UK: HMS Westminster Conducts Seawolf Missile Tests

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS Training & Education View post tag: Seawolf View post tag: conducts HMS Westminster completed two successful trial launches of her air defence missile system off the Isle of Wight. The Portsmouth-based frigate has been testing new canisters to hold her Seawolf missiles – tests which proved a hit as the weapon smashed two targets out of the Channel skies.Some 32 Seawolfs sit in their ‘cocoons’ (or canisters) in the silo on the forecastle of a Type 23 frigate – waiting for the moment an aerial threat is posed to the ship.In this instance, that threat came from targets on the end of a very long cable towed behind an aircraft.The ‘capital ship’ fired one telemetry version of the air defence missile – crammed with sensors to take readings – and one with a live warhead (known as a ‘war shot’) at the targets, one of which was skimming just 20ft above the surface of the Channel.Of the Royal Navy’s trio of missiles defending the Fleet against air attack – Seawolf, Sea Viper (on Type 45 destroyers) and the soon-to-be-retired Sea Dart (on HMS Edinburgh, the last Type 42 destroyer) – Seawolf is the smallest and has the shortest range.Using forward and aft trackers, Seawolf can follow – and then destroy – a target the size of a cricket ball travelling at three times the speed of sound.If the system were placed in the middle of London, it could track its target over the M25 and knock it out of the sky over the North Circular – and the whole action would last under 20 seconds.The weapon system is designed to detonate close enough to a target to cause maximum damage, making it either explode or plunge out of the sky.But thanks to the upgrade Seawolf has received in recent years – effectively doubling the weapon’s range – it’s become less of a ‘miss-ile’ and more of a ‘hit-ile’, wreaking immediate and total destruction.Celebrating the success of the double take-down, Westminster’s weapon engineer officer Lt Cdr Mickey Rooney, whose department is responsible for Seawolf (as well as other weapons and sensors aboard) said all aboard enjoyed what was “effectively a £1m seaborne clay pigeon shoot – and the target lost. “Both trials were hugely successful in a very crowded sea around the back of the Isle of Wight – we killed the pesky targets stone-cold dead.“It’s the first time our commanding officer has used this ‘cheap missile system’ – he’s used to the ‘millionaire’s option’ of a Trident from his submarine days.”With the Seawolf experiments done, Westminster is gearing up for a high-profile visit to London. She’s due to sail up the Thames on March 13 to berth next to WW2 veteran HMS Belfast.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 11, 2013 Image: Royal Navy Share this article View post tag: Tests View post tag: Navalcenter_img UK: HMS Westminster Conducts Seawolf Missile Tests Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Westminster Conducts Seawolf Missile Tests View post tag: Missile March 11, 2013 View post tag: UK View post tag: Westminster View post tag: Navylast_img read more

“Google, pay your taxes!”

first_imgOxord residents have protested about a talk given by two speakers from Google at the Sheldonian Theatre.Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas discussed “their vision for the future” at the talk on Tuesday.The talk was an event organised by the University’s Blavatnik School of Government.A protest held outside the Sheldonian included a man alleging that Google avoids tax. A banner read, “Google pay your taxes.”The protestor addressed the public walking past with a loudspeaker.The man, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cherwell, “Oxford University shouldn’t be accommodating such a villain.”He added, “Google should pay tax. People paying welfare are blamed for the economic downturn, but it is corporate tax avoiders who are to blame.”Eric Schmidt stated “First, corporation tax should be paid on a company’s profits, not its revenues… Second, politicians – not companies – set the rules… Third, given the intensity of the debate, not just in the UK but also in America and elsewhere, international tax law could almost certainly benefit from reform.”At the time of going to press, the University had not responded to Cherwell’s request for a comment.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Debuts Cover Of Blind Faith’s ‘Had To Cry Today’ [Full Audio]

