Babcock, RN consolidate training systems support contract

first_img View post tag: Babcock The UK defense ministry has awarded Babcock International a five-year maritime training systems through-life availability & support service (MARTASS) contract.As announced by the company, a series of support packages, defined by the maritime combat system (MCS) and maritime training acquisition organisation (MTAO) teams within Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), will be clustered into one contract for consolidated delivery by Babcock.Working collaboratively with the MOD, Babcock will support training systems located across the Royal Navy and defense establishments including naval bases and air stations.Through the contract, Babcock will deliver on-call engineering support, routine maintenance and the modernization of legacy equipment to ensure the availability of the training equipment in the long-term.The contract will include provision of in-service support; spares and repairs; and technical refresh studies and insertions. Similarly, it will utilize capability upgrades and training studies throughout, always ensuring maximum benefit is applied to the customer with a keen focus on training needs.“Consolidating the existing customer training programmes ensures MARTASS offers a fit-for-purpose solution for the Ministry of Defence,” Jeff Lewis, managing director of defense systems technology at Babcock, said.MARTASS follows a 10-year training equipment support services (T-ESS) contract delivered by Babcock and increases its portfolio of support. View post tag: Royal Navy Photo: Illustration: The flight deck training simulator at RNAS Culdrose will be one of the systems maintained by Babcock under the contract. Photo: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Branford Marsalis To Join Dead & Company, Jason Bonham To Join Umphrey’s McGee At LOCKN’

first_imgLOCKN’ Festival is going down August 23 – 26, 208 at Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. With headlining performances from Dead & Company (4 sets), Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band (2 sets), and Umphrey’s McGee (3 sets), jam band fans from all over are planning to make their way to one of the most exciting music festivals of the summer. Known for their unique tribute sets and out-of-left-field collaborations, LOCKN’ is a place of magic. Now that the official lineup has been unveiled, festival organizers will be revealing special twists over the next couple of months until we land on show day.As such, LOCKN’ Festival has announced that saxophonist Branford Marsalis will sit in with Dead & Company and drummer Jason Bonham will sit in with Umphrey’s McGee for a Led Zeppelin set.This will be the first-ever collaboration between Dead & Company and Marsalis, though the saxophonist has played with the original Grateful Dead five times, along with their various side-projects.As Relix notes,Marsalas first performed with the [Grateful Dead] on 3/29/1990 at Nassau Coliseum. Originally, Marsalis was supposed sit-in for one song, but he meshed with the band so well that he played the entire second set. After that fateful night, Marsalis played with the original band on New Years 1990 as well as 9/10/91, 12/10/93 and 12/16/94. Later in life, he also sat in with The Dead in 2009 and Furthur in 2013.“I still remember fondly my time playing with the Dead in 1990,” Marsalis told Rolling Stone, “and this latest iteration of the Dead aesthetic is filled with great musicians. I look forward to making music with them.”“As I’ve always said, if we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our job,” Bob Weir added. “With Branford, at LOCKN’, I’ll expect we’ll be working overtime.”Watch Branford Marsalis discuss his experience playing with the Grateful Dead in a 1996 TV interview below via YouTube user Josh Daniel:Additionally, Umphrey’s McGee will welcome drummer Jason Bonham during one of their three sets at LOCKN’. Umphrey’s McGee has a long history of playing Led Zeppelin tunes, covering over 15 total tunes several times since 1998, including “Bron-Yr-Aur” (x13), “Fool In The Rain”(x84), “Immigrant Song” (x30), “Kashmir” (x19), “Moby Dick”(x25), “That’s The Way” (x18), “The Song Remains The Same” (x80), and more, according to, so the collaboration comes as no surprise.According to Relix,Jason Bonham will also break new ground at LOCKN’ 2018, performing with Umphrey’s McGee for the first time. Through his career, Bonham has collaborated with Slash, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and more. He also played in place of his father—the legendary John Bonham—at the historic Led Zeppelin reunion in December 2007.“[Led Zeppelin is] one of our biggest influences,” guitarist Brendan Bayliss told Rolling Stone. “We technically have three drummers in the band, and I guarantee you that all three would say John Bonham taught them more about rock & roll than any other drummer. Getting the opportunity to play with Jason is another example of Pete [Shapiro] asking, ‘How can we make this place go off?’”As you can see in last week’s teaser video below, guitarist Jake Cinninger is perfecting a few choice covers of the classic English rock band. Get psyched:Two weekends ago, Umphrey’s McGee incorporated “Fool In The Rain” into their rain-soaked closing set at SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta, GA, foreshadowing the exciting announcement. Watch a clip of the performance below, courtesy of YouTube user CornBinladen:Umphrey’s McGee – “Fool In The Rain” [Led Zeppelin cover]Catch Branford Marsalis with Dead & Company and Jason Bonham with Umphrey’s McGee only at LOCKN! You can grab your weekend pass now via the LOCKN’ website.last_img read more

