France ready to host UK marines if amphibious ships are axed

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Albion December 4, 2017 View post tag: French Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today France ready to host Royal Marines if UK amphibious assault ships are axed The French Navy is considering allowing UK’s Royal Marines greater access to its amphibious ships should the Royal Navy’s HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion amphibious assault ships be axed as part of defense cuts.This was revealed by senior French officials, according to a report in Financial Times, who said that the French Navy was ready to allow the Royal Marines to embark one of its Mistral-class amphibious assault ships.The report comes at a time of widespread fears of possible cuts to the Royal Navy’s amphibious assault fleet ahead of a new UK defense and security review.According to the FT report, the cooperation could be organized within the 2010 Lancaster House treaty signed between France and the UK with the aim of developing an improved cooperation between British and French Armed Forces including a joint use of equipment and materials.While any official comments on the possible improved cooperation between the two countries are yet to be made, this would not be the first time for France and the UK to cooperate aboard Mistral-class LHDs. Earlier this year, BPC Mistral embarked two Royal Navy Mk3 Merlin helicopters from the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force for a five-month deployment to the Indian Ocean.In addition to UK troops, French amphibious ships are a platform for cooperation with other allies. Another Mistral-class ship, BPC Tonnerre, today embarked US marines from Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit for a deployment to the US 5th Fleet area of operations. Authorities Share this article France ready to host Royal Marines if UK amphibious assault ships are axed View post tag: Mistral-class View post tag: HMS Bulwarklast_img read more

Gordon Polson, director, the Federation of Bakers

first_imgClimate change is a hot topic at present and one that has a direct impact on bakers as demand for biofuels increases.As part of the EU’s commitment to promote renewable energy, it is encouraging member states to produce biofuels as a way to cut carbon emissions.The Federation of Bakers (FoB) supports the role that renewable energy sources from agricultural sources can play in tackling climate change. However, this will lead to additional demand for crops such as wheat and will carry implications for the supply of wheat for bread.The mandatory target proposed in the EU Energy Package of 10 January, 2007, is that biofuels should replace a minimum of 10% of petrol and diesel for transport by 2020. It is a worry that the mandatory nature of the target could give rise to exacerbated shortages of agricultural raw materials for food production.Increased demand for wheat crops would inevitably also affect price. In fact, the EU Energy Strategy for Biofuels estimates that, by 2010, cereal prices will increase by 6-11%. This would come hot on the heels of previous wheat price rises in recent months.To ensure a smooth move to the increased use of biofuels, the FoB believes that policies should be managed in a way that does not distort the availability of agricultural raw materials for food. The introduction of financial incentives to encourage farmers to sell agricultural raw materials to the biofuel industry must be carefully managed.last_img read more

