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Colombian Navy Overhauls Its Almirante Padilla Frigates

first_img The contract with the Colombian authorities was signed early 2009, with DCNS acting as prime contractor and Thales as the lead systems integrator for the combat system and communications suite.In the scope of this modernisation programme, Thales and local shipyard, Cotecmar, have installed and integrated the SMART-S Mk2 surveillance radar, STING EO Mk2 electro-optic weapon control system, MIRADOR optronic weapon control system, VIGILE 200S electronic support measures (ESM) system, communications systems and Terma’s SKWS decoys launching system, on the four Padilla class ships. Thales has also modernised the vessels’ Altesse communications intelligence (COMINT) systems.“This programme demonstrates that Thales is perfectly capable of realising a large modernisation programme within an agreed timeframe and according to the customer’s requirements. It also proves that modernising existing platforms is a good way to considerably extend the ships’ life cycles, and significantly enhance their capabilities” said Aniss Aqallal, Thales Colombia Country Director. “Our success in the Padilla programme highlights our strong commitment to Colombia’s defence strategy, as was underlined by the Minister of Defence, Juan Carlos Pinzón, during his speech at the final site acceptance test ceremony.” View post tag: Naval View post tag: Colombian View post tag: Frigates Back to overview,Home naval-today Colombian Navy Overhauls Its Almirante Padilla Frigates Thales and DCNS announced that the comprehensive modernisation programme of the Colombian Navy’s four Almirante Padilla class frigates has been concluded with a successful Sea Acceptance Test of the class’s fourth ship. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Almirante Share this article View post tag: Defensecenter_img Pierre Legros, DCNS Surface Naval Systems Senior Vice President, said: “The successful modernisation of Colombia’s Almirante Padilla frigate demonstrates DCNS’s ability to lead the overall project management of such a modernisation programme to the complete satisfaction of the client. DCNS draws on both the expertise of Cotecmar shipyard, which was selected by the Colombian Navy, and those of its partners, first and foremost Thales, while respecting the Government-to-Government agreement signed between France and Colombia.”[mappress]Press Release, March 27, 2014; Image: Thales View post tag: Overhauls Colombian Navy Overhauls Its Almirante Padilla Frigates View post tag: Navy March 27, 2014 Equipment & technology View post tag: Padilla View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

Education and clean energy

first_imgRespectfully submitted,Robert B. Knapp Dear Editor:This writer truly believes that all state lawmakers need, for the good of the residents of the State of New Jersey support the following two efforts of our Governor Phil Murphy: tuition consideration for all residents to attend the community colleges in each county. There are so many students who desire to attend a two year college in order to start their education endeavors and just cannot afford even the tuition at any type of institution of higher learning.We are aware of working people with families who did not have the opportunity to attend college directly after graduating high school and now desire to return to school and better their lives and the lives of their families.As the Governor stated, education should not be a privilege but a right. In regards to the issues of the environment and clean energy we stand behind the Governor’s plans concerning wind turbines to combat climate changes in New Jersey. It is Governor Murphy’s goal to be 100% in this area by mid century. Also it is further advantageous in regards to the number of jobs during the construction and when completed permanent jobs.We all should stand behind Governor Murphy in these two goals for the health, education and welfare of the people of New Jersey.last_img read more

