Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Navy Warship HMS Liverpool Rescues Refugee Ship off Tripoli August 23, 2011 View post tag: Navy HMS Liverpool helped rescue a refugee ship when it came under fire off Tripoli as Libya’s civil war engulfed the country’s capital.As rebel forces closed in on the heart of the city, a small Maltese ship tried to enter harbour to ferry evacuees to safety – only to come under fire.The vessel was damaged and, although still under way, her manoeuvrability was limited.She was spotted by the Portsmouth destroyer, which was carrying out a surveillance mission off Tripoli at the time, and the Royal Navy vessel immediately offered assistance.The Type 42 destroyer threw a line to the stricken craft and towed her to open waters so she could return to Malta safely under her own steam.With the good deed done, Liverpool resumed her mission monitoring fast-flowing events ashore.Prime Minister David Cameron praised the efforts of all Service personnel involved in Operation Ellamy – the British codename for the operation first to evacuate civilians from Libya, then to enforce UN sanctions under NATO’s Operation Unified Protector.He said that British forces would remain committed to the mission “for as long as needed” to support the wider NATO mission to protect civilians.“This has not been our revolution, but we can be proud that we have played our part,” he said outside No.10 this morning.”“Today the Arab spring is a step further away from oppression and dictatorship and a step closer to freedom and democracy.”“And the Libyan people are closer to their dream of a better future.”[mappress]Source: royalnavy, August 23, 2011; UK Navy Warship HMS Liverpool Rescues Refugee Ship off Tripoli View post tag: Tripoli View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS View post tag: Liverpool View post tag: UK View post tag: rescues View post tag: ship View post tag: Naval View post tag: Warship View post tag: Refugee Share this article
SundayIncreasing clouds, humid. Showers after 8pm.Temps around 70.Wind: South 10 mphUV Index High We’ve had great start to the Memorial Day weekend, unfortunately it will not last. A Tropical Depression (or could be Tropical Storm Bonnie if it strengthens) located off the coast of South Carolina will hamper the end of our vacation weekend. With “Bonnie” to our south and an approaching cold front, a persistent southeast flow will pump ample moisture through the region. The threat of heavy rain exists heavy along with scattered storms into Ocean City late Sunday night into Monday. Wind will not be a factor with this system only localized heavy rain. Until then we still have a great Saturday and a decent Sunday as clouds will increase along with the humidity.Today:Sunshine, breezy, pleasantTemps: around 70.Wind: South 10mphUV Index: Very High Memorial DayShowers, t’storm mainly early in the day.Temps in the upper 60s.Winds: SE 10 mphUV Index Low
Dame Amelia Fawcett DBE CVO, says: Defra Ministers have appointed Dame Amelia Fawcett DBE CVO as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, says: I have long been an admirer of Kew’s work and its impact in the UK and internationally, particularly its work on how a better understanding of plants and fungi will help to solve some of the most critical challenges facing the world today. It is the greatest honour and privilege to be able to help Kew achieve its inspirational and ambitious plans as an international leader in plant science, conserving global plant and fungal diversity around the world, while remaining an outstanding visitor attraction. Dame Amelia’s appointment is for three years and will run from 26 October 2019 to 25 October 2022. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.Richard Deverell, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew says: Amelia will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the role of Chair and her extensive experience and connections in the private, public and voluntary sectors will make her a great ambassador for Kew. I am extremely grateful to the outgoing Chair, Marcus Agius, for his excellent leadership over the past 10 years, and am confident that as he hands over to Amelia in October this year, Kew will go from strength to strength. I am looking forward to working with Amelia as she leads the organisation and ensures Kew can drive forward its science agenda as an international leader in plant science, while remaining an outstanding visitor attraction, engaging the public, and supporting Defra in delivering the 25 Year Environment Plan. I am delighted that Dame Amelia Fawcett has been appointed as Chair of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and I very much look forward to working with her. She is a talented and highly experienced Chair who will join us at a time when our work to help meet global challenges has never been more urgent. On behalf of all of us at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew I would like to welcome her warmly to the Board. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body under the National Heritage Act 1983 and is sponsored by Defra. The Board of Trustees comprises a Chair and eleven members. Trustees provide non-executive leadership and support to the executive through regular Board meetings, committees and groups.There is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if significant) to be made public. Dame Amelia has not declared any significant political activity in the past five years.Trustees do not receive any direct remuneration for their services, although reasonable travel and subsistence expenses can be reimbursed.Biographical detailsDame Amelia Fawcett has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry and has been Chair of Kinnevik AB since 2018, Chair of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments since 2011 and is the Lead Independent Director for State Street Corporation (having been a Non Executive Director since 2006). She is owner of Chilcott & Company Ltd, a lavender farm which she founded in Wales in 2014. She has been Chairman of the Prince of Wales Foundation (US) since 2017.Previous roles include: Her Majesty’s Treasury Non Executive Director (2012-18); Chairman of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation (2011-18); Chairman of Guardian Media Group (2009-13); Bank of England Non Executive Director (2004-9); Deputy Chairman, National Portrait Gallery (2003-11). Dame Amelia worked for Morgan Stanley Group in London in various senior management roles from 1987 to 2007. A British and American citizen, Dame Amelia was Born in Boston, USA and started her career as a corporate lawyer in New York and Paris.Notes to EditorsThe Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world-famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international and a top London visitor attraction. Kew’s 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Wakehurst, Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden, attract over 2.3 million visits every year. Kew Gardens was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrates its 260th anniversary in 2019. Wakehurst is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. Kew receives approximately one third of its funding from Government through the Defra, and research councils. Further funding needed to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.