Leninist Momentum Fixer Wipes Social Media Amid Bullying Claims

Leninist Momentum Fixer Wipes Social Media Amid Bullying Claims

by WikiGuido

All is not well in Momentum. Disgruntled members of the Corbynista campaign group have leaked a cache of embarrassing Facebook discussions, accusing fellow activists of “bullying and intimidation”. Max Shanly is an ally of Momentum chief Jon Lansman and is on the executive committee of the Labour youth wing. He calls himself an “unofficial agitator” for Corbyn and has been described to Guido as a “Leninist” and a “poundshop Mark Clarke”. Judging by these leaked messages, he lacks Clarke’s charm…

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FLEET CLOSING IN ON HOBART

event logo Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
December 26, 2015 – January 1, 2016 SYDNEY/HOBART, AUSTRALIA
December 30, 2015
FLEET CLOSING IN ON HOBART
On the fifth day of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the lion’s share of the fleet has rounded Tasman Island, passing the spectacular Organ Pipes rock formation and approaching the mouth of the Derwent River.  The finish line, just off Constitution Dock in Hobart, is abuzz with activity and the anticipation continues to build as the marina fills with race yachts.

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Vigor gets go ahead for fourth 144-vehicle ferry; New Year brings new IMO requirements

December 29, 2015—Washington State Ferries is starting off the New Year with construction of a new Olympic Class ferry. The agency last week signed a Notice to Proceed giving shipbuilder Vigor Industrial the go ahead to get started on work on the fourth vessel in the 144-vehicle capacity ferry series and work will begin in January. The new ferry is funded through the Connecting Washington transportation package which is being paid for through a hike in state gasoline taxes.

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Time Running Out – Win a great book – enter now – closes December 31 2015

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Win one of three copies of “Kings of the Air” by entering the FIRE Project December Book Competition.

GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS and Merry Christmas

Competition December 2015

Competition open Wednesday 16th December 2015

Last date for entries Thursday 31st December 2015

Question: Name the French fighter ‘Ace’ who was the first pilot to use a machine gun firing through the propeller arc

Send your answer in an email to:     competitions@firetrench.com

Enter in the subject field  FIRE Project Competition Number One

Enter in the email body your answer, The name of the French fighter ‘Ace’

Then email before the Closing Date; which is Thursday 31st December 2016 24:00 hrs Zulu (UK time zone)

Judging: On Friday 1st January 2016, the FIRE Project judges will select the first three correct entries. The winners will receive a congratulations email to the address in their entry and will be required to reply by email with an address that they wish their prize to be posted to by surface mail. The FIRE Project will only use information provided by entrants for the purposes of the competition and that data will be purged after the prizes have been dispatched to the three winners. The judges decision will be final and binding

 

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RAGAMUFFIN SLIPS PAST TO CLAIM SECOND

event logo Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
December 26, 2015 – January 1, 2016 SYDNEY/HOBART, AUSTRALIA
December 29, 2015
RAGAMUFFIN SLIPS PAST TO CLAIM SECOND
As dawn broke, Syd Fisher’s Ragamuffin 100 trailed the American speedster Rambler 88, with both less than ten nautical miles to race up the Derwent River to the finish line in Hobart.

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Boulders on a Martian Landslide

Boulders on a Martian Landslide

Rocky Mars terrain with canyon wall near top

The striking feature in this image, acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on March 19, 2014, is a boulder-covered landslide along a canyon wall. Landslides occur when steep slopes fail, sending a mass of soil and rock to flow downhill, leaving behind a scarp at the top of the slope. The mass of material comes to rest when it reaches shallower slopes, forming a lobe of material that ends in a well-defined edge called a toe.

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First post-ban U.S. crude oil export cargo booked; USCG Cyber Command warns of ransomware threat

December 28, 2015—Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Panama City, FL, reports that its Allanton shipyard recently delivered M/V Harvey Sbisa (Hull 192). The 90 ft inland towboat is the sixty second vessel in an ongoing new build program for Florida Marine Transporters, Inc., Mandeville, LA, that now totals sixty-five vessels contracted over the last 10 years — the largest single builder, single owner, new construction program with the same class towboat design in U.S. shipbuilding history.

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COMANCHE VICTORIOUS IN HOBART

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December 26, 2015 – January 1, 2016 SYDNEY/HOBART, AUSTRALIA
December 28, 2015
COMANCHE VICTORIOUS IN HOBART
Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s super maxi Comanche pulled off an incredible feat tonight, taking line honours in the 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, winning the Illingsworth trophy and a Rolex Yacht Master II timepiece.  This was the first time in 17 years that the most coveted title in offshore yacht racing has been won by an American team since Larry Ellison’s Sayonara won in 1998.

Designed to break records, the 100 foot maxi debuted in last year’s edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart and since then has circled the globe, collecting the most prestigious titles in yachting – setting a new 24 hour monohull distance record, line honours in the New York Yacht Club Transatlantic Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race – Comanche’s performance this past year has been unlike anything ever seen in yacht racing.  Returning to Australia, seeking the title that they so narrowly missed out on last year, was a Herculean effort, which has paid off nicely.

Despite facing retirement after having suffered significant damage (to a dagger board and rudder) on the first night, skipper Ken Read made the game-changing call to effect repairs and finish the race, saying: “I don’t care if we limp over the line!”

A true test of stamina and determination, the international crew of 21 included co-owner Kristy Hinze-Clark and fellow Australian, America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill.  Commenting on her first Rolex Sydney Hobart, Hinze-Clark described her experience: “It was really gruelling.  Pure terror at one stage.  Excitement and now just total joy.  It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

The French-designed maxi managed to extend their lead this afternoon as they rounded Tasman Island and crossed Storm Bay towards the finish line, putting solid distance between fellow American competitor George David’s Rambler 88, which is expected to finish in the early Tuesday morning (AEDT). Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100 is in close pursuit despite having severed their starboard dagger board overnight, crashing through the rough seas.

The 2015 edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has delivered some of the most grueling race conditions since 2004.  Almost one third of the fleet of 108 retired in the first 48 hours – the litany of damage included rudders, dagger boards, masts and sails. The remaining teams have their sights set on the finish line in Hobart in hopes of a win on corrected time.

Most of the smaller yachts have only just passed the halfway mark in Bass Strait and as the breeze continues to lighten towards the Tasman coast the Tattersall’s Cup, for overall corrected time winner, is still in play.

CORRECTION : Comanche’s official finish time for the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was 2 days, 8 hours, 58 minutes and 30 seconds.

Europe’s first decade of navigation satellites

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  • Title GIOVE-A
  • Released 06/04/2005 4:10 pm
  • Copyright ESA
  • DescriptionEurope’s very first navigation satellite GIOVE-A, short for Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element-A. It was launched by Soyuz from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 28 December 2005.
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28 December 2015

Ten years ago today saw the launch of Europe’s very first navigation satellite. A decade of hard work later, more than a third of the Galileo constellation has followed it into orbit and a ground network sharpening the satnav system’s accuracy encompasses the globe.

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