Celebrate STEM/STEAM Day with VxRail

first_imgWhat do VxRail and STEM/STEAM curriculum have in common? They both break down silos. VxRail breaks down operational silos within the data center. STEM curriculum integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into multi-disciplinary educational projects with real world applications. STEM becomes STEAM by incorporating art and creative thinking as subjective counterbalances to what are traditionally objective fields of study. As the pace of global innovation continues to accelerate,  STEM/STEAM curriculum seeks to address a unique challenge facing our children and educators: How do we prepare young people for jobs which may not yet even exist?  Dell Technologies recognizes the impact this curriculum can have in preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s workforce and has donated over $70 million to STEM initiatives since 2014. A great example is our partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization working to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women of diverse backgrounds with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st century career opportunities.  STEM/STEAM Day is Sunday, November 8, and it’s a great opportunity to encourage children of all ages to get curious about the world around them. While the day is focused on children’s educational development, children are not the only demographic that benefits from continued learning. They are also not the only ones who want to learn in fun and engaging ways.  Dell Technologies believes in leveraging technology to help make  complicated things simple. We strive to make complex stories easy to understand and share, and to drive creativity and innovation among our audiences. Just in time for STEM/STEAM Day, Dell Technologies has published a pair of apps for iOS and Android devices that provide a surprisingly fun way to explore data center infrastructure!Infrastructure AR is an augmented reality (AR) experience that delivers an immersive tour of the hardware and software that differentiate VxRail. The app launches an interactive hologram right from your phone or tablet that looks and feels real. Within are 13 interactive animated modules to explore—and it truly is an exploration. The AR platform creates an environment in which the user is invited to discover VxRail and the value it delivers in a fun and exciting way.   Speaking of fun, Data Center Sim is a mobile game which puts the player in charge of a data center. She is tasked with balancing budget, staffing, and capacity in order to address the needs of the business. Three-tier or hyperconverged—the decisions made will determine the success and growth of the business and– most importantly– the customer satisfaction score! All the while, the player is learning about data center administration and infrastructure. When someone’s imagination is captured, breakthroughs are possible. And the younger someone is when they experience technology (or science, engineering, art, or math) that moves them, the more impactful it can be. While younger audiences may not be ready for some of the technical content within these apps, the experiences themselves serve as conduits through which new opportunities can be glimpsed. On a personal note, as a result of Infrastructure AR, my own daughter has developed an interest in augmented reality that I anticipate will only continue to expand as she grows. And it is in this spirit that I am excited to share these apps as part of my own participation in STEM/STEAM day.  I hope you will join in the educational fun on November 8th. You can join the conversation on Twitter via #FullSTEAMahead. And if you are looking for engaging STEM activities to share with the young people in your life, Waterford.org has compiled a great list.last_img read more

Jenkins tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgThis report was updated Oct. 3 at 11:19 a.m.University President Fr. John Jenkins tested positive for the coronavirus, Paul J. Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said in an email Friday.Jenkins has been self-quarantining since his trip to the White House on Saturday for the Supreme Court nomination of Notre Dame law professor Judge Amy Coney Barrett where he was seen without a mask.Browne said Jenkins learned earlier this week a colleague whom he regularly associates with tested positive for the virus. Jenkins was then tested and received a positive result. As a result, he has entered an extended period of isolation.“My symptoms are mild and I will continue work from home,” Jenkins said in the email. “The positive test is a good reminder for me and perhaps for all of how vigilant we need to be.”Barrett tested negative for the virus, White House spokesperson Judd Deere said Friday.“Judge Barrett is tested daily for COVID-19 — she has tested negative,” Deere said. “She is following CDC guidance and best practices, including social distancing, wearing face coverings and frequently washes hands.”Notre Dame student government released a statement Friday afternoon extending prayers to Jenkins and all other students, staff and faculty who are currently fighting COVID-19.“Let us all remind ourselves that we must be vigilant and committed to doing our part in following all health and safety guidelines to ensure the safety of each other during this time,” the statement said.G. Marcus Cole, dean of Notre Dame Law, sent an email to the law school community Friday evening, saying all who were in attendance at the Rose Garden event underwent daily testing before the news of positive cases broke.“With the revelation of positive test results, each of us were asked to submit to more extensive testing today,” Cole said in the email. ”Please be assured that we take your safety very seriously. I know that you have each made extraordinary efforts to comply with the University’s Health and Safety protocols, and we will do what is necessary to honor your sacrifice and commitment.”Tags: COVID-19, Fr. John Jenkins, quarantinelast_img read more

