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Dassault Mirage 2000N/2000D

The Dassault Mirage 2000N is a variant of the Mirage 2000 designed for nuclear strike. It formed the core of the French air-based strategic nuclear deterrent; the Mirage 2000D is its conventional attack counterpart. The Mirage 2000N was designed to French requirements for an aircraft to replace the older Mirage IVP. Dassault received a contract to build two prototypes; the aircraft first flew on 3 February 1986. Seventy four were built up to 1993; the Mirage 2000N features considerable changes. The airframe was strengthened for low-level flight and fitted with an Antilope 5 radar, used for terrain following and ground mapping, which can follow terrain at 1,112 km/h. Other avionic features are twin INS units and moving map displays for both the pilot and weapon systems officer; the Mirage 2000N can carry one ASMP medium-range nuclear missile, can carry two MATRA Magic AAMs for self-defence. Other protection features include the Spirale chaff system; because the extra seat decreases range, a pair of drop tanks are carried.

Since the Mirage 2000N's standard weapon was the ASMP, carried on the centerline pylon, this meant that it could not carry a centerline tank, but a distinctive big 2,000 litre underwing drop tank with a bulbous nose was developed to more than compensateThe first batch of 30 aircraft for the French Air Force had a sole nuclear capability, these were designated Mirage 2000N-K1. These did not have the Spirale chaff system, carried a pair of AN.52 free-fall nuclear bombs before the ASMP was ready. The batch of 44 aircraft were designated Mirage 2000N-K2; these had both a nuclear and conventional capability, a full defensive fit. The K1 aircraft now have a limited conventional attack capability. Dassault has developed the Mirage 2000D, a development of the Mirage 2000N designed for long-range precision strikes with conventional weapons; this aircraft is the same as the Mirage 2000N, but introduces support for conventional attack missiles such as the Apache and Scalp missiles, as well as the AASM weapons.

The first aircraft, converted from the Mirage 2000N prototype, flew on 19 February 1991, the French Air Force ordered a total of 86 aircraft. The Mirage 2000N is not licensed for export; the French Air Force has 62 in its inventory. Like the Mirage 2000N, the Mirage 2000D had variants; the Mirage 2000D-R1 does not have the full weapons capability of the Mirage 2000D-R2, which features the Apache and Scalp missiles, the ATLIS II laser designation system, the Samir self-protection fit. French Mirage 2000s were prominent participants in UN and NATO air operations over the former Yugoslavia. On 30 August 1995 one Mirage 2000N-K2 was shot down over Bosnia by a MANPADS heat-seeking 9K38 Igla missile fired by air defence units of Army of Republika Srpska during operation Deliberate Force, prompting efforts to obtain improved defensive systems. AdA Mirage 2000Ds served in the intervention in Afghanistan in 2001–2002, operating in close conjunction with international forces and performing precision attacks with LGBs.

The French Air Force deployed the Mirage 2000D to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan from 2002 to 2004 to support coalition forces in Afghanistan. From 2004 to 2007, they stayed at Dushanbe, Tajikistan. In summer 2007, after the Rafale fighters have been removed from the theater of operations, 3 French Mirage 2000s were deployed to Afghanistan in support of NATO troops. To shorten the response time to support NATO ISAF troops in southern Afghanistan, the aircraft moved to Kandahar International Airport. Three Rafale F2 and three Mirage 2000Ds operate from Kandahar in 2008. On 24 May 2011, a French Air Force Mirage 2000D crashed 100 kilometers west of Farah. Both crew members ejected and were recovered. French Air Force Mirage 2000D were committed since the beginning to the enforcement of the Libyan no-fly-zone, approved by the UN in March 2011; the Mirage 2000Ds were among the first strikers: on 19 March 2011, a mixed French formation of Mirage 2000s and Rafales hit a Libyan army column, heading for Benghazi with several vehicles destroyed.