Friends of alum endow new fellowship

first_imgFriends of Henry Hubschman, HLS ’72, M.P.P. ’73, have set up a fellowship in his memory at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard Law School (HLS). Established shortly after Hubschman’s death in February 2011, the fellowship has received more than $550,000 in contributions and is now permanently endowed. It will provide financial assistance to students pursuing dual HLS/HKS degrees beginning in academic year 2012–13.Hubschman had a distinguished career in law, government, and business before succumbing to cancer at age 63. After graduation, he served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts. He was an associate and then nationally recognized litigation partner at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Washington, D.C. He took time out from his private practice to serve as executive assistant to Patricia Harris, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter administration, and became a member of the board of the Federal National Mortgage Association. He subsequently served as general counsel of GE’s Aircraft Engines Division from 1992 to 1997, when he became president and CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services, the commercial aircraft financing and leasing business of General Electric, where he grew the company’s fleet to 1,800 aircraft placed with nearly 250 airlines in more than 75 countries, making it the largest aircraft leasing business in the world.“This fellowship is a perfect tribute to Henry,” said longtime friend Ben W. Heineman Jr., who is a distinguished senior fellow at HLS’s Program on the Legal Profession and a senior fellow at HKS’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. “He had a brilliant professional career at the intersection of law, policy, politics, and business, and was always grateful for the skills and perspectives he developed as a joint-degree student almost 40 years ago.”Read the full story.last_img read more

What rocks can teach

first_imgTo Francis Macdonald, Harvard’s vast collection of gems, minerals, and rocks constitutes more than just a pretty face.The collections, showcased in a gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, have long included the showstoppers: fantastic crystalline shapes of brilliant red, orange, and blue; semiprecious gems; and even meteorites, visitors to Earth from the distant asteroid belt.But Macdonald, an assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, thought the venerable gallery should go beyond just “pretty,” incorporate more science, and tell more about the story of the Earth and the processes that created it.That sensibility is what drove a renovation of the Earth and Planetary Sciences gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, one of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Macdonald and museum officials felt it was time to link the beauty that has always been there more closely to the story of the Earth and to the work of faculty members in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.Francis Macdonald, an assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences, thought the venerable Earth and Planetary Sciences gallery should go beyond just “pretty,” incorporate more science, and tell more about the story of the Earth and the processes that created it.“The data for these stories [about the Earth], we actually get from these stones,” said Macdonald, the lead scientist who helped to develop the new exhibits. The renovation was funded partly by the department and partly through a grant Macdonald received from the National Science Foundation.The renovated gallery, which opened early this month, includes new panels telling the history of the Earth, starting with plate tectonics and continuing along a timeline running down the east wall. The timeline features specimens for visitors to touch, including a sample of the oldest rock on Earth, a stone from a time when the planet was nearly entirely covered in ice, and samples illustrating the rise of life on Earth (though in keeping with the gallery’s geological theme, it is life turned to stone in the form of fossils).The renovation also saw the removal of several display cases in the center of the room to make space for an exhibit that will showcase the work of faculty members. Now, it represents Macdonald’s work in the Arctic, and includes a large relief map of the region with the ice removed, touchable so visiting schoolchildren can get a feel for the undersea ridges and ocean basins.The specimens on display are just part of a vast collection held by the Harvard Mineralogical and Geological Museum, which is one of three museums that make up the Museum of Natural History. The collection, used for both teaching and research, holds 300,000 specimens, including samples of nearly 600 meteorites and 1,000 gemstones.Associate curator Raquel Alonso-Perez said that the renovations included refurbishing the existing display cases and improving lighting. Officials reviewed the samples on display, replacing about half of the 3,000 specimens there, Alonso-Perez said, and dedicated one case to birthstones, which visitors often ask about.When asked about his favorite specimens, Macdonald turned from the more showy samples to those he has collected personally, which not only conjure memories of his field trips, but also help him to tell the scientific story of how today’s Earth came to be.“The idea is that the rocks are the data,” Macdonald said. “One of the [motivations] for me is showing that geology and mineralogy are active and alive.”The specimens on display are just part of a vast collection held by the Harvard Mineralogical and Geological Museum, which is one of three museums that make up the Museum of Natural History. The collection, used for both teaching and research, holds 300,000 specimens, including samples of nearly 600 meteorites and 1,000 gemstones.last_img read more

