UK: Navy Shows Wide-Ranging Abilities

first_img Training & Education Share this article View post tag: News by topic UK: Navy Shows Wide-Ranging Abilities View post tag: shows View post tag: Abilities Around 1,000 sailors and Royal Marines from across the Naval Service took part in the Maritime Combat Power Visit, showing what the Royal Navy does, to more than 300 students from the advance command and staff at the Forces’ college at Shrivenham, plus senior officers, academics, the media, MPs, affiliates and other interested parties.The four-day Maritime Combat Power Visit – formally known as the Staff College Sea Days – is aimed at demonstrating what the RN can do, and indeed does, around the globe.After a day of rehearsals on Monday, the demonstrations kicked off in earnest on Tuesday, concluding on Thursday, all choreographed by the Navy’s training organisation, FOST.The Commando Helicopter Force, also known as the ‘Junglies’, and Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines staged a mock boarding, leaping from a Sea King helicopter and roping onto HMS Bulwark’s deck to show how they can take down pirates/terrorists.RFA Black Rover demonstrated the tricky art of replenishing at sea, while HMS Sutherland showed how to deal with the threat of submarines, and HMS Bulwark showed how the Navy can put men and material onto hostile shores by sending her embarked Royal Marines and their kit onto Browndown Beach in Gosport, Hampshire.Demonstrating the Navy’s abilities at this year’s event were:• flagship HMS Bulwark• landing support ship RFA Mounts Bay• Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland• tanker RFA Black Rover• patrol boat HMS Raider• Sea King helicopters from 846 Naval Air Squadron• Commando Lynx from 847 NAS• Lynx helicopters from 815 NAS•surveillance Sea Kings from 849 NAS•Hawk jets•green berets from the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, and• the amphibious skills of 539 Assault Squadron RM.[mappress]Source: mod, November 01, 2011center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Wide-Ranging November 1, 2011 View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Navy Shows Wide-Ranging Abilities last_img read more

Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organization Seeks Contractor

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organization Seeks Contractor View post tag: Naval September 20, 2013 View post tag: Logistic View post tag: Danish View post tag: acquisition View post tag: seeks Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organization Seeks Contractor View post tag: Defence View post tag: CONTRACTOR Industry news View post tag: Defense Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) is looking for a contractor to provide sonar equipment for a period of 48 months from the date of the contract award.The framework agreement includes non-exclusive purchase of equipment, support and training needed for navigation sonars.Today Danish Navy vessels sail as patrol vessels in Greenland territorial waters. Large areas of these ice filled waters are still unsounded and unmapped. For safe navigation in uncharted waters these vessels will be equipped with navigation sonars.The navigation sonars shall provide reliable sonar image in ‘real time’ and data of water depths ahead of the vessels down to a depth that is safe for the vessels to pass over. The sonars shall be based on multi-beam technology.An essential feature shall be a sonar picture easy to interpret and which provides clear indication of underwater structures that may present navigational danger to the vessels. It is an important feature that operators only need to adjust a few parameters to optimize sonar performance.The sonars shall provide an underwater field of view covering at least a sector in front of the vessels. The sonars shall be mounted in forward part of the vessels and forward of a nearby down looking multi-beam survey sonar.Concurrent operation of navigation sonar and survey sonar should not cause interference for the survey sonar operating at 100 kHz frequency. The sonar transducer shall be protected from ice floating in seawater and around the hull. This may be accomplished by making the transducer retractable using a hoist or similar system.The framework agreement has a value between 3,000,000 and 10,000,000 DKK, and the tenders should be submitted by October 17, 2013.[mappress]Press Release, September 20, 2013; Image: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Organization Share this articlelast_img read more

Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 tests Sea Venom/ANL missile