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band have really kept the jams rolling on their Wheels of Soul tour, and this weekend has proved no exception. Touring with the North Mississippi All-Stars and Los Lobos, the TTB has kept things fresh by welcoming members of both bands and sprinkling in new musical treats for their fans.The latest such treat came out on both Friday and Saturday night performance at the Rose Music Center at The Heights in Huber Heights, OH and the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend in Cincinnati, OH, respectively. During both shows, guitarist David Hidalgo joined the band for their first-ever rendition of the classic Blind Faith song, “Had To Cry Today.” Blind Faith, of course, featured Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood; Tedeschi Trucks were more than worthy of performing this great song.The two-night Ohio run also featured some great guitarwork from Luther Dickinson throughout TTB’s sets, and extended sit-ins from members of Los Lobos. The full audio from Huber Heights, as well as some video highlights and the full setlists, can be found below. (Had To Cry Today is track 10!)Full Audio (taped by Scott Huff)Made Up MindColor Of The BluesThe full setlists from the last two shows can be seen below, courtesy of and The Tedeschi Trucks Band Fans.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Rose Music Center at The Heights, Huber Heights, OH – 7/29/16Set: Made Up Mind, Don’t Drift Away, Anyhow, I Want More, Idle Wind, Leaving Trunk*, Color of the Blues, Let Me Get By, The Sky Is Crying&, Had To Cry Today%, Laugh About It, Sticks and Stones* = w/ Luther Dickinson& = w/ Cesar Rosas% = w/ David HidalgoSetlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, Cincinnati, OH – 7/30/16Set: Don’t Know What > The Letter, Keep On Growing, Within You, Without You > Just As Strange, I Want More*, Don’t Miss Me*, Midnight In Harlem*, Space Captain, Don’t Think Twice, Had To Cry Today%Encore: Wade In The Water, Let’s Go Get Stoned* = w/ Luther Dickinson% = w/ David Hidalgo[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

How Supporting Diverse Suppliers Supports Local Economies and More

first_imgFor entrepreneurs, having a great product or service is only the first step toward success. The next steps include finding capital, connections, contracts and customers. For many woman-owned and minority-owned firms, gaining access to these vital resources can be a challenge.According to the Minority Business Development Agency, minority-owned firms are nearly three times more likely to be denied a loan than non-minority firms. And minority firms secure a lower number and dollar amount of contracts in proportion to the number of available minority firms in the relevant market. The reasons range from discrimination to the perception that minority-owned businesses lack the capacity to handle large contracts.Yet a Hackett Group study of corporate supplier diversity programs shows that 99 percent of diverse suppliers meet or exceed expectations, and they bring benefits including increased market share and access to new revenue opportunities.We’ve seen all of these forces come together over our three decades of partnership with World Wide Technology (WWT), an African-American-owned company based in St. Louis. When WWT first started reselling Dell computers in 1990, they had just seven employees. WWT has greatly expanded its scope of services over the years, and is now a global technology solution provider with $10.4 billion in annual revenue and more than 4,600 employees. They’ve become one of our biggest strategic partners in both supply chain management and channel sales.Since 2001, Dell has leveraged WWT for the just-in-time supply of bulk expense items (label stock, documentation, software, packaging and badges) for manufacturing facilities around the globe. Their consistent product delivery, along with predictable models for forecasting and demand planning, have saved us a lot of money. They’ve helped us compete for and win business, and we’ve helped them enter new markets, too. We engaged WWT to supply packaging materials in Brazil in 2009, and they opened their first international office. Today, 20 percent of WWT’s revenue comes from outside the U.S.WWT’s success has had a ripple effect throughout the company’s supply chain and local community. The company has its own supplier diversity program and holds networking events. They’re also passionate about providing internship and educational opportunities to underserved communities. Their partnership with National Academy Foundation helps high school students gain technology and engineering skills. And its partnership with NPower, which provides a 22-week technology training course for young adults, has helped NPower open a St. Louis office and resulted in many training graduates landing jobs at WWT.WWT awards a $10,000 grant to winners of its annual STEM Student Forum and Hackathon.“One of our core values is humility – to not forget where we came from. Giving back is part of our DNA and filters into everything we do,” said Mark Franke, WWT’s vice president of global supply chain. “Dell gave us the opportunity to earn their business. And this has enabled us to grow and give other suppliers the same opportunity.”Dell is committed to continually cultivating diversity in our supply chain and to supporting diverse suppliers. To learn more about our supplier diversity programs, and to learn how your company can apply, visit You can also follow us on Twitter at @DellSuppliers.This story shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.We invite you to explore our Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at read more

Avenue Q’s Ben Durocher Reveals What Makes Him Geek Out

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 26, 2019 Related Shows View Comments Avenue Q Age: 26Hometown: Ottawa, OntarioCurrent Role: A smashing New York debut in the dual roles of Princeton and Rod in the hilarious Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, now playing at off-Broadway’s New World Stages. Stage and Screen Cred: Fresh from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where Durocher appeared in The Human Comedy, Anything Goes, Hair, Urinetown and more, the actor has also appeared regionally as Tom Sawyer in Big River and as Woody in Toy Story: The Musical aboard the Disney Wonder. In addition to performing, Durocher has extensive experience as a fabricator with his work at The Puppet Kitchen and The Jim Henson Company as well as the The National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center.last_img read more

