been passed along to partners last week.The $39.99 fee is for a download of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade. Microsoft will also sell a DVD in a box at retail for $69.99.The download price is $10 less than Microsoft charged for a Windows 7 upgrade three years ago. Then, the company ran a two-week pre-sale for $50 upgrades to Windows 7 Home Premium, a 58% discount, and for $100 upgrades to Windows 7 Professional.“I would call this a fair price, but aggressive? No, given what other operating system upgrades cost,” NPD’s Baker said. “Many are free or cheaper than that.”Among free upgrades, Baker cited those offered by Apple and Google for their iOS and Android mobile operating systems. Apple’s upgrade later this month to OS X Mountain Lion will cost $19.99, half that of Windows 8 Pro.Microsoft has little incentive to lower its prices to near Apple’s, said Baker, because ultimately it really wants people to buy new hardware, not upgrade already-purchased machines.“Over time, we’re seeing less and less movement directly to a new OS versus buying new hardware,” said Baker. “It behooves Microsoft to get people to move to new hardware, so they’re not going to make an upgrade extraordinarily cheap.”That’s especially true this cycle because of Windows 8’s emphasis on touch and gestures, which has prompted computer makers – “original equipment manufacturers,” or OEMS in industry parlance – to plan new, touch-enabled hardware, including so-called “convertibles,” or devices that blend elements of both tablets and laptops.“This upgrade cycle is even more about hardware,” Baker said. “Microsoft wants people to get off XP and into the new different types of hardware.”Microsoft will use its Windows.com website to sell and distribute the Windows 8 Pro upgrade in 131 different markets and in 37 languages. Source: computerworlduk.comlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement MTN’s Uganda unit is considering buying Uganda Telecom(UTL), a rival telecom firm following the agreed merger of Airtel and Warid. This was revealved by its Chairman Charles Mbire on Wednesday during a conference in Dubai.Uganda has eight mobile companies serving its 34.5 million people and call tariffs have fallen by about 40 percent since 2010, data from the Uganda Communications Commission shows, as operators embarked on a price war to woo customers.This squeezed margins and deterred investment, according to a report from Business Monitor International (BMI), but the competitive pressure could ease after India’s Bharti Airtel agreed in April to buy smaller rival Warid Telecom Uganda. – Advertisement – MTN Uganda – 96 percent owned by South Africa’s MTN – had considered buying Warid and is evaluating potential deals for other operators, although the Chairman declined to reveal which.MTN had a market share of 43 percent at 2012-end, according to BMI, while Bharti and Warid had 38.4 percent combined.Uganda Telecom is ranked fourth with 15.7 percent and may be the most likely target for MTN, with the remaining operators claiming about 3 percent of the market between them.“Uganda is a market for at best two companies,” said Mbire. “I think there will be consolidation. The anarchy in the market has to stop. Out will come realism, real prices and then we can invest much more.”Mobile penetration fell slightly in the wake of a crackdown on counterfeit handsets and was 41 percent at 2012-end, according to MTN’s annual report.“It’s a price war, but with Bharti buying Warid the market is sobering up – most of the customers on Warid were getting free calls, it was more or less a lottery ticket,” said Mbire.MTN Uganda’s revenue rose 16.2 percent last year to 3.3 billion rand ($366.94 million).Mbire said mobile data and value added services such as mobile banking would drive MTN’s growth. Data revenue rose 86 percent in 2012 and it had 1.1 million data customers by year-end.“With GDP growing there will be more demand for mobile telephony,” said Mbire. “Data is growing very fast. The speeds are improving.”The company last month launched next-generation long-term evolution (LTE), or 4G, services in the capital Kampala but BMI said uptake could be slow in the short term because of low income levels.Credit: Reuterslast_img read more

