Russia: Navy Commissions Consul Submersible

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Navy Commissions Consul Submersible Russia: Navy Commissions Consul Submersible View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: commissions December 15, 2011 View post tag: Submersiblecenter_img View post tag: Russia View post tag: Consul Russian Navy’s ensign – St. Andrew’s flag – was triumphantly hoisted on the autonomous deep-sea submersible Consul at JSC Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center, reported Russian Defense Ministry Press Service.Deputy defense minister Gen. Nikolai Makarov endorsed the submersible’s acceptance certificate in Sept 2011 after state trials.As was earlier planned, Consul submersible was commissioned by the order of Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief.State trials of the Consul deep-sea submersible were completed in May 2011 with effective submergence to the depth of 6,270 meters in the North Atlantic.Project Consul was developed by JSC Malakhit Design Bureau (St. Petersburg).The submersible was built by JSC Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard by the order of Russian defense ministry and is used for underwater technical and search/rescue works, planting of transponder beacons on underwater objects, lifting and transportation ashore equipment with the mass of up to 200 kg, preparatory works by manipulators on underwater objects for further lifting by a platform ship.The hull is made of high-tensile titanium alloy purposely developed by the Prometei Central Research Institute of Construction Materials. Length of the submersible is 8.4 meters, beam/height is 3.9 meters, weight is 26 tons, crew is 2-3 men, endurance is 12 hours, speed is 3 knots.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 15, 2011; Image: sdelanounas View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy Adjusts Selective Reenlistment Bonus Plan to Retain Critical Skilled Sailors

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Adjusts Selective Reenlistment Bonus Plan to Retain Critical Skilled Sailors January 10, 2012 The Navy released an updated Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan Jan. 6 in NAVADMIN 013/12.SRB is a special incentive pay to help meet critical skill reenlistment benchmarks. The intent of the SRB is to reward those who attain special training in skills most critical to current needs and mission requirements. While the Navy has 31 overmanned ratings there are 91 specific critical skills that use SRB to help meet critical skill needs. “The SRB program provides a needed incentive to our top performing Sailors with critical skills,” said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director, military personnel plans and policy. “We will continue to monitor our bonus programs to maximize retention behavior in our most critical skills within the constraints of our budget.”Enlisted Community Managers continuously monitor the health of their community and make recommendations to leadership, as required, to maintain acceptable manning levels.From the 91 skill/zone combinations detailed in NAVADMIN 253/11, this update includes reductions for eight skills, four skills elimination, 31 skills award levels increase and 11 skills added to the list.The plan also continues the quota management policy established in NAVADMIN 166/11, whereby reenlistment requests for SRB will be approved based on quota availability.As with Perform to Serve (PTS), eligible Sailors desiring SRB reenlistment are encouraged to work with their command career counselors, command master chiefs, and chain of command to discuss timing of reenlistment and procedures well before their end of active obligated service.Command career counselors can use the Force Management System or the Officer Personnel Information System (OPINS) to submit an SRB request.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 10, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: to View post tag: Skilled View post tag: Naval View post tag: Critical View post tag: Navy View post tag: Adjusts Authorities US Navy Adjusts Selective Reenlistment Bonus Plan to Retain Critical Skilled Sailors View post tag: SRB View post tag: sailors View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Retain View post tag: plan Share this articlelast_img read more

