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

Sanders amendment would end big oil tax breaks

first_imgSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today urged the Senate to repeal $35 billion in oil and gas industry tax breaks. In a letter to colleagues, Sanders made the case for his amendment to a tax bill now before the Senate. The same loopholes were targeted for elimination by President Obama in his proposed budget for next year.“Over the last decade, the five largest oil companies (Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP and Shell) made more than $750 billion in profits.  These profitable companies simply don’t deserve tax relief,” Sanders said in a letter to other senators. “With a record-breaking $13 trillion national debt and an unsustainable federal deficit, the last thing we should be doing is giving tax breaks to oil and gas companies that have been making enormous profits.”The Sanders amendment would devote $25 billion of the savings to deficit reduction. The remaining $10 billion would fund an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program, a Sanders proposal created by the 2007 energy bill. “The energy-efficiency investments would lead to the creation of at least 140,000 jobs and would reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Sanders said.The amendment is cosponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Organizations supporting the amendment include the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, MoveOn.Org, Union of Concerned Scientists, Public Citizen, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others.“It is beyond comprehension that, according to reports, Exxon Mobil, the most profitable corporation in the world, not only paid no U.S. taxes last year, but also received a $156 million tax refund,” Sanders said. Other companies that took advantage of tax loopholes in 2009, according to reports on file at the Securities and Exchange Commission, include Chevron, which received a $19 million tax refund; and Valero Energy, which received a $157 million from the IRS. Independent oil and gas companies which made a combined $3.7 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2010 and $25.7 billion in revenue also received generous tax breaks from the IRS. “This amendment is a win for deficit reduction.  It is a win for job creation.  It is a win for the environment.  And, it is a win for consumers who will save money on their energy bills because they will be consuming less energy,” Sanders said.Source: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, June 15, 2010last_img read more

Sr. Anna Mary Larkin

first_imgSr. Anna Mary Larkin (100), a member of the Carmelite Community in Oldenburg, IN, died August 19 after a short illness. She was born in Mahanoy City, PA. After high school she trained as a dental hygienist at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent several years in this profession and then entered the Carmelite Order in 1947. The liturgy of Resurrection will be celebrated at the chapel of the Franciscan Sisters on Main Street in Oldenburg at 10:30 on September 25. The chapel doors will open at 9:30.Sr. Anna Mary was both deeply prayerful and interested in social justice. Supported by the community, she once gave two months of her life to work in Boston at a shelter for homeless women living with AIDS.She was an avid reader, unafraid to dive into thinkers like Bernard Lonergan, a deep and difficult Canadian theologian. She kept up on current affairs through a variety of secular and religious journals. She was conversant with Buddhist meditation and practice, and regularly read Shambala Sun, a journal dedicated to “Buddhist Culture, Meditation, and Life.”For more than three decades she was responsible for responding to letters requesting the Sisters’ prayers for special intentions. Her letters rose to whatever occasion she was addressing; they were compassionate, often witty, sometimes included counsel on prayer or on just taking one day at a time. Some of these letters blossomed into on-going epistolary relationships that connected the lives and needs of many people to the prayers of the community.She was very close to her family and spent time with them, sometimes as they vacationed near the seashore or traveled abroad. Her delight in this was shared with the community, offering great stories that came up and were told several times by request!Sr. Anna Mary was pre-deceased by her parents, Anna and Joseph, her beloved brothers, Rev. Joseph and John and her sisters, Eileen Larkin and Mary Ugast. She is survived by her sister Kathleen; six nieces and nephews: Susan Coneys, (J.J.), Ann Greenwood (Tom), Fred Ugast (Linda), Tom Ugast, Eileen Hudson (Christ), Joe Ugast (Suzanne); 14 great nieces & nephews: Meaghan (David Clark), Colin Coneys, Tommy (Fariha) Greenwood, Liz Meisel (Pete), Rachel Greenwood, Frederick  Ugast, Lindsay Ugast, Anna Mary Ugast, Spencer Griffin (Ryan), Kevin (Laura), Cory Hudson, Kyle Hudson, Joey Patrick Ugast, John Patrick Ugast and 7 great-great nieces and nephews: Asher Greenwood, Aidan Greenwood, Zane Greenwood, James Clark, Riley Meisel, Kathryn Hudson and Charlotte Coneys.For online condolences go to read more

Broward County School District Joins Lawsuit Against Vaping Companies

first_imgThe defendants in the case are JUUL Laboratories and Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.Pettis says the lawsuit is not be funded with taxpayer money. If the complaint is successful, attorneys would be paid from the proceeds of the lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount.“There have been tons of studies that show e-cigarettes are addictive and that a large percentage of users go on to be smokers,” Pettis adds. “They create a societal movement that shows it’s cool to vape, but they don’t tell you about the damage that’s done in the long run.”In total, nearly a dozen Florida districts are involved, including Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. More than 30 California school districts are also part of the suit.The “bellweather” districts are Broward and Escambia counties in Florida, the Three Village Central School District on Long Island in New York, the Central Bucks County School District in Pennsylvania, the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona and The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, east of San Francisco in California.JUUL announced last November that it would no longer be marketing its mint-flavored products, after the results of two national surveys on e-cigarette use among teenagers. Altria stopped making e-cigarettes two years ago, although it still owns a minority share of JUUL Labs. If you are concerned about vaping among children, you’re not alone.The Broward School Board has announced that it is joining more than 100 government entities nationwide in a federal lawsuit demanding compensation for resources that have to be spent on counselors, monitoring and programming to curb youth use of vaping products.Broward is one of six school districts taking the lead on the case as “bellweathers” to represent the rest, according to school district lawyer Eugene Pettis, of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Fort Lauderdale.More than five million middle and high school students across the country use e-cigarettes, the lawsuit states. “Consistent with this national trend, youth in The School Board of Broward County, Florida … are using e-cigarettes at high rates — rates which continue to climb.”It explains that vaping flavors such as mint and mango are among the methods that companies use to lure teens into vaping.last_img read more