HMAS Hobart tests SM-2 in Australian waters

first_img View post tag: Hobart-class Royal Australian Navy air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart has become the first ship in its class to fire a missile in Australian waters.This is not Hobart’s first missile launch, however, as the ship previously tested its Mk41 vertical launch system during weapons and systems trials off the US east coast in 2018.Hobart fired an SM-2 Standard Missile in the East Australian Exercise Area against an unmanned target during trials off the coast of New South Wales.The firing provided an opportunity to prove recent upgrades to the ship’s Aegis combat system and prepare the ship’s company for their upcoming task group deployment.Commanding Officer, Commander Ryan Gaskin, said the successful firing was a significant step in progressing Navy’s high-end warfighting capability.“HMAS Hobart is the most sophisticated and lethal warship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy and this missile firing is a demonstration of how she can fight and win at sea,” Commander Gaskin said.“Our advanced sensors provide a real-time recognised maritime picture of the tactical situation combined with state-of-the-art weapon systems, giving us a formidable area air defense capability.”HMAS Hobart’s weapons systems include, a Mk41 VLS containing SM-2 Standard Missile and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles, a Mk45 5-inch main gun, Phalanx close-in weapons system, two 25mm Typhoon guns, and MU90 and Mk54 light-weight torpedoes for subsurface defense.As the first of three ships in the class, HMAS Hobart is based at Garden Island in Sydney and will deploy for the first time next month as the lead ship in a task group deployment. View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HMAS Hobart Share this articlelast_img read more

GOP PARTY CHAIRMAN WAYNE PARKE DEMANDS THAT DAN MCGINN RESIGN FROM CITY COUNCIL

first_imgDear Mr McGinn:I accept you resignation as a Republican Precinct Committeeman. If your email is an accurate representation of your line of thinking, I suggest you also resign from your City Council position as well.You ran and was elected as a Republican. You have already stated you are not going to run for re-election in 2019–so resign now from your position as a City Councilman, so voters can be represented by a Republican because that is what they thought they were getting when you ran for office.As I have in the past, I will continue to voice my opinion on issues to all elected officials no matter what party they belong to if I believe their vote is not in the best interest of the citizens and the Republican Party.You are not acting like the person I once knew and I do not know why.Wayne Parke-Chairman VCRPEDITORS FOOTNOTE: THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Crews battle Saturday morning blaze at Prosper Apartments in South Bend

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – July 4, 2020 1 501 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) South Bend Fire crews battled a blaze at Prosper Apartments, the former Park Jefferson Apartments.Crews were called to the complex around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, and spent most of the overnight hours dousing the fire.There was no report of any injuries. There was no immediate word about the cause of the fire.As many as 8 families or tenants have been displaced. Crews battle Saturday morning blaze at Prosper Apartments in South Bend Previous articleHeat-related and fireworks safety tips to keep your July 4th weekend happyNext articleProtester struck by vehicle near Battell Park in Mishawaka Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Take Back the Night supports survivors of domestic, sexual violence in a week of virtual events

