first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today The Netherlands: Thales to Optimize SMART-L Radar for Early Detection of Ballistic Missiles View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ballistic Authorities View post tag: early View post tag: Naval June 29, 2012 View post tag: radar View post tag: Thales View post tag: Optimize The Netherlands: Thales to Optimize SMART-L Radar for Early Detection of Ballistic Missiles View post tag: Missiles View post tag: SMART-L View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Detection On June 27, the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organization and Thales Nederland signed an agreement to modify the four SMART-L volume search radars installed on the “De Zeven Provinciën” class air defence and command frigates of the Royal Netherlands Navy.The new SMART-L radar will be optimized for the early detection of ballistic missiles.SMART-L will be able to detect ballistic missiles shortly after their launch. It has this early warning capability simultaneously with its traditional air defence capability. SMART-L will be able to detect and track several threats simultaneously and make an accurate calculation of each missile’s ballistic trajectory, and accurately estimate its point of impact as well as its launch position. SMART-L is a volume search radar that scans large volumes of the air space so that it can detect missiles without external cues.The SMART-L and its sister, the S1850M Long Range Radar are used by the navies from Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and South Korea. All these radars could in principle profit from the modification package contracted by the Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation.Gerben Edelijn, CEO of Thales Nederland: “This contract confirms our leading position world-wide in naval sensor technology and system integration. Through this contract we support NATO’s long-term plans for a maritime defence against ballistic missiles.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 29, 2012; Image: Thales Share this articlelast_img read more

first_img Share this article December 16, 2016 View post tag: Royal Navy RFA Mounts Bay completes marathon deployment View post tag: RFA Mounts Baycenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today RFA Mounts Bay completes marathon deployment Training & Education Home with just seven days to spare before Christmas Day are the sailors and Royal Marines on RFA Mounts Bay which has completed a marathon deployment in the Mediterranean.The amphibious support ship has been away from home for 349 days as one of the first vessels to deploy in 2016… and last to return.In the intervening 11½ months, the ship – which is typically used to move Royal Marines, their vehicles and supplies ashore during amphibious operations – has focused her efforts on trying to curb people trafficking/smuggling into Europe from Africa and the Middle East, and deal with the ongoing aftermath of the Libya’s civil war in 2011.To support those varied and challenging missions, she’s been home to an eclectic mix of units and equipment – Wildcat and Lynx Mk8 helicopters, landing craft, raiding and boarding craft, Army beach craft, the green berets of 42 and 45 Commandos, 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines and their specialist boats, and a small Royal Navy operations and medical surgical team.During the 33,000 nautical miles sailed on patrol, Mounts Bay has been involved in:supporting NATO operations in the Aegean to prevent migrants illegally crossing from Turkey into Greece; operations in support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the European Union in countering illegal arms trafficking into Libya;a joint operation with the Danish Navy to remove the last of Colonel Gadaffi’s chemical weapon agents from Libya;national exercises and operations in the region;maintaining her readiness to react to any rapid onset crises that the UK government wished her to assist with – such as evacuation and disaster relief operations. With large contingents of Royal Marines aboard, the galley has been exceptionally busy. Those aboard saw off 1,205kg of beef rump, 22,744 litres of milk – enough to fill the fuel tanks of more than 400 family cars (we wouldn’t recommended it) – 34,000 eggs and nearly three tonnes of sausages.“I am so proud to think that the ship has supported UN Security Council resolutions for the removal of the last chemical agents from Libya and supported both NATO and the EU in their respective migrant and arms-trafficking operations,” said her Commanding Officer Capt Chris Clarke RFA.After a spot of maintenance and leave following her 2016 exertions, Mounts Bay will resume front-line duties next year, this time in the Caribbean dealing with drug trafficking and providing relief and humanitarian aid in the event of a natural disaster in the region.last_img read more

