Fed split as QE2 set to continue

first_img DIVISIONS within the US Federal Reserve were exposed last night, with the news that senior officials clashed over the controversial second phase of quantitative easing – dubbed QE2.“A few participants indicated that economic conditions might warrant a move toward less-accommodative monetary policy this year,” the March minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) said.The minutes said that “a few” members warned that the size of the Fed’s balance sheet could lead to public doubt over its tightening credibility, and risk upward pressure on inflation expectations.Those unnamed members’ hawkish views contrasted with those of “a few” other members, who argued that exceptionally loose policy could even continue beyond 2011. Yet despite signs of a split, “almost all” participants felt that there was no case for the Fed’s asset-purchasing programme to be curtailed.“The minutes suggest that the majority of officials want to see QE2 through to the end,” said Paul Dales of Capital Economics.Positive words on the US recovery, plus the apparent commitment to continue with QE2, saw US treasuries fall.Meanwhile, growth in the US service sector slowed in March, according to the ISM non-manufacturing survey released earlier in the day. whatsapp KCS-content Fed split as QE2 set to continue More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Sharecenter_img Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailNews SharperGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72News SharperThe Sports DropForgotten College Basketball Stars: Where Are They Now?The Sports DropNight DailyHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeNight DailyUpbeat NewsThese 25 Celebrities Ruined Their Career in a Matter of MinutesUpbeat NewsMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesTaco RelishOnly People With An IQ Of 130 Can Name These ItemsTaco RelishDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia whatsapp Tuesday 5 April 2011 9:03 pm Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Alteo Limited (ALT.mu) Q32021 Interim Report

first_imgAlteo Limited (ALT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Energy sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Alteo Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Alteo Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Alteo Limited Interim Results for the Third Quarter DocumentCompany ProfileAlteo Limited is a holding company, which deals in cane farming, sugar milling, sugar refining, energy production, real estate and hospitality in Mauritius and regionally. The company was established in September 2017 and is headquartered in San Pierre, Mauritius. Alteo Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

United States claim comfortable world cup warmup win over Canada in Ottawa

first_imgMonday Aug 24, 2015 United States claim comfortable world cup warmup win over Canada in Ottawa The United States made it three-straight wins over rivals Canada when they beat them 41-23 in their Rugby World Cup warmup match at Twin Elm Park in Ottawa on Saturday. The USA scored five tries as Canada lost in their seventh straight match.The USA still have two more warmup matches, as they will take on Premiership side Harlequins in Philadelphia, before the bigger challenge of Australia in Chicago on September 5th. They are in Pool B with South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and Japan.Canada, who are in Pool D with France, Ireland, Italy and Romania, will host PRO 12 side Glasgow Warriors in another world cup warmup match next Saturday.video credit: rugby channelADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup , USA Rugby Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Private Residence on Isle of Skye / Dualchas Architects

first_img 2012 Projects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/597171/private-residence-on-isle-of-skye-dualchas-architects Clipboard Private Residence on Isle of Skye / Dualchas ArchitectsSave this projectSavePrivate Residence on Isle of Skye / Dualchas Architects United Kingdom Private Residence on Isle of Skye / Dualchas Architects Year:  “COPY” CopyAbout this officeDualchas ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWaternishHousesUnited KingdomPublished on February 11, 2015Cite: “Private Residence on Isle of Skye / Dualchas Architects” 11 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodProfile Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel PicturaCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Stainless Steel FinishesWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityChairsSellexChair – IrinaBathroom FurnitureKaleBathroom Cabinets – ZeroMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Waternish, United Kingdomcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/597171/private-residence-on-isle-of-skye-dualchas-architects Clipboard Photographs:  Andrew Lee  Main Contractor:James MacQueenCity:WaternishCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrew LeeText description provided by the architects. Our clients, a family of 5 came to us with a site and a sketch which described their brief. The site is an elevated bare croftland site with views over Dunvegan bay to the Waternish peninsula. It has long views to the north to Isle of Harris and south towards Dunvegan. To the west is a wooded cliff.Save this picture!© Andrew LeeThe brief was for an open plan living/dining/lounge but also separate games room and study/sitting room and 4 bedrooms. The main living space can be divided off from the back bedrooms by means of a 3 m sliding oak screen. There was to be a separate shed for storage and wood store and heat pump shelter.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe design is directly inspired by a black shed on the adjacent croft, simple in form and clearly rooted to its landscape. The form developed out of a desire to lose the bulk of the relatively large building into the shadow of the cliff behind so that the 1 ½ storey element containing all the bedrooms sits behind the main simple communal living space in front.Save this picture!© Andrew LeeHigh insulation levels — 260mm to the roof and 200mm to the walls — as well as good quality windows, mean little heating is required, much of this provided by the wood burners in the living spaces, with background heating supplied by an air source heat pump.Save this picture!First Floor PlanThe roofs are constructed with 10mm aluminium roof sheeting, finished with black Plannja Hard Coat surface coating and laid on battens. The 18mm Siberian larch rainscreen cladding to the walls has been stained black with an OSMO water-based product.Save this picture!© Andrew LeeFlush detailing to the building envelope, achieved by concealing the galvanised steel gutters and downpipes, gives the volumes a taut appearance and the overall composition one of a grouping of distinct and simple forms.Save this picture!© Andrew LeeFrom the road it appears as a simple low agricultural building discreet and low lying. The buildings are grouped around a tight courtyard that offers shelter from the wind and an opportunity to shower before entering the house.Save this picture!Section BBIt now sits low in the landscape and can be read as the black farm buildings that compliment the white farmhouse built by the sister next door.Save this picture!© Andrew LeeProject gallerySee allShow lessInfographic: ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards 2015InfographicsThe Barrancas House / EZEQUIELFARCA arquitectura y diseñoSelected Projects Share Architects: Dualchas Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Photographs “COPY” ArchDaily Save this picture!© Andrew Lee+ 18 Sharelast_img read more

