Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Saab teams up with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa for Polish naval development October 26, 2016 Saab teams up with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa for Polish naval development Swedish defense contractor Saab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Polish defense company Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) under which the two companies will work together on the planning and delivery of Polish naval programs, including surface ship and submarine construction for the Polish Navy and export customers.Earlier this year Saab and PGZ signed a letter of intent to cooperate within a range of projects related to Poland’s defense modernization in the naval, air and land domains.“I am convinced that the cooperation between Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Saab will be beneficial both for our partner and for the Polish Navy. Ensuring Polish security, also at sea, is one of the most important tasks for PGZ arising from the technical modernisation plan. The signing of this agreement opens the door for the Polish defence and shipbuilding industries to a wide range of technological cooperation, while for the Polish Navy, it is an opportunity to procure the most modern ships,” said Arkadiusz Siwko, CEO of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa.The Polish Armed forces are currently seeking to develop modern defence capabilities through 15 priority modernization programs. Importantly these include plans for the purchase of modern submarines and surface ships to boost the potential of the Polish Navy.Saab is currently building the first A26 submarine for the Swedish Navy as well as working on half time modernization of existing submarines.“Saab sees the Polish market as very important and aims at developing an even stronger partnership. We share the same security challenges in the Baltic Sea and together we can work to deepen defence projects partnership and offer an unbeatable industrial offering to the Polish end customer,” Gunnar Wieslander, head of Saab Kockums, explained.Saab is present in Poland with Sea Giraffe radars, RBS15 Mk 3 missiles for the FAC Orkan vessels and other defense forces equipment. Share this article View post tag: Saab View post tag: Polish Navy View post tag: PGZ
Sixteen- to 24-year-olds are the main driving force behind the upsurge in interest in baking, according to a new survey by Leisure Range Cookers. Over 1,500 people polled in the UK and Ireland showed that the younger generation were six times more likely to bake something from scratch every day, compared to any other age group. The survey also revealed that a third of those polled said they were inspired by television programmes, such as the recently screened BBC show The Great British Bake-Off.The top items to bake were: apple pie, Victoria sponge cake, fairy cakes/cupcakes, chocolate brownies, and cheesecake. Chocolate brownies and flapjacks appealed almost equally to both men and women. The top five baking regions were the north east, Northern Ireland, Wales, the Midlands, and the south west. The study was published to coincide with National Baking Week (17-23 October).
As the gay rights movement continues to gain momentum, it’s easy to forget just how recently the tides of change were moving in the opposite direction, Associate White House Counsel Kathleen Hartnett ’00 said at an April 11 talk at Harvard Law School, hosted by the Harvard chapter of the American Constitution Society.Hartnett, who worked on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy which barred openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from military service, emphasized that DADT itself was less than 20 years old when it was repealed. That made it just a few years older than the Defense of Marriage Act, the constitutionality of which is now being challenged in the Supreme Court.“Some of this stuff feels like ancient history and it was four years ago,” Hartnett said, referring to the Matthew Shepard Act, which in 2009 became the first law to add LGBT protections to a federal statute. “We’re all part of history, but this is where you really feel it being written around you.”Despite growing momentum in favor of repeal, getting rid of DADT was no simple task. Although Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Michael Mullen had already told Congress that they favored repeal, Hartnett explained, they also wanted a period of extensive study to see what the consequences and implications of such a decision would be and how they could best be managed.Read more on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Story
Caitlyn Jordan The symposium on domestic violence and intersectionality concluded Thursday with a panel discussion featuring Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff examining ways to speak up against domestic violence.Professor of communications Marne Austin, who spoke about advocacy and relationships, said in her experience, the most difficult thing is naming the abuse.“It’s so important to be able to name it for what it is,” she said. “I’m a Gender and Women’s Studies professor, and I couldn’t name it. We live in these contradictions, but we need to be able to talk about these issues in an honest forum.”Austin said she faced an additional obstacle, which stemmed from the stigma surrounding her same-sex relationship. Austin said she stayed in her relationship because she didn’t want to become another reason for people to say homosexuality is not okay.“’I told you so’ is not helpful,” she said.Listening and not judging are the most important ways friends can support victims, Austin said. As a professor, she said she tries to create a safe space for students, but she herself feels broken.“I try to create this safe space for students, but so much of my identity is gone,” she said. “I don’t know who I am anymore.”Senior Meredith Mersits said while she was in an abusive relationship, she always put the blame on herself.It’s a job every day when you’re in a violent relationship, Mersits said. It consumes your thoughts and affects you mentally.“I was in a relationship where I wasn’t myself,” she said. “I had lost my voice.”As a social work major, Mersits said she knows firsthand the signs of domestic violence, but she was still unable to define her relationships as such.