first_imgIn his book, British author Shahzad Aziz travels through the Middle East, including Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, to explore the relationships between Arabic and Muslim cultures and Western society. His aim to “shed a little light” on Arab/Western relations, and gather Middle Eastern perspectives on a variety of issues, is a sound one. Unfortunately, Aziz’s awkward prose style often proves an obstacle to absorbing his wider arguments, and the book does not quite mesh as both a travel account and an examination of cultural perspectives.  Aziz writes in the “format of a travel diary”, in which he sets out to talk to “as many of the locals as possible” in the different cities and countries through which he travels. While he gives a fairly detailed account of his daily schedule and of the places he visits, the overall shape of this journey is never made clear. Aziz is almost suspiciously vague as to how long, exactly, he spends in each place, and never explains the overall duration of time he spent traveling and writing. Though his aims in this book are, clearly, more than just an account of his travels, this is still a travel book, in “travel diary” format. Without a strong sense of his journey’s time and place, his treatment of deeper issues feels incomplete. Absent, too, is a sense of Aziz himself as traveler. His mode of travel – be it lean backpacking or shuttling from one resort to another – is unimportant; what is important, is making the reasons for that choice clear to the reader – which Aziz never really does. There is also a certain naïveté to his travel (while walking through Tehran, he observes that “on more than one occasion I had to ask for directions”), which makes it difficult to know how well he was able to immerse himself in the cultures and places he describes. Aziz’s writing itself also trips the reader up. At times his language feels forced, wordy, formal, while in other sections his tone is overly conversational. This wavering between narrative modes makes it difficult to stay within the world of the book. Comments on things like fast taxi drivers or airport chaos are standard travel writing fare, but they feel disjointed from Aziz’s political and philosophical musings, and the book fails to unify itself successfully.  The strength of In the Land of the Ayatollahs, however, is Aziz’s effort to represent the opinions of the local people he meets. As a British Muslim, he’s in a unique position to communicate openly with both Muslims and Westerners. Few writers would have access, as Aziz does, to informal conversations with such a wide range of Middle Eastern residents – including taxi drivers, fellow airline passengers, and university professors. Many of these conversations are recounted in great detail, but Aziz’s method of reconstructing them is, once again, unclear. It seems unlikely – and certainly no hint is given – that he recorded conversations, though perhaps he relied on notes. Either way, however, it is hard for the reader to judge the accuracy of Aziz’s reconstructed memories.  But even in light of this book’s various problems, the relevance of what Aziz attempts to examine should not be underestimated. His observations of Western influence in the Arab world through television and other media, his considerations of the conflicts and contradictions inherent in Arab/Western relations, and his discussion of a range of issues in the Muslim world, are interesting and valuable. Though the author’s execution is somewhat messy, In the Land of the Ayatollahs may well be worth a look for the perspectives offered on the tensions between Western and Arab/Muslim societies.   By Laura Chartierlast_img read more

first_imgMayor Henry “Bud” Knight presented the South Jersey swim championship trophy to Ocean City Beach Patrol’s Paul Mangen on August 12, 2005.This year the OCBP reunion weekend will be held August 14, 15 and 16. The 76th annual South Jersey Lifeguard Championship will be held on Friday, August 14 on the Decatur Avenue beach in Margate. The three-event tournament will begin at 6:30 p.m.Karsten Giesecke, rookie 1969, Jim Sullivan, rookie 1973, and Paul Mangen, rookie 2000, will be inducted into the OCBP Hall of Fame at the 77th annual Lifeguard Reunion, Saturday, August 15 at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road in Somers Point. For more information, go to the Ocean City Rowing & Athletic Association’s website 3rd annual OCBP Alumni Races will be held on Sunday, August 16 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the Seaview Harbor beach, off the road between Ocean City and Longport.last_img read more

first_imgLoad remaining images Coming off of their successful weekend performances at the Boulder Theater supporting their frends, Twiddle, and a trip up to Steamboat Springs to perform on Sunday, Aqueous detoured through Denver, CO to give the city a taste of what they’ve been laying down across the Centennial State. On Monday, Aqueous brought their patented diverse jamming and exquisite songwriting to The Larimer Lounge. Supported by local Denver group, We’s Us, the night was an energetic, rock-heavy improvisational affair.For those unacquainted with Aqueous on Monday, they certainly made an impression. The room was packed following We’s Us, and despite the relatively early show times, the crowd eventually spilled out of the venue space and into the front bar. Aqueous opened up by jamming into “Mosquito Valley Pt. I,” which was the second time they have ever played this recently debuted tune from a show in Kansas a week ago. A direct transition saw the band move into “The Median,” a song that shows off the band’s ability to diversify their sound on a dime, before closing this opening three-song jam segment with “Complex Pt. I”While part of the beauty of Aqueous’ catalog is their honed talent for songwriting and composition, a highlight of the night was their cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Their ability to honor the original tune while still putting their own twist on it was wonderful to watch, and the crowd ate up the cover from the opening riff. Next, Nicholas Gerlach, formerly of Turbo Suit, contributed saxophone for the upbeat “Aldehyde,” and guitarist Mike Gantzer and Gerlach traded off taking dynamic solos before building the song to a climax and tuning in together to close out the track.“Wandering” followed, and moved directly into “Complex Pt. II,” a smooth, darker track to compliment the earlier “Complex Pt. I.” To close out their set, the band debuted a new song, “Staring Into The Sun,” which had the Larimer Lounge stoked and sad to see the show end. For an encore, they returned to the stage for “Strange Times,” a perfect cap on the night, with its ebullient tone juxtaposed with the hectic nature of its lyrics.You can check out a gallery from the Larimer Lounge below, courtesy of photographers Alan Westman and Bill McAlaine. Setlist from Monday night’s show at the Larimer Lounge can be seen below, as well.Setlist: Aqueous | Larimer Lounge | Denver, CO | 2/13/2017Set One: Mosquito Valley Pt. I > The Median > Complex Pt. I, War Pigs, Aldehyde (ft. Nick Gerlach), Wandering > Complex Pt. II, Staring Into The SunEncore: Strange Timeslast_img read more

