Major teams: Llanelli, Cambridge University, London Welsh, CardiffCountry: WalesTest span: 1966-78Wales caps: 46 (46 starts)Lions caps: 5 (5 starts)Test points: 81 (23T)Such was Davies’ fame during the late Sixties and Seventies that he was known by a single name: Gerald.With a heavy moustache, jet-black locks and a jackhammer sidestep, Davies was a debonair figure who in a split-second could thrust himself through the tightest of midfield gaps. He was also an instinctive finisher, often leaping like a salmon to dot down inside the corner flag with millimetres to spare.One of his more devastating performances came in a cup tie for Cardiff against Pontypool when, despite seeing little ball, he scored four tries. A star turn for Cardiff and London Welsh between 1965 and 1974, it was on the international stage that Davies made his name. Early in his Wales career, he played as a centre until coach Clive Rowlands encouraged him to move to the wing in 1969, where he played with such poise until his final game. Gerald Davies of Wales runs with the ball during the Welsh tour to Australia. An academic scholar who spent three years at Cambridge reading English, Davies refused to tour South Africa in 1974 in protest at apartheid. It came as no surprise that in his retirement he pursued a successful career in journalism with The Times and latterly sports administration with the Welsh Rugby Union and the Lions. Now 70, he’s chairman of the Guinness Pro12.To find out who made the list of the greatest wingers to play the game, click here.To see the greatest players of all time, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players Davies played in three Grand Slam campaigns, 1971, 1976 and 1978 – one of only six Welsh players to achieve this feat. John Dawes, his captain on the 1971 Lions tour said: “He was a magical man to have in your team because he could turn a game with one run. Some of the tries he scored were breathtaking.”Davies was one of many who further enhanced his reputation with the Lions, touring against the Springboks in 1968 and the All Blacks in 1971, where he crossed the whitewash on three occasions and helped the Lions to their only Test-series win in New Zealand. Welsh winger Gerald Davies is one of the greatest players to have ever graced the field
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Important piece of American history from the WWI eraFrom the Apopka High School Theatre DepartmentThe Apopka High School Theatre Department is pleased to present Radium Girls, November 8th–9th at 7 pm and November 10th at 2 pm.During World War I, hundreds of young women went to work in clock factories, painting watch dials with luminous radium paint. But after the girls — who literally glowed in the dark after their shifts — began to experience gruesome side effects, they began a race-against-time fight for justice that would forever change US labor laws.The girls were instructed to slip their paintbrushes between their lips to make a fine point — a practice called lip-pointing. Every time the girls raised the brushes to their mouths, they swallowed a little of the glowing green paint.Dialect coach, Ginny Kopf (far right in picture) came to work with the cast of Radium Girls at Apopka High School. In 1922, one of Grace’s colleagues, Mollie Maggia, had to quit the studio because she was sick. She didn’t know what was wrong with her. The trouble had started with an aching tooth. She died at the age of 24. As if by clockwork, one by one, Mollie’s former colleagues soon followed her to the grave.The young women’s employer, United States Radium Corporation (USRC), denied any responsibility for the deaths. USRC finally commissioned an expert to look into the rumored link between the dial-painting profession and the women’s deaths. The expert confirmed the link between the radium and the women’s illnesses, but the president of the firm was outraged. Instead of accepting the findings, he paid for new studies that published the opposite conclusion; he also lied to the Department of Labor, which had begun investigating, about the verdict of the original report.Despite the radium industry’s attempts to discredit the expert’s pioneering work, it hadn’t reckoned with the courage and tenacity of the radium girls themselves. They started banding together to fight against the injustice. It was Grace Fryer who led their fight. Eventually, in 1927, a smart young lawyer named Raymond Berry accepted their case, and Grace (along with four colleagues) found herself at the center of an internationally famous courtroom drama. By now, however, time was running out: The women had been given just four months to live, and the company seemed intent on dragging out the legal proceedings. As a consequence, Grace and her friends were forced to settle out of court — but they had raised the profile of radium poisoning, just as Grace had planned. (The Forgotten Story of the Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands of Workers’ Lives, BuzzFeed, Kate Moore, May 5, 2017)D.W. Gregory has told the story of these brave women in her play, Radium Girls.For more information or tickets, contact [email protected] Tickets are $7 General Admission / $10 for preferred seating.We look forward to seeing you at the theatre for this important piece of American history. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka High SchoolApopka High School Theatre DepartmentRadium Girls Previous articleLeague of Women Voters supports Amendment 9Next articlePassport Day is this weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear
ArchDaily Casa en Etura / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura Houses Projects CopyHouses•Barrundia, Spain Photographs 2011 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/247434/dwelling-etura-roberto-ercilla-arquitectura Clipboard Casa en Etura / Roberto Ercilla ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveCasa en Etura / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/247434/dwelling-etura-roberto-ercilla-arquitectura Clipboard Arquitectos: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project Area: 218 m² Area: 218 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Spain “COPY” Year: photographs: César San MillánText description provided by the architects. La parcela en pendiente determina el punto de partida del proyecto. Save this picture!© César San MillánRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – JacquardPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural Solutions3D Facade PanelConcrete SystemsSwisspearlFiber Cement FormulaSe reduce el impacto visual de la vivienda situándola por debajo de la cota de acceso, contra la ladera, con un cuerpo en fuerte voladizo. Save this picture!© César San MillánDe este modo se logra una mínima intervención en el entorno (ocupación 9% parcela). La cubierta ajardinada con un pequeño pabellón de acceso y protección de vehículos completan la intervención. Save this picture!© César San MillánLa disposición enterrada, la cubierta vegetal, el uso de energías renovables –biomasa- y las medidas de ahorro de agua, disminuyen en gran medida el consumo energético. Save this picture!PlantaEl tiro cruzado se resuelve mediante el cuerpo de escalera, que actúa de chimenea. La vivienda se orienta al Sur, en coincidencia con las vistas, y su disposición evita el Norte y los vientos fríos de invierno. Toda la construcción se realiza en hormigón armado estructural. Project gallerySee allShow lessVideo: King’s Cross Western Concourse Lighting DesignArticlesKlaksvik City Center Proposal / studio wokArticles Share Save this picture!© César San Millán+ 23 Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officeRoberto Ercilla ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBarrundiaHousesPublished on June 26, 2012Cite: “Casa en Etura / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura” 26 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
On the opening day of the Republican National Convention, the Coalition to Dump Trump and March on the RNC led 1,000 people in a spirited march through downtown Cleveland to near the site of the convention.Speakers at the July 18 demonstration included representatives from the New Students for a Democratic Society, the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, the Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the International Action Center, the Anti-War Committee and Workers World Party, among many others. A statement was read on behalf of Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian freedom fighter living in the U.S. who has been the target of political repression by the U.S. government.“We say no to the attacks on immigrants, on Muslims! We say no to Trump greenlighting police killings!” said Mick Kelly, an organizer with the Coalition to March on the RNC, in the opening rally. He continued, “We say no to an agenda of war and austerity! We are united in promoting peace, justice and equality. In the period ahead, we have some real challenges — challenges that we are going to rise to!”The march took the streets of downtown Cleveland with militant chants denouncing the demagoguery and racism of Trump and the right wing.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 18 — Labor groups are fighting for safer conditions for poultry workers and against proposed measures to increase production speeds at processing plants.The poultry industry is booming with record profits, a market dominated by corporations such as Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s, Perdue and Sanderson Farms. These corporations jointly control roughly 60 percent of the domestic chicken market. Still unable to satisfy their greedy appetite for profit, the owners are forcing their workers to pay with their health and sense of human dignity.At the behest of poultry industry owners, the National Chicken Council on Sept. 1 announced it was petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase the speed limits allowed on production lines, despite the current speed already being hazardous to workers’ health. To make matters worse, industry lobbyists are also pushing for the USDA and Congress to completely eliminate federal limits on production speed.The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that poultry workers are twice as likely to suffer injuries on the job as other workers in the U.S., due to the nature of their work. The United Food and Commercial Workers union says that “forcing poultry workers and federal meat inspectors to work significantly faster will increase the odds they’re injured and make chicken less safe for every consumer to eat.”Workers such as Rosa Rivas, a former employee of a Tyson Foods plant in Springdale, Ark., have spoken out against the wretched conditions they endure. After working at the plant for over a decade, Rivas said, “My experience was the lines are going pretty fast, and people struggle to work as fast as they ask us to work.”The speed of the processing lines at the plant damaged Rivas’ hands. “Yes, my fingers still hurt from that and sometimes my fingers still cramp up because of how fast we were made to work on the lines.” (KNWA, Northwest Arkansas News)Last year, Oxfam published a shocking report entitled “No Relief,” revealing how nonunion poultry workers “earn low wages, suffer elevating rates of injury and illness, toil in difficult conditions and have little voice in the workplace.” The report details how workers are denied adequate bathroom breaks, forcing many to wear diapers under their uniforms while working the production line.