Russia Sells Second Batch of Gepard-Class Frigates to Vietnam

first_img View post tag: Vietnam Industry news Vietnam tied a contract with Rosoboronexport for delivery of an additional 2-ship batch of Project Gepard 3.9 frigates, reports Interfax referring to Sergei Rudenko, deputy director for foreign economic affairs of JSC Zelenodolsk Shipyard. According to him, in contrast to the first two Vietnamese frigates armed with missile systems, the second pair will be “antisubmarine-oriented”.Vietnam purchased first two Project Gepard 3.9 frigates in 2006; the last one was delivered in March 2011. In Vietnamese Navy, the ships obtained names of Dinh Tien Hoang and Ly Thai To. Displacement of such frigate is 2,100 tons. She is armed with antiship missile system, one 76.2-mm and two 30-mm gun mounts. Gepard-class frigate is equipped with heliport for Ka-28 or Ka-31 helicopters.Through recent years, Vietnam has tied a number of contracts with Russia for delivery of surface ships and submarines for the national naval force. In particular, in 2005 Vietnam bought twelve Project 12418 boats and began licensed production in the fall of 2010. Vietnam purchased six Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel electric submarines from Russia in 2009 for $1.8 bln. Besides, in Apr 2011 Russia agreed with Vietnam to deliver spare parts, tools and accessories for repair of navy-related equipment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 08, 2011; Image:  komandomiliter View post tag: Russia View post tag: Second View post tag: Batch View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Gepard-Class View post tag: Frigatescenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Russia Sells Second Batch of Gepard-Class Frigates to Vietnam December 8, 2011 View post tag: sells Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia Sells Second Batch of Gepard-Class Frigates to Vietnam Share this articlelast_img read more

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UGA entomology fellow Olivia Smith

first_imgFollowing the onset of several major outbreaks of foodborne pathogens traced back to wildlife, buyers of farm-fresh produce began encouraging the removal of natural habitats and nesting areas on farms to discourage wildlife intrusion.  As this tactic became a preventative measure targeted at limiting farmland contamination due to wildlife presence, Olivia Smith, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, began to focus her research on identifying the food safety risks posed by wild birds due to agricultural intensification — examining the various relationships between farming practices, land-use practices around farms and crop contamination by birds.With populations of birds already rapidly declining due to repercussions from agricultural intensification, this solution is particularly problematic because farmland remains an important habitat for many species of birds.“Birds provide important insect pest control services to sustainable farmers, so removing birds makes it harder for these farmers to farm without pesticides,” said Smith. “Therefore, it is extremely important to understand how much of a problem birds are likely to be for food safety and how we might reduce that risk.”With foodborne illness remaining a major concern in the U.S. and abroad, this in-depth research is important for harmonizing food production and wildlife conservation, while preserving the general health of consumers around the globe. Despite widespread fear that birds are a major cause of foodborne illness, Smith’s studies showed only one conclusive study linking foodborne illness back to birds.“One of the greatest challenges of our time is to figure out how to feed 8 billion people while supporting a healthy environment for future generations,” said Smith. “Bird populations have been rapidly declining, with an estimated 3 billion birds lost over the last several decades. Meanwhile, a growing body of research has shown that biodiversity provides important pest control services to farmers. Thus, it is timely and imperative to understand how to best comanage conservation, food production and food safety.”Smith’s findings, which were published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, suggest that these natural habitats around farms should be preserved, as they may be beneficial for both food safety and wildlife conservation efforts, despite current recommendations for promoting food safety within the industry.“We began the research to understand how much of a problem birds are likely to be for food safety for small-scale, organic farmers and how farm management and land use surrounding a farm impact that risk,” said Smith, who works with Department of Entomology Professor Bill Snyder. “It is extremely important to understand the risk wild birds pose to food safety for several reasons.”Beginning in April 2016, Smith began accumulating hundreds of hours of data collection and collaborating with researchers across the country to prepare a manuscript for publication. Her leadership and dedication to the project garnered praise from Snyder, who served as co-senior author to the paper.“Olivia entirely led the field research that the paper reports, and also all stages of data analysis and manuscript preparation,” said Snyder. “Her project was challenging because it included an interdisciplinary team of researchers spread all across the country, yet she enthusiastically took on the challenge to herd this big group of cats. Her remarkable success in publishing her work is proof of just how effective she was as a team leader.”Snyder echoed the importance of Smith’s study and the impact it will have on the food production industry and wildlife worldwide.“Wildlife is thought to be a key threat to food safety, which has led to pressure for growers to remove natural habitats from their farms,” said Snyder. “Olivia has made a major contribution by showing the natural habitats on farms are the solution to, rather than the cause of, food safety threats posed by wild birds. This is because diversified farms attract the native bird species least likely to spread human pathogens. So, Olivia has shown that there is no conflict between food safety and bird conservation — quite the opposite, as the two actually go hand in hand.”Through her work, Smith hopes to inspire a younger generation of researchers and students to keep moving forward even when times get tough.“Carrying out a research project from start to finish comes with many challenges, but dedication and commitment will get you through to the end,” said Smith. “It is important to have confidence and push forth with your ideas.”A native of southeastern Michigan, Smith earned her bachelor of science in biology from Siena Heights University in 2013, a master of science in fisheries and wildlife from The Ohio State University in 2015, and a doctorate in biology from Washington State University in December 2019.To learn more about the UGA Department of Entomology, visit ent.uga.edu.last_img read more