first_imgOscar winner and The Velocity of Autumn Tony nominee Estelle Parsons will receive the Lifetime Achievement Obie at the 59th annual Village Voice Obie Awards, which will be presented on May 19 at Webster Hall. The ceremony, which honors outstanding achievement in off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, will be co-hosted by Tamara Tunie (The Library) and Hamish Linklater (Shakespeare in the Park’s upcoming Much Ado About Nothing). Unlike most awards, the Obies do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories. As previously announced, this year’s judging panel will include Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, Voice chief theater critic Michael Feingold, Voice critic Alexis Soloski, musical theater writer Kristen Childs, La MaMa director of programming Nicky Paraiso, writer Michael Sommers and fight director Rick Sordelet. The 2014 Obie Awards will also feature a special performance from the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning musical Fun Home, which is eyeing a move to Broadway. Presenters for the evening will include 2014 Tony nominees Lena Hall, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Andy Karl and Kelli O’Hara, as well as Betsy Aidem, Harvey Fierstein, David Bar Katz, Cristin Milioti, Lily Rabe and Stephen Trask. In addition to The Velocity of Autumn, Parsons has appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It and has earned Tony nominations for The Seven Descents of Myrtle, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Miss Margarida’s Way and Morning’s at Seven. She received an Oscar for her portrayal of Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgPP & D Brochure Distribution,Bill Orleans, president of PP&D Brochure Distribution is proud to announce he is now assuming the operations of Kingdom Brochure Distribution in the St. Johnsbury, Newport and Jay regions of Vermont.Raymond Menard has owned and operated Kingdom Brochure Distribution for ten years. It was founded in 1994. They have over forty locations in the Northeast Kingdom, including Fairbanks Museum, The Eastside Restaurant, Jay Country Store, Newport City Motel, Maple Grove Farms, St. Johnsbury’s Comfort Inn, and The Great Vermont Corn Maze.‘I’ve admired the Kingdom Brochure displays for years. Raymond has done a really great job promoting Northeast Kingdom businesses. I look forward to working in the community and continuing his efforts’ says Orleans.PP&D, founded in 1981, currently distributes in these regions. ‘I am very pleased to add these new displays to our routes. We will better serve our current clients and offer a wider variety of brochures to the new host locations.’PP&D is located in Burlington, Vermont and has seven employees. They have over 700 brochure displays in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. Some of their over 300 clients include; Fairbanks Museum, Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, Maple Grove, Billings Farm, Farm Way, Ben & Jerry’s, Jay Peak Resort, Cabot Creamery and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

first_imgI got to spend a few days exploring the New River Gorge, in West Virginia, recently, hiking and biking and swimming with my kids. We crawled on our hands and knees out onto rocky overlooks, biked sinuous singletrack and swam off a sandy beach below the massive, steel arch bridge (longest arch bridge in the Western hemisphere!). I’ve spent my fair share of time inside and around the gorge, running races, climbing and rafting, but this was the first trip that I actually paid attention to the cultural history of the area. I’m talking about coal and the role it played in the development of that 800-foot deep canyon and the area surrounding it.The natural beauty of the New River is stunning, but if you pay attention, it’s laced with coal’s fingerprints. You can hike and ride past old mine sites, forgotten company towns that sprouted up when the mines were booming…even some of the trails are laced with tiny, black shards of coal.miners-daughterIt seems natural, after spending a day hiking in that sort of terrain, to drink a beer that pays homage to West Virginia’s coal mining culture. Enter Miner’s Daughter, an oatmeal stout from Mountain State Brewing, out of Davis, West Virginia. The label is a little disturbing if you look closely—two tired miners with helmets and headlamps, sad, haggard, resigned. I couldn’t imagine doing that sort of work, actual work digging through the side of a gorge collecting dark rocks to power the country. A bad day in my job is when my laptop battery runs out before I finish a story.The beer itself isn’t that disturbing. It’s a rather thin oatmeal stout, almost watery with notes of coffee and chocolate. But not the sweet kind, the bitter kind. Imagine a cup of coffee, without the sweetness of cream. That’s this beer. Comforting, in a way, like after you spend the day ski touring or hiking through the cold and you hit a Waffle House after your adventure and all you want is that cup of hot, black coffee. I can imagine the two dudes on the can, finishing a day of work in the mine, desperately needing a beer exactly like this one.Related:last_img read more