SURE Sign-Up Period for 2011 Crop Losses Begins October 22

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Oct 17, 2012 SHARE Previous articleVilsack Touts Ag Export Success Under President ObamaNext articleIndiana Hosts Important Ag Trading Partner Andy Eubank Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard Wednesday announced the sign-up period for the 2011 crop year Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) will open October 22, 2012 and end June 7, 2013. The SURE Program authorizes assistance to farmers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through September 30, 2011.“Although the 2008 Farm Bill expired on September 30, 2012, the SURE Program is available for 2011 crop year losses,” said Wickard.  “This is one of the very few FSA programs available to producers due to the lapse of authorized programs.  Any eligible producer who suffered losses during the 2011 crop year is encouraged to visit the FSA office to learn more about the SURE program and how to apply.”Production losses due to disasters occurring after September 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage, as the disaster provisions of the Farm Bill expired on that date.To be eligible for SURE, a farm must have:At least a 10-percent production loss on a crop of economic significance;A policy or plan of insurance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for all economically significant crops;Been physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Secretary of Agriculture under a Secretarial Disaster Designation. Without a Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to a natural disaster. A “farm” for SURE purposes means the entirety of all crop acreage in all counties that a producer planted or intended to be planted for harvest for normal commercial sale or on-farm livestock feeding, including native and improved grassland intended for haying.Producers considered socially disadvantaged, a beginning farmer, or a limited resource farmer may be eligible for SURE without a policy or plan of insurance or NAP coverage.For more information on the 2011 SURE program, including Secretarial Disaster Designations, contact your local FSA office or visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/sure. Home Indiana Agriculture News SURE Sign-Up Period for 2011 Crop Losses Begins October 22 Facebook Twitter SURE Sign-Up Period for 2011 Crop Losses Begins October 22last_img read more

February Gains Point to Seller Optimism

first_img Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. February Gains Point to Seller Optimism The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe March 14, 2014 728 Views  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Colin Robins in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Realtor.com released its February Monthly Housing Trend Report, which showed an increase in listing prices as well as an increase of housing inventory. The increase in both list price as well as inventory points to a “strong early beginning to this spring’s home buying season,” the report said.Nationally, median listing price increased to $199,000, year-over year. The gain of median listing price represents a 7.6 percent increase from the previous year, and is up 2.05 percent from the previous month”Overall these figures indicate a continued reinforcement of steady gains and market stabilization that we’ve been watching since late last summer,” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move, Inc.Posting a decrease by 0.9 percent from the previous month, the median age of inventory shrunk slightly to 114 days.The report found that inventory increased by 10.1 percent nationally year-over-year, with total listings of approximately 1.7 million.”Seller confidence is the factor to watch as we head into the spring home buying season, and these are very encouraging indicators–not only are more homes coming onto the market, but typically we don’t see a rise in asking prices this early into the year. This is the market these sellers have been waiting for,” Berkowitz added.The top five metros for median list price all reside in California: San Francisco ($849,000); Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc ($700,000); San Jose ($669,000); Orange County ($599,900); and Ventura ($523,950).Chicago, Illinois topped the list with the most total listings at 45,998, followed by Atlanta, Georgia (34,045); Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona (23,654); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (21,909); and Riverside-San Bernardino, California (21,221). Previous: Rising Prices and Mortgage Rates Stall Home Sales Next: Midwest Reflects National Cold Weather Woes Related Articlescenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Home / Daily Dose / February Gains Point to Seller Optimism Tagged with: Home Prices Housing Trends Inventory Realtor.com Sign up for DS News Daily Home Prices Housing Trends Inventory Realtor.com 2014-03-14 Colin Robins Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Lack of flexibility forces caring staff to call in sick