“I’m an advocate for sexual assault and domestic violence victims, but I was in one myself,” she said. “I was embarrassed and didn’t want to see my relationship as abusive.”There are no stereotypes for domestic violence situations, Mersits said, and it’s something that is often undetectable on the surface.“You can’t look at someone and know they are in a domestic violence situation,” she said.Support is crucial, but Mersits said the pain that accompanies domestic violence is not fixable.“So often we want to fix things, but this is not something that is easily fixable,” she said. “It takes one day at time, and my friends helped me get my voice back.”Laura Brandenburg, director of advancement services, said she left an abusive marriage after many years, but it wasn’t until later that she realized her relationship was abusive.Brandenburg said her husband would get angry and expect her to get over his rage quickly. Mentally, it was exhausting, she said.Brandenburg referenced a weekend during her marriage when she planned to attend a scrapbooking weekend with a church group. She said she had boxes of supplies lined up at the door, and her husband hid the boxes as a way of telling her she couldn’t go.“[Domestic violence] makes you feel so little and taken advantage of and controlled, and you don’t know what to do from there,” she said.Brandenburg reiterated the message of constant support from friends.“It’s helpful to have friends that are there to listen,” she said. “My friends help me feel validated and like I’m not crazy.”Austin said support is a lifelong need for victims of domestic violence.“I feel like a shell of what I used to be, but I ask that you understand support needs to be continuing even long after the relationships is terminated,” she said.Tags: abusive relationship, domestic violence, Symposium on domestic violence and intersectionality, victims
View Comments LeFou and Gaston are not going to like the sound of this. On March 3, Alabama’s Henagar Drive-In Theatre posted on Facebook, announcing that they will not be showing Beauty and the Beast at their theater due to the film featuring Disney’s first homosexual character. As previously reported, the film’s director, Bill Condon, recently confirmed that the character LeFou, played by Tony nominee Josh Gad, is gay.”It is with great sorrow that I have to tell our customers that we will not be showing Beauty and the Beast at the Henagar Drive-In when it comes out,” the Facebook post reads. “When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine. For those that do not know Beauty and the Beast is ‘premiering’ their first homosexual character. The producer also says at the end of the movie ‘there will be a surprise for same-sex couples.'””If we can not take our 11-year-old grand daughter and eight-year-old grandson to see a movie, we have no business watching it. If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it,” the post continues. “I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine. We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches. We will continue to show family oriented films so you can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language. Thank you for your support!”The highly anticipated live-action re-make arrives in (most) theaters on March 17.Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle (played by Emma Watson), who learns to look beyond the Beast’s (played by Dan Stevens) exterior and accept him for who he truly is. On that note, let’s watch Gad perform a clip of “Gaston” again. Josh Gad as LeFou in ‘Beauty and the Beast'(LeFou photo by Disney/Collage by Broadway.com)
Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS A whole lot of goat producers will be extremely interested in what Chris Ferland has to say at the fifth annual Goat-a-Rama April 7 in Tennille, Ga.Ferland is the feasibility analyst for the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. In one of two seminar sessions during the Goat-a-Rama, he’ll tell about his study of whether a goat slaughter and marketing cooperative is feasible in Georgia.”We’ve had calls from all over Georgia and several other states about the potential for a such a cooperative,” said Sidney Law, a Washington County Extension Service agent with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”A lot of people are planning to come a long way for that one session,” he said.All You Ever Wanted to KnowBut they’ll find much more to interest them than that. From a petting zoo to cheese-making to exhibits and a goat folks social, the Goat-a-Rama will provide just about anything anybody ever wanted to know about goats.Here’s something you may not have known: goat meat, or chevon (pronounced “CHEV’n”) has about the same calories as boneless, skinless chicken breast but 26 percent less fat. It also has more than twice the iron of chicken breast — significantly more even than beef or pork.The Goat-A-Rama will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Ag Center at 882 Grady Mertz Road in Tennille — near Sandersville, Ga. Admission is free.
Leaning against the mountain, I watched the dark clouds gathering. Precipitation had always been a force in shaping these old mountains, and after a lifetime of outdoor adventure, I realized that these mountains had also shaped me.I didn’t always follow the outdoor path. While at the University of Tennessee, I didn’t exercise, drank heavily, and ate badly. The natural fitness of youth melted away in a merry-go-round of beer and pizza.Then a newfound friend and experienced backpacker, Calvin Milam, suggested I go to the Smokies with him. I was the epitome of ignorance: a suburban Memphis punk who had never camped out a day in my life. Everything was new – the weight of the pack on my shoulders, the pounding on my feet, the slow travel, the seemingly ceaseless climbs.But I was up for the challenge. For most of us the competition stops after high school—but not for those who explore the outdoors. I was still seeking to compete against myself and push my boundaries. In fact, I had chosen our hike, the unmaintained Porter’s Flat Manway, after consulting a hiking guide to the Smokies which stated, “This is the most difficult trail in this entire guidebook. Don’t do it!”Away we went, up to the crest of the Smokies, the sweat of a late summer afternoon pouring down my temples, the searing sensation in my calves following each step, the wondering when it would be over. It was just like running wind sprints in basketball practice. I hated it. And I loved it.Then the rain came. We donned our ponchos and continued, a combination of sweat and shower soaking my entire body. At the Porter’s Flat campsite, the maintained trail ended. We forged on. The manway was marked with rock cairns, little piles of rock left by previous hikers to show the way.It was starting to get really hard. Did I have it in me?The trailbed steepened, but the rock cairns were still there to guide the way. Then we came to an open jumbled rock field rising up several watery ravines. No cairns were visible. The two of us vainly searched the sloping mountainside for a marker. I hadn’t thought to bring a compass. So we headed straight up the steepest ragged gulch. 1 2
