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Ross heads list of senior players to pledge futures to Welsh

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first_imgWelsh are also delighted to confirm that Players’ Player of the Year Hudson Tonga’uiha, who scored seven tries in 27 appearances in his debut season, has also re-signed. Others to commit to the Exiles include flanker Michael Hills, who scored three tries during the Championship play-offs, and centre Simon Whatling, both of whom return to Old Deer Park for a third season.Welsh will also once again be able to call on the services of former Wasps second row Martin Purdy, Tonga hooker Vili Ma’asi, Ex-Saracens number eight Ben Russell and prolific wing Liam Gibson. Gordon Ross the former Scottish internationalGordon Ross is among a number of experienced London Welsh players to commit to the Exiles for next season.The 33-year-old former Scotland international fly half has proved an inspired signing in his two seasons at the Dragons, and this season helped the club reach the Championship semi-finals for a second consecutive year.“I had a couple of opportunities to move elsewhere but I’ve really enjoyed my time at Welsh,” said Ross. “The squad is certainly improving and the club is heading in the right direction, and if the nucleus of the squad can stay together then hopefully we can build on what we’ve achieved so far.”Ross has made 49 appearances for the Exiles in all competitions since joining the club in 2009, scoring 242 points, but he is just one of several key and experienced players to commit to Welsh.Former England wing Paul Sampson and second row Matt Corker passed 100 league appearances for the Exiles last season, and the pair will both get the chance to add to their appearance tallies next season having agreed new deals with the club. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS CHICAGO – JUNE 21: Gordon Ross #10 of Scotland A looks to pass the ball against the England Saxons during the Cup Final of the Barclays Churchill Cup at Toyota Park on June 21, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. England won 36-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Further re-signings to be announced in due course.In addition to Josh Drauniniu, Errie Claassens (both Worcester), Nick Runciman (Gloucester) and Aled Thomas (Scarlets), other players leaving London Welsh this summer include Dominic Shabbo, Waisea Luveniyali and Michael Holford. The club would like to thank all of these players for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future.last_img read more

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Derry factory demolition could start over the weekend

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first_imgNewsx Adverts Derry factory demolition could start over the weekend Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleMc Guinness offers to mediate in Scottish referendum rowNext articleZed Candy not commenting on local fears for Oatfield’s future News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Derry City Council has approved a DOE recommendation to demolish the former Hamilton Shirt Factory, and is now in consultation with the buildings’ owner.The DOE had refused an application to demolish the building last October, but after an internal wall collapsed in the building over the holidays engineers have concluded the building is now structurally unsafe.Cllr Paul Fleming is Chair of the City Council’s PLanning Committee. He’s hopeful the demolition work may begin over the weekend……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/pflem530.mp3[/podcast] Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Google+center_img Pinterest Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Twitter By News Highland – January 13, 2012 Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

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News story: Defence Minister sees Stockport firm finishing multi-million-pound military bridge order for Australian Army