first_img Previous Article Next Article Lack of flexibility forces caring staff to call in sickOn 30 May 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Employers’ failure to accommodate caring responsibilities of staff is a major cause of absence, research has found.Lack of workplace flexibility is forcing staff to take time off “sick” to look after children, elderly relatives and other dependants, a study of absence in the NHS reveals.The findings challenge the notion that tough policies are enough to deal with the absence problem. Stephen Bevan, associate director of the Institute for Employment studies, which carried out the research, said the problem is particularly affecting women.The study of 8,000 NHS employees found that 50 per cent of female staff had taken up to five days off in the six months prior to the study to care for dependants.Half said greater availability of childcare would have reduced their absence.Last week, Bevan told the Effective Absence Management conference, organised by the IRS, that women have a higher absence rate than men, despite being less likely to malinger.“The issue is their ability to attend,” said Bevan. “When you look at their domestic responsibilities it starts to explain this. We found that the number of children under the age of 16 has a multiplying affect on a woman’s absence.”He said that the parental leave regulations will have a positive affect, but allowing flexibility is the best way to deal with the problem.He added that men are affected too. Three out of 10 men took time off sick to look after dependants over a six-month period. Yvonne Coventry, head of personnel and training at Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust, recognised the problem but said it is difficult to deal with because staff do not admit they are taking sick leave to look after dependants.The hospital has a special leave policy for domestic emergencies, and is reviewing this in light of parental leave, she said.The NHS has launched a campaign to improve the work/life balance of staff. Hospitals will have to demonstrate what they are doing to improve flexibility.last_img read more

Rights charter is just another layer of law

first_img The EC is planning new regulations to safeguard human rights. With the UK’s Human Rights Act coming into force on 2 October, is it necessary?The proposal of the European Commission to establish a European Charter of Fundamental Rights has generated much discussion, focusing on its purpose and who exactly it will benefit.Admittedly, the rights contained within the draft charter are separate and distinct from the European Convention on Human Rights that has been in force in the UK since the 1950s. Yet, with the prospect of the Human Rights Act 1998 coming into force on 2 October, which reiterates the basic human rights under that convention, one might question whether there is really a need for an additional European Charter. A further concern is that a charter of this nature, with its recommendations to encompass both civil and social rights, goes beyond the real purpose behind the European Union and comes close to dealing with constitutional issues in each member state. Is this a back door policy with an ulterior motive?The first complete draft of the charter was published last week, and EU member states have until 1 September to comment. The final draft will be ready to be considered by EU leaders at the October summit in Biarritz.The key rights proposed by the charter might sound rather familiar. In fact many of the proposed rights echo existing provisions contained in many employment-related laws already introduced by the European Union. For example, parental and maternity leave, working time, equal treatment and indeed equal pay – all of which are detailed in the new charter – have already been the subject of European directives which have subsequently been introduced into the law of all EU countries.The view across Eversheds’ European practice is that as law and protection already exist in the proposed areas, there doesn’t appear to be a real driving need for the same rights to be assured and guaranteed in a charter. In fact, this has the potential to end up as a legislative burden, bringing confusion for both individuals and their employers.The proposal that complaints about the infringement of charter rights could be taken straight to the European Court of Justice marks a revolutionary move in the legal process for the EU members. While the ECJ judges have legal power and sway over the domestic courts of each country, currently this is in cases and disputes which are referred to the court. Claims and complaints are dealt with first in the country of origin, and matters are only referred to the European Court for guidance or help in providing a definitive view. A direct claim straight to the ECJ goes against this practice. Is this a precedent we really want to establish? Is there potential for this direct right of access to be expanded further in the future?On balance, particularly given the need for UK companies, employers and indeed lawyers to grapple with the Human Rights Act now, businesses simply do not need to face the burden of another layer of human rights as proposed in the charter, or another avenue of challenge with cases being taken to the European Court of Justice. A more basic question may warrant consideration here. Given that a number of the proposed “fundamental rights” overlap with existing EU law, should the European Commission instead be examining why equality is not being achieved, for example, and asking itself whether changes to existing law need to be made. Why is it that in implementation, the EU is not achieving through its directives, the rights that clearly do need protection?Does the EU need to go back to the drawing board and re-examine its entire legislative process and the enforcement of existing rights, rather than burdening employers, and indeed governments, with another layer of law? Comments are closed. Rights charter is just another layer of lawOn 8 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Oil and gas industry ‘investing in its own destruction’, risks losing access to finance