“Routinely, poultry workers say, they are denied breaks to use the bathroom. Supervisors mock their needs and ignore their requests; they threaten punishment or firing. Workers wait inordinately long times [an hour or more], then race to accomplish the task within a certain timeframe [e.g., 10 minutes] or risk discipline,” said the Oxfam report. A recent report by the GAO also vindicates the Oxfam findings and the concerns raised by workers for several years. “When asked by GAO, workers in five selected states cited bathroom access as a concern and said they fear speaking up at work, where OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] inspectors typically interview them.”Labor groups such as Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) are responding to the GAO report, raising public awareness of the dangers in the poultry and meatpacking industries and fighting for the rights of workers. The IWJ mission statement describes the group as “a national network that builds collective power by advancing the rights of workers” though the labor movement and “engaging diverse faith communities and allies in joint action.” A delegation representing IWJ delivered a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Undersecretary Carmen Rottenberg on Dec. 12, urging them to ignore the demands of the NCC and the owners they represent.The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has joined IWJ in a joint campaign to address these concerns. The NELP senior fellow for worker safety and health, Debbie Berkowitz, responded to the GAO report by stating, “The report confirms that the meat and poultry industry, in its quest to keep production lines running at any and all costs, is not only cutting the corners on worker safety but further dehumanizing them by denying them legally required bathroom breaks.”Dangers in poultry plants and the meatpacking industry are nothing new. The American public first got a sordid glimpse of such horrific working conditions in the muckraking novel “The Jungle” (1906) by socialist author and journalist Upton Sinclair. Focusing on the state of “Packingtown,” a name given to Chicago’s stockyards, Sinclair demonstrated the degradation and unsanitary conditions confronting workers, who were risking their lives due to their bosses’ pursuit of profit.Published over a century ago, “The Jungle” raised a public outcry for change. Reforms were passed through local and federal legislation, but that was not enough to secure the livelihood of workers in the poultry and meatpacking industries. With the billionaire class represented by a reactionary Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump, they are conspiring to turn back the hands of time to repeal gains made by the working class and strangle the labor movement.Workers cannot rely on elected officials or capitalist slave drivers to improve their situation. Only a strong, unrelenting, working-class movement will be able to achieve such a goal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
NewsLocal NewsMore arrests in Beary’s Cross murder investigationBy admin – December 10, 2009 745 Twitter Linkedin Previous articleMeetings about meetingsNext articleMunster V Perpignan teams named admin Advertisement Email WhatsApp Facebook Print ANOTHER man was arrested last night in connection with the fatal shooting of Danny Fitzgerald. This brings the number of people in custody in relation to the incident to eight. Two teenage girls are among the eight in custody.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 24-year-old was shot dead on Tuesday night near Beary’s Cross, on the Tipperary road.Gardaí say the murder is not connected to the other Limerick feud.
About Author: David Wharton Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: debt Debt Collection Racial Discrimination Racial Disparities Wealth Inequality Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Debt Practices and the Downward Poverty Spiral Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Debt Practices and the Downward Poverty Spiral Do debt practices unfairly impact low-income communities? A new report from a four-state collaborative of nonprofits argues that the answer to that question is “yes.”The new report is entitled “Enforcing Inequality: Balancing Budgets on the Backs of the Poor,” and was compiled in partnership by the California Reinvestment Coalition, the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, North Carolina-based Reinvestment Partners, and the Illinois-based Woodstock Institute. According to the report, “problematic policies around both consumer debt assignment and debt collection target low-income communities, as well as communities of color.”The collective of nonprofits reports that “Americans owe more than 26 percent of their annual income to consumer debt, which includes non-mortgage related debt such as credit cards, auto loans, and student loans.” Moreover, the report states that racial wealth gaps lead to non-white borrowers having “more consumer debts in collection, a higher debt load, and more student debt than white borrowers.” Some of the examined states also showed more debt collection actions happening in areas with large minority populations, as compared to areas with more white residents.“The fact that county and state governments frequently use contracted third-party private debt collectors is especially troubling because private debt collectors are not subject to the same consumer protection laws as public debt collectors,” states the accompanying media statement. “Accumulated debt can spiral out of control for consumers who are unable to pay.””The collection of civil and court fines and fees debt can perpetuate a debt trap and a cycle of poverty for communities already disproportionately impacted by our criminal justice system,” said Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition. “California and other states should immediately cease the use of private debt collection agencies to collect on this debt, especially since the revenue gained by this practice is minuscule, and these agencies are largely unregulated, leaving people with few, if any, protections from abuse, further impacting poor people and people of color.”Some of the report’s key findings include:Racial demographics are a better predictor than income on where Maryland’s Central Collection Unit filed civic debt collection cases.Vehicle tickets were 40 percent more likely to be issued to drivers from minority and low- and moderate-income zip codes than drivers from non-minority and higher-income zip codes in Chicago, Illinois.In the city of Durham, North Carolina, one