McCormick wins in run-off

first_imgJunior Pat McCormick and sophomore Brett Rocheleau won the election for student body president and vice president after capturing 64 percent of the vote in Thursday’s runoff, Judicial Council president Marcelo Perez said. McCormick and Rocheleau defeated junior James Ward and freshman Heather Eaton in the runoff election. “It was a very normal turnout, with just a little over 3,000 students voting,” Perez said. “No more or no less than usual.” McCormick, who currently serves as the chair of the Senate Social Concerns Committee, said he looks forward to working toward a smooth transition with current student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell. “We want to build on the extraordinary foundation their leadership has built for student government,” he said. The ticket’s top priority is going to be trying to connect to students in all areas of their life, McCormick said. “We want to try to transform student government as a way of amplifying students’ voices and responding to issues that students care about,” he said. “It is our hope that we can build a student government that allows students to chart their own course for the future of Notre Dame.” McCormick said they hope to make student government more about students by creating a committee for constituent services. “Ultimately, moral conscience is at the core of all of our ideas,” he said. Rocheleau, who was out of town when the polls closed at 8 p.m., received the results of the election via Skype. “I’m very excited and I wish I was there,” he said. “We’re both looking forward to a great year.”  Ward and Eaton received 35.9 percent of the vote in the runoff. Eaton said the ticket was excited to have made it to this point in the election. “It’s definitely something to cross off the bucket list,” Eaton said. “I just want to thank everyone who has supported us. It’s been a great run.” Ward said he hopes to remain involved with student government despite the loss. “I’m thinking about jumping into the policy side of things,” he said. “It definitely opens up a lot of opportunities.” McCormick said he and Rocheleau are looking forward to taking office April 1. “We have high hopes for Notre Dame and the role that Notre Dame can play in higher education,” McCormick said. “We want to help students realize those hopes for our school.”last_img read more

5 Inches of Snow Fell on Long Island by Noon Monday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Up to five inches of snow had already fallen on parts of Long Island before noon Monday, with no sign of the winter storm letting up before sundown, according to the National Weather Service.The agency released unofficial snowfall tallies for the tristate area, which is under a winter storm warning through 7 p.m. Monday. The tallies, which NWS compiled from local reports, were the latest as of 11:30 a.m. and included some of the highest amounts in the region.Five inches of snow was recorded shortly after 10 a.m. in Albertson and shortly before 11 a.m. in Mount Sinai, which were both tied for the early highest amounts.Parts of New York City topped out at 4.5 inches so far, Connecticut had 4.1 inches and New Jersey fell a tenth of an inch shy of tying LI with 4.9 inches.On the low end in Nassau, Malverne had 3 inches at 10 a.m. and in Suffolk, Patchogue counted 1.5 inches at 9:15 a.m.Much of the Island had about 3 inches by noon, according to the unofficial early reports.Western LI and NYC were also under a winter storm watch for Wednesday, when another snow storm is forecast to hit the area with a third this week expected this weekend.last_img read more

Social engagement builds member trust, says CCUA panel

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Marketers and communicators from the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s (CCUA) Marketing and Business Development Network gathered March 24 to share their knowledge and sharpen their expertise of social media as a tool for member and community engagement.The meeting, conducted though CCUA’s Video Conference Network, brought together groups in Marlborough, Mass., Manchester, N.H., and Smithfield, R.I., to hear experts and veteran users share their comments and insights on such social media platforms as Facebook, Twitter and Hootsuite.The discussion addressed numerous issues during the two-hour session, which included ways to schedule posts directly on Facebook, balancing television and radio advertising with digital content, and how to best persuade a CEO, the credit union’s top ambassador, to become a social media user.Topping the discussion was creating strategies to report to management how social media contributes to the bottom line. continue reading »last_img read more