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8-10 Edmund St, Moffat BeachThis open-plan lounge and dining space boasts timber flooring and extensive glass, which draws in natural light and views of the estate. There is also an indoor-to-outdoor pond providing a focal point in the room.Overlooking the dining space is the galley kitchen with quality integrated appliances and stone benchtops, including an island breakfast bar. From here, glass bi-fold doors open to sprawling terraces, the pool and spa.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Back inside, the middle level also contains a games room with bi-fold doors to the terraces, and two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, serviced by an ensuite and another bathroom.A timber staircase with glass balustrades ascends to the upper level and two further bedrooms, a bathroom and a retreat room with glass louvres and carpet floors.The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and luxury ensuite with dual vanities and a stone egg bathtub. 8-10 Edmund St, Moffat BeachRESORT-style luxury exudes from this contemporary four-bedroom property, which sits on an impressive 2322sq m block a short walk from Moffat Beach, cafes and restaurants.Spanning three levels, the house at 8-10 Edmund St, Moffat Beach has a seamless flow between its indoor to outdoor entertainment spaces, including a pool, hot spa and a full-size floodlit tennis court.A modernist facade sets the tone for the interior – stark white against the established green lawn and gardens. Inside, the atrium foyer has 8m ceilings with chandeliers, and leads to the main living hub on the middle level. 8-10 Edmund St, Moffat BeachDownstairs and on the lower floor is a 283sq m garage with more than 200sq m of internal space with bathroom facilities, a small kitchenette, an office area and parking.Additionally, there is another triple garage and separate utility room.Further highlights of the property include ducted and zoned airconditioning and a surround sound system. 8-10 Edmund St, Moffat BeachRay White Caloundra agent Andrew Garfield said words could not adequately describe the resort-style residence.“This breathtaking residence of over 540sq m revels in a spectacular modernistic design and has been built and finished to the highest standards with no expense spared,” he said. CH
The master ensuite looks out over parkland and Moreton Bay. Picture: supplied.“It’s a no-brainer, this is definitely going to set a new record for the area,” he said. “It is real estate gold. Not only is the house sitting on a huge block of land with panoramic bay views and built to commercial standards, it is also a very big, beautiful home.”Mr Sorrentino said in the 17 years he had been selling property in the Wynnum Manly area, this was the first property he had listed on a 4,000sq m plus block. “Properties like this rarely come on to the market,” he said. “The block is nearly ten times the size of what is normally sold in the area and the home is more than double the size of a normal four-bedroom, two bathroom house.”Owners John and Janice Quinn snapped up the property in 1992 for $400,000 when it was an overgrown block with a fibro house. More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoThere is plenty of outdoor entertaining space at 97 Petersen St, Wynnum. Picture: supplied.Spread across two levels, the home was built to a commercial standard with poured concrete slabs and core-filled concrete blocks. There are four bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes and ensuites to each, open-plan living spaces opening to the veranda, a wine cellar and a cabana overlooking to the inground swimming pool. The Quinns recently revamped the property, completely renovating the bathrooms and kitchen and repainting the house. Mr Sorrentino said the property has already drawn interest from potential buyers.“A lot of inquires have been from overseas Asian buyers,” he said.“It surprised me but maybe it shouldn’t because Asian buyers tend to like big homes on big blocks.” WYNNUM’S TOP SALES25 Waterloo Esplande Sale price: $2.5 millionSale date: September 7, 2016 97 Petersen Street, WynnumIs this bayside mansion with ocean views from almost every room, including the master ensuite, a record breaker? Place Manly real estate agent Marc Sorrentino thinks it will be. The 775sq m home, sitting on a 4,037sq m block at 97 Petersen St, Wynnum, has hit the market for the first time since it was built almost 25 years ago. Listed without a price, the property has no street frontage and the only thing sitting between its rear boundary and Moreton Bay is parkland. Mr Sorrentino said the property would smash the Wynnum sales record of $2.5 million. The property at 6 Alverna Close Wynnum. Picture: supplied. The living areas flow out to the verandas. Picture: supplied“At that time, $400,000 was a lot of money. When we bought it everyone said we were paying too much,” Mr Quinn said. “I think the combination of not being able to see the bay because the block was overgrown, plus the fact it was an old purple fibro house meant there was nothing compelling about it unless you saw the vision (of what it could be).” The couple and their two children lived in the three-bedroom shack for a couple of years while working with an architect to design their dream home.Mr Quinn said the resulting 775sq m house took 18 months to build and made the most of the ocean views. “The house was built across the block so just about every room has views of the bay and it had to have large entertaining areas because we like to entertain a lot,” he said. The property at 12 Alverna Close, Wynnum. Picture: supplied.6 Alverna CloseSale price: $2.35 millionSale date: November 29, 2017 The property at 25 Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum. Picture: supplied.12 Alverna CloseSale price: $2.44 millionSale date: February 26, 2014