Watch King Lear’s John Lithgow Talk Beards, Swagger & Upset New Yorkers

first_img King Lear Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 John Lithgow View Comments Is that Santa Claus?! A well-bearded John Lithgow, fresh off the Delacorte stage from a King Lear tech rehearsal, stopped by The Tonight Show on July 17. The Tony winner sat down to chat with Jimmy Fallon about his latest stint with Shakespeare in the Park, including the facial hair that comes with playing the titular king. “It’s making me feel nice and old,” Lithgow said, before going on to explain how the beard has changed his swagger. Unfortunately, not everyone is a fan, including a particularly pissed off New Yorker who just wants the Oscar nominee to shave. Check out the clip below as Lithgow teases just a snippet of a famous Act III monologue, then catch him in King Lear beginning July 22!last_img read more

Malaysia moving ahead with five solar projects totaling almost 500MW

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Five projects totaling almost 500 MW have been successful in Malaysia’s third large-scale solar tender, the Malaysian energy commission Suruhanjaya Tenaga (ST) announced.The regulator has shortlisted five consortia that are ready to develop photovoltaic (PV) projects of up to 100 MW. The total volume of the awarded capacity is 490.88 MW, official documents show.Financial details about the winning bids were not disclosed. ST said the selection was based on the most competitive offered prices.All of the projects selected through the competitive bidding process under Malaysia’s Large Scale Solar (LSS) programme will be installed in Peninsular Malaysia and are scheduled for completion in 2021. The third round of the scheme was initiated last February and was massively oversubscribed, luring 6.7 GW of proposals. Bids in the tender round came as low as MYR 0.178 (USD 0.0434/EUR 0.0389) per kWh, according to local media.The LSS mechanism was introduced by the Malaysian government in 2016 to replace feed-in tariffs (FiTs). The awarded capacity in the first two tender rounds was 450 MW and 536 MW, respectively.[Veselina Petrova]More: Malaysia shortlists 491 MW of projects in 3rd solar tender Malaysia moving ahead with five solar projects totaling almost 500MWlast_img read more

Credit card management: What nobody is talking about

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a recent post we discussed EMV technology in our article “Why the World Will NOT End When Chargeback Liability Shifts.” The EMV Chargeback Liability Shift in October is a hot topic for credit unions, banks, retailers, and consumers, with a lot of talk about the impact it will have on card security. When it comes to face-to-face (Card Present) transactions, there is great hope that using chip-enabled cards will reduce a significant portion of credit card fraud. But one topic getting little to no attention among the hype is what impact EMV will have on Card Not Present transactions.Even though EMV’s actual impact from a technology and liability standpoint only deals in the Card Present space, research has shown, and experts are predicting, that its adoption will only make our card security problem in the US worse. According to a report from Payment Source, many believe the United States’ transition to EMV may be too little too late:EMV will help reduce fraud at point of sale, but that matters less and less as shoppers continue to migrate to online platforms, especially mobile ones. For example, just 29% of shopping events are “in-person only” today, according to the Marketing Research Association.Where shoppers go, fraudsters follow. Card-not-present (CNP) fraud—typically from purchases made online or via a mobile device—was about $10 billion in 2014, according to Javelin Research and Strategy. Point-of-sale (POS) fraud, by comparison, was $6 billion in 2014. continue reading »last_img read more

