Cassidian to Equip New OPV for Finnish Border Guard

first_img August 14, 2012 Cassidian to Equip New OPV for Finnish Border Guard View post tag: Equip View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Cassidian View post tag: Navy Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, will equip the new Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Finnish Border Guard with its proven TRS-3D naval radar. The STX Shipyard in Rauma/Finland has awarded Cassidian a contract to deliver the radar by mid-2013 for integration into the new ship.“To provide reliable surveillance data during the demanding Coast Guard missions in the difficult littoral environment of the Finnish coastal waters you need extremely powerful sensors“, said Elmar Compans, Head of Sensors & Electronic Warfare at Cassidian. “Our TRS-3D radar has operationally proven that it is the right answer to these challenging requirements.”The radar is intended to provide a reliable and comprehensive situation picture as well as safe helicopter guidance and Search-and-Rescue (SAR) missions under the extreme environmental conditions of the Finnish littoral waters. TRS-3D is a 3-dimensional multimode naval radar for air and sea surveillance. It includes the ability to correlate plots and tracks of targets with Cassidian’s MSSR 2000 I identification system for automatic identification of vessels and aircraft.TRS-3D is in service with the “Squadron 2000″ patrol vessels and the “Hämeenma”-class ships of the Finnish Navy. With more than 60 radars operated by navies and coast guards worldwide, TRS-3D is the market leader in its class. Among the ships equipped are the K130 corvettes of the German Navy, the US Coast Guard National Security Cutters, the US Navy Littoral Combat Ships and the Norwegian Coast Guard vessels of the “Nordkapp” and “Svalbard” class.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 14, 2012; Image: Cassidian View post tag: Guard View post tag: Finnishcenter_img View post tag: OPV View post tag: Naval View post tag: Border View post tag: New Back to overview,Home naval-today Cassidian to Equip New OPV for Finnish Border Guard Equipment & technology Share this articlelast_img read more

Celebration for computer scientist Michael Rabin to mark amazing achievements

first_imgOn August 29-30, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) will host a conference in celebration of computer scientist Michael Rabin’s 80th birthday.Speakers will include Yonatan Aumann, Michael Ben-Or, Richard Karp, Dick Lipton, Silvio Micali, Michael Mitzenmacher, David Parkes, Tal Rabin, Ron Rivest, Dana Scott, Madhu Sudan, Salil Vadhan, Moshe Vardi, and Avi Wigderson.Rabin is one of the most prominent computer scientists of the past 50 years. His contributions have influenced many foundational areas of the field.The Rabin celebration event is open to the public, but registration is required by August 25th.If you have any questions, please contact Carol Harlow ([email protected]), or one of the organizers (Michael Mitzenmacher, Salil Vadhan, Leslie Valiant).For more information, see the conference website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Roger Federer makes it through in four sets