in five residents has a suspended driver license and over 2,000 have had their license revoked or suspended for failure to pay or comply with court costs.The imposition of criminal, municipal, and civil fines and fees disproportionately impact communities of color due to systemic race and criminal justice issues that hurt communities of color, such as higher rates of economic instability, the over-policing of neighborhoods, and higher traffic stop rates. For example, 67.9 percent of the probation caseload, and the relevant fines and fees, in the California Probation System consists of people of color, overrepresented by African Americans.You can read the full report by clicking here.The unbalanced effects of debt collection practices against minority and low-income communities can simply add to the systemic challenges they already face in many cases. An April Zillow report found inequities among homebuying power across ethnic groups. Asian buyers fared best, able to afford 85.2 percent of homes without spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. White buyers had the second-greatest buying power, able to afford 77.6 percent of homes for sale. Hispanic homebuyers could afford 64.9 percent of homes available. Black homebuyers, however, had the fewest options, able to afford just 55.3 percent of the homes available for purchase.Another Zillow report from the same month found lingering effects from the decades-past practice of “redlining” certain neighborhoods as “hazardous” for mortgage lenders. Unsurprisingly, neighborhoods classified as “hazardous” very often tended to be those occupied primarily by racial or ethnic minorities, and by the poor.During the intervening two decades, the median home value in those “best”-rated neighborhoods has risen 230.8 percent to $640,238. For the redlined neighborhoods? The same amount of time has witnessed an increase of only 203.1 percent, with median home values in those areas hitting $276,199. 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Adapt now to get quick returns from today’s job-surfersOn 21 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Unable to rely on the long-term loyalty of staff, employers need to learn towork the new marketplaceIt was not too long ago that opinion-formers first wrote that the concept ofa “job for life” was in steady decline. The recession of the earlyNineties and the massive wave of redundancies that followed confirmed thisview. Since then employers and employees alike have been exploring a range of newcontractual relationships. And a decade on, as another downturn looms, itappears that employees have not only learnt to guard against complacency butare taking action to ensure they retain a degree of control over the length oftheir job tenure. The recent stable economic climate and increasingly mobile workforce have,it seems, combined to produce an environment where talented people arebeginning to surf from job to job – and this trend could be catching. HR consultancy Cubiks has completed a survey, Predicting the Workplace in2010, which confirms that many companies are beginning to accept they can nolonger rely on the extended loyalty of staff. More than two-thirds of respondents said that employee turnover levels willhave increased by the end of the decade. Similarly, more than 70 per cent ofcompanies said they expect to see a decrease in the average length of anemployee’s service. It is no exaggeration to suggest that we are fast approaching the time whenpassive job seekers switch their allegiance from one company to the next asthey are hired to work on specific projects. The standard response from employers is that they would consider makinggreater use of shorter, fixed-term contracts – with a number of respondentsconfirming that this is their plan. If this is the case, it is vital that companies do all they can to maximisethe performance of their workforce in the limited time they spend at the firm.The fact remains that an organisation is only as good as the skills of itsemployees. Even if a business is not market- or capital-constrained, it willnot be able to realise opportunities if it cannot rely on the skills andknowledge of talented people. As always, the key to this issue is effective selection and development. Itis imperative that employers know how to identify people who will achieveresults and deliver a quick return on recruitment or training investment. Businesses need to invest time and resources in assessing candidates toensure they have the right skills and personality for a role and theneffectively develop these people so that they quickly achieve their fullpotential. With the range of highly advanced e-selection systems now availableon the market, this needn’t be an expensive or difficult process. By adopting this approach, employers will also avoid the huge costsassociated with poor recruitment. Our survey revealed that ill-informedselection decisions frequently cost companies between £20,000 and £40,000 perpost. And with some respondents estimating the average cost at closer to £100,000per position, the need to have in place high-quality recruitment systemsbecomes startlingly clear. All this goes to prove that whether you are employing people on a short-,medium-, or long-term basis, there is still no substitution for effectiveselection and development. If companies keep this in mind, they will ensurethat they see consistently high individual performance levels, irrespective of marketconditions or employment trends. www.cubiks.comBy Barry Spence, the chief executive officer of HR consultancy Cubiks Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailUSTABY: KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tennis star Naomi Osaka donned a face mask with the name of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March, at her debut match Monday night at the U.S. Open.Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open champion, wore the mask before and after her first-round victory against Japan’s Misaki Doi at Arthur Ashe stadium.Osaka said she brought seven different face masks with her to the Grand Slam tournament, each honoring a different person killed by police.