Debbie Matz and Mark McWatters detail regulatory relief perspectives

first_imgNCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz and Board Member J. Mark McWatters outlined their views on regulatory relief in speeches before a credit union conference in Washington Monday.Matz provided an overview of actions taken in 2015 as part of the agency’s regulatory relief initiative. She pointed also to the agency’s field-of-membership proposal, supported by NAFCU and expected, she noted, to be finalized this year. McWatters, meanwhile, presented an outline for relief that would include, among other things, more reliance on supervision over new rules, infrequent on-site examinations and the ability to appeal exam findings before an impartial body. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Greece’s new tourism campaign focuses on hospitality

first_img“We really need to understand how much we can offer through our hospitality and how much we are loved for it… Hospitality does not only mean perfect accommodation conditions… It is also the kindness and smile of the locals”, Concluded Dretta. The campaign was unveiled on Wednesday by private Greek marketing travel company Marketing Greece. Ioanna Dretta, the company’s CEO, presented the video to the audience of the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens. And while the sun and sea are still the main features of Greece, the main goal of the campaign is to emphasize the wider tourist offer as Greece supports the uniqueness and travel experience that visitors can experience. Visual campaign / discovergreece.com The wide variety of offers, nature, culture, gastronomy and the very way of life of Greece, are presented in a new tourist campaign for foreign markets called “Oh My Greece | Unlock the Feeling. Greek tourism in 2018 recorded a positive increase. Specifically, in the period between January and September 2018, over 26 million tourists visited Greece, while tourism revenues increased by 9,1 percent, reaching 14,2 billion euros. The CEO of Marketing Greece emphasizes that a Greek tourism product can be a blend of nature, culture, gastronomy, habits and lifestyle, but it also provides something more direct: Greek hospitality.center_img Greek hoteliers made as much as 51,6 percent more profit than in the same period in 2017, reports the Greek tourism guide. The two-minute video shows a series of photos focused on the hospitality of locals who attract foreign travelers to the country to experience a real Greek holiday, the one after which they will say “Oh My Greece”. You can find more about the “Oh My Greece” campaign HERE. “We want to enrich the visitor experience with even more details. There is always more Greece to see… Greece that promises original, unique and authentic experiences”, Said Dretta during the presentation of the campaign. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Kvaerner hired to recycle three Aker BP’s platforms

first_img Posted: 3 months ago Valhall field; Source: Aker BP The Aker BP-operated Valhall and Hod fields have since production started in 1982 produced more than one billion barrels of oil equivalents. After the new production and accommodation platform came in 2013, some of the oil installations will be removed. Aker BP has given Allseas, with Kvaerner as a subcontractor, the assignment to remove and decommission the drilling platform and the production platform from the Valhall field, in addition to the unmanned Hod platform that is connected to Valhall. Posted: 3 months ago The project also includes three jackets and four bridges. The first structures are expected to arrive Stord in 2022. The drilling platform, the process platform and one jacket from the Valhall field will be delivered first, while Hod and the remaining structures are planned to arrive in 2025. “Combined, these measures enable us to handle these types of projects in a safe manner”. The contract involves a combined weight of 33,000 tonnes, as well as options for another 5,000 tonnes. Kvaerner has already started the decommissioning of the old Valhall accommodation platform but has now been awarded additional removal work on the field. Magnus Kise, SVP decommissioning projects in Kvaerner, said: “In this project, we will also utilise a newly developed automatic cutting machine for pipes and beams, which will reduce the need for manual work significantly and thus reduce risk. The original Hod platform was the first unmanned platform on the Norwegian continental shelf when it started production in 1990.center_img Categories: The assignment will at peak provide work for around 100 persons. Kvaerner said on Tuesday. Aker BP has also recently submitted its plans for development and operation for the Hod project to the country’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Kvaerner has been awarded by Allseas a contract to dismantle and recycle three large topsides, three jackets, and four bridges from Aker BP’s Valhall and Hod fields located offshore Norway. Aker BP hands in Hod development plans The structures will be removed from the field by Allseas, and delivered to Kvaerner’s decommissioning facilities at Stord where they will be dismantled and recycled. Project & Tenders The method work will begin later this year, while detail offshore mapping and engineering work will start in 2021. In related news, Kvaerner has recently been awarded a contract for delivering the topside and steel substructure for the new, unmanned wellhead platform at the Hod field. First oil from the new Hod platform – which will be named Hod B – is planned for the first quarter of 2022.last_img read more