first_imgAndy Murray rallied briefly in the third set but could not provent Roger Federer from claiming victory in their Australian Open quarter-final today.Federer served for a straight-sets win in the third set and held two match points in the tie-break but Murray showed tenacity in the extreme to take the match into a fourth.However, in only his seventh match after back surgery, he ran out of steam and Federer eventually clinched a 6-3 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 victory and a semi-final date with his old rival Rafael Nadal.This was their 21st meeting and the first time Murray was the higher ranked. But his lack of matches and Federer’s form in defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round meant the Scot was hardly a clear favourite.Murray drilled a clean winner off his backhand on the first point but soon Federer was pushing forward and making life hard for his opponent.He brought up two break points in the fourth game and took the first when Murray fired a forehand long. The fourth seed was playing well but Federer was in rare form, barely missing a first serve and hitting the ball as clean as a whistle off the ground.Federer has a new bigger-headed racquet this season and a new man in his corner inStefan Edberg, and both appear to have renewed his confidence.Murray appeared confident in his game, too, and was certainly playing at a higher level than he had at any other time in the tournament.The 26-year-old has consistently shown an ability to step it up against the top players, and this was a real step up after three players outside the top 100.But two forehand errors in a row cost him in the fifth game as Federer broke to lead 3-2. Murray was getting close to the Federer serve now but could not engineer a break point, and his frustration was evident as the second set slipped away.The last time Murray had met Federer was in the semi-finals here last year, when he prevailed in five sets for his first win over the Swiss in a grand slam match.He would have to go five again to repeat that, but that looked a remote possibility as he hung on grimly at the start of the third set.Federer forced four break points in Murray’s opening two service games but the fourth seed showed courage to save them all.The Swiss still looked the better player, though, and he struck once more in the ninth game when Murray netted a forehand. The British number one was unhappy that umpire Pascal Maria had allowed a Federer lob to stand even though it looked like the ball had bounced twice. It hadn’t.That left Federer serving for the match and for the first time he wobbled, three errors giving Murray his first two break points of the match.He saved one but on the second a Murray backhand down the line drew the error and he was back to 5-5.A tie-break would decide it, and it was a real nerve jangler for both men.Federer looked like he had opened up a decisive lead at 5-2 and he had two match points at 6-4, but Murray played fine attacking points to save both. The Scot then brought up a first set point and it was Federer who cracked, sending a forehand long.Murray appeared to have the momentum and he opted to take a toilet break at the end of the set, giving Federer more time to reflect on his missed opportunities.But it was Murray who had the mental letdown and found himself facing three break points in the second game of the fourth set.He steeled himself to save those and then found himself embroiled in a 19-minute game, which he eventually extricated himself from after fighting off three more break points.But that effort seemed to take its toll, with Murray dropping the speed on his first serve and beginning to look very weary. He saved another break point to level at 3-3, but the pressure was growing, and when he slipped 0-40 behind at 3-4, Federer finally broke through.Another twist seemed possible when the Swiss found himself 0-30 serving for the match for a second time, but he reeled off four points in a row, clinching victory with his 10th ace to move through to an 11th straight semi-final in Melbourne.last_img read more

What the Fiscal Cliff means to you…

first_imgSpecial to Sumner Newscow — Here is one look at the Fiscal Cliff which is about to go into effect now and how it affects you directly. Just click here… Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

E. L. Wiegand Foundation Awards More Than $400,000 To Saint Martin’s…

first_imgLACEY, WASHINGTON — E. L. Wiegand Foundation of Reno, Nevada, has awarded a grant in the amount of $424,532 to the Engineering Initiative at Saint Martin’s University. The gift has been designated for laboratory and IT equipment as well as furnishings for the new industrial laboratory building, which will complement the new Cebula Hall in The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering. To commemorate the gift, the laboratories in the new lab building will be named the “E. L. Wiegand Engineering Laboratories.”“This grant greatly enhances the quality of education and research experienced by all students who enter the E. L. Wiegand Engineering Laboratories,” says University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “We are much indebted to the Foundation for its generosity.”The new engineering laboratory building, nicknamed “The Lab in the Woods,” will house the laboratories for soils, civil engineering materials, manufacturing, robotics and fluids, as well as a wind tunnel, project work space and senior project display space.The grant was approved on Oct. 19, 2012, by the Trustees of the E. L. Wiegand Foundation. One component includes a hydraulic testing system, which is a universal testing machine that performs tension, compression and bending tests up to 100 tons, and a 2D/3D Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) System. The PIV fluids measurement equipment will be used for experiments in conjunction with the wind tunnel and fluids lab to measure aerodynamic characteristics. Both systems will be valuable tools for civil and mechanical engineering classes. Additionally, the grant will provide for all the furnishings and IT infrastructure in the lab building.“We are very grateful and honored to have received this grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation,” says Zella Kahn-Jetter, Ph.D., P.E., dean of The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering. “The equipment will set Saint Martin’s apart from other engineering schools. Our students will have the ability to do state-of-the-art testing, design and research.”“The education and experience students receive from using this equipment will be tremendous,” adds Kahn-Jetter. “The E. L. Wiegand Foundation is enabling The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering to become a premier engineering institute in the state of Washington.”Mr. Edwin L. Wiegand invented the electric heating element in the early 1900s, and went on to found the Edwin L. Wiegand company in Pittsburgh, Pa., to manufacture resistance heating units. Under the trade name “Chromalox,” he developed and manufactured heating elements for home appliances and industrial uses. In the 1970s, he became active in Miami Oil Producers, Inc., an operator of oil and gas properties in the United States and Canada, based in Reno, Nevada. The E. L. Wiegand Engineering Laboratories honor the memory of Mr. Wiegand and the important contributions he made as a scientist, inventor, businessman, leader and generous philanthropist. Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 375 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at Facebook10Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