Angels win 5th straight, and get a little revenge against Astros’ Jake Marisnick

first_imgLuís Rengifo drove in the sixth run of the inning when Marisnick came up short on his dive in center field and the ball got past him, for a triple.“Our offense is banging right now,” starting pitcher Andrew Heaney said. “That helps a lot, when we’re getting six-run leads in the first, seven-run leads in the first.”Heaney then took the mound with a comfortable cushion, but the Astros made him work hard to get through each inning.It took Heaney 103 pitches to get through just 4-1/3 innings while allowing eight hits and two walks. The Astros had at least two baserunners in each of the five innings that Heaney started.Although Heaney was charged with just two runs, he left a heavy workload for a bullpen that had been taxed after Griffin Canning lasted only four outs in his start on Monday.Ramírez and Justin Anderson handled the next six outs, and then Trevor Cahill, who inherited a five-run lead, took care of the final eight outs without allowing a run. Marisnick, who had been booed lustily by the Angel Stadium fans each time he came to the plate, came up leading off the sixth against Noe Ramirez. Ramírez plunked him between the shoulder blades with a fastball. Ramirez insisted that he was simply trying to throw a fastball in after two straight sliders.“They’re a good team so I wasn’t trying to give them any sort of chance,” Ramirez said. “They get a baserunner on, they’re a pretty good team. They get a rally going pretty good. That’s the last thing I was trying to do.”Marisnick, who certainly didn’t seem surprised to get hit, simply jogged down to first as plate umpire Stu Schuerwater issued warnings to both dugouts.Marisnick said the pitch was “a little high, a little inside” but he refused to speculate as to whether Ramirez had thrown at him.“It was an unfortunate play back in Houston,” Marisnick said. “I feel terrible about it. And to come here and have some of this go down, it sucks. … I was just looking to go out and find a way to help the team win, get on base, and I mean, I can’t control where he throws the ball.” After Marisnick reached first, Albert Pujols took a few steps toward the Astros dugout as the players began jawing at each other. Pujols refused to comment on the situation after the game. Players spilled onto the field from both dugouts and the bullpens before order was restored with no punches thrown. Marisnick helped defuse the situation by waving his teammates back to the dugout.Afterward, Astros Manager A.J. Hinch did not hide his feelings that the pitch was intentional – “the entire industry was expecting it,” Hinch said – and that it was unfair that Ramirez did not get ejected.“It’s a confusing time,” Hinch said. “Either the players govern the players on the field, like it’s always been, or we legislate it to where none of this crap happens. But they got a free shot at him, no warning, with no ejection. We’ll see if there’s discipline, and without discipline, there’s not gonna be any issue doing it the next time. So if retaliations are in, cool. We’re well aware.”Angels manager Brad Ausmus conceded that it “looks awful,” but he also insisted that Ramirez didn’t throw at Marisnick.“The first pitch was a strike,” Ausmus said. “If he swings at it and hits it, we’re not even talking about it. It’s tough to go to a 1-and-1 count with any intent. Noé is a right-handed pitcher who comes down from the side and sometimes people get hit.”Asked if he thinks “it’s over,” Ausmus said: “What’s over?”At the time the Ramirez hit Marisnick, the Angels had a 6-2 lead thanks to yet another robust offensive performance.The Angels have now scored at least six runs in all five of their victories in the streak, plus 10 runs in that loss to the Astros last Sunday. It marked only the second time since 2015 that they’ve scored at least six in six straight games.It took the Angels just one inning to get to six on Tuesday, as they took advantage of the Astros’ patchwork rotation. Brad Peacock was supposed to start on Monday, but he had a setback in his injury rehab, forcing the Astros to use openers in the first two games of the series.On Tuesday, the Astros used reliever Hector Rondon as the opener, with the idea of handing most of the game to Rogelio Armenteros, who was on three days of rest from his last Triple-A out.By the time they got to Armenteros, the Angels had blown the game open.The Angels scored five runs before making an out, with Shohei Ohtani driving in one with an infield hit, Kole Calhoun getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Albert Pujols poking a three-run double down the right-field line.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros is hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Manager AJ Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros talks with first base umpire Mark Wegner during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, center, argues with Houston Astros first base coach Don Kelly (15) after Astros’ Jake Marisnick, left, was hit by a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus right, gestures to pitcher Noe Ramirez (24) after Ramirez hit Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick with a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman, right, jump after striking out next to Los Angeles Angels catcher Kevan Smith during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros starting pitcher Hector Rondon watches a throw to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo, bottom, slides under Houston Astros third baseman Yuli Gurriel with a triple during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring in the first inning during the MLB game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Pitcher Hector Rondon #30 of the Houston Astros reacts after walking Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani prepares to bat against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani heads to first on an RBI infield single against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani reaches first base with an RBI infield single against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros starting pitcher Hector Rondon throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, waits for his at-bat in the dugout next to teammate Justin Upton, center and manager Brad Ausmus during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols drives in three runs with a double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols follows through on a three-run double against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, scores past Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi on a three-run double by Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, celebrates with Justin Upton (8) after they scored on a double by Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros starting pitcher Hector Rondon wipes his face after being pulled from the baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) steals second base next to Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, left, during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels steals second base as Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros fields the errant throw as umpire Alan Porter watches the play in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) is tagged out by Houston Astros third baseman Yuli Gurriel on a rundown between second and third base following a ground ball by Justin Upton during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Shohei Ohtani #17 and Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrate after both scored in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros is hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 25ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros is hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 16, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — The Angels picked up their fifth straight victory, and also might have taken care of some business left over from their previous loss.Or, at least it appeared that way to many.The Angels beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Tuesday night, continuing to be perfect since the All-Star break.Their last loss came the day before the break in Houston, a game in which catcher Jonathan Lucroy was sent to the hospital with a broken nose and a concussion after a home plate collision with Jake Marisnick. Marisnick was suspended for two games, although he has appealed. He has said he did not intend to bowl over Lucroy. 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