$8.7 million Vermont economic stimulus bill focused on jobs

first_img AttachmentSize S_288_As_Passed_Senate.xls24.5 KB The Vermont House is expected to begin working next week on an $8.7 million economic stimulus bill that its Senate sponsor says will put a lot of contractors to work.The federally funded measure, which would pump money into several of the state’s economic development programs, passed the Senate on a voice vote last month (see summary attached). Governor James Douglas says he supports the legislation.The funding is available to Vermont as part of the national economic recovery package developed last year by President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress .Senator Vincent Illuzzi (R-Essex-Orlean), the bill’s main architect, says its provisions are intended to help repair some of the damage inflicted on Vermont’s economy by the national recession. While there’s no firm estimate of the number of jobs the legislation may create or save, Illuzzi suggests that its impact will be felt in many parts of the state and by Vermonters in many industries.The largest chunk of money in the bill, $2.9 million, is earmarked for providing 10,000 unconnected Vermont homes and businesses with broadband Internet links. Access to telecommunications and broadband services is this era s equivalent to rural electrification in the 1930s, the legislation declares.An existing state fund providing seed capital for Vermont start-up businesses would receive a $1 million infusion through Illuzzi’s legislation. He notes that the fund’s managers have identified 38 Vermont firms in fields such as life sciences, agriculture and software that are together seeking $45 million in early-stage equity capital. It’s estimated that as many as 700 jobs could be created if these entrepreneurs had access to their envisioned funding.Private capital markets have not been lending in the needed amounts, Illuzzi says. The legislation notes that although Vermont banks have made dramatic increases in their commercial lending in the past year, venture capital investment remains at dramatic lows, down nearly 33 percent in the last year alone.Another $1 million in the Senate’s stimulus bill is destined for job retraining programs. The state fund that covers these initiatives is likely to run out of money this month, preventing as many as 2000 Vermonters from receiving workforce training in manufacturing, health care, telecommunications and environmental engineering.Dairy farmers are also due to be helped by the legislation. It sets aside $1 million for an agriculture credit program overseen by the Vermont Economic Development Authority. The loan money will enable farmers to refinance or consolidate their existing debt, Illuzzi says.VEDA would also get $800,000 to be used for interest-rate subsidies on loans to Addison County businesses hurt by the closure of the Champlain Bridge. Businesses can qualify on the basis of higher expenses incurred as a result of increased travel costs.The legislation provides smaller amounts of money for a variety of additional programs, including $300,000 for the Department of Tourism and Marketing for additional media buys; $100,000 in tax credits for downtown and village center businesses; $150,000 for planning work on an aviation technical training center at Burlington International Airport; $100,000 for the Vermont Film Corp; $70,000 for rural emergency medical services; and $50,000 for a neighbor-to-neighbor project administered by Area Agencies on Aging around the state.The bill now moves over to the House where it is expected to move quickly. According to House Speaker Shap Smith s office, testimony on the bill will be taken up by the House Commerce and Economic Development committee next week, which is expected to at least tweak the legislation before it moves forward.By Kevin J Kelley. Vermont Business Magazine.last_img read more

New eProcurement system to save Vermont at least $3 million annually in full use

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced that the Administration will begin implementing eProcurement for the State of Vermont after recently receiving approval from the Joint Fiscal Committee. The Department of Buildings and General Services and the Department of Information and Innovation, through the Office of Purchasing & Contracting will work with Vermont Interactive Consortium (VIC) ‘ the State’s web portal company ‘ to implement an eProcurement System for Vermont procurement and purchasing, with first use of the system scheduled for the beginning of calendar year 2011. A phased implementation of the system is planned.‘Implementation of an eProcurement system will not only streamline the bid and response process, but also to increase competition among vendors,’ said Governor Douglas. ‘A larger market means more competition which will ultimately lead to cost savings for taxpayers.’The more effective use of technology to save taxpayer money is one of the many efforts underway to resolve ongoing budget shortfalls and meet the goals of Challenges for Change. The goals of eProcurement include efficiency, less paperwork, and a greater exposure to bidders. Savings are estimated to be at least $3 million annually when the system is in full use.The procurement process today is challenging and paper intensive. With an eProcurement system, bid opportunities will be posted electronically and responded to in the same manner with vendors receiving automatic notification of any bid solicitation posted by the Office of Purchasing & Contracting. Additional benefits include enhanced reporting functions; streamlining of the bidding and contracting process, administrative efficiencies; reverse auction capabilities; transparency; and an electronic approval process.‘This is a very tangible example of the type of reforms we are making throughout state government as we carry out Challenges for Change,’ said Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville. ‘This is one step to make state government more efficient and ensure that taxpayer money is spent as effectively as possible.’Source: Governor’s office. 8.24.2010last_img read more