first_imgTake Back the Night (TBTN), a tri-campus event held annually to provide awareness and support for victims of sexual violence, has been converted to a series of virtual events to occur all this week. Executive producer for Show Some Skin: 20/20 Peyton Davis said their mission is to give voice to unspoken stories, including stories by survivors of sexual violence. “Show Some Skin and Take Back the Night give space for people who want to tell their stories, but they are also healing for those who cannot tell their stories,” Davis said. “I think at the center of Take Back the Night is the role of words and how they help heal us. It’s hard enough coming to terms with your own story, but I don’t think people recognize exactly how hard it is to put them into words so that others can understand you.”Although this year will be different from previous years, senior Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) and SAC member Lauren Zinanni said over email they still want to preserve the value of the event.“It’s unfortunate that we can’t all be together for TBTN this year, but we were dedicated to making sure it was not completely canceled for our community,” Zinanni said.This year’s TBTN will be a week long instead of one night as it has been in the past, which will allow students to be able to virtually attend different portions of TBTN and ensure there are several opportunities for students to participate in the events. “With everything, the move to online has been a major adjustment. It’s much harder to coordinate and communicate, in general, but I think the beauty is that we’ll get to reach more people where they are,” Davis said.TBTN will kick off Monday at 5 p.m. with a virtual poster party. People are encouraged to hang their posters in their windows or carry them during the walk in honor of survivors scheduled for Wednesday.“This is an opportunity for everyone to create a poster (or whatever they can find in their homes) to show their support for survivors of power-based violence,” said Zinanni. During the walk participants are encouraged to wear teal or an old TBTN shirt. “Anyone who walks in honor of survivors is invited to share a picture or video via social media, tagging Take Back the Night ND SMC HCC and #TBTN2020,” Zinanni said.The virtual speak out event featuring Show Some Skin will take place Tuesday night.“This is an opportunity to stand in solidarity and listen to anonymous stories from survivors,” Zinanni said.Davis noted trigger warnings for sexual abuse/assault, trauma and domestic violence.“I know how deeply these stories can effect, and even trigger people, so I’ve been really doing my best to include trigger warnings as much as possible,” Davis said. “I’m excited for the digital production because it means we’re able to put trigger warnings directly before the monologues to protect those still in the healing process.”Following the walk on Wednesday, TBTN will host a virtual healing event with the Family Justice Center in an evening of reflection, resources and trauma informed yoga.Thursday morning participants can come together to celebrate virtual mass dedicated to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and in the evening Show Some Skin 20/20 will host a talk-back on Instagram after it releases its show on YouTube.“Show Some Skin: 20/20 was originally scheduled to be immediately after spring break, but of course, the performance was canceled due to the COVID-19 situation,” Davis said. “We’ve been working for the past five weeks to figure out how best to continue sharing these stories. On Thursday, April 23, we will have a virtual streaming of the show, modified for a primarily digital presentation. After the show, members of our leadership team and cast will take to social media for a live-stream discussion to answer any questions the audience may have.”Tags: BAVO, Show Some Skin: 20/20, Take Back the Nightlast_img read more

Jennifer Simard-Led Who’s Holiday Cancels Off-B’way Run

first_img Jennifer Simard Looks like the Grinch disapproves of stealing. The world premiere of Who’s Holiday, which was to be headlined by Tony nominee Jennifer Simard, has postponed performances. A production spokesperson said it was: “due to a sudden rights issue that needs to be clarified before continuing.” Directed by Carl Andress, Matthew Lombardo’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! parody had been set to play a holiday engagement at New World Stages from November 2.The show follows a middle-aged Cindy Lou Who as she prepares for a Christmas Eve party in her trailer on Mount Crumpit. Through a series of couplets, she charts the events of the past 40 years following her fateful first meeting with the Grinch.Simard will now next be seen in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! this spring.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. View Comments Star Files Jennifer Simard(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