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 tests Sea Venom/ANL missile View post tag: Sea Venom View post tag: Royal Navy Share this article A Royal Navy Lynx Mk 8 helicopter recently performed air carriage and jettison trials of the MBDA-made Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile.According to the missile manufacturer, the trials proved that the missile can be integrated onto the Lynx and Super Lynx helicopters.Sea Venom/ANL has been developed to deliver an enhanced capability to replace existing and legacy systems such as the UK-developed Sea Skua and the French-developed AS15TT anti-ship missiles.Working together through the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) initiative, the trials were conducted by MBDA, the UK Defence Solutions Centre (DSC), the Royal Navy and QinetiQ.The trials were undertaken in March at the Larkhill Range at Boscombe Down, and saw a Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 successfully conduct a series of air carriage trials prior to jettisoning two Sea Venom missiles fitted with telemetry kits.The 100 kg-class Sea Venom missile is one of the products of France and the United Kingdom’s collaboration on missile technologies. In UK service the missile is planned to be used from the AW159 Wildcat helicopter, while in France the DGA (Direction générale de l’armement – the French defence procurement agency) is currently conducting the development flight campaign for the missile on a Panther test bed helicopter.Sea Venom is a primarily anti-ship missile designed to destroy vessels ranging from FIAC (Fast Inshore Attack Craft), through medium sized FAC (Fast Attack Craft) up to large vessels such as Corvettes from safe stand-off ranges.According to MBDA, this missile also has a surface attack capability against coastal and land targets. Unlike legacy semi-active radar guided missiles, Sea Venom uses an imaging infrared seeker that offers ‘fire-and-forget’ capabilities in even the most complex littoral environments. Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Lynx April 10, 2017 Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 tests Sea Venom/ANL missile View post tag: MBDAlast_img read more

Record-Breaking Cornette Ball Benefits St. Vincent Center For Children

first_imgA record number of guests – 640 – filled the atrium of the West Baden Springs Hotel for our 30th Annual Cornette Ball on Saturday, October 21. Thank you to all of our individual and corporate sponsors for your generous support.Sister Theresa Peck, a Daughter of Charity for 61 years, was honored with the prestigious Steward of St. Vincent de Paul Award, the highest honor bestowed by St. Vincent Evansville.The net proceeds will benefit St. Vincent Center for Children. The center offers comprehensive pediatric outpatient services for children throughout our region, including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Weight Management & Eating Disorders, Feeding Disorders in our Pediatric Feeding Clinic, Behavior Issues and G.I. Disorders. A special thank you to our Cornette Ball chairs, Jennifer and Tom Bailey, for your leadership of this year’s ball.Erika and Ken Haynie will chair our 31st Annual Cornette Ball on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at West Baden Springs Hotel. We hope you will join us for another wonderful celebration! FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Sister Theresa Peck, a Daughter of Charity For 61 years Of Servicelast_img read more