The Mirage 2000D remained one of the most used striker for the next months when Opération Harmattan was succeeded by the UN led Operation Unified Protector. On 20 October 2011, a Mirage 2000D dropped the last NATO munitions of the war, when a mixed formation of a French Air Force Mirage 2000D and a Mirage F1CR was vectored to strike an armed convoy, trying to break through the rebels' lines at Sirte; the Mirage 2000D dropped its two laser guided GBU-12 bombs hitting and stopping Gaddafi's convoy, resulting in his capture and death. French forces became involved in the Northern Mali conflict starting from 11 January 2013 with Operation Serval; the six Mirage 2000D's based in N'Djamena, Chad for the long lasting French military presence in that country, alongside the two Mirage F.1CR based there, were among the first forces committed to the conflict, bombing the Islamic militants’ bases and forces in Northern Mali. The Mirages were flying with a similar configuration to the one used over Libya nearly two years before, with two 500 lbs GBU-12 or GBU-49 guided bombs on the centerline pylon, two external fuel tanks on the inboard wing pylons.

Starting from 17 January 2013, three of the Mirages were relocated in Bamako, preceded by the two simpler Mirage F.1CR which started operating from Bamako few days before. Locally deployed Mirage 2000D/N French Air Force aircraft keep supporting the successor Operation Barkhane. Starting on 19 September 2014, the French Air Force started striking the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as part of an international eff

Demographics of Mayotte

This article is about the demographic features of the population of Mayotte, including population density, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population. Mayotte's population density went from 179 persons per square kilometer in 1985 to 251 per square kilometer in 1991, its capital, had a population of 5,865 according to the 1985 census. The following demographic statistics are from the CIA World Factbook. Population: 178,437 Age structure: 0-14 years: 46.5% 15-64 years: 51.8% 65 years and over: 1.7% Median age: total: 16.9 years male: 18.1 years female: 15.7 years Population growth rate: 3.47% Birth rate: 42.86 births/1,000 population Death rate: 8.34 deaths/1,000 population Net migration rate: 7.94 migrant/1,000 population Sex ratio: at birth: 1.03 male/female under 15 years: 1.01 male/female 15-64 years: 1.2 male/female 65 years and over: 0.99 male/female total population: 1.1 male/female Infant mortality rate: total: 65.98 deaths/1,000 live births female: 59.44 deaths/1,000 live births male: 72.32 deaths/1,000 live births Life expectancy at birth: total population: 60.6 years male: 58.49 years female: 62.78 years HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA% HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: NA HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA Total fertility rate: 4.5 children born/woman Nationality: noun: Mahorais adjective: Mahoran Ethnic groups: NA Religions: Muslim 97%, Christian Languages: Mahorian, French spoken by 35% of the population Literacy: definition: NA total population: 86% male: NA% female: NA% The centre hospitalier de Mayotte is a French hospital located in Mamoudzou, on the ground of Grande-Terre island in Mayotte, in south west of océan Indien.

Its technical plate has seen in year 2008, 4,470 out of 8,100 born people seen within the collectivité territoriale. This give it the little nickname of « first maternité of France ». During the year 2007, 62% of women who came there to have a baby were not affiliated to the Sécurité sociale: among them, there are many Anjouan women and other Malgaches women enter illicitly in the French territory. Santé à Mayotte

Communist chic

Communist chic are elements of popular culture such as fashion and commodities based on communist symbols and other things associated with communism. A typical example is T-shirts and other memorabilia with Alberto Korda's iconic photo of Che Guevara. Australian journalist Matthew Clayfield remarks that the "communist iconography" has declined from the status of communist propaganda to mere commodities within the capitalist system and that its popularity is telling of the level of teaching history today. Jeff Jacoby compares the outrage caused by Prince Harry wearing swastika with indifference to public figures wearing communist symbols and offered several reasons; the Soviet Union was on the side of the Allies during World War II. Second, while Nazi ideology was overtly genocidal, many believe that communism is in reality a good system, only never properly implemented. Thirdly, the excesses of McCarthyism gave rise to an argument that harsh criticism of communism is but a continuation of Red Scare.