Vermont House passes protective wetlands bill

first_imgThe Vermont House gave final approval April 15 to legislation that will significantly increase the number of wetlands nature s water filters that will be protected under Vermont law.The bill, H.447, will require inaccurate state wetlands maps to be updated and also mandate better protections for wetlands. This legislation shows what Vermonters with widely divergent interests can accomplish when they sit down, roll up their sleeves and focus on what s good for Vermont s natural resources over the long haul, said Kim Greenwood, staff scientist for the Vermont Natural Resources Council. All parties here have made compromises for the greater good of improving the regulation of our wetlands, Greenwood said.At the urging of legislative environmental leaders, in 2006 the state Water Resources Panel brought a broad group together to address issues of wetland classification in Vermont as a result of a Vermont Supreme Court decision relating to VNRC s effort to reclassify the Lake Bomoseen wetland. VNRC saw the court decision as an opportunity to correct a deficiency in Vermont s wetland protection laws that left many wetlands unprotected simply because they were not included on state wetland maps.More than a dozen groups including VNRC, the Vermont Realtors Association, other business groups, the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Agriculture utilities, and others, spent three years hearing testimony on the issue and negotiating a solution to improve protection for Vermont s wetlands. VNRC was the only environmental group involved in a two-year negotiating process that led to the bill.Specifically, the bill that passed the House:Authorizes ANR to update the Vermont wetland maps with information it has accumulated in recent years, including using wetlands maps that towns have created.Allows ANR on its own or at the request of a citizen to protect unmapped wetlands as they are identified in the fieldRequires the state to update the rules to require more protection for wetlands that are not on the maps but are similar in size or type to those that do appear on the maps, the protection of vernal pools for the first time ever in Vermont, and better guidance for landowners in locating wetlands.The bill should now head to the Senate, and then to the Governor s desk.Currently, Vermont regulates wetlands that appear on federal maps, known as Vermont Significant Wetlands inventory maps. The problem has been that those maps are outdated. Up to one-third of important wetlands are not shown on those maps and up to seven percent of the areas mapped as wetlands are not, in fact, significant wetlands. Consequently, people using the maps are making decisions based on inaccurate information.Between 35 and 50 percent of the wetlands that existed in Vermont before European settlement have been lost or severely damaged due to draining, dredging, and filling for development and agriculture.Wetlands filter Vermont s drinking water, help control floods, comb out polluting sediment from water flowing into our streams, and provide wildlife habitat, among other benefits.last_img read more

World Bank to finance storage development in Asia, Africa

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ECN News:Solar energy could be a huge source of power in Africa, but its potential has been stymied by storage batteries that are too expensive and inadequate for use in poor countries.The World Bank aims to break through that bottleneck, announcing plans Wednesday to invest $1 billion—and leverage it by another $4 billion—to boost developing countries’ energy storage capacity from 4.5 to 17.5 gigawatt hours by 2025.Africa, where solar power is an “unmissable” source of energy, will be the first to benefit, said Riccardo Puliti, head of energy practice at the World Bank. Bangladesh and other developing countries of Southeast Asia also will benefit from the World Bank’s investment, which aims to stimulate a fledgling market and to create a “virtuous circle.”“We want to develop the market for batteries in developing countries,” Puliti told AFP. “Storage has a great future.”Lithium batteries are available today, but they are made principally for electric vehicles. Instead, the World Bank would like to see affordable batteries that are scaled to village life, capable of lasting seven or eight hours at night, resistant to extreme temperatures and require little maintenance.The cost is a crucial factor. Today, the best batteries available in industrialized countries cost $200 to $300 per kilowatt hour of installed capacity, or less. In developing countries, they are prohibitively expensive, ranging in price from $400 to $700 per kilowatt hour. The World Bank’s goal is to bring those prices down in the coming years.More: World Bank bets big on batteries for solar energy boost World Bank to finance storage development in Asia, Africalast_img read more