Hempstead Clerk Convicted of Misconduct, Acquitted of Coercion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaHempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla has been convicted of official misconduct and acquitted of three other charges following his two-week trial sexual harassment cover-up trial.Upon finding the 50-year-old Bellmore man guilty Thursday, Judge Sharon Gianelli cited evidence that included text messages between Bonilla and his assistant, Derek Foder, who is friends with former Bonilla staffer Ariel Davis, 21, who accused Bonilla of sexual harassment.“Obviously don’t let anyone know about it,” the text messages said, according to Gianelli, who read them aloud in the courtroom as she issued her verdict.Prosecutors used the text messages as evidence that Bonilla was using Foder to get explicit photos of Davis from her ex-boyfriend and fellow ex-clerk staffer Alex Desidoro. Bonilla wanted to use the photos to discredit Davis’ complaint, prosecutors said. Foder was friends with both Davis and Desidoro.Bonilla was found not guilty of petit larceny, coercion and a second misconduct charge because Desidoro and Foder contradicted each other in their testimony and it was unclear whether Bonilla asked for the photos or if Desidoro offered them, Gianelli said.Friends and family gathered around Bonilla who appeared to be shaken up, and walked with him out of the court room as a swarm of video cameras followed him down the hall. He declined to comment to reporters outside the courtroom.His attorney, Adrian DiLuzio, said that he would probably appeal the conviction.Bonilla, who has refused calls from fellow Republicans to step down, is not running for re-election in November.He will be sentenced Sept. 26 at First District Court in Hempstead. He faces up to one year in jail. Davis has also filed a lawsuit against him.“Mark Bonilla created a toxic work environment with his personal conduct and then tried to smear a young woman who rebuffed his unwanted sexual advances,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement. “Voters rightly expect elected officials to do their jobs with professionalism and common decency.”Hempstead town officials did not return a call for comment.last_img read more

Canada: officials urge action to keep edible marijuana away from kids

first_imgThe Guardian 11 November 2018Family First Comment: Next time the Drug Foundation or a Green MP says how great Canada is, mention this story…“federal legislation prohibits the sale of edible versions of the drug until at least 2019. The law, however, has done little to stop online retailers and physical stores from openly selling brownies and candies infused with cannabis throughout the country. Ontario and Alberta have already experienced nearly 600 cases of poisoning last year for patients under the age of 20, nearly twice the figure for 2014. The two provinces also saw 24 children under the age of four taken to emergency rooms after eating cannabis edibles last year”#SayNoToBigMarijuanawww.VoteNo.nzFollowing a sharp increase in cannabis poisoning among young people, Canadian health professionals are calling for tighter controls to keep edible marijuana products away from minors.Canada last month became the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, but federal legislation prohibits the sale of edible versions of the drug until at least 2019. The law, however, has done little to stop online retailers and physical stores from openly selling brownies and candies infused with cannabis throughout the country.Ontario and Alberta have already experienced nearly 600 cases of poisoning last year for patients under the age of 20, nearly twice the figure for 2014. The two provinces also saw 24 children under the age of four taken to emergency rooms after eating cannabis edibles last year, the Canadian Institute for Health Information said.“We’ve seen a spike for sure,” said Dr Margaret Thompson, director of the Ontario Poison Centre. “Will we see a huge increase as they did in some of the United States? I can’t say for sure.”Following legalization, a number of US states experienced a significant jump in the hospitalizations related to cannabis. Colorado quickly tightened rules around the previously unregulated edibles market as emergency visits set a new record. In a bid to keep the product unappealing to children, the revised state rules prevented products from resembling animals, fruit or people, and limiting their THC content.Because the effect of cannabis is delayed when eaten – and ingesting a gummy bear or cookie is easier than smoking – doctors have greater concerns over poisoning cases with edibles.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more