Indonesian MoD becomes first Skeldar V-200 customer

first_img Share this article View post tag: V-200 View post tag: Indonesia View post tag: UMS Skeldar View post tag: UAV Authoritiescenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Indonesian defence ministry becomes first Skeldar V-200 customer After a period of performance tests carried out in the latter part of 2016, the Indonesian ministry of defence became the first ever Skeldar V-200 UAV customer, UMS Skeldar announced.The delivery of the V-200 vertical take-off and landing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) marks the start of a working partnership and the commencement of a training programme contract between UMS Skeldar and the Indonesian MoD.Indonesia deployed the Skeldar V-200 as part of performance and acceptance tests during Q4 2016, paving the way for the procurement and pilot training in Indonesia. With the world’s second longest coastlines, the tests and patrol evaluations were carried out across land and navy applications, the company said.“We’re proud to announce our contract with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, which cements our business model of forming strategic relationships within priority regions across the world,” Jakob Baumann, CEO and delegate of the board at UMS Skeldar, said.“The SKELDAR V-200 is the leading RPAS multi-payload and high-endurance platform within the mid-range UAV market, incorporating Saab’s experience of 80 years in the aviation industry. This will be demonstrated at Aero India 2017 as part of the first ever live flight demonstration of the SKELDAR V-200 at an air show.”The training programme provided in Indonesia was delivered by UMS Skeldar training director Ewen Stockbridge-Sime, who specialises in global civilian and military ISR/ C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) strategies. “The contract in Indonesia confirms the importance of IRS and SAR (Search and Rescue) strategies within complex territories and how UAVs can be used as a stand-alone or integrated platform deployed from land bases or seaborne,” said Stockbridge-Sime. “With our associated package offering, UMS SKELDAR is helping its partners to gather the necessary intelligence they require more quickly and efficiently than ever before.” Indonesian defence ministry becomes first Skeldar V-200 customer February 15, 2017last_img read more

Master of Social Work – Full-time Tenure-track Faculty

first_img* Are you a Christian?YesNo Position TitleMaster of Social Work – Full-time Tenure-track Faculty If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California BaptistUniversity invites applicants for a full-time, 9-month,tenure-track position in the Master of Social Work program at theAssistant Professor rank. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Duties including teaching at both the undergraduate and graduatelevels, actively engaging in research and scholarship and servingwith purpose and distinction within the community. A stronginterest in and commitment to the integration of faith and learningin the practice of social work are required. Preference will begiven to candidates with a history of quality teaching, notablescholarship, and demonstrated relational skills.The position will remain open until it is filled. Teaching Responsibilities State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Nondiscrimination Statementcenter_img The successful candidate should possess a Master’s degree in socialwork, sociology, psychology, or a closely related field.Preference will be given to applicants with a doctoraldegree. Posting Details Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayCurriculum VitaeLetter of Reference 1Letter of Reference 2Unofficial TranscriptOptional DocumentsCover LetterLetter of Reference 3 Quick Link to Posting * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo Position Summary Qualificationslast_img read more

Vanderburgh County Commissioners November 7, 2017 Meeting Agenda

first_imgApproval of October 24, 2017 Meeting MinutesEmployment ChangesCounty Health Department: Old National Events Plaza Fee Waiver for the County Blood Drive on November 30th, 2017Soil and Water Conservation District: October 23, 2017 Meeting MinutesTravel Request Form: Health Department (1)County Auditor: October 2017 Accounts Payable VoucherSurplus Requests:County Public Defender Agency: Office Chair and a TV/DVD PlayerSuperior Court, Juvenile Division: Two Computers and Two Transcription Recorders Burdette Park:Tree Removal QuoteOverhead Door Quotes Old BusinessEID AGENDA For The Vanderburgh County Board of CommissionersNovember 7, 2017 At 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegiancePermission to Open Bids for VC17-10-02: Concrete Repairs in Brookview Subdivision Permission to Open Bids for VC17-10-03: Milling & Resurfacing in Keystone Subdivision Action ItemsEllen Horan with Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville UpdateFirst Reading of CO.V-12-17-007 & Permission to Advertise Notice of Public HearingFirst Reading of CO.V-12-17-008 & Permission to Advertise Notice of Public HearingFirst Reading of Ordinance C.O.11-17-023: Amending the County’s Stormwater Drainage ControlFirst Reading of Ordinance CO.11-17-024: Establishing a County Riverboat Casino FundFirst Reading of Ordinance C.O.: Amending Section 15.36.100 (G) Contractor Licensing FeesFirst Reading of Ordinance C.O.: Amending Section 15.08.080 Building and Construction Fee ScheduleRequest to Waive Guidelines for Retiree InsuranceCounty Commissioners:Tri- State Community Clinics Contract2018 Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medical & Vision and HRI Dental Renewal First Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-11-2017 County Engineer:Department Head ReportWaiver of Mineral Interest for Green River Road Phase 6- Parcel 8 First Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-10-2017 RezoningFirst Reading of Rezoning Ordinance VC-9-2017 Petitioner: Vieira Brothers, Inc.Address: 900 E. Mt. Pleasant RdRequest: Change from C-4 to M-2 with UDC Department Head ReportsNew BusinessHealth Savings AccountVanderburgh County Jail Noncompliance Letter2018 Commissioners Calendar Petitioner: McCullough Development, LLCAddress: 6 N. Elm AvenueRequest: Change from R-1 to R-3 with UDC Public CommentConsent ItemsContracts, Agreements and LeasesComputer Services: GIS Data Contract Petitioner: SEZ Holdings, LLCAddress: 5801 Ruston LaneRequest: Change from Ag to M-2 with UDCAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Brace’s in Welsh deal