Best Run Ever and Body Heat

first_imgBest Run EverBill Gentry, Grottoes, VAMy buddy Bob and I traversed the Greenbrier River Trail, a 77-mile rails-to-trails park that runs from Cass to Lewisburg in West Virginia. Here are a few of the highlights:The crunch-crunch-crunch of a couple hundred thousand footfalls. The simple solitude of the Greenbrier River, at times a roar but most often a silent companion. Peaceful views across a land largely untouched by time.A trail so canopied by trees that we could have gone shirtless without sunscreen and not picked up a burn. Two cool tunnels and 51 bridges. One lone town, Marlinton, directly on the trail, so what an amazing blessing to have Bob’s work friends driving all over Hell’s Half-Acre with our aid.The interesting self-reflection that happens when you spend the first 30 minutes and then the final hour of the same run in darkness. The funny tricks your brain plays on you as you try to do simple math involving the following: a 77-mile-long trail with a stone marker at each mile, but with the markers labeled from Mile 80 to Mile 3. The amazing success we had with a 7-minute run/3-minute walk routine that kept us strong and steady the entire time.Fighting back just a few hours of mid-afternoon stomach problems and having to take a half-dozen potty breaks because Friday night’s kielbasa/onions/home fries mix ranks as the dumbest pre-run meal I’ve ever consumed.Finding a golf ball in the middle of the trail in the middle of nowhere around Mile 30. Wanna guess what the brand name was? Ultra. Spooky, huh? Yeah, I still have it. Good luck charm, I figure.Seventy-seven miles. 17:17:16. 17 rabbits. 14 deer. Two new friends. Lots of gravel. Lots of laughs. Having a cold beer while flat on my back with feet propped up at trail’s end, beaming with the joy of effort well spent, a plan well executed, a long day out of which we squeezed every ounce.Bill GentryBill GentryBody HeatKristina Garcia Wade, Free Union, VADuring my freshman year of college, three friends and I went on a winter camping trip in the Appalachians.I assumed my friends (all guys) knew what they were doing. They brought the tents and the stove and the food. All I had to bring was myself. I borrowed a hat from one friend, a jacket from another, a pair of canvas army pants held up with twine… you get the picture.To top it off, I brought a three-season purple sleeping bag, which was fine for the camping I did in September, but with nights at minus twenty, it might as well have had Hello Kitties cavorting along the zipper. On the first night, after the sun went down, I started shivering uncontrollably. A friend finally took pity on me and swapped his sleeping bag for mine. I slept like a log. He wrestled with that bag all night. When he finally woke up, all he could say was, “It’s purple.”On the second night, we decided to beat the cold by sleeping all together in one of the two-person tents. All settled in the tent, I rolled over…well, I turned my head at least—I couldn’t actually roll over without displacing the shoulders of the two people lying next to me—and asked, “What time is it?” The answer?Seven p.m.We spent eleven hours in that tent, unable to sleep, the tent walls perspiring with condensation, giggling at every interval. Someone was snoring. Someone’s hair smelled like wet wool (mine, probably). Someone was eating beef jerky. Ah, wild Spring Break memories. But not once did I ever think: I could have gone to Cancún.last_img read more

Fighting Piracy

first_img A helicopter from the Japanese Self- Defense Force hovers above a coast guard boat off the coast. The exercise occurred near the Kure Naval Base in Hiroshima during an antipiracy drill in 2009. To continue its fight against piracy, Japan is opening its first overseas base in Djibouti, a small African country strategically located at the southern end of the Red Sea on the Gulf of Aden. Expected to be completed by early 2011, the $40 million base strengthens international efforts to curb hijackings and vessel attacks by gangs of gunmen from the lawless regions of Somalia. “We are deploying here to fight piracy and for our self-defense,” said Capt. Keizo Kitagawa of Japan’s Naval Force. “Japan is a maritime nation, and the increase in piracy in the Gulf of Aden through which 20,000 vessels sail every year is worrying.” Kitagawa, who is coordinator of the deployment, explained that 10 percent of the Gulf of Aden’s traffic comes from Japan. Ninety percent of Japanese exports depend on this crucial sea lane that was almost overrun by the marauding pirates two years ago. By Dialogo July 01, 2010last_img read more

Best customer experience in banking blends digital with human touch

first_imgPeople frequently beef that you can order almost anything in the world on Amazon, but you can’t have a conversation with a real human being at the ecommerce giant. The inability to easily talk to a person is a flaw shared by many financial institutions’ websites, according to Alyson Clarke, Principal Analyst at Forrester.“You can’t find a phone number anywhere,” says Clarke of the typical financial institution site. “The avenue of help is hidden. It’s kind of gone away.” Too often, the push is towards self-service.This is important because for both full-service and online-only banking institutions the ability to make an emotional connection with an employee is critical for maintaining an ongoing relationship, according to a research report by Clarke and August du Pont, Researcher at Forrester.But Amazon does something many financial institutions haven’t mastered, or do at all: solid chat. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more