Learning catalysts’ secrets

first_imgWith expertise from Tim Kaxiras, the John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics, the team combined theoretical design with tightly controlled experimental conditions. Computational models informed their experiments, and experimental results influenced model design. They relied on this cyclical method to — like an eddy — narrow in on improved designs.But Friend and collaborators wanted to do more than just make catalysts. They aimed “to predict catalytic behavior and to understand why we can predict it, not just to empirically predict but to understand the basis of it,” according to Friend.Their novel systematic approach, described in a paper in the journal Nature Materials, yielded insights into how catalysts change just before, during, and after catalysis. As validation of this early work, other researchers have already adopted their approach to explore new materials and design enhanced catalysts.The center’s previous work could lead to more energy-efficient catalysts and chemical production. With the grant renewal, however, the team also has a new focus: “selective catalysis.”In production, chemical synthesis can create undesired byproducts, which can be unusable or dangerous. For example, oxidation processes, like those used in water treatment, can produce carbon dioxide and contribute to climate change. To subvert this, Friend and her collaborators intend to make these processes more selective so manufacturers produce more of what they want and waste less.Catalysts could also help transform a noxious material, like methane, into a useful resource, like methanol. Fracking, for example, produces methane, which manufacturers often burn for disposal. This only aggravates pollution. If, however, they could convert methane into methanol, they could use it in new chemical synthesis or to produce fuel and solvents. They could, in effect, recycle their waste.“If we can make any inroads in selectively transforming methane or propane to a useful chemical like methanol or related oxygen-containing molecules, it would be huge,” Friend said.She emphasizes that understanding why something works is just as important.“That’s the goal in the next phase: to advance our ability to make quantitative predictions of selectivity,” she said, “in other words, not to just qualitatively say something will get better or worse, but how much better or worse if you change conditions.”For their catalyst materials, the team has experimented with gold or silver combined with palladium. Gold and silver are stable elements that do not react easily, and therefore can slow the reaction. Palladium reacts fast and can speed the process. With these “bifunctional catalysts,” the team could achieve enough control over the reaction process to select which products — and byproducts — occur.But these reactions also need a platform, like a kind of stadium.According to Friend, the team is “trying to understand how to use the design of the catalyst material but also the reaction conditions to be able to basically drive the system to be much more selective.”For this, Joanna Aizenberg, the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and professor of chemistry and chemical biology, together with a team at Lawrence Livermore Labs, designed nanoporous materials based on nature’s own catalyst platforms, like those in butterfly wings. These minuscule, porous scaffolds provide remarkable mechanical, thermal, and chemical stability.“The technology developed in my lab is particularly promising for bridging the gap between state-of-the-art R&D and real-world applications,” Aizenberg said. “Due to its modular design and tunability, this framework can be used in various fields, from the synthesis of important chemical products to pollution abatement.”Four years ago, Friend applied to form the Energy Frontier Research Center in large part because of the opportunity to build an extensive collaborative network. Energy research wins grant Simple nanoarchitecture can reduce costs for catalytic converters Related Butterfly wings inspire air-purification improvements New insights include possible path to improved efficiency Seeking a breakthrough on catalysts Related U.S. funds innovative Harvard-based efforts to reduce consumption A collaboration with a long lifetime Imagine you’re pushing a child on a swing. She pumps her legs to gain momentum, but your push also helps her accelerate.A catalyst has a similar purpose: It can speed a chemical reaction without being consumed by it. And, since 90 percent of all commercially produced chemical products involve catalysts in their manufacture, chances are good that the swing the child sits on, the snack she eats, her plastic toys, and the insulation in her house are all made with catalysts.Chemical production, with or without catalysts, accounts for nearly 25 percent of energy use worldwide. What’s more, experts forecast that energy demand will increase this number to 45 percent by 2040.Cynthia Friend, the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, professor of materials science, and director of the Rowland Institute, wants to prevent this rise.Now, with a multimillion dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), she’s well-positioned to help “change the face and carbon footprint of the chemical industries sector,” one of her team’s goals. In 2014, the DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Science awarded Friend her first multimillion-dollar grant to establish an Energy Frontier Research Center. Her center, called the Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis, set out to unravel how catalysis works and, consequently, to design better catalysts.Because catalysts need to function across a vast range of materials, temperatures, time, pressure, and more, they’re challenging to design. To tackle this, Friend amassed an interdisciplinary team of experts in surface chemistry, theoretical physics, and machine learning from nine institutions. Already, they’re demonstrating the strength of their partnership. During the center’s first four years, they published 58 papers and discovered a way to transcend the trial-and-error approach to catalyst design. Radcliffe fellow Katharina Al-Shamery and Harvard Chemistry Professor Cynthia Friend “You can answer questions in a way that you couldn’t if you tried to do it individually,” she said of the group dynamic. “One of the gratifying aspects of having a center like this is the range of people you get to interact with, the ideas they put out, and their ability to work together and go to new levels when they move to their next positions.”As of this year, the center hosts researchers from Harvard, Tufts University, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the University of California at Los Angeles, Berkeley Lab, Stony Brook University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Florida, and the University of Oslo.Students, in particular, tend to thrive in such an interdisciplinary, international environment. For example, Michelle Louise Personick now has a faculty position at Wesleyan University, and Branko Zugic is the director of chemical engineering at L3 Open Water Power. Both used the diverse skills they developed at the center as a foundation to build successful careers.Friend, who was recently elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, attributes her successes to her team: “I have my colleagues to thank for that, too, because they’ve made it possible for us all to do things that were beyond what we could have done otherwise.”The team already has achieved advances in catalyst design that affect how researchers approach this challenge. In the next phase, the members aim to bring their theoretical designs closer to widespread application and use. If successful, they could indeed help change the chemical industry into a more energy-efficient, cleaner operation.last_img read more

Oklahoma man charged in shooting deaths of 5 kids, brother

first_imgMUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 25-year-old Oklahoma man has been charged in the fatal shootings of his brother and five young children. Court records show Jarron Deajon Pridgeon of Muskogee was charged Wednesday with six counts of first-degree murder and other felony counts. Muskogee police say they don’t yet know why Pridgeon fatally shot 24-year-old Javarion Lee or the children, the oldest of whom was 9. The children’s mother, Brittany Anderson, was also wounded in the shootings early Tuesday and was hospitalized in Tulsa. The youngest victim was 1. Court and jail records do not list an attorney who could speak on Pridgeon’s behalf.last_img

Member education about EMV chip cards still lags

first_imgby: Brandon KuehlWith three months remaining before the October 2015 EMV liability shift for U.S. payment cards, a recent survey found 65 percent of consumers haven’t yet heard of chip card technology. What’s more, 77 percent have not received a chip-enabled card, and 44 percent believe only certain credit cards will be affected by the EMV shift.The lack of awareness about major changes coming in the next few months underscores an urgent need for consumer and merchant education.Security remains a top concern for the 1,008 American consumers participating in the survey, with 80 percent of respondents saying they are worried about security for debit and credit card transactions. Thirty-four percent admitted to being extremely concerned about security. It’s so much of a concern, in fact, another survey found one in four consumers would be willing to share their DNA with their financial institutions (FIs) if it would protect them from fraud. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 questions with Velocity Solutions’ Steve Swanston