first_imgCaerphilly-based baker Brace’s Bakery has teamed up with independent food wholesaler Castell Howell Foods, in a deal that will see its bread supplied to several organisations across Wales.Castell Howell supplies over 4,000 customers across various organisations, including hospitals, hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafés and schools, as well as operating its own cash and carry. Brace’s bread lines have now been added to its catalogue of products.Scott Richardson, sales and marketing director, Brace’s Bakery, said: “It is always rewarding to be given the opportunity to distribute Brace’s products more widely, especially on our home turf. This is an ideal partnership.”last_img

Bettys receives consent for Jubilee Cake

first_imgBettys Craft Bakery in Harrogate has received consent to create a celebration cake for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.Confectioners at the bakery are enlisting the help of local schoolchildren to inspire its design.Budding bakers and creatives from primary and junior schools across Yorkshire are being invited to send in their ideas to Bettys, which may be used in the creation of a four-tier, hexagonal cake.Those whose designs are used in some way will be invited to the bakery to see them brought to life when the cake is created.Bettys has previously made cakes for the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilees.last_img

News story: Extra powers to prevent the misuse of drones

first_imgDrones are already being used for a myriad of exciting applications from inspecting national infrastructure like railways and power stations, to aiding disaster relief by speeding up the delivery of blood.The industry has the potential to be worth billions to the UK economy so it is vital that it develops with a strong framework to encourage innovation and growth while keeping people safe.The police and security personnel already have powers to address the misuse of drones, but these new proposals will reinforce the importance of complying with drone safety rules, and create a tailored toolkit to ensure they are observed.The proposals are part of a package of work from the government to ensure drones are flown safely as they become used more frequently.On Monday (30 July 2018) updates to the Air Navigation Order also come into force – implementing new height and airport boundary restrictions. Those breaching these restrictions will face penalties of up to £2,500 and could also be charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or any person in an aircraft, which can carry a penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment.Drones form part of the government’s Future of mobility grand challenge and are currently being used for a broad range of purposes across different industry sectors including: Promotional video for the drones consultationBaroness Sugg, Aviation Minister, said: police issuing fixed penalty notices to those disregarding drone rules using new counter-drone technology to protect public events and critical national infrastructure and stop contraband reaching prisons introducing minimum age restrictions for drone owners in addition to the new tests they will need to take proposals for regulating and mandating the use of ‘apps’ on which pilots would file flight plans ahead of take-off The government is to consult on new measures to prevent the misuse of drones, including on-the-spot fines and the ability to seize them if necessary.The new measures are intended to ensure drones are being used safely in a market set to grow rapidly over the next decade.Drones have the potential to bring great benefits to the UK, and with the industry predicted by PwC to be worth £42 billion to the UK by 2030, creating a blueprint for safe and secure use now is crucial to prepare for the future.The measures in the consultation launched today (26 July 2018) are part of a wider programme of new drone legislation and will shape the content of a draft Drones Bill due to be published later this year.Proposed measures include: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Costain use drones for inspections at Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station, saving 50% of costs compared to the use of helicopters or human inspection teams the inspection of a wind turbine typically costs over £1,000 per tower – performing the same inspection using a drone cuts the cost by around 50% Network Rail are using drones to improve track maintenance and boost field worker efficiency, whilst reducing the amount of work at height required on Network Rail’s assets research by Deutsche Bank showed that drones cost less than £0.04 per mile to deliver a parcel the size of a shoe box, compared to delivery costs of up to £5 for premium ground services television shows such as Planet Earth II use drones to film wildlife hundreds of feet up in the treescenter_img Aviation, Europe and technology media enquiries Drones present exciting benefits to our society and our economy, but with a small group of people choosing to use them for harm there are challenges we must overcome if we are to prevent them hindering the potential of this technology. That’s why we’ve already introduced safety measures like a height limit, and rules around airports, and today we are consulting on how we go further, including extra police powers and a minimum age requirement. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

