first_imgThe submarine off Tory. Pic by Colm O’Brien.The submarine which had a close encounter with a Donegal fishing trawler close to Tory Island has been identified as a British Royal navy vessel.Expert Bernie Moffatt, of the Celtic League military watchdog group confirmed to Donegal Daily the submarine is an Astute Class RN nuclear hunter-killer submarine (SSN).Seán O Briain, from Machaire Rabhartaigh, was setting crab pots 14 miles northwest of Tory Island last Thursday when they saw the submarine coming towards them. The huge vessel then passed less than 200 yards in front of them.“We were doing a speed of about 7 miles, and although the general rule is that when a boat is setting pots or pulling pots, that other vessels are supposed to give us right of way, but not in this case, we needed to slow down to let the submarine pass.’Mr Moffatt said that the Royal Navy appeared to ignore there own code of conduct following the close encounter.“The Royal Navy’s own Code of Practice stipulates that a submarine on the surface should maintain a separation from an MFV and normal ‘rules of the road’ should apply. The IMO rules also place the onus on the submarine to avoid MFVs. “The Royal Navy Code also indicates that communication should be established with nearby craft so as to warn them of any likely dangers posed by the submarine operations,” he said.On Tuesday, Britain’s Ministry of Defence admitted that a Royal Navy submarine was responsible for dragging a trawler backwards off the Northern Ireland coast earlier this year.Submarine expert Moffatt said the area to the North and West of Donegal is used for transit by both SSN and SSBN types used by the RoyalNavy.The issue is further complicated by the fact that submarines from the Russian Federation also frequent the area hoping to pick up the tracks of RN vessels departing from their base on the Clyde.Rather embarrassingly for the United Kingdom they had to ask for external NATO assistance in tracking a suspected Russian vessel in the area last December – the UK military no longer has maritime reconnaissance aircraft. Meanwhile some countries take an uncompromising attitude to submarines operating in their coastal waters and the attendant dangers they pose. The Finnish Navy fired warning depth charges (low intensity explosives) at a suspected submarine in their territorial seas.Meanwhile neighbouring Sweden undertook a major anti-submarine operation after a suspected intrusion into its waters in October 2014.This year the Swedish military are to get 6 billion kroner to beef up their anti-submarine warfare capability.SUBMARINE SPOTTED OFF DONEGAL WAS BRITISH NUCLEAR HUNTER-KILLER was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BritishdonegalRoyal NavysubmarineTory Islandlast_img read more

The offseason upgrades to the Arizona Cardinals r

first_img The offseason upgrades to the Arizona Cardinals’ run game didn’t lead to much optimism heading into Week 1 of the NFL season — not that they weren’t positive improvements on paper.An injury to left guard Mike Iupati, the team’s biggest free agent signing, and suspension to right tackle Bobby Massie were assumed to put any judgment about those upgrades on hold. But the replacements have been surprisingly effective. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Keim will defer to Arians in making the final call, and that decision will be a firm one. There won’t be an open competition for the starting spots.“Once we decide it’s over,” Arians said Monday on the Bickley and Marotta show. “It’s a matter of just moving on.”The run game indeed has thrived behind the Cardinals’ offensive line. It’s helped Arizona also feels improved at tight end and running back from a year ago.Want the numbers?The Cardinals are averaging 4.4 yards per carry through two games, which is tied for ninth place in the NFL.In Arizona’s 48-23 win against the Bears on Sunday, Arians’ team rushed 28 times to 24 passing attempts. Without starter Andre Ellington, who is out with a knee injury, backup Chris Johnson carried most of the load, taking 20 carries for 72 yards.“For a slighter-built back, not only does he have great feet and patience, but the one thing he does is he can lower and finish at the end of the run,” Keim said. “When he gets out in space, he gets skinny and does some nice things with his run style, but his ability to finish between the tackles has been a pleasant surprise.” Arizona Cardinals’ Bobby Massie (70) blocks against Alex Okafor (57) during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo At right tackle, Earl Watford has performed well in the Cardinals’ first two games. And left guard Ted Larsen has shown himself more than capable — he has experience at the position, after all.“I think they’ve answered the bell,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 “Doug and Wolf” show. “A couple guys have stepped up. (Right guard Jonathan Cooper) coming back from injury has done a nice job, Earl has played well and I think Ted Larsen has stepped up his game. And then it’s nice, I think Mike Iupati might be ready to play this week, Bobby Massie is back from suspension. We’ll have some options and it’s nice to have that kind of depth moving forward.”Iupati will in all likelihood reclaim his starting spot, but Massie might have a more difficult mountain to climb. Watford’s play has forced a discussion about how the team will shuffle its first unit.“Coach (Bruce Arians), myself and (offensive coordinator) Harold Goodwin will have a discussion sometime today about that,” Keim said. “But I know this: Earl has earned the right to be on the field. The one thing I think he’s excelled at is the run game. He really does have snap and explosiveness through his hips as a player where he can create movement in the run game. He does a nice job on the second level.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Johnson has also been solid in blitz-pickup, Arians said, and that’s helped the Cardinals go two games without giving up a sack.On Sunday, rookie running back David Johnson added five carries for 42 yards — not to mention his opening kickoff return that went 108 yards for a touchdown. His role may gradually increase, but Ellington’s eventual return and Arians’ wariness about piling too much on the rookie could play a factor.But all-in-all, the results heading into Week 3 are promising, especially for an offense that should only add to its depth along the line that’s already over-performing the outside expectations. – / 44 LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager last_img read more

The new Joker Movie isnt based on the comic books at all

first_imgValve – Steam Wallet Prepaid Card ($20) $24.87 US$24.87 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago Buycenter_img $24.87 – The upcoming new Joker movie is aimed at creating a fresh take on the character as recent reports have claimed its not based on the comic books at all.  Todd Phillips’ #JokerMovie ‘doesn’t follow anything’ from the comics – world-exclusive image:— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) July 8, 2019  According to report out of Empire, the movies director, Todd Phillips, has said that the Joker Movie won’t be using anything from the comic books but instead the movie will tell the story of how a man would become the Joker. Here is the official quote: “We didn’t follow anything from the comic books, which people are gonna be mad about.”  Phillips continued and says: “We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.” Its very interesting to see the director choose to not use the comic books as a reference, and its even more interesting to see him recognize that this will cause potential blow back from fans.  This being a new fresh take on the Joker should encourage fans entering the movie to arrive with an open mind and no expectations of comic book references. The Joker Movie will star Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frences Controy. The movie is slated to hit theatres on October 4th. last_img read more