Pregnant Witney Carson Celebrates Baby Shower With Lindsay Arnold

first_imgIn August, Carson told Us Weekly that she and Arnold were having different experiences with their pregnancies.“We have not had the same pregnancies at all,” she said at the time. “Just recently, her pelvis is starting to hurt a lot and she, like, can barely walk. She’s like, ‘It’s the weirdest thing.’ Other than that, she hasn’t been really sick. She hasn’t been feeling any cramping at all.”Days before Arnold gave birth, the Utah native told Entertainment Tonight that she was excited to enter motherhood with Carson by her side.Witney Carson Celebrates Baby Shower With Fellow 'DWTS' Pro Lindsay ArnoldLindsay Arnold and Witney Carson. Eric Charbonneau/Shutterstock“It’s actually insane,” she said in an interview published on November 4. “We’ve done so many things in our lives together, so it’s like, naturally, why wouldn’t we get pregnant together? It’s so funny because you can’t really plan a pregnancy. I mean, you can plan when you want to try, but it’s not like it’s always going to happen when you want it to.”Arnold added, “It’s perfect we have a boy and a girl. I feel like it’ll be good because boy and girl friend relationships are so much fun. They can be partners, maybe girlfriend, boyfriend, who knows.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Memories to last a lifetime. Witney Carson celebrated the upcoming arrival of her first child alongside fellow Dancing With the Stars pro Lindsay Arnold.Arnold, 26, shared a photo on Saturday, November 14, via Instagram of herself and Carson, 27, at the baby shower. The duo smiled as they posed together with Carson cradling her baby bump.- Advertisement – “Loved celebrating this beautiful mama to be ❤️❤️ I am so happy for you @witneycarson cannot wait to meet baby boy!!” she captioned the picture. Carson commented on the post writing, “Love you linds! ❤️”The longtime pals announced their pregnancies within months of each other. Carson revealed in July that she and her husband, Carson McAllister, are expecting their first child together.“Baby McAllister coming Jan 2021!!!!! We can’t even contain our excitement and joy right now🙏🏼😭❤️,” the So You Think You Can Dance alum captioned a post that featured photos of her sonogram results and pregnancy test. “We found out together with @clearblue, which was so surreal and special! Getting our results in words made this whole thing that much more real! We love this little bean so much already and we can’t wait to start this beautiful chapter in our lives!”- Advertisement – One month later, Carson announced that she and McAllister, 27, will welcome a baby boy in January.Arnold, for her part, shared the news in May that she and her husband, Sam Cusick, are expecting their first child. Carson showed her support when she helped her DWTS costar celebrate her own baby shower in September. Arnold gave birth to her daughter, Sage, on November 2.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

BI, Bank of Korea renew currency swap agreement to boost trade, financial stability

first_imgRead also: Indonesia posts $864m trade deficit in January as oil and gas exports slump“Similar to the previous agreement, the purpose of the BCSA is to promote bilateral trade and financial cooperation for economic development of the two countries,” the statement reads.“In particular, the arrangement will ensure the settlement of trade in local currency between the two countries even in times of financial stress and thus support regional financial stability,” it added.Trade between the two countries amounted to $1.12 billion in January, making South Korea one of Indonesia’s main trading partners. South Korea has been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, as more than 5,700 people are infected in the East Asian country as of Thursday and almost 100 nations have limited arrivals from the country. Bank of Korea defied expectations for a cut and instead kept interest rates unchanged in late February even as the pneumonia-like illness spread rapidly and threatened the country’s growth.Meanwhile, the Indonesian government says it expects the country’s economic growth to slow by between 0.3 to 0.6 percentage points as Chinese expansion is projected to slow by up to 1 percentage point.Read also: Coronavirus may weaken rupiah this year: Fitch SolutionsPerry projected on Wednesday that Indonesia’s economic growth would slow to 4.9 percent in this year’s first quarter as the virus hit tourism, exports and imports.“That’s not a doomsday scenario but based on the V-shape scenario we project,” he said. “Recovery is likely to take place in the next six months after bottoming out in February and March.”The country’s economy, the largest in Southeast Asia, grew by 4.97 percent in last year’s fourth quarter, the slowest pace in three years, as investment and exports cooled. (prm) Topics :center_img Bank Indonesia (BI) and Bank of Korea have extended a bilateral currency swap agreement (BCSA) to strengthen the rupiah and the South Korean won and to promote trade.The arrangement, which was signed by Bank of Korea Governor Juyeol Lee and BI Governor Perry Warjiyo, allows for the exchange of their currencies between the two central banks for up to Rp 115 trillion (US$8.14 billion) or 10.7 trillion won, according to a statement released by BI on Thursday.The facility will be effective from March 6, 2020, to March 5, 2023, and can be extended by mutual consent.last_img read more