Working with WikiLeaks

first_imgIn releasing more than 250,000 classified diplomatic cables last month, the Web-based organization WikiLeaks proved yet again its power to expose. But to put the vast trove of government secrets, ranging from the mundane to the life-threatening, into proper context, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange still needed the traditional media.It was just another case of strange journalistic bedfellows, which has become more common in recent years, said Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, during a discussion on Thursday (Dec. 16). He said it proved that now more than ever traditional journalists have an important role to play in publishing government data in an effective and responsible way.“WikiLeaks was a source. They were not a partner,” Keller told a crowd of reporters and editors from around the country at the Walter Lippmann House. As Times reporters and editors sifted through the cables, they shared valuable leads with the Guardian, the London-based newspaper that had direct access to the cables and first shared them with the Times. But, Keller said, “We had none of that give-and-take with WikiLeaks.”In discussing the latest round of documents released by the nonprofit and controversial WikiLeaks, Keller offered an inside look at how the nation’s “newspaper of record” has contended with a wild, unruly web community dedicated to the notion that all information wants to be free. His keynote address was part of a daylong conference, “From Watergate to WikiLeaks: Secrecy and Journalism in the New Media Age,” sponsored by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.Keller defended the Times’ decision to publish the diplomatic cables. Critics have argued that the information gleaned wasn’t newsworthy, that the leaks could have endangered informants, and that making use of WikiLeaks compromised the Times’ independence and impartiality, Keller said.“I believe we have behaved responsibly,” he said. He said the Times worked closely with the Obama administration and its departments to prevent publishing information that might truly damage national security. As for the criticism that the cables weren’t important, he countered, “News generally works by advancing our knowledge by inches. For those that follow foreign policy, these documents provide nuance, texture, and drama.”Keller hesitated to call WikiLeaks a legitimate journalistic outfit.“I don’t regard Julian Assange as a kindred spirit,” Keller said. “If he’s a journalist, he’s not the kind of journalist that I am.”But, he said, WikiLeaks has slowly adopted more traditional journalistic norms. The group has moved away from its “absolutist view” that prized transparency at any cost to one that values discretion, Keller said. For instance, WikiLeaks agreed to redact certain names in its most recent leak, after being criticized for putting individuals at risk when it leaked documents pertaining to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Although Keller acknowledged that the Times “could be more judicious in our use of anonymous sources,” he wholeheartedly defended the paper’s publishing of WikiLeaks documents.“This coverage is not just something to defend as our constitutional right — it’s something to be celebrated as our obligation to the national good,” he said. The question of which government activities should be kept from the public “has blossomed into one of the most urgent political debates of our time, joining the question of how we protect ourselves to the question of what it is exactly that we are protecting.”The day’s events included panels on international reporting and foreign government accountability, on the challenges of reporting on American state secrets, and on entrepreneurial solutions for investigative reporting.The conference made a point of highlighting several new Web-based reporting tools, including Document Cloud, Basetrack, and the Sunlight Foundation. But most speakers agreed that while online tools can help journalists to access, process, and share data, they won’t take the place of traditional investigative reporting.“You’ve got to get out and do the reporting,” said panelist David Kaplan, director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. “Nothing replaces the careful craft of developing great sources, building trust, and observing firsthand what’s happening in this big, bad world.”Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the Associated Press (AP), said that the Web provides too loose of a network to determine real whistleblowers from conspiracy theorists and worthwhile secrets from “things we already know.”“The increasingly lonely task of ferreting out secrets continues to fall primarily to [traditional] journalists … and to a few hardy folks who are applying good journalistic principles to their own self-publishing,” she said in the conference’s other keynote address. (She added that the AP was approached by WikiLeaks about its latest series of document leaks but declined to meet Assange’s terms for publishing the information.)In reality, Carroll said, holding governments accountable requires reportorial manpower and financial resources. The AP alone filed 1,500 Freedom of Information Act requests last year and has spent many months and dollars in court trying to pry classified information from government hands, in an ongoing effort of the sort that dispersed, fly-by-night outfits like WikiLeaks would be hard-pressed to fight.“It turns out that reporting is hard,” Carroll said.Full videos and summaries of the conference’s panels and speeches can be found at the Nieman Center website.last_img read more