2010 volunteer drive kicks off

first_imgA group of Fifa Confederations Cupvolunteers. Filled with the excitement andspirit of this year’s tournament, each ofthese candidates will re-apply to volunteerduring the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Percy Maboane, 32, was a mediavolunteer during the Confederations Cup.He says his volunteering experience “willbe glued in my memory forever”. Chris Bussey, 49, partially shut down hisvehicle security business so he could helpin the afternoons during theConfederations Cup. Nannikie Mogwashwa, 23, and CarlosJackson, 31, say they’re hooked on theSouth African World Cup story and bothagree that volunteering during theConfederations Cup was a reporterApplications have opened for the 15 000 volunteers who will help make the 2010 Fifa World Cup a world-class event.The long-awaited football spectacular kicks off on 11 June 2010 for the first time ever on African soil. For an entire month fans will closely follow the success or misfortune of the 32 teams taking part. There are 10 stadiums in cities all over South Africa. Some venues, such as the Nelson Mandela stadium in Port Elizabeth and the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, have been built from scratch, specifically for next year’s event.Volunteering at such a prestigious event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and applications will be accepted from 20 July until 31 August 2009.“The volunteer programme is an excellent way to get involved in South Africa and Africa’s hosting of the world’s biggest sporting event,” said Dr Danny Jordaan, head of the World Cup local organising committee (LOC), at the launch of the volunteer drive.“From ushering people to their seats, to assisting the media and foreign language speakers, welcoming people at the airport and driving guests around, it is the volunteers who actually make the tournament happen.”Who qualifies?The 2010 volunteer programme is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, who will be 18 years or older on 1 March 2010. Applicants must have finished school, have a valid passport or a South African identity document and a strong command of English. The LOC has allocated 10% of the places to international applicants, 10% to candidates from Africa, and the remaining 80% to South Africans.Application forms can be downloaded at and submitted online. For those South Africans who don’t have access to the internet, Fifa’s website lists a number of venues around the country where applicants can apply in person. The LOC has also deployed mobile internet-enabled units that will travel around the country to assist would-be volunteers with the application process.For more information on the venues or programme, applicants can call the volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52 (toll free in South Africa) or email [email protected] LOC is looking for two types of volunteers: the specialist volunteer will have a specific skill in language, media, information technology or other relevant field, while the general volunteer will serve as Fifa’s representative in areas such as transport, administration, hospitality, or spectator services.Age or social status is no barrier. Fifa and the LOC will select volunteers from all age groups – these will include professionals from different fields, students, unemployed youth, and retirees. Disabled people are also free to apply.Once their forms have been submitted, applicants will receive confirmation that Fifa has received their documentation. After this a pre-selection process takes place, where the LOC or host city representative will phone candidates and ask them to attend an interview.Interviews of foreign pre-selected volunteers will be done over the phone.This pre-selection will take place towards the end of the year and interviews will be done in January and February 2010. If applicants have not received a call by 31 January 2010, they can assume their application was unsuccessful.Overwhelming responseSouth Africa has just hosted a successful Confederations Cup, which saw more than 4 000 South African volunteers selected from 20 000 applications.Applications poured in from all areas of the country and from all levels of society. The youngest volunteer during this tournament was 18 and the oldest was 78.Jordaan was delighted at the overwhelming response. “It really shows that South Africans are very supportive and willing to roll up their sleeves and get involved to ensure the success of the Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” he said.He praised those who gave their time, saying that they exceeded all expectations with regard to sacrifice, enthusiasm and commitment.In calling for the new set of volunteers, Jordaan asked applicants to honour the spirit of “the greatest volunteer in the world”, Nelson Mandela. Just recently Mandela appealed to South Africans to donate 67 minutes of their time to a community-based project on his 91st birthday on 18 July 2009. Sixty-seven represents the number of years the former South African president has been involved in serving humanity.