first_img Over 200 years ago, George Washington—the first and only non-partisan president—warned that parties try to gain influence by misrepresenting the opinions and aims of other districts.“You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection,” he said.After an election where candidates and supporters attacked each other with rare vitriol, Washington’s warning looks prescient and vital.In the 2016 race, political actors and partisan media fed furious passions and made it evident that America is a country riven in two.This division has churned for decades, but this election brought it to the surface, revealing a country torn over partisan identities that are too often based on race, class, and religion.People studying these issues believe they will get worse before they get better. But if there is a best solution, it comes from people understanding the forces acting on their minds and emotions, and guarding themselves accordingly. Trends Driving DivisionAt one level, socioeconomics is to blame.Globalization, urbanization, and income polarization have gutted the middle class and pushed those with an education to higher income brackets in the cities. Those without expensive diplomas fish in an ever-shrinking pool of blue-collar jobs.Those trends are reflected in social gerrymandering that has seen Americans segregate themselves politically by moving to communities where people live and think like they do. Bill Bishop’s book “The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart” revealed how communities had grown increasingly red or blue across much of America.The result is primaries that produce candidates positioned deeper in the ideological end zones.At the same time, media outlets like MSNBC and Fox News have taken strong partisan positions (on the left and right, respectively) to carve out niche audiences.Now, the politically engaged find news that fits their views and the disinterested opt out completely, joining the growing ranks of non-voters.For just about any social grouping, there are clear party divides.And finally, a process of partisan realignment that began in the 1960s and is now complete, has cemented these divisions.For just about any social grouping, there are clear party divides, so that people of a certain race, income, locale, or religion are more likely—sometimes strongly so—to vote for one party or the other. Some 80 percent of blacks, for example, identify as Democratic (11 percent identify as Republican), while 70 percent of Mormons identify as Republican (22 percent identifying as Democratic).The result of all the above is a loss of the middle ground in American politics. Parties and people are further apart.Fixed PositionsBecause of that polarization, campaigns today make less effort to win over undecided voters and instead focus on turnout.Sam Wang, at the Princeton Election Consortium, found that voter sentiment during this election was more stable than it has ever been. People weren’t changing their minds, likely because candidates were too polarized to swap one for the other.And because people today rarely engage with people of opposing political persuasions, they become more closed to other ways of thinking.Social scientists like legal scholar Cass Sunstein have documented a pattern that seems to be playing out on a national scale: When like-minded people discuss an issue, they grow more extreme in it. It is one of the patterns used to explain the process of radicalization.Campaigns take advantage of this by targeting these like-minded groups. But they don’t focus on issues; Bishop notes they’ve found it more fruitful to focus on group identity.When like-minded people discuss an issue, they grow more extreme. Transcending the Partisan Mind America’s fierce divisions require an elevated awareness of the causes November 9, 2016 Updated: January 27, 2017 Opinion Show Discussion Matthew Littlecenter_img Social IdentitiesThis is where socioeconomic and political trends are made ugly by our own minds.After decades of research, social psychologists have created a tidy lexicon to describe what philosophers, poets, and prophets have observed for centuries: We are biased creatures.It’s not really our fault. It starts quite simply. As a person, I see my own actions in light of my motives and circumstances. Because of this, I can forgive my own shortcomings.But others cannot. I might be hungry and tired and grow curt with my wife when she asks me to fix the cabinet as I promised after getting home from work.She can’t see the burden of my day, the lingering doubts and the pressure that leave me desperate to sit in quiet and just let it all go.She sees my offhand dismissal of her request as being lazy and inconsiderate. She has her own burdens and feels responsible for the state of our home. But if she gets upset, I’m not likely to think about her views at all. In my mind, she is unfair and just doesn’t understand.We do this at the social level as well. Social psychologists call it “fundamental attribution error.” We blame internal characteristics for how others act, but see circumstance in our own actions.This is partly why urban Democrats believe rural Republicans are racists for their unease over unchecked immigration, when in reality those people are primarily worried about a scarcity of jobs and a falling quality of life.We also see other groups as homogenous while ours is more varied. That makes it easier to stereotype others but think we belong to a broader coalition. Partisan media help by finding that one crazy guy at an opponent’s political rally and holding him as an exemplar rather than just one in the crowd.Naive