DeBartolo Hall lab to receive makeover

first_imgThe Office of Information Technologies has removed the help desk from the DeBartolo Hall computer lab and is seeking student input about how best to utilize the space. Brian Burchett, Manager of Technology Enhanced Learning Spaces at the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) said OIT removed the help desk because there was no longer a need for it. “We weren’t really staffing that area,” Burchett said. “DeBartolo was built in 1992. We had three people who worked behind the help desk counter, and they were busy all the time with questions. Not many people had computers at home, and when they came to school, they had a lot of questions about really basic stuff. Students nowadays ask a lot fewer questions, so it looks to us like we could cut back.” Burchett said student employees did not lose their jobs as a result of the help desk’s removal. “Last year, when seniors graduated, we didn’t let anybody go. We just didn’t replace all the seniors who graduated,” he said. “So the folks who worked in DeBartolo last year and were coming back were assigned to work in the [Hesburgh] Library or LaFortune [Student Center] this year.” Burchett said OIT plans to remodel the DeBartolo computer lab in a way similar to how LaFortune’s was renovated. “You can see the kinds of things that are in the LaFortune lab, and you can see the difference between the way it is and the way DeBartolo is,” Burchett said. “There’s not really any place to work in groups [in DeBartolo].” White boards now stand where the help desk used to be, offering students an opportunity to suggest ideas for the newly empty space. “It’s one way that we wanted to get some initial ideas from the students,” Burchett said. “When we did the LaFortune lab design, students played a really big part in the design process. We want to make student input in the DeBartolo lab design significant as well.” Burchett said students have suggested both practical and funny ideas. “Some people have said group study rooms like [in] LaFortune, some people have said more computers and more printers, some people say Linux computers, [and] somebody said they wanted a burrito bar,” Burchett said. “Somebody else said they wanted go-go dancers. The go-go dancers are probably not going to mix well with the Catholic character of the University.” OIT has not yet decided what to do with the space, Burchett said. Staff members plan to create a conceptual design as a starting point so OIT can give the University an estimate of the project’s cost. Burchett said OIT has given serious consideration to merging the computer lab with the adjacent lounge. OIT would add a variety of seating configurations so students could work in groups.  OIT has also considered adding more printers to the lab so lines would be shorter in between classes, Burchett said. Burchett said OIT is very interested in students’ suggestions. “If students have a friend or a sibling that goes to a school that has a really cool computer lab and they want us to do something similar to one of those schools, we’d love for somebody to give us a website or take pictures and send them to us,” he said. “We really want it to be a space that students like and can feel like [is] their space.” OIT is considering various funding options, Burchett said. “We know that it’s going to be an expensive project, so funding is an issue, especially when the economy is not what we all would like it to be and the University has to be careful with its resources,” he said. “Because we know it’s going to be an expensive project, it’s probably not a project the OIT can fund on its own. We’re probably going to have to seek funding from other sources on campus.” Burchett said OIT would not have an exact timeline for the project until funds are allocated.  “I would hope that we can have funds allocated in the fall so that we could start the project in the summer of 2012, but that is definitely a goal and not real yet,” he said. “I think the key is if we come up with something the students really like, then I think the University will support it. “The primary reason student input is important to us is students spend so much time there and we want it to be a place students really like.”last_img read more