Trinidad & Tobago new patrol boats to get BAE Systems RIBs

first_img View post tag: BAe Systems Vessels View post tag: Patrol Boats June 25, 2020, by Trinidad & Tobago patrol boats to get BAE Systems RIBs In addition to the standard technical features of the MKIV P24 boat, custom modifications supplied to Austal included the installation of a ground plate that will enable Austal to supply and fit its own radio communications system.  The RIBs, built and customised in Portsmouth, UK, are being supplied to Austal to equip two Cape-class patrol boats the shipbuilder is building for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard. Posted: about 1 year ago The P24 is a small and agile boat that can be deployed for a variety of tasks from counter-piracy and counter-narcotics missions, to force protection, rescue and logistics operations. It is used by a number of military customers, including the Royal Navy. “It’s great to see our P24s on their way to deliver an enhanced capability for the government of Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard in collaboration with Austal,” Brooke Hoskins, Director of Products and Training Services for BAE Systems’ Maritime Services business, said. Categories: View post tag: Austal Naida Hakirevic Posted: about 1 year ago Back to overview,Home naval-today Trinidad & Tobago patrol boats to get BAE Systems RIBs Share this article In the UK, the P24 is used in the Royal Navy’s surface fleet, being embarked on a number of warships and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels. These include the UK’s new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, all its Type 45 destroyers, Type 23 frigates and offshore patrol vessels. BAE Systems has sold six Pacific 24 rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) to Australia’s Austal for new Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard ships. Austal, Trinidad and Tobago ink deal for CCPB duo Related Article Vessels  One of six small boats wrapped and ready to leave the Boats factory in Portsmouth, UK. Photo: BAE Systems The P24’s seating arrangements – six passengers and two crew – will be specially configured for coast guard operations, including the ability to remove seats in order to boost carrying capacity and carry different loads including stretcher patients or different numbers of passengers. The MKIV version of the P24 incorporates the latest technologies in hull construction, including improved shock mitigation and propulsion, and provides extra safety to craft and crew by complying with rigorous Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) testing procedures. View post tag: Trinidad and Tobagolast_img read more

Gene variants may increase methylmercury risk in children

first_imgAbout 30 percent of children carry a gene variant that may make them more susceptible to prenatal exposure to methylmercury, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Senior author of the study was Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health.Prenatal exposure to methylmercury — mercury that is converted by bacteria in oceans, lakes, and rivers and accumulates in fish and shellfish — has been linked with adverse effects on brain development in children, as well as with negative neurocognitive and cardiovascular impacts in adults.For the new research, scientists looked at data from a long-term study of 2,172 children in the United Kingdom, according to a July 3, 2019 article in Medical Xpress. They measured mercury concentrations in umbilical cord samples, evaluated the children’s IQs at age 8, and explored more than 240 variants in genes related to neurodevelopment and neurotoxicity.Overall, the average concentration of methylmercury in cord blood was low, and no negative association was found between methylmercury concentrations and the childrens’ IQ scores at age 8. But children with variants in certain genes had lower IQ scores, suggesting that methylmercury — even at very low levels — may pose greater risk to those children. Read Full Storylast_img read more

‘Independence’ protesters face arrest – ICPO

first_imgThe ICPO chief also said militant groups could be using today’s celebration to protest against the Anti-Terrorism Bill. Based on the new pronouncements of the IATF, only 10 persons will be allowed to participate in the commemoration rites at the Rizal Park in Manila in compliance with general community quarantine protocols. Regarding possible mass protests, he ordered policemen to exercise tolerance and calibrate their response. Protesters would be dispersed and advised to go home./PN Today, the ICPO will be deploying policemen to the streets. Dampal said Civil Disturbance Management personnel will be on the lookout for groups massing up. The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) here will commemorate Independence Day while observing public health safety protocols, said Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director. In Metro Manila, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Archie Gamboa said, “We will strictly enforce the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) protocols. We appeal to the public, especially to organized groups, to avoid mass gatherings as we celebrate this important day.” “Talagang expect natin, pero naka-alert tayo,” he said. The PNP will hold simultaneous flag-raising ceremonies at its national headquarter and in all police regional offices that will be attended by a few personnel. “I advise those planning to hold rallies not to insist. We would strictly enforce the prohibition on any form of mass gathering during Independence Day,” said Dampal. ILOILO City – The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) vowed to arrest and jail people holding rallies today, the 122nd Philippine Independence Day. “Pakiusap ko sa mga militant groups na sundin na lang natin ang order para maiwasan ang gulo. Sundin natin ang social distancing,” said Dampal. The Movement Against Tyranny Panay is spearheading today what it calls a “Mañanita Kontra Terorismo” to mark Independence Day and oppose the Anti-Terrorism Bill. “We are frustrated that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the House of Representatives and the Senate prioritized this repressive bill over the urgent needs of the people affected by over two months of lockdown,” according to the alliance. ICPO director Police Colonel Eric Dampal cited the Department of Justice’s position that the holding of rallies are “temporarily banned” during quarantine to avoid direct transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019.  “The bill aims to give the executive branch of the government powers that undermine our fundamental right to free speech, right to peacefully assemble, the right to petition the government to redress of grievances, privacy of our communication, and right to due process,” said the alliance in a statement. This year’s Independence Day celebration carries the theme “Kalayaan 2020: Towards a Free, United, and Safe Nation.” Today’s activity will start with a public forum at 1 p.m. at the University of the Philippines Visayas Iloilo City Campus Little Theater, followed by a short protest program at the Oblation Grounds.last_img read more