RealismWe are also victims of what social psychologists call “naive realism,” that oh-so-human belief that we see things objectively and those who disagree with us are tainted by bias or are irrational and uninformed. This happens at the group level as well.These mental shortcomings are compounded by the problems of our partisan identities.Many people care more about their party than the positions their party takes.Political psychologists Leonie Huddy (State University of New York ) and Lilliana Mason (University of Maryland) have found that identifying with a party drives campaign involvement more so than concerns about specific issues and that people are more polarized over partisan identities than over issues.In other words, many people care more about their party than the positions their party takes. Many Americans find this suggestion insulting, but it starts to make sense if you accept that political parties don’t just represent policy positions—they represent identities.Consider an experiment by psychology professor Geoffrey L. Cohen at Yale University.Cohen gave two groups of students a pair of policy papers on welfare reform. One paper proposed generous liberal reforms and the other more stringent conservative reforms.  For one group of students, the generous reforms were labeled “Republican Party” and the stringent reforms were labeled “Democratic Party.” For the other group of students, the papers had no party labels.Students with unlabeled papers acted as expected: The liberal students supported the more Democratic-style reforms and the conservative students supported the Republican-style ones.But for the group with the labeled papers, the result was unequivocal: Students chose party over policy. Democrats supported the Democratic-labeled papers, even though they had conservative reforms. Likewise for Republicans.It made no difference how knowledgeable the participants were about welfare reform, and neither group thought the party label had any effect on them.Why would this be? Because partisan sorting and other trends have tied being Republican or Democrat to other key aspects of our identity, explained Mason.“We went from a place where, when your party loses you feel bad in that partisan part of yourself, to now a place where, when your party loses it is almost like your racial group loses, and your religion loses, and your gender loses. And so you are a loser on so many more levels,” she said.Of course, for people with strong ideological positions on issues like abortion, they can’t be easily swayed. And parties do go through internal divisions over policy positions, especially outside election cycles. One should not overgeneralize about how partisan people are, said Huddy, but the trend is real.“I do think we are at an extreme in American politics, but not everybody is there,” she said.But even if not everyone is there, enough people are that it is driving wider social division. To unwind that process, we need to be on guard against it.Reversing the TrendTo reverse the trend, understanding how our mind feeds divisiveness is critical. So too is seeing the methods used to shape our thinking.Parties use negative advertising and rhetoric to spur us into their corners, says Nicholas O’Shaughnessy, a visiting professor at the Centre for Strategic Communication at King’s College London, and author of “Politics and Propaganda” and the more recent “Selling Hitler: Propaganda and the Nazi Brand.”“What we see in politics today is an artificial magnification of the differences between people,” he said.Like Huddy, Mason, and others, he thinks these trends are hard to reverse—but not impossible.  He points to a little remembered movement from WWII.From 1937 to 1942, the Institute for Propaganda Analysis worked to inoculate American minds against Nazi, communist, and other propaganda.The group published a list called “seven common propaganda devices” that taught students to recognize common methods of propaganda, including name-calling and “glittering generalities.”In an age of micro-targeting and marketing psychology, people need such tools again, says O’Shaughnessy.There is another solution to the great divide. People who study intergroup conflict talk about the impact of having a superordinate goal, something bigger than our divisions.“If aliens attack Earth, then we all become earthlings and we don’t have to worry about the differences between us anymore,” explained Mason.While extraterrestrial attack may not provide the impetus, there are certainly other cataclysmic problems facing the United States. But it would be a shame if it took a disaster for people to realize that we are all in this together.Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times. Share Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

