Greek mine warfare drill Ariadne 17 concludes

first_img View post tag: Ariadne Greek mine warfare drill Ariadne 17 concludes Authorities View post tag: Hellenic Navy April 11, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Greek mine warfare drill Ariadne 17 concludes Ships from eight countries have concluded their participation in the Hellenic Navy-led mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise Ariadne 17.The exercise took place between March 31 and April 7. The at-sea phase started April 3 in Greek territorial waters after a planning and harbour phase was conducted at Patras Naval Base in Greece.The core of the MCM forces was comprised of SNMCMG2 ships with the Polish command ship ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki in the lead. Overall, the participants included 14 ships of different classes from Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey as well as several explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams, a ship-based helicopter and Mirage 2000 fighter jets.The exercise Command Task Force was embarked on board the Greek frigate HS Navarinon.“The exercise was an ideal occasion to enhance our skills in MCM operations as a Group. The simulated hostile environment was very close to the one we could face in real life, thanks to which we were all able to tighten our bonds and multiply our experience to better contribute to our common task we are all currently fulfilling in the Standing NATO Group”, Commander Aleksander Urbanowicz, SNMCMG2 commander, said.During Ariadne 17, SNMCMG2 was represented by the flagship ORP Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki, Spanish minehunter ESPS Tajo, Turkish minehunter TCG Alanya and the German minesweeper Rottweil. The Group was complemented with two additional ships, Spanish minehunter ESPS Duero and Romanian minesweeper ROS Axente. View post tag: MCM Share this articlelast_img read more

Unai Emery names the three reasons Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery names the three reasons Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 5:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal have smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed his delight at having secured the signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.The 24-year-old completed his medical earlier this week and was finally confirmed as an Arsenal player on Thursday after a £72million deal was agreed.Despite reports of a meagre £45m budget, Arsenal have obliterated their transfer record and the Ivory Coast international will form part of a devastating looking attack alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Arsenal beat off competition from Napoli to secure the Ivory Coast international’s services, while a clutch of Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Chelsea were credited with an interest.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWelcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe 🤩🇨🇮 #PepeIsHere ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/nXJIB9XdLW— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019 Speaking after confirmation of Pepe’s signing, Emery said: ‘Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.‘Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.‘He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.’Pepe is in line to make his debut against Barcelona on Sunday and Arsenal will hope he will be fully fit in time to play some part in their Premier League opener against Newcastle a week on Friday.‘Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me,’ said Pepe. ‘I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.‘It was my family and my agents [who encouraged me to make the move].‘We talked and thought a lot about it. It was at the time of the CAN [Africa Cup of Nations] as well, we thought a lot during, before and after the CAN.‘It was important to make the right decision and I am convinced that Arsenal is the right choice.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

For Katie Taylor, it all starts with pre-fight prayer

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Katie Taylor will begin her title-unification fight against Rose Volante at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Friday night the same way she begins every fight — with her head bowed in prayer read by her mom in the dressing room.“That’s probably one of the most important parts of preparation, actually,” Taylor tells Sporting News. “My mom always comes in and prays with me before every single fight.” While the pathway toward becoming an undisputed world champ is well-lit, with Taylor aiming to not only accomplish that feat, but subsequently put her fighting legacy out of reach with some super fights, she’s not overlooking Volante at all.“She’s a dangerous opponent, she comes into this fight obviously undefeated as well,” Taylor says of the Brazilian, who will be making her U.S. debut. “I know it’s going to be a tough fight.”Perhaps her stiffest competition to date. But come Friday night, her mom’s prayer will activate the quiet storm and the ferocious warrior will be ready to fight. Join DAZN and watch Taylor vs. Volante on March 15By that point, the WBA/IBF lightweight champion’s body has long been ready courtesy of her latest, grueling training camp led by Ross Enamait. All that’s left is to enter the ring, honed in mentally and spiritually.“We’ve always believed that what Katie does has been a gift from God,” her mother, Bridget, tells SN about their Christian faith. “She’s born to box and we want to bring God into the equation, I suppose, and not to leave him out of it because we feel he’s a huge part of who she is.”In particular, Bridget says Bible Psalm 18 resonates with Katie the most. It contains the lines: “He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”“I think she identifies with it as being a fighter because it talks about training your hands for battle,” Bridget said. “There’s a lot of warrior, fighter talk in that Psalm. It’s very relational to what she does.”MORE: Katie Taylor’s next stop: Undisputed title fight on Anthony Joshua card?Definitely so. And having her mom read those words in what has become a pre-fight ritual for as long as the two could remember, is just the thing that Katie needs to go from this demure personality outside the ring to a ferocious warrior in it. And beyond boxing as well.“I think there’s nothing better than having a praying mother by your side,” Katie said. “She definitely has me in her prayers every single day — not just for boxing, but every day life.”Those aforementioned “heights” are what the 32-year-old continues to scale on the pathway to becoming an undisputed world champion. If Taylor (12-0, 5 KOs) defeats Volante (14-0, 8 KOs) and takes the Brazilian’s WBO lightweight title, the missing piece to the undisputed crown would be Delfine Persoon (43-1, 18 KOs) and her WBC strap. Taylor’s Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn even upped the ante, telling SN that a Taylor-Persoon clash could be June 1 on the Anthony Joshua-Jarrell Miller card at Madison Square Garden.Taylor has blinders on for Volante only right now, but did acknowledge her route to becoming an undisputed world champion.“There are a lot of big fights that are available for me, but I got to get ahead of Rose Volante first,” she said. “But, yeah, of course if that fight goes well, Delfine Persoon will be the perfect opponent for when I try to become undisputed champion.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearTaylor also acknowledged possible super fights with the likes of an Amanda Serrano or long-reigning undisputed welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus to further cement her fighting legacy.“You need to take those risks,” she implored. “You get a lot of boxers nowadays that are so concerned about the zeroes on their records. I want to be like the old-time fighters who just took the fights. The likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran … that era of boxing was just the best because they all fought one another. That’s the kind of fighter I want to be around, fighting whoever it is.”In a short period of time, Taylor has managed to continue to check off the feats on her to-do list of goals. Boxing before an Olympic committee paved the way for the inclusion of women’s boxing in the Olympic Games. The Irish fighter then went out and won the 2012 gold medal.Check.She became a world champion in just her seventh pro fight, before becoming a unified world titleholder two bouts later.Check and double-check.Next would be becoming undisputed ruler.MORE: Katie Taylor sees path to undisputed lightweight crownIt’s that attitude of leaving no stones unturned that has earned Taylor global respect, including from superstar men in combat sports who admire her for not only being a great women’s boxer, but great boxer, period.Conor McGregor was present for Taylor’s October win over Cindy Serrano in Boston and greeted her afterwards in the dressing room, calling her an “Irish hero,” while imploring to “demand your respect.”“I love Conor. He genuinely has my back,” Taylor says. “I love that advice he gave me to just command that respect.”Earlier this week, Anthony Joshua told Sky Sports that Taylor will capture the undisputed crown, with the unified heavyweight champ adding that he has learned a lot from watching her in action.Hearing that is flattering for Taylor.“That’s a huge honor for me to hear the best heavyweight in the world, just to hear him say those things is incredible,” she says. “To hear those words from him actually means so much.”last_img read more