As US cities simmer, a leadership test for Trump

first_imgThe shadow of Charlottesville In a call with state governors on Monday — excerpts of which were reported by US media — Trump urged them to get much tougher on protesters.”If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time,” he was quoted as saying. “They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker confronted Trump over his tone, accusing the president of making the situation “worse,” ABC News reported. “I’ve been extraordinarily concerned about the rhetoric that’s been used by you,” Pritzker reportedly said. “It’s been inflammatory.”On Sunday the Democratic mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, called out what she said was a dangerous lack of presidential leadership.”He speaks and he makes it worse,” she said. “This is like Charlottesville all over again.”The reference was to Trump’s now-infamous response to the deadly violence pitting neo-Nazis against counterprotesters in the Virginia city in 2017 — when he declared there to be “very fine people on both sides.”While Trump’s comments back then drew condemnation even within his own camp, the Republican Party has had little to say on his response to the death of the unarmed Floyd, who pleaded for his life as a white police officer knelt on his neck.One exception was Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, who criticized Trump for what he said were “not constructive tweets, without any question.”The president’s last public comments on the spreading unrest — delivered at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida — showed the competing impulses at work as he flickered between empathy, finger-pointing and a tough law and order message.Trump denounced Floyd’s death in Minneapolis as a “grave tragedy” that “filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief.””I understand the pain that people are feeling,” the president said.But from there he pivoted to the role of “anarchists” in fomenting unrest, while sidestepping the core issue: police brutality and the anger of a black minority for whom Floyd’s last words have become a rallying cry: “I can’t breathe.”Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, for his part, published an op-ed article in which he spoke out against violence “putting innocent people at risk — but also warned not to reduce a millions-strong movement to the excesses of a “small minority.””The overwhelming majority of participants have been peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring.””They deserve our respect and support, not condemnation,” Obama added — in a pointed message to his successor in the White House. “A national Oval Office address is not going to stop Antifa,” the president’s spokeswoman said Monday, referring to the far-left activist network Trump accuses of spearheading the violence of recent days.Election plug aside, Trump’s other morning tweets seemed less aimed at restoring calm than at firing up his base.One quoted a Fox News host denying that white supremacist groups had played a part in stoking unrest.Another lashed out at Democratic rival Joe Biden, claiming he was surrounded by members of the “Radical Left” who were “working to get the Anarchists out of jail, and probably more.” Topics : Lurching from tough talk to empathy and back again, with one eye firmly on his voter base, Donald Trump seems unsure what tone to strike as America is convulsed from Minneapolis to Los Angeles by furious anti-racism protests. After a sixth night of at times violent unrest that saw chaotic scenes unfold right outside the White House, Trump made clear in an early morning tweet where his focus lies: “NOVEMBER 3” — date of the presidential election.For days the US leader has been sending conflicting messages, as anger flared in dozens of American cities over the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old come to symbolize the scourge of police brutality towards African Americans. Since Trump returned from Florida to the White House Saturday night, Washington has been expecting a presidential address — perhaps a message of unity — to a nation already battered by the 100,000 lives and 40 million jobs lost to COVID-19 and now facing its most sweeping civil unrest in decades.But instead the Republican leader has hunkered down, unseen and unheard throughout Sunday, but for a series of eruptive tweets berating the media and Democratic officials for their supposed lack of resolve toward protesters.The image, late Sunday night, of exterior lights going dark at the White House — while blocks away protesters set fires and smashed windows — seemed to say it all about a president cut off from his fellow Americans.And there was no indication of a change of heart Monday by the president, who still had no public events scheduled.last_img read more