Derry City and Strabane District Council buys Laurentic bell for £12,000

first_img Twitter Pinterest Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Google+ Derry City and Strabane District Council buys Laurentic bell for £12,000 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Twitter A bell salvaged from the wreck of the Laurentic has been bought at auction for £12,000 by Derry City and Strabane District Council.It’s expected the bell will be one of the prime exhibits when the planned new Maritime Museum opens at Ebrington.The Laurentic sank off the coast of Donegal 100 years ago, after making an unscheduled stop in Buncrana.There were 479 people on board, only 125 survived.The Laurentic was built in Belfast, and used to transport gold during World War 1.It sank on January 25th 1917 with the loss of 354 lives, after striking two German mines just north of the mouth of Lough Swilly.The ship was carrying more than 3,000 gold bars when it went down, most of which has since been recovered.However, it’s believed that 22 gold bars which are unaccounted for remain on the bed of the Swilly.The ship’s bell has now been bought by Derry City and Strabane District Council, which has described it as a “unique artefact.”The bell was salvaged from Lough Swilly in 1979, and was previously owned by Bembridge Maritime Museum in the Isle of Wight. WhatsApp By News Highland – November 17, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleThree men arrested in Derry’s Creggan HeightsNext articleMain News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday November 17th News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterestlast_img read more

U.S. Air University Colonels Visit Uruguay

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo May 02, 2018 Minister of Defense Jorge Menéndez, representing the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense, welcomed a delegation of 19 colonels, recent graduates of the U.S. Air University. A conference on protecting civilians during peacekeeping missions took place March 6th–9th. Authorities characterized the visit as very positive for bilateral cooperation between the United States and Uruguay. Official visit: reception and activities Lieutenant General Alberto M. Zanelli, commander of the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU, in Spanish), welcomed the U.S. service members. Various authorities from FAU, the Uruguayan Army, and the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense were also present. Lieutenant Colonel Julio Maldonado, director of Communications at FAU, told Diálogo that issues important to the armed forces of both countries were addressed, including the relevance of peacekeeping missions for Uruguay in the 21st century, the role of women and their potential in the armed forces, and the training and social services provided by the ministry and its officials. “Among other activities, the delegation carried out a technical visit to the Army, Navy, and Air Force commands, and also to the Defense General Staff,” he said. To wrap up the mission’s activities in Uruguay, the graduates participated in a joint conference of the Uruguayan National School for Peacekeeping Operations (ENOPU, in Spanish), the National System of Peacekeeping Operations, and the Center for Higher National Studies. “This conference was on protecting civilians in the context of peacekeeping operations,” said Lt. Col. Maldonado. As a representative of the Uruguayan Armed Forces, Lt. Col. Maldonado said the visit was very positive. “It involved reciprocal learning. Without a doubt, the U.S. Air Force is the most modern in the world, both from a strategic and technological viewpoint, so having contact with its academic body is fundamental for Uruguay,” he said. U.S. Air University “The Air University trains with the knowledge and necessary abilities to develop, use, order, and support air, space, and cyberspace power at the highest levels. The specialized professional programs of education provide scientific, technical, and administrative knowledge to satisfy the demands of the U.S. Air Force,” explained FAU Colonel Ricardo Devita, director of Public Relations for the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense. “The graduates and researchers of this institution have lots of responsibility with respect to the development of doctrine, concepts, and strategies of the Air Force.” Activities such as integrating knowledge with the United States symbolize a great step forward in relations between the armed forces of the two countries. “This is the second time that Air University personnel made a visit of this magnitude to our country’s main security and defense bodies,” said Col. Devita. “The previous visit was in 2015, after a memorandum of understanding between the Center for Higher National Studies and ENOPU was signed. Other joint academic activities are already scheduled between the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense and the Air University, which our ministry’s website will disclose later on,” he concluded.last_img read more

Thailand has first avian flu outbreaks in 3 months

first_imgJul 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza has surfaced in poultry flocks in Thailand for the first time in 3 months, according to reports from the country.The disease has broken out among birds at five locations in Suphan Buri province, about 60 miles north of Bangkok, according to several news services. The Associated Press reported that the disease was found in 10 fighting cocks in five villages where outbreaks occurred in 2004.The last poultry outbreaks of avian flu in Thailand were reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in mid-April. Thailand has had no reported human cases of H5N1 flu since October 2004.News reports today did not say whether laboratory tests have identified the H5N1 strain in the new outbreaks, but they strongly implied that the outbreaks involved that strain.The Bangkok newspaper The Nation quoted Nirandorn Uangtrakoolsuk, a Livestock Department official, as saying that officials have destroyed more than 450 birds and banned the movement of poultry in the area of the outbreak.Nirandorn also said authorities were running laboratory tests to determine if recent “mass deaths of fowl” in six other provinces were related to avian flu, the report said. The provinces were Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Kalasin, Lampang, and Phetchabun.The new outbreaks forestalled Thai authorities’ plan to declare the country free of avian flu tomorrow, according to the Nation and the Bangkok Post. Jul 12 would have marked the passage of 90 days since the last recorded case, in Lop Buri province in April.The Post story said Thailand, a major poultry exporter, cannot resume exporting fresh poultry until the OIE certifies that the country has been free of outbreaks for at least 90 days.The latest outbreaks occurred at “small, native chicken farms,” not at farms raising poultry for export, said Anan Sirimongkolkasem, president of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association, as quoted by the Post.Nirandorn said the new outbreaks were small and unlikely to evolve into a serious crisis, according to the Nation. He called on farmers to immediately notify officials of any mass deaths of poultry.The head of the Livestock Department, Yukol Limlaemthong, said infected birds are living longer because of increasing immunity to the virus, making it less likely that unusual deaths will alert farmers to outbreaks, according to a Reuters report.The Post reported that about 11,000 Thai poultry farms and 1,700 layer farms have met government biosecurity standards that include strict safeguards against outside contamination. But small farms still pose a concern because most operate as open-air facilities that can easily be contaminated from the outside, the newspaper said.Seventeen human cases of H5N1 infection, 12 of them fatal, occurred in Thailand in 2004. Overall, the virus has infected at least 108 people and killed 54 in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia since late 2003, according to the World Health Organization’s count. Unofficial counts put the death toll at 55.In other developments, Japanese authorities said they discovered the seventh outbreak of avian flu in less than a month in an area about 60 miles north of Tokyo, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.Previous outbreaks were identified as H5N2, a milder strain than H5N1, the report said. A local official said the latest outbreak involved an H5 virus, and tests to identify it further were under way.Authorities in Ibaraki prefecture said they would cull 8,550 birds at the infected farm, AFP reported. About 150,000 chickens at six other farms in the area have been destroyed to stop the disease, the story said. Officials had checked 11 other farms and found no cases.last_img read more