Defence Senior Advisor and his successor conclude visit to Egypt The current UK Chief of Defence Staff’s Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa (DSAME), Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer, and his successor Air Marshal (AM) Martin (Sammy) Sampson have wrapped up this week a three-day official visit to Egypt. This visit is particularly significant as it marks the handover of the DSAME role from Lt Gen Lorimer to AM Sampson.During the visit, the two DSAMEs held high-level meetings with senior representatives from the Egyptian Armed Forces and were accompanied by British Defence Attaché Captain (Royal Navy) Stephen Deacon. They met with Assistant Defence Minister for External Relations, discussing military aspects of common interest.Lt Gen Sir John Lorimer and AM Martin Sampson also explored ways to enhance bilateral training and armament partnership with Egypt in meetings with the Chief of the Training Authority and the Chief of the Armament Authority.Moreover, bilateral discussions were convened with the Commander of the Egyptian Navy and the Commander of the Air Force. Both sides deepened their understanding of how the two nations’ Navies and Air Forces can work together to reinforce bilateral cooperation and interoperability in future joint training exercises.Making remarks at the end of his visit, Lieutenant General Lorimer said:As I conduct my last official visit to the region as Defence Senior Adviser Middle East and North Africa (DSAME), it feels fitting that it is in Egypt, the country where I lived in the mid-1980s, and where I studied Arabic and Islamic Studies. I have had a deep affinity and respect for the country, its people, culture and history since that time, so it has been a privilege to help develop the bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and Egypt during my time in this role. The very positive meetings that we have attended during this visit are a reflection of the strength of the relationship between our two countries. Long may that continue.Air Marshal Martin Sampson also commented saying:It has been a great privilege to visit Egypt with General Lorimer in preparation for my new role as Defence Senior Adviser Middle East and North Africa (DSAME). The meetings and engagements have given me a very clear sense of the importance and standing of Egypt in the region and the Arab world. The current joint work and co-operation, as well as the plans for future collaboration between our two countries, is exciting and is a clear reflection of our strong mutual respect and ambition. I look forward to returning to Egypt in the very near future, to build on the trust and friendships that General Lorimer has developed and to strengthen the bilateral relationship even further.British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said:Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer has been a great asset to our defence relations with Egypt and I would like to thank him for all his hard work and his commitment to strengthening UK-Egypt military cooperation. I would also like to congratulate Air Marshal Martin Sampson on his appointment as the UK Chief of Defence Staff’s new Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa (DSAME). I look forward to working with him on furthering our defence cooperation agenda here in Egypt, and on promoting security and stability in the region. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, air force, Ambassador, British, culture, Defence, Egypt, future, Government, Middle East, military, Minister, security, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, world
The first episode in an eight-part series On the Yorkshire Buses, a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary at East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS), starts on at 2000hrs, 11 July on Channel 5. .Filmed last summer by ITV-owned Garden Productions (the firm behind BAFTA-winning Bedlam, 24 Hours in A&E and Inside Claridges) it looks at every aspect of Britain’s biggest family-run bus company.Channel 5 says it is: â€œA warm portrait of our 21st century nation in the bus lane, offering a comic and sometimes touching insight into life on Yorkshire’s buses with drivers and controllers who always go the extra mile however bumpy the ride.â€ Episode one covers scheduling. summer holiday period, with staff taking annual leave creating a shortage of drivers.The series cover the operations of the company from top to bottom; with crews filming behind the scenes in the board room and the control room, the canteens, the bus terminals and out on the buses â€“ with a characterful cast of drivers and passengers.