first_img US Colin Kaepernick knew how Chip Kelly was thinking.Everyone on the San Francisco 49ers knew what the first-year head coach was thinking as the offense took the field with 3:10 left in the fourth quarter.Score a touchdown, go for 2 – and end a 13-game losing streak.“What else did we have to lose?” cornerback Rashard Robinson said.Kaepernick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds remaining and scrambled for a 2-point conversion and the 49ers overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 22-21 on Saturday.Kaepernick rolled to his right while looking for a receiver before tucking the ball and barreling into the end zone. That gave the 49ers a sweep in the renewal of the instate rivalry with the Rams’ return to Los Angeles this season. “The play he called was a play I think everybody on our offense knew was going to get called, we had great confidence in, and it worked out for us,” Kaepernick said. “It felt amazing, a feeling this team has been looking for for a long time now. It is something this team can build on.”Kaepernick threw for 257 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and rushed for a score for the 49ers (2-13).Kaepernick found Rod Streater on a slant pattern to cap a 10-play, 73-yard drive to make it 21-20. Streater had six receptions for 63 yards.Jared Goff was intercepted by Robinson with 16 seconds left as the Rams squandered a late two-score lead for the second time in their past three home games.Goff, the No. 1 overall draft pick, has lost all six starts for Los Angeles (4-11).With Goff and the worst offense in the NFL unable to maintain a fast start against the 49ers’ league-worst defense, it still appeared the Rams could rely on a strong pass rush and special teams to pick up their second home win.Punter Johnny Hekker had five punts downed inside the 20-yard line, setting a single-season record in that category. Aaron Donald, Dominique Easley, Eugene Sims and Blake Countess sacked Kaepernick.However, a reconfigured offensive line for the 49ers, already playing without left tackle Joe Staley and center Marcus Martin before right guard Joshua Garnett suffered a finger injury in the first half, gave Kaepernick time to operate on those final two drives.The San Francisco defense was even more tenacious, limiting Todd Gurley to 67 yards and forcing a three-and-out to get the ball back to Kaepernick for one last possession.“What you saw today is what we see every day,” Kelly said. “There is an energy and a spirit to them in terms of how they practice and how they train. They have not come up on the right side of things, but that doesn’t mean they let that affect them.”Goff was 11 of 24 for 90 yards, finding Tyler Higbee for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He threw his first interception on the Rams’ first possession, staring down Kenny Britt and allowing cornerback Tramaine Brock to easily step in front of the receiver.Brock returned it 38 yards to the Rams 17 and set up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Kaepernick to Carlos Hyde. The San Francisco running back ran out of the backfield to catch the ball just past the line of scrimmage and darted up the middle of the field untouched.Kaepernick also had a 13-yard touchdown run, making it 21-14 with 5:06 remaining.“The last few possessions, it seemed like we gave up,” Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson said. “The whole team, including myself.”THE PROFESSIONALKaepernick and Kelly were both quick to praise offensive lineman Zane Beadles for steadying the offensive line, as the seventh-year veteran moved from left guard to center in place of Martin. Beadles also delivered a fiery sermon on the sideline before the 49ers’ last two drives, possessions where the offense gained 147 of their 323 yards in the game.“It doesn’t matter what position he’s put in, what the circumstances are, he is going to step in and do his job,” Kaepernick said. “To move to center and also be able to direct traffic and do an amazing job of that just stepping in really speaks to the kind of player he is.”FIRST-QUARTER EXPLOSIONThe Rams had not scored a first-quarter touchdown in their previous three games, and had just three touchdowns in the first quarter since Goff replaced Case Keenum as starting quarterback.But the Rams finished with 177 yards, including just 65 in the final three quarters.“Our defense is pretty damn good when they get off the field, to get some time when they’re going three-and-out every time,” Goff said. “Ultimately, the offense needs to play better. It starts with the quarterback, it starts with me, and as a leader of this team, I need to be better. Better than I was today, for sure.”INJURIES:Hyde lost a fumble to set up the Rams’ final touchdown, suffering a knee injury on the play that knocked him out of the game. Kelly did not immediately know the extent of the injury.Britt exited the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Britt had one reception for 15 yards, topping the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his eight-year career.UP NEXT49ers: host Seattle next Sunday to conclude the season.Rams: host Arizona next Sunday to conclude the season. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers Get 2nd Win Against Rams 49ers still dead-last in the NFC; Browns the only team with a worse record overallBy The Associated Press December 25, 2016 Updated: December 25, 2016 Colin Kaepernick (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) Sharecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img US President Barack Obama has shaved ice with his daughter Malia (L) outside Island Snow store in Kailua, Hawaii, on January 1, 2010. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) President Barack Obama and his family will leave Washington, D.C. right after Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, according to a report.Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama along with their two daughters will head to Palm Springs, California, for a vacation, TMZ reported.They will board a helicopter on Friday after leaving the Capitol. Then, they’ll head to Andrews Air Force Base, where they’ll then get on a government jet heading for Palm Springs.There have been unconfirmed reports that the Obamas purchased a home near Palm Springs, in Rancho Mirage, located in Southern California.And while taxpayer dollars will pay for the Obamas’ plane trip to Palm Springs, they’ll have to pay for their trip back. Related CoverageReport: Obamas Are Currently MovingPresident Obama Says Donald Trump May Have ‘Enough Craziness’ to Be PresidentMeanwhile, on Monday, moving trucks were spotted outside the Obamas’ new rental home in the Kalorama district in Washington, D.C., CBS reported. WUSA reporter Bruce Leshan tweeted a picture that appears to show a moving vehicle outside the home, which also showed boxes in the street.Moving van outside the Obama’s new home in Kalorama. @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/GZVf5aPN3o— Bruce Leshan (@BruceLeshan) January 16, 2017The eight-bedroom home is 8,200 square feet with nine and a half bathrooms.Obama, in an interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday, said that his family is happy to be leaving the White House. “I mean, the girls, obviously, you know, they are now of an age in which the constraints of Secret Service and bubbles and all that stuff has gotten pretty old,” Obama said. “Michelle never fully took to the scrutiny. I mean, she’s thrived as a first lady, but it’s not her preference.”Related CoverageBush Daughters Welcome Obama’s as ‘Former First Children’Report: Anti-Trump Activists Plotting to Disrupt Inaugural Events With Butyric Acid, Stink Bombs Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Report: Obamas Flying to Palm Springs Right After Inauguration By Epoch Newsroom January 17, 2017 Updated: January 17, 2017 Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img Show Discussion Share Share this article US Mnuchin Sees US Growth Reaching 3 Percent in Time, Tax Cuts to Help By Reuters May 1, 2017 Updated: May 1, 2017center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., on May 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Mike Blake) BEVERLY HILLS—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that economic growth of three percent is achievable in the next two years as the Trump administration sets out to dramatically cut taxes.Speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, almost a week after he helped unveil plans to cut taxes for many people and corporations to 15 percent, Mnuchin said tax reform and regulatory relief will help spur economic growth.Mnuchin’s comments also come days after government data showed tepid economic growth of 0.7 percent for the last three months.“The tax plan is our version of a jobs bill,” Mnuchin said in an onstage interview with journalist Maria Bartoromo.Although the stock market has reacted positively to Trump’s election—with the S&P 500 index up 11 percent since November—critics of the tax plan have said it is ambitious and lacks details.In a light-hearted moment, Mnuchin quipped that many at the conference had him to thank for the surge in bank stocks that have helped lift their portfolios, bringing laughter from the audience. But some at the conference expressed concern that the generally optimistic atmosphere might begin to fade.“I’m concerned that if we don’t see tax or healthcare reform by the end of the year, markets will start to doubt the administration’s ability to deliver it,” said Scott Minerd, global chief investment officer at Guggenheim Partners.Mnuchin said he has been working with congressional leaders to push tax reform and he hopes for bipartisan support. Mnuchin told CNBC on the sidelines of the conference that the tax proposal was purposely vague so that the administration could work with legislators to craft something that will pass Congress.The Trump administration has invited many business leaders into the White House and is listening closely to their concerns and hopes on tax changes, he added.Related CoverageTrump Says Actively Considering Breaking up Big BanksDavid Solomon, president and co-chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, said the great sense of optimism early in Trump’s tenure may be fading some.