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: Details CUInsight Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp is joined by Steve Swanston, EVP of Velocity Solutions for a quick interview with just 3 questions:(0:31) What is your company doing to support credit unions and their members during the COVID-19 crisis?(3:39) How do you think that COVID-19 might affect credit unions and the way that we do business in the long-term?(6:59) What tips do you have for staying sane during trying times?You can learn more about Velocity Solutions‘ response to the COVID-19 crisis here.last_img read more

Virtuoso ranked Croatia among the top 10 world destinations in three categories

first_imgThe Association of Luxury Travel Agencies Virtuoso again this year conducted a traditional survey among its members – “Vituoso Luxe Report”.According to the results of the research for 2019, Croatia is ranked among the top 10 destinations in as many as three categories. Thus, our country took a high second place in the category of the most popular emerging destination, sixth place in the category of the best destinations for the so-called. millennials, ie young travelers and an excellent eighth place in the category of the world’s most popular destinations. “The US market for Croatian tourism is one of the leading distant markets, from which we have so far achieved about 570 thousand arrivals and 1,6 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 23 percent compared to the same period last year. That is why we are even more pleased with these results, which confirm the excellent status of Croatia in the large American market. “, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the focus of activities in the coming period will be to further strengthen air transport to make our country even more accessible to American tourists.  Ina Rodin, director of the CNTB Representation in New York, also commented on the report. “The results achieved within the Virtuos report are the result of great work and effort invested by all tourism workers in the overall Croatian tourist offer and its promotion. We are extremely pleased that our work and progress are recognized by the members of Virtos, a large global network that has a strong impact on overall tourist flows.”, said Rodin. The Virtuoso® Luxe Report is an annual report based on research conducted among the world’s travel agencies and their advisors, who are members of Virtuos.The report for 2019 predicts new trends in travel based on current and projected reservations. Virtuoso is a network of more than 17.500 travel advisors in more than 1.000 agencies around the world, and they also have contracts with exclusive and leading world hotels, resorts, spas, cruise companies and other travel companies.Side dish: THE 2019 VIRTUOSO® LUXE REPORT / A Guide to Key Trends and Insights in Luxury Travellast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Feb. 21