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first_img As the leading tactical military bridge maker globally, WFEL continues to work to provide solutions for customers like the Australian Defence Force. Our long-standing relationship with the ADF first began over 30 years ago, when they chose our Medium Girder Bridges. We have been delighted to continue to support them again today, not only with the supply of further MGBs but also with a significant capability enhancement with the latest mechanised Dry Support Bridges. The adoption of the DSB not only provides the ADF’s Manoeuvre Commanders with the ability to cross significant wet or dry gaps quickly and efficiently, it allows a level of inter-operability with an ever-growing user base. We have worked collaboratively with the Commonwealth’s Managing Contractor to reduce risk for this contract and are pleased to be providing an off-the-shelf solution to the ADF’s wide-gap tactical bridging requirements. The Australian deal was made up of two contracts, following an internationally competed tender. As a result, WFEL supplied its leading Medium Girder Bridges (MGBs) and Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This has resulted in a huge boost for the 132 organisations who have benefited from contributing the WFEL supply chain.The UK enjoys a very close bilateral relationship with Australia, which has strengthened over recent years, with the introduction of annual conferences and close co-operation on many international issues – including a shared commitment to fighting extremism on coalition operations, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq.Australia also recently decided to choose BAE Systems to build nine British-designed Type 26 warships. The deal, which could be worth up to £20 billion, has been hailed as the biggest Naval ship deal for a decade. It is not only another clear example of Britain’s world-leading defence industry, but has been described by the Defence Secretary as ‘the dawn of a new era in the relationship between Australia and Great Britain, forging new ties in defence and industry in a major boost as we leave the European Union’. Defence Minister sees Stockport firm finishing multi-million-pound military bridge order for Australian Army. Crown copyright.Work continues at WFEL following the completion of this Australian order as the company has now turned its focus to new orders for the US Army, building upon the 116 military bridges that the company has already built for US forces.Whilst 90% of its Stockport production is exported overseas, WFEL’s contribution to UK defence can be traced back as far as 1915. The company has been designing and producing bridges for the UK military since the 1970s, and the relationship remains to this day – the British Army has over 50 sets in service. They have been proven in the field in the likes of Iraq and Afghanistan.There are also potential UK opportunities in the pipeline for WFEL, with the company currently bidding to update and replace some of the MOD’s military bridging systems. It could become part of the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme’s supply chain, which would support the current 227-strong local workforce.The opportunities could mean a further boost to investment in the North-West, which already benefits from £2 billion of defence spending – supporting over 12,000 industry jobs in the region.Ian Anderton, Chief Executive of WFEL, said: Through WFEL, Stockport is leading the world in military bridges which help troops defeat our enemies and provide essential aid to people in disaster zones. Not only does WFEL bring hundreds of jobs and millions of pounds of investment to the UK, but it enables relations with some of our closest allies to flourish. As they finish an order for Australia, kick one off for America and look towards more opportunities to build British bridges, they are a model for how companies across the country can thrive on the global stage and play a key role in the defence of our nation. Defence Minister sees Stockport firm finishing multi-million-pound military bridge order for Australian Army. Crown copyright.The Minister was also accompanied by the Head of Australian Defence Staff London, Air Commodore Brian Edwards.Head of Australian Defence Staff London, Air Commodore Brian Edwards said: The Australian-UK bilateral defence relationship has been forged over many years and is incredibly strong and enduring. In recent times, we have seen an increased emphasis in opportunities for collaboration from a defence industry standpoint. This project introduces into service the latest addition to the Australian Army’s suite of combat bridging. It will ensure that the Australian Defence Force has an enhanced gap crossing capability which will enable land forces, both mounted and dismounted, to cross wet and dry gaps in support of operations. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew’s visit to WFEL in Stockport signified the completion of the final Dry Support Bridge which is part of a £53-million contract with the Australian Army.The Defence Minister described the firm, which has benefited from £600-million worth of export orders, as ‘a model for how companies across the country can thrive on the global stage’. He witnessed a 90-minute demo build of a 46-metre bridge from the firm, who are renowned world leaders in the field. He visited with the Head of Australian Defence Staff London, Air Commodore Brian Edwards.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew today visited a Stockport company which is world-renowned in building tactical military bridges. While there, he marked the completion of a multi-million-pound deal to supply the Australian Army with the vital logistics equipment.The £53-million deal with Australia is part of £600-million worth of export orders that WFEL has amassed over the past decade. The Defence Minister described the firm as ‘a model for how companies across the country can thrive on the global stage’ at a time when defence exports have surged by over 50% to £9-billion.The workers also demonstrated their world-class reputation by constructing a 46-metre Dry Support Combat Bridge in just 90 minutes whilst the Minister toured the factory.The bridges will be used in combat situations providing rapidly-deployable temporary infrastructure ensuring vital equipment and soldiers can navigate their way through the most challenging terrain. The military bridges can also be used in times of crisis during natural disasters maintaining essential lifelines to those who need it the most.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said:last_img read more

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Man City’s motivation against Real will be ‘immense’, says Zidane