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SPORTS PERSONALITY Driven, dedicated, and disciplined young Aleka Persaud is blazing a trail in the pool.

first_imgTHIS week we look at another aspiring Olympian. A determined, dedicated and disciplined young lady with great prospects, who began shining as a national swimmer last year. She is young Aleka Persaud, a prolific swimmer with multiple age-group national records. Thus far, Persaud has performed only at the local and regional levels, but she has already proven that she is quite the force to be reckoned with. The only thing stopping her from being Guyana’s top female swimmer is time.After training since the age of three, Aleka burst to the fore last year at just nine years old and was Guyana’s most accomplished swimmer on the Goodwill Swim Meet team last year.Persaud landed her five gold and one silver medal; one of those gold medals was won in a record- breaking performance. She holds the 36.20 seconds record in the girls’ 8 and under 50m butterfly at the Goodwill Swim Meet.Aleka Persaud displays just a few of her many medals and trophiesAleka Persaud displays just a few of her many medals and trophiesThat performance followed remarkable local presentations, by Aleka last year, when she dominated the 8 and under category. Aleka holds all of the national records of the girls’ 8 and under category, and is currently blazing a trail in the 9 – 10 category.Many who have met this petite New Guyana School student is astounded by just how driven, and passionate she is about being a swimmer. She sets strategic goals that she wants to accomplish, times she wants to achieve, always looking out to better her own times.Despite her small size and age, she’s working wonders at balancing her training and her academics, so much so that she has even taken up doing taekwondo over the past year.“She’s small but she’s extremely strong for her age. She has the desire and the right attitude. She’s one of the most talented swimmers I’ve seen in a number of years, she has surpassed any other Guyanese swimmer in terms of her time, her attitude is head on, she wants to win, she goes out there to win, she works hard, she’s diligent, she just doesn’t give up,” said her coach Sean Baksh.Baksh says Aleka is just a natural, born swimmer.“And she’s well adapted for water,” he noted.Her dad, president of the Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA), Ivan Persaud, says she is one competitive young lady.“She’s very competitive, she’s very serious about it,” Ivan commented.Now she has her sights set on being Guyana’s youngest Olympian. And she just might be if she makes Tokyo 2020, when she will be just 14 years old. Guyana’s youngest Olympian has been Britany van Lange, also a swimmer, who was just 16 years old when she represented Guyana at the 2012 London Olympics.last_img read more

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Thomand Park sold out for All Black match

first_imgThomond Park is sold out tonight for Munster’s meeting with the Maori All Blacks. Cahir’s Tommy O’Donnell will captain the hosts. And there will be a couple of familiar faces to the Kingspan Stadium crowd tonight for the Barbarians’ latest outing. Tommy Bowe starts on the wing, and Ruan Pienaar is on the bench for the Babas against Fiji. Kick off in both of tonight’s games is at 7.30.last_img

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