first_img1. Tedisco feels that conservative upstate is paying more than its share of taxes. But according to PolitiFact, upstate taxpayers pay just 18 percent of New York State’s tax burden. Downstate pays more than 70 percent.2. Tedisco calls conventional economic development and its associated ethnic diversity both “radical” and “regressive,” two words that happen to be opposites.3. Tedisco criticizes “socialism” but hypocritically supports socialism. He demands that downstate taxpayer dollars be redistributed to government-guaranteed cellphone coverage upstate, where hills outnumber taxpayers and where there is no shortage of private mobile carriers. 4. When Tedisco boasts of upstate “quality of life,” he invokes fear of the very things that make downstate prosperous: cultural and economic vitality, individuality and freedom to grow.I grew up in Scotia. I’m embarrassed to see Tedisco asking former neighbors and classmates to scapegoat, and to separate from those of us in big cities who embrace diversity, who are more economically productive, who pay our fair share of taxes and who welcome economic and social change.People like me left upstate, not because of New York City, but because of people like Tedisco who fear individuality and change.Mike AirhartAlexandria, Va. The writer is a Scotia native. Fact: Wages rose 3.2 percent over the last 12 months, the best yearly increase in a decade. Problem? Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris rants that “the economy is not working for the working people.” Huh?Dems won’t admit the inconvenient truth that these facts are benefiting working people.Earth to Democrats: Jobs aren’t scarce; workers are.Food stamps should be for people willing to work who need help making ends meet. But three-quarters of non-disabled, working-age food-stamp recipients without children still don’t work. A work requirement would incentivize the slackers to get off the couch. Yet Democrats adamantly oppose it. What an insult to hard workers.What’s more worker-friendly: Trump’s booming economy or the Democrats’ misguided meddling?Domenico DiCaprioVoorheesville Regarding the so-called “privilege exercise” being carried out at Saratoga Springs High School: A couple of years back, all the educational elites were telling us that “transgender” students must be allowed to use the bathroom facilities of the gender that they “identify with,” lest they be made to feel “uncomfortable.” (The fact that many students whose physical traits and gender identification match might therefore be made uncomfortable was written off by people such as CNN commentator Chris Cuomo who said, essentially, “Get used to it.”)Now we learn that at Saratoga Springs High School, an “exercise” targeting “white privilege” has been carried out. Even with the small selection of items from the exercise presented by The Gazette, it’s clear that it carries racial, religious and ethnic stereotypes that have justifiably incurred the wrath of parents. Rating Judaism as “the most privileged” religion might have come right out of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”And Catherine Snyder, identified as “director of the Clarkson University teacher’s education program,” argues that it’s not wrong to make students feel uncomfortable when dealing with uncomfortable topics in class.My questions are these: First, why is it fine to make some targeted students feel “uncomfortable” in school when their parents are paying out huge sums of money in school taxes? And second, just who are the people making the decisions about which students should be made to feel “uncomfortable” and which students must be protected from discomfort?I think many of us can be pardoned for concluding that this so-called “privilege” exercise is designed to vilify certain ethnic and religious groups and consequently describing that exercise as racist.Michael NardacciAlbany Unfortunately pro-lifers believe every word and never educate themselves on an issue before becoming all-knowing, while trying to humiliate and embarrass anyone who has a different view than you. Amazingly, I do not hear any pro-choice people screaming and hollering that you would find it acceptable to let a woman die to protect an unborn fetus. Ms. Richard, I also find it sad that a religious leader in your church would speak so graphically in front of young children. There’s a place for these discussions but not in front of young impressionable children who do not comprehend such complex issues. Shame shame shame.Joshua HermanceRotterdam  Schenectady doesn’t need a fourth judgeSchenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy is spot on: The city of Schenectady does not need a fourth City Court judge. Compare City Court’s caseload to the town of Colonie, which does a fine job with three part-time town justices. And what exactly does a fourth City Court Judge do for Schenectady?It does allow the state Office of Court Administration to take a City Court judge and move him or her “temporarily” to Family Court, County Court or any other court of record. Of course, that only costs the city money. But it also dilutes the votes of everyone else in the county, like those of us who could not vote for or against the City Court judge, but then has him or her in a countywide position.That dilutes city voters’ votes as well, since they voted for or against the City Court judge, but did not vote for him or her in any other judicial position. As an attorney for the better part of 40 years, I believe that judges should serve only in the position for which they were elected. What does the city get other than the tab for another judicial position? Bruce S. TrachtenbergNiskayunaThe writer is a former town justice.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Tedisco mistaken on split-state solutionIn his Feb. 13 guest column, State Sen. James Tedisco contends that people are fleeing New York state. But they are leaving upstate New York, not downstate. And the upstate region is in decline despite financial support from downstate. Allow me to summarize: First, they came for the billionaires. Then they came for the millionaires. Then they came for my stocks. Then they came for my CDs. Then they came for my Christmas Club. Then they came for me.Sound familiar? It makes no difference who is doing it to whom. It is not moral. The Green New Deal is “magic socialism” revisited.Edmond DayRotterdam Facts show Trump economy is workingDemocrats, now the majority in the House of Representatives, are trying to turn that body into the house of resistance. They’re claiming the nation is in bad shape, rigged to benefit only the rich.Sen. Chuck Schumer griped that “the state of the Trump economy is failing America’s middle class.” But facts don’t lie.Fact: Employers created 304,000 jobs in January. That compares to an average monthly gain of 223,000 in 2018 and 182,000 in 2017. Too bad all the new hires couldn’t attend his speech, to show off Trumponomics on real people who have to put food on the table.Fact: Workers who had given up hope of finding a job are re-entering the labor force. The labor participation rate for workers age 24 to 54 hit its highest level since 2008. Green New Deal is just more socialism Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGet facts straight on new abortion lawRegarding the Feb. 9 letters from Laurie Cox and Jennifer Richard, your letters are false, misleading and defamatory against anyone who doesn’t support your opinions. There’s a very informative article in The New York Times which The Gazette ran earlier this month, debunking all the claims by you and the pro-life groups.New York State law defines late-term as after 24 weeks and only if the birth is nonviable or the mother’s life is in danger. The law also states no abortion shall be performed after the start of the third trimester, which is approximately the 27th week.That’s far from being ripped out during a normal birth. Under 1 percent of all abortions performed last year were considered late-term, and each was a nonviable birth or life threatening to the mother. 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