He said some areas that don’t normally get snowfall will likely see heavy amounts over the next several days. He said current estimates show some areas of the southern Plains could get a foot or more. Zavadsky said his crews carry a sand and salt mixture in the ambulances, which they used at the scene. At one point, he said, one of the ambulances was hit, but it sustained only minor damage and the crew members were fine. At least 65 people were treated at hospitals, with 36 of them taken by ambulance from the crash site, including three with critical injuries, said Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar, which provides the ambulance service for the area. Numerous others were treated at the scene and released, he said. The highway sits closed as emergency crews finish cleaning following accidents caused by ice and low temperatures in Richardson, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. A winter storm brought a coating of ice to parts of Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) DALLAS (AP) — A massive crash involving more than 130 vehicles on an icy Texas interstate left six people dead and dozens injured Thursday amid a winter storm that dropped freezing rain, sleet and snow on parts of the U.S. At the scene of the crash on Interstate 35 near downtown Fort Worth, a tangle of semitrailers, cars and trucks had smashed into each other and had turned every which way, with some vehicles on top of others. In suburban Austin, more than two dozen vehicles were involved in a pileup on an icy highway, and five people were taken to a hospital, emergency officials said. By JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press “There were multiple people that were trapped within the confines of their vehicles and requiring the use of hydraulic rescue equipment to successfully extricate them,” said Fort Worth Fire Chief Jim Davis. “The roadway was so treacherous from the ice that several of the first responders were falling on the scene,” Zavadsky said. “As a result we’re getting unusually or unseasonably cold air that’s spilling south across a good portion of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains,” he said. “We did see a large number of people that were victims of this accident that were in scrubs, that had hospital IDs on … in some cases, our folks would know those folks,” Zavadsky said. Fort Worth police Chief Neil Noakes said three officers were en route to work when they were injured in the crash, and one officer was injured while working the scene. He said all have been released from the hospital and that none of them suffered serious injuries. In Tennessee, police responded to about 30 traffic collisions and some flights were delayed at Memphis International Airport after freezing rain and sleet fell. In Kentucky, the governor declared a state of emergency to free up funding and help agencies coordinate as they responded to reports of slick roads and downed power lines. And in southern Indiana, schools and government offices closed. The ice storm came as a polar vortex — swirling air that normally sits over the Earth’s poles — has moved near the U.S.-Canada border, resulting in colder weather farther south than usual, said Steve Goss, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The crash happened about 6 a.m., as many hospital and emergency workers were heading to and from work, so some of those involved were health care workers and emergency responders, including police officers, officials said. Goss said that smaller disturbances moving through the polar jet stream will bring “a shot of winter weather” into southern portions of the country. ___ Associated Press writers Adrian Sainz in Memphis, Tenn., Rebecca Reynolds Yonker in Louisville, Ky., and Ken Kusmer in Indianapolis contributed to this report.
Today the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported 10 additional cases of H7N9 avian flu, all in men, including 2 deaths.The illnesses were reported by mainland officials from Jun 16 to 22 and are 5 more than the center reported last week.Nine out of the 10 patients had known exposure to live poultry or poultry markets. The men’s ages range from 31 to 79, and the cases are reported from a wide swath of China, including two each in Beijing and Sichuan, and one each in Anhui, Guizhou, Hebei, Jiangsu, and Tianjin provinces and in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.The CHP said the newest cases should promote strict hygiene practices.”Travellers to the Mainland or other affected areas must avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets or farms.” the CHP cautions. “They should also avoid purchasing live or freshly slaughtered poultry, and avoid touching poultry/birds or their droppings. They should strictly observe personal and hand hygiene when visiting any place with live poultry.”High-path outbreak in poultryIn related news, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) confirmed today that highly pathogenic H7N9 caused a poultry outbreak in China’s Heilongjiang province.The outbreak involved 20,150 sick birds, 19,500 deaths, and 16,610 destroyed birds among a flock of 36,111 birds, for an apparent mortality rate of 54% and a case-fatality rate of 97%. The poultry farm is located in the northeastern part of China.China first detected highly pathogenic H7N9 in poultry in February, in birds in Guangdong province’s live-poultry markets.Resistance in macaquesFinally today, a recent study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases showed that immunocompromised macaques were more likely to develop treatment-resistant strains of H7N9 avian flu even after receiving high doses of antivirals.The research adds to the growing understanding of antiviral resistance to H7N9.To conduct the study, researchers infected healthy and immunocompromised macaques with H7N9 virus and treated them with oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The immunocompromised monkeys had higher morbidity and mortality than their healthy peers, and while oseltamivir treatment at two different doses reduced A(H7N9) virus titers in all infected animals, it did not sufficiently suppress the virus to prevent the emergence of resistant variants.See also:Jun 23 CHP reportJun 23 OIE China reportJun 21 J Infect Dis study
Midfielder Stefan Popov made a statement to the club’s television, after signing a 3-year contract with Botev (Plovdiv).The feeling of signing with my favorite club is unique, indescribable. The first game I was at was at the College. Then my grandfather put me next to Chelsea, God forgive him. And since then I have supported the “yellow” idea. “The match is not at Hristo Botev Stadium, but against Stuttgart at Lazur in Burgas,” said the 18-year-old midfielder.“The team is unique, the greats strive to help us, both on the field and in personal life. We train very hard for the derby with Lokomotiv. Now we are given an even greater chance to get revenge on the audience by winning the three points in Sunday and make a series of good performances “, added the teenager.