“It’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, so hopefully I’ll get to the finals so you can see all of them,” said Osaka, according to The Associated Press. “I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story. Maybe they’ll, like, Google it or something.”“For me, [it’s about] just spreading awareness,” she said. “I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interesting or interested they’ll become in it.”Osaka, 22, joined fellow athletes in protest last month after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot seven times by police in front of his children. The shooting sparked civil unrest in Blake’s hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and across the country.Osaka protested the shooting by not competing in an Aug. 27 scheduled semifinal match at the 2020 Western & Southern Open.“Hello, as many of you are aware I was scheduled to play my semifinals match tomorrow,” Osaka wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “However, before I am an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”“I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction,” she continued. “Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach.”pic.twitter.com/miKzgSdGxY— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 27, 2020Osaka added in her statement that she is “exhausted of having a new hashtag pop up every few days and I’m extremely tired of having this same conversation over and over again.”“When will it ever be enough?” she asked, ending her statement with Jacob Blake’s name, Breonna Taylor’s name, Elijah McClain’s name and George Floyd’s name.Taylor was fatally shot in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13 by police who were conducting a “no-knock” search warrant. Elijah McClain died at the age of 23 on Aug. 24, 2019, when he was walking home and stopped by Aurora, Colorado, police, was detained and put in a chokehold and administered ketamine by paramedics.George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day after former police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.ABC News’ Hayley FitzPatrick contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by September 1, 2020 /Sports News – National Naomi Osaka wears Breonna Taylor face mask to honor victims of police shootings at US Open Beau Lund
The proposal comes with the full support of the governments of the four Eurofighter nations – Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – as partners in Europe’s largest collaborative military aircraft programme.The proposal includes 34 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and associated weapons package, underpinned by the offer of a deep strategic, defence and industrial partnership between the Governments of Belgium and the UK.Speaking in Brussels, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: As well as the jets, the UK are offering Belgium the opportunity to benefit from the RAF’s experience of over ten years operating the Typhoon, and to further strengthen over 70 years of co-operation between the two forces. It proposes integration with the RAF’s Typhoon support arrangements which is considered the most cost-effective next generation combat aircraft support service. The proposal also includes a comprehensive package including a training partnership which would see personnel from Belgium and the UK jointly train and exercise together.The UK MOD is leading the proposal on behalf of the Eurofighter Typhoon partner nations and companies. The invitation from Belgium to submit a final offer demonstrates the strong confidence in the jet. The proposal to Belgium represents the most inclusive international equipment partnership presented to another European partner by the Eurofighter Typhoon programme.The proposal also offers Belgium the opportunity to establish a National Network Cyber Centre, a Cyber Innovation Centre and a Cyber Research Partnership, all underpinned by a partnership between the UK and Belgian governments.As ‘the true European solution to meet Belgium’s Air Combat Capability Program’, the selection of the Typhoon would also act as a catalyst for greater aerospace and defence industrial cooperation across Europe. There would be opportunities for Belgian industry to work more closely with the Eurofighter Typhoon industrial partners which include some of Europe’s largest defence companies. Through closer industrial cooperation Belgium and Belgian industry would also be positioned for partnership in the development of next generation combat air capabilities.The Typhoon is a highly capable, combat proven, air defence and ground attack aircraft with full swing-role capabilities utilising a full range of world-beating complex weapons. In addition to supporting RAF operations protecting the UK in the skies above Britain and globally, the Typhoon has already been purchased by nine nations around the world. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was in Qatar at the end of last year to witness Qatar’s purchase of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft which will help sustain thousands of jobs in the UK and across Europe. Speaking at the press conference in-country, Air Vice Marshal Keith Bethell said: These proven jets offer Belgium a formidable capability which forms the backbone of European air power, as well as a comprehensive long-term defence and industrial partnership with the UK. A unique partnership with the RAF and integration with our world-leading support service mean Belgium’s selection of the Typhoon would be a powerful demonstration of us working together to support security across the continent in the face of intensifying threats. Our world-class Typhoon has led the way in combat air power and this demonstrates the continued confidence in the capability the Typhoon has to offer. With more than 20,000 flying hours on global operations to date, the Typhoon offers unparalleled reliability and proven interoperability with our allies