“Without dedicated and committed volunteers, who are willing to give of their time to help others, South Africa would not be able to host this tournament, which seeks to entrench the legacy left by Nelson Mandela,” Jordaan added.‘Life-changing experience’Percy Maboane, a 32-year-old freelance television director from Orange Farm in Johannesburg, said a strong sense of patriotism prompted him to become a Confederations Cup volunteer.“Events such as the South Africa-hosted Confederations Cup and World Cup come around once in a lifetime and think it’s so important to be involved in showing the world we can pull them off. As a media volunteer during the Confed Cup I helped to coordinate photographers on the pitch and got to work with camera crews and radio reporters from around the world. By doing this I felt was an asset to the country. It’s not all about the money – as we worked without pay – what matters most to me is the mark that I made. My volunteering experience will be glued in my memory forever.”For 49-year-old Chris Bussey, the desire to become a volunteer during the Confederations Cup was so strong, he partially shut down his vehicle security business so he could help in the afternoons during the tournament.“Overall I volunteered for 17 days of the 21-day tournament. My shifts were from 1pm to 2am. As a transport volunteer I was responsible for driving around Fifa delegates, Organising Committee guests and the media. For me it was a great opportunity to meet and talk to people from all over the world and to be of assistance to them. I’ll never forget the buzz at the stadiums as the fans arrived, the people talking excitedly, the warm reception they got from the stewards and ushers, and the sound of the vuvuzelas.I’m already encouraging people – including my daughter – to volunteer for 2010 as it’s a fantastic experience,” Bussey adds.Twenty-three-year-old accreditation volunteer Nannikie Mogwashwa agrees.“I decided to volunteer after I heard the programme advertised on the radio and thought it was something I’d really like to get involved in.“During the tournament I organised passes and had to make sure that teams had their schedules, that they were fed and that team spirit was high at all times. Now I’m hooked. After the Confederations Cup I volunteered for the British and Irish Lions and the Vodacom Challenge.“Volunteering is an amazing way to meet dynamic, interesting people and a unique opportunity to see South Africa through other people’s eyes.”Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at [email protected] articlesWin sparks US football frenzySecond chance for 2010 ticketsConfed Cup facts and figuresUseful links2010 Fifa World CupFifa – 2010 volunteerslast_img read more

PVL: Air Force subdues Perlas

first_imgMorado stars in reunion with Valdez in PVL Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Banko Spikers, though, missed the services of Dzi Gervacio, who is on study leave, and the duo of Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon, who are in vacation after graduating from University of the Philippines.And although his team won, Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez they have to improve in a myriad of ways if ever they plan to contend in the conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We still have lots to improve especially on defense, both on the floor and in front of the net,” said Jimenez. “Communication and timing are also areas we have to improve on.”Air Force committed 43 errors, but the Lady Jet Spikers’ 47 attack points barely managed to contain the team’s shortcomings. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Philippine Air Force brushed off a horrendous second set and turned back Perlas Banko in four sets, 25-23, 9-25, 25-20, 25-20, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Jet Spikers enjoyed a three-pronged attack with Iari Yongco leading the way with 15 points while Jocemer Tapic and Mary Ann Pantino had 14 and 11 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Rysabelle Devanadera and Amanda Villanueva led Perlas with nine points apiece.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View commentslast_img read more