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first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Saturday said that he is expecting Manchester City’s motivation to be “immense” when the two sides meet in the Champions League following the announcement of the English side’s two-season ban from European competitions.UEFA on Friday said that City would be suspended from the next two editions of the Champions League for “serious” financial fair-play breaches, although the Premier League champions have said they will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Real host Pep Guardiola’s City in their last-16 first leg on February 26, with the return game at the Etihad on March 17. Topics : But Zidane is wary of a City outfit who have won the Premier League in each of the last two campaigns, amassing 100 and 98 points respectively.”It’s a rival who are going to be very, very difficult, it’s a very big team,” added the Frenchman, who led Real to three consecutive European Cup triumphs from 2015-2018.Real Madrid leads Barcelona, who host third-placed Getafe on Saturday, by three points in the Spanish title race.Man City plays their first game since being hit by the European suspension and 30-million-euro ($32.5 million) fine against West Ham in a Premier League game on Wednesday, postponed from last weekend by bad weather.center_img “For what has just happened, their motivation will be immense,” said Zidane ahead of La Liga leaders Real’s match against Celta Vigo on Sunday.”I’m not going to go into what happened, what is going to happen…”It’s a team anyway, who will be a difficult opponent, knowing also how they have been doing in the Premier League. So they will have extra motivation.”City lie 22 points adrift of runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool and Guardiola has admitted that his reign in Manchester will be considered a “failure” if he fails to lead the team to the Champions League title.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Department needs your help locating the owner to this Power Washer

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first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Lost washerby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The picture above is a General 3100 PSI Power Washer recovered by Wellington Police on Friday, August 15, 2014.  If you recognize the washer or know who it belongs to, please contact the Wellington Police Department at 620-326-3331.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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England Golf grants encourage over 22,000 golfers

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first_img England Golf grants helped more than 22,000 people to take advantage of coaching opportunities in one year at golf clubs and driving ranges. The grants were available to clubs and ranges which respectively hold the GolfMark and RangeMark awards in recognition of their junior and beginner-friendly facilities. As a result of their activities over 7300 people have gone on to take follow-up golfing opportunities. England Golf Development Manager Richard Flint commented: “Clubs and ranges are to be congratulated on the way they used the grants to encourage people to get into golf and to play more golf. These are very impressive figures.” Just over 350 clubs took up the Club Coaching  Grant in the year to the end of March 2013. They involved more than 18,000 people in coaching with PGA professionals. Of these, 75 per cent were adults and the split between men and women was almost equal: 51% were male and 49% female. A total of 6230 adults and juniors have gone on to take follow-on opportunities at the clubs.   All 352 golf clubs offered coaching sessions and activities for adult beginners; 203 (58%) offered sessions for members and non-members aged 14 to 25; 111 (32%) provided activities to support new adult members or new players to continue their participation; 78 (22%) offered sessions for families or priority groups, such as women; black and minority ethnic groups; and those with a disability. The RangeMark Grant was taken up by 25 stand-alone ranges in the same period.  They involved 4307 people in their activities, of whom 73 per cent were adults. Of these, 70% were men and 30% women. In all, 1134 people have taken follow-on opportunities as a result. Ranges were able to use the grant for coaching with PGA professionals for adult beginners and juniors; for marketing material to promote activities; for beginners and/or junior equipment; and for other ideas to increase participation. In the current year, to the end of March 2014, GolfMark and RangeMark facilities can apply for a new £300 Junior Development Grant. This is designed to help grow the number of boys and girls getting into golf and on to regular participation, by providing structured and regular coaching sessions and activities. This grant is just one way in which England Golf supports juniors as part of its commitment to encourage the golf club members of the future. In addition to the Junior Development Grant and to the Golfmark and RangeMark awards, England Golf runs the National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, and publishes the Junior Organisers’ Handbook. GolfMark and RangeMark facilities can also work with their local County Golf Partnership (CGP) and get involved with the successful recruitment and retention activities for new and returning golfers, aged 14 years and over.   The national network of CGPs encouraged more than 86,000 people to Get into golf in the year to the end of March – despite some atrocious weather, including the wettest summer for 100 years.   The CGPs support grass roots golf at county level and are an integral part of the England Golf Partnership’s (EGP) Whole Sport Plan for golf, which is supported by Sport England lottery funding. Their success has been growing steadily over the past four years and they have involved a total of 171,208 people in their activities since April 2009. The partnerships are supported by the national Get into golf marketing campaign and they attract newcomers and returners to the game by offering free tasters and structured low-cost coaching with PGA professionals at Get into golf centres. They also forge relationships with universities, groups and organisations. See www.englandgolf.org/cgps for more information about CGPs.   Image courtesy Adrian Milledge/The PGA 8 Jul 2013 England Golf grants encourage over 22,000 golfers last_img read more

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