first_img Grantham Institute policy director Bob Ward pulled no punches telling IP Week delegates of the urgency of the climate challenge (Credit: Twitter/Energy Institute) The oil and gas industry is “investing in its own destruction” if it continues to direct the vast majority of capital expenditure into new fossil fuel projects, a senior academic researcher has warned.Bob Ward, a policy director at the London School of Economics’ Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, was addressing industry delegates at the IP Week conference in London yesterday, and pulled no punches in demanding greater “urgency” to reduce global emissions.Also speaking was Edward Mason from the Church Commissioners of England investment fund, who emphasised the “unprecedented” levels of investor mobilisation in support of climate change goals, warning that energy companies need to “get on board” or risk losing critical financing support. Grantham Institute policy director Bob Ward told oil and gas delegates at London IP Week that investing heavily in fossil fuels is not a ‘sensible’ strategy Investors will turn their backs on firms that fail to address climate changeFrom a financing perspective, the Church Commissioners of England head of responsible investment raised the spectre of the divestment movement, which has in recent months gathered pace as key lending institutions such as BlackRock commit to ending support for fossil fuels.The fund is the third-largest charitable endowment in the UK, controlling £8.2bn ($10.6bn) in assets, and has recently set its focus on engagement with the Climate Action 100+ scheme, which, thanks to BlackRock’s recent involvement, oversees investment of more than $40tn.Mason said: “Investor expectations across this initiative are coalescing around net-zero 2050 – and it’s wonderful to see oil and gas companies starting to embrace that, with Repsol in December and BP just this month.“We want to see change. We do not want to divest from companies in this industry. We will strain every sinew to help you become part of the solution for climate change.“But that means getting on board with net-zero emissions and embracing the transition with the urgency that it requires.“We will ultimately divest from any company that’s not on board with this because it’s ethically and financially unacceptable to us because the rest of our portfolio will be damaged by the impact that two degrees [global warming] would bring.” Oil and gas industry has the opportunity to ‘own’ the energy transitionThe Grantham Institute researcher told industry delegates they have an opportunity to “own the transition” to a net-zero world, and that their social licence to operate depends on it.“The vast majority of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are due to energy consumption, and more than 80% of energy is generated from fossil fuels – so this is your job,” he said.“You’ve got to be part of the transition, it can’t be something that happens to you – you’ve got to be actively leading the transition to net-zero emissions.“You can’t expect the environmental movement ever to love you – but this is really about your social licence as far as everybody else is concerned.“The oil and gas industry has a track record of dragging its feet on this issue. There are those within the industry who have in the past, and continue to promote climate change denial – and every time they do so it damages the reputation of the whole industry.“I know many graduates are thinking about whether this is the kind of industry they want to work in. So if you want to continue to have a stream of good talent coming through you’re going to have to show that you are serious and that you own this transition.”One of the ways it can do this, Ward said – and avoid passing “critical thresholds” of global warming beyond which the environmental consequences would be “severe” – is to advance to development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.He added: “You have the knowledge to make storage happen. We’re going to need it. We cannot wait for the government before you make those investments, you have got to work harder to promote this as an essential technology.” High levels of oil and gas investing not ‘a sensible way forward’Responding to International Energy Agency (IEA) data showing oil and gas firms have been spending as much as 99% of their capital budgets on “core” fossil fuel assets, Ward warned they were going against the “direction of travel” of policy as governments around the world set net-zero emissions targets.He said: “At the moment the oil and gas sector is investing less than 1% of its capital spending in alternatives to fossil fuels.“That looks to me like sector that’s investing in its own obsolescence and destruction. There’s nothing in the projections that would lead you to believe that investing 99% of your capital in continued oil and gas production is a sensible way forward.“You are going to have to come up with a vision for yourselves that means you can survive in a net-zero world – and you’re going to have to invest accordingly.”last_img read more

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

Older Posts »