first_imgBy Voice of America December 12, 2019 On December 9, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke about the final report issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) on the presidential elections in Bolivia.In a press release, Pompeo listed the strengths of the institution’s post-election audit, and described the evidence found as professional and overwhelming.“The United States commends the professional work of the Organization of American States electoral audit mission in Bolivia. The thorough investigation presented by the 36 experts of 18 nationalities underscores that deliberate and malicious actions were taken to rig Bolivia’s election in favor of former President Evo Morales,” said the press release.The 96-page report presents evidence and more than 500 pages of annexes, confirming the preliminary findings of the OAS. The report addresses the election held on October 20, in which Morales was allegedly re-elected in the first round, and includes data on the existence of two hidden servers used to process the results that were not controlled by Supreme Electoral Court personnel, which, according to the audit, facilitated data manipulation and electoral fraud.From the beginning, the U.S. government has endorsed and respected the credibility of the findings of the OAS report on alleged irregularities in the elections. The press release mentioned some of the points addressed in the report, such as at least two ballots filled out by the same person at hundreds of polling stations, which a handwriting analysis expert verified.The report points to a mathematical analysis that demonstrated it was highly unlikely for President Morales to obtain the margin of victory required to defeat his opponents without altering the results.“Based on the rigor of the independent report, the United States ultimately concurs with the report’s conclusion that, ‘given the overwhelming evidence we have found, what can be confirmed is that there has been a series of malicious operations aimed at altering the will expressed at the polls,’” Pompeo said.Pompeo urged the Bolivian transitional government to “continue its efforts to prepare for free, fair, and transparent elections that reflect the will of the Bolivian people as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court has directed The Florida Bar to draft a procedure whereby a medical liability claimant may waive the rights granted by Amendment 3, which limits contingency fees in medical malpractice cases.The court acted December 14 in case no . SC05-1150. At the Bar Board of Governors meeting two days later, Bar President Alan Bookman announced he is appointing a special committee to write the rule.The court directed that the proposed amendment to Bar Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B):• Acknowledge the provisions of Art. 1, §26 of the Florida Constitution. That section contains the limitations approved by voters in November 2004, which sets fees in medical malpractice cases to 30 percent of the first $250,000 and 10 percent above that amount.• Affirm the obligation of an attorney to notify any potential client with a medical liability claim of the provisions of Art. I, §26.• Include a procedure whereby a medical liability claimant may “knowingly and voluntarily waive the rights” granted by Art. 1, §26.The court also said the proposed procedure may involve judicial oversight or review of the waiver and may include a standard waiver form or otherwise provide for the protection of the rights of a potential client.The court ordered the Bar to submit its proposed amendment to the court by February 12. Once the proposal is submitted, it will be published in the News for comment.Bookman told the board he was appointing a committee and former Supreme Court Justice Major Best Harding will serve as chair. He said he would also appoint three members from the board, three from the Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section, three from the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and one each from the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.He also named, as the board appointees, board members Jamie Moses, Eugene Pettis, and Murray Silverstein. The other members include Howard Coker, William Hahn, Thomas D. Masterson, Joseph Milton, Randy J. Ogden, Francis E. Pierce III, Herman Russomanno, and Bill Wagner.Earlier last year, former Justice Stephen Grimes and 53 other lawyers filed a rule petition with the court asking it to amend Bar contingency fees rules to conform with Amendment 3. The court held oral arguments on that petition, which drew hundreds of comments (almost all negative) from lawyers, on November 30. (See the December 15 Bar News. ) Court tells Bar to draft waiver for Amend. 3 January 1, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Court tells Bar to draft waiver for Amend. 3last_img read more