Jacoby thinks the most important factor is different visibility of the crimes of the two systems. Nazi crimes were documented and as a result Nazi's crimes have become imprinted in memories and records. At the same time, the level of exposure of Marxist–Leninist atrocities to the general public is lower. Nazi chic Communist nostalgia

Assemble (album)

Assemble is the debut full-length album recorded by the Stoke-based ska punk band Grown at Home. It was produced with Curig Huws; the album was released by Cash for Pigs Records on 6 July 2006 on compact disc. The inlay of the album contains fourteen hidden items and references including photographs of band members, messages from the band, a nod to "High Fives" and a link to bassist Jay Phillips' personal website. "My Pet Bomb" "Three Strikes" "Discuss This Item" "Get Ready" "Blaggin' It!" "Kick in the Beer Can" "How We Roll" "Manners" "Rise of the Idiots" "Interlusion" "Makes Me Sick" "... And You're All Alone" "Moving Forward" Official Grown at Home Website

SS Suevic

SS Suevic was a steamship built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast for the White Star Line. Suevic was the fifth and last of the Jubilee Class ocean liners, built to service the Liverpool-Cape Town-Sydney route, along with her sister ship SS Runic. In 1907 she was wrecked off the south coast of England, but in the largest rescue of its kind, all passengers and crew were saved; the ship herself was deliberately broken in two, a new bow was attached to the salvaged stern portion. Serving as a Norwegian whaling factory ship carrying the name Skytteren, she was scuttled off the Swedish coast in 1942 to prevent her capture by ships of Nazi Germany; when White Star inaugurated service from Liverpool to Sydney in the late 1890s, they commissioned five steam ships to be built for that route: the first three all entered service in 1899: Afric and Persic. All three were single-funnel liners which measured just under 12,000 gross register tons and were configured to carry 320 third class passengers; because the commissioning of these ships coincided with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, they were referred to as the "Jubilee Class".

The next two ships of the class would be larger than the first three. The first of these was Runic at 12,482 GRT, launched on 25 October 1900; the second, largest of the class, was Suevic, at 12,531 GRT launched on 8 December 1900. Runic and Suevic had several minor design changes, the most noticeable of which were the lengthening of the poop deck, the moving of the bridge closer to the bow; these ships could carry 400 passengers in Third class on three decks. They had substantial cargo capacity with seven cargo holds, most of which were refrigerated with the capacity for the stowage of 100,000 carcasses of mutton. There was a hold designed for the transport of up to 20,000 bales of wool. Suevic was launched on 8 December 1900, set sail on her maiden voyage to Sydney on 23 March 1901. Shortly thereafter and her four sisters were pressed into service carrying troops to fight in the Boer War in South Africa. In August 1901 she made her one and only voyage from Liverpool to New York City. Once the Boer War was over, White Star was able to institute regular monthly service to Australia using the Jubilee-class ships.

On one 1903 voyage, a young officer named Charles Lightoller was assigned to crew Suevic as a punishment. During the voyage, he met an 18-year-old woman, returning to her home in Sydney, after a shipboard courtship, the two were married in Sydney on 15 December 1903. Lightoller would become the second officer on board the RMS Titanic, the most senior of her crew to survive the disaster. Suevic's first six years of service were uneventful. On 2 February 1907 she left Melbourne under the command of Captain Thomas Johnson Jones with scheduled stops at Cape Town, Plymouth and Liverpool. On 17 March 1907, she was inbound to Liverpool with 382 passengers, 141 crew members and a nearly-full cargo, including thousands of sheep carcasses worth £400,000. By noon, she was off the southwest coast of England on the approach to Plymouth; this section of the English coast was hazardous, due to shallow waters, sharp rocks, often-dense fog. By 10 pm, Suevic was encountering a strong south-westerly gale and reduced visibility due to showers of drizzling rain, the ship's officers were not able to fix their position using stellar navigation, so they intended to use instead the Lizard lighthouse on Lizard Point, Cornwall.