“This quarter it feels like conviction for tax and regulatory reform is more muted.”Solomon’s predecessor at Goldman, Gary Cohn, joined the Trump administration as director of the National Economic Council and one of his primary goals has been to work on tax reform.One concern associated with the Trump tax plan is how the government plans to pay for it. Mnuchin said that there are plenty of other ways to off set the revenue that would be lost through reduced tax receipts. He did not offer many specifics.Related CoverageCongress Negotiators Set Spending Plan to Avert ShutdownIndeed many at the conference, including investment managers whose businesses could benefit dramatically from the cut in taxes, were cheering the new administration and its can-do attitude which also includes plans to tackle health care reform.Prospects for growth look to be better around the world, several said.Yet there were also some rumblings of concern that ambitious projects would not be completed and that tensions around the world with other governments would increase.Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz, said that optimism is off the charts according to the stock market but geopolitical issues are a real concern. last_img read more

first_imgA frozen-over sailboat, symbolically related to the predicament of the USS Little Rock, which remains stuck in a Canadian port due to ice. (CC0) Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson says the Navy is reconciled to letting ship and crew hibernate in Canada.“The temperatures in Montreal and throughout the transit area have been colder than normal, and included near-record low temperatures, which created significant and historical conditions in the late December, early January time frame,” Hillson told the Toronto Star.“Keeping the ship in Montreal until waterways are clear ensures the safety of the ship and crew, and will have limited impact on the ship’s operational schedule.” New US Navy Warship Trapped in Canada Until Spring Due to Ice By Tom Ozimek January 23, 2018 Updated: January 23, 2018 US News Newly-commissioned USS Little Rock to spend winter in Montreal after getting trapped in ice https://t.co/W9jad1Cs1E— CTV News (@CTVNews) January 21, 2018 Share this article According to the New York Post, other US Navy members like the Littoral Combat Ship class faced technical problems, including engine snags and automation-related failures.The aluminum hull, the New York Post suggests, may be a factor in why the ship “can’t make it to the open seas even with some help from Navy icebreakers.”The situation comes on the heels of a spate of collisions that have plagued the Navy’s 7th Fleet, which reports attribute to crew fatigue and deferred maintenance and training.Seven of the 300 sailors onboard the USS Fitzgerald died in a June 17, 2017 collision with a significantly larger civilian container vessel off Japan.Recommended Video: Timelapse Video Captures ‘Ocean’ of Clouds Over Vancouver, British Columbia The navy spokesperson did not provide details on how common it is for its ships to face winter-related delays, but did say that previous ships did not face problems in December.The ship’s crew has been equipped with cold weather clothing and will focus on mission training while the delay continues.The hold-up will have “limited operational impact,” Hillson said and added that the vessel has been furnished with temporary heating units and 16 de-icers to keep the “innovative” aluminum hull from freezing over. Show Discussion A brand new warship of the US Navy is stuck in Montreal, Canada for the winter, after its voyage to Florida was held up by frigid weather.The USS Little Rock hit the water in Buffalo on Dec. 16 and set out for Mayport, Florida—home port for the 118-meter Freedom-variant vessel, Canada’s CBC reported.Instead, heavy ice caused the ship to make fast to dry land, forcing this latest member of the Littoral Combat Ship class to remain docked in Montreal’s Old Port area since Christmas Eve. Just announced: USS #LITTLE ROCK #LCS 9 to stay in #Montreal until ice in the St Lawrence River & Gulf breaks up enough to allow safe transit. Ship put in 24 Dec for Christmas then the river really blocked up. Navy notes stay “will have limited impact on ship’s operational sked.” pic.twitter.com/rkS8GtxpFQ— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) January 19, 2018 Share USS Little Rock Stuck in Montreal, Ship Might Not Leave Until Spring – USNI Newshttps://t.co/Z0VxKWv40y pic.twitter.com/5OaKbbwGWx— U.S. Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute) January 20, 2018 Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more