At the ship's estimated position, the lighthouse should have been seen straight ahead, but instead at 10:15 pm it appeared out of the gloom close to the port side. Not realising the extent of the error, the Captain wrongly estimated that the lighthouse was several miles away, pressed ahead at full speed, without using the sounding line to ensure they were not approaching the shore. Soon afterwards, at 10:25 pm the ship ran aground violently at full speed on the Stag Rock on Maenheere Reef - a belt of half-submerged rocks a mile off Lizard Point. Jones first made several attempts to back the ship off the rocks, running the engines at full astern, to no avail. Despite her position, the ship did not appear to be in danger of sinking; the captain ordered the distress rockets to be fired, a local rescue effort ensued, with all the passengers and crew escaping to shore safely. The rescue of the crew was led by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, it became the largest rescue in that institution's 190-year history.

RNLI lifeboats, manned by local volunteers from stations at the Lizard, Cadgwith and Porthleven, rescued all the passengers, including 70 babies, as well as the crew. The rescue was undertaken using nothing more than four open wooden lifeboats each rowed by six oarsmen; the operation took 16 hours to complete, despite the difficult conditions, not a single life was lost. As a result of the successful efforts of the rescuers, four silver RNLI medals were awarded to various volunteers and two were awarded to Suevic crew members for their actions. In March 2007 a ceremony was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the rescue; the Cadgwith lifeboat was Minnie Moon. Two silver RNLI gallantry medals were awarded to members of the Cadgwith Lifeboat crew: Edwin Rutter, Coxswain Superintendent and Rev. ‘Harry’ Vyvyan, Honorary Secretary. The bow section was badly damaged, but not irreparably so, the rest of the ship, including the boilers and engines, were not damaged at all, it was determined that if the ship could be lightened, the tide would lift her off the bottom and she could be sailed to port.

With this in mind, three days on 20 March, the cargo

Dušan Alempić

Dušan Alempić is a former Bosnian Serb football goalkeeper. Born in Zvornik, in Yugoslav republic of SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alempić begin his goalkeeping career in Sarajevo at youth team of Jug, back in his home-town side FK Drina Zvornik, he became senior at Drina, playing two seasons with them in Yugoslav third level between 1971 and 1973. Bosnian side NK Čelik Zenica, searching talents from the region, brought him in 1973. Alimpić grabbed the opportunity becoming Čalik's main goalkeeper in the 1973–74 Yugoslav First League, Alimpić' debuting season at first level in which he made 22 appearances; this solid start cemented Alempić in the starting line-up in the total of five seasons he spent with Čelik in the Yugoslav First League. After this period, he signed with Croatian side NK Osijek in 1978, he spent five seasons with Osijek, with up's and down's, which included a relegation to the Yugoslav Second League followed by immediate promotion back again to top level. He left Osijek in 1983 and moved to the neighbouring Croatian town of Vinkovci, having at the time a top-league side, Dinamo Vinkovci, where he played as their goalkeeper in the 1983–84 Yugoslav First League season.

Alimpić will have a return to Yugoslav top-flight when he joined Serbian side FK Vojvodina and spent the entire 1986–87 Yugoslav First League season as their main goalkeeper. Afterwards, he returned to Osijek and played with NK Metalac Osijek in the third level between 1987 and 1990. After ending his playing career he became a goalkeeping coach having worked at NK Lastovo, NK Metalac Osijek and NK Olimpija Osijek. By Autumn 2013 he was part of the team of managers working at the Krpan & Babić soccer academy located in Osijek founded by former Croatian internationals Petar Krpan and Marko Babić. Besides his activities related to football, he has been teacher at elementary school "Draž"