Royal Navy, Thales trial towed array sonar software upgrades

first_img View post tag: Thales View post tag: Royal Navy Royal Navy, Thales trial surface warship sonar software upgrades March 23, 2018 French defense and technology company Thales worked with the Royal Navy recently to see if upgrades in submarine sonar systems could be applied on towed array sonars used on surface ships such as the Type 23 frigates.Sonar 2076 is the Royal Navy’s major sonar platform on all submarines, while the Type 23 frigate anti-submarine warfare fleet is fitted with Sonar 2087.The two sonars are linked by their software. Novus is a collection of passive sonar algorithms and human computer interface developments already in service with 2076 on board UK submarines.As explained, there is a high degree of commonality with the major sonar 2087 fitted to the Type 23 frigates, meaning that significant advantages reported in submarines can be trialed in surface ships.Following the MOD’s investment in the deployment to the fleet of Sonar 2087 technical refresh, the navy has been able to deploy Thales-developed trial software while in Australia.During DSEi, the First Sea Lord, the navy’s most senior operational officer, outlined a vision to look beyond the platforms, weapon systems, sensors and other technologies to keep the Royal Navy at the forefront of capability for decades to come.“S2087 is a world class sonar and has plenty of potential for development. This is one such opportunity that has been taken forward by the Maritime Capability and Ships Divisions here in Navy Command HQ, with the support of DE&S and industry. We will continue to look for others,” Commander Richard Hutchings, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Maritime Capability Division, said.The open architecture, common to both sonars 2076 and 2087, is also the core of the new submarine sonar training facility (Venturer) recently opened at HM Naval Base Clyde.The Thales-supplied rapidly reconfigurable training technology (RRTT) system has been designed so that it can easily be reconfigured to future upgrades. This will ensure that individual sonar operators train on the right configuration to support specific missions and boats, according to Thales.Thales said that in time, it could be applied to other naval training, such as naval communications, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.center_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy, Thales trial surface warship sonar software upgrades Authoritieslast_img read more

Costa moves to sustainable sourcing

first_imgCosta Coffee is to source its entire coffee supply from sustainable farms.From September 2008, at least 30% of the coffee used in Costa’s Mocha Italia blend – which forms the base of its coffee drinks – will come from Rainforest Alliance certified sources. It will then gradually work towards a 100% sustainable sourcing policy.Costa’s marketing director David Hutchinson said: “We know that it will take time to convert our supply base to certified sustainable sources, but we believe it’s an investment that is right for our business, right for the coffee industry as a whole and we believe it’s a journey our customers will want to be part of.”Farms must meet rigorous standards to gain Rainforest Alliance accreditation, including reducing pesticide use, improving worker safety and protecting forests and soil.The Rainforest Alliance is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour.last_img read more

All wrapped up

first_imgLinpac Packaging has launched a new packaging range specifically for the bakery sector. The LINbake range offers packaging solutions for cakes, biscuits, bread, gateaux and much more.The firm said it had been developed in response to the need for aesthetically pleasing presentation packaging as well as protection from damage in transit.The range includes: Lite and Rlite – crystal clear hinged cake boxes, bases and lids in either APET or in post-consumer recyclate RPET; bakery bags – supplied in pre-made sizes or on-the-reel; SmartBox cake boxes with a touch of luxury; paper laminate film; and trays.The hinged box range comes with standard and airtight closure options, while the bases and lids are available in square, rectangle, circular and heart shapes, in a range of colour options. The Smartbox is ideally suited to in-store patisseries who want to assemble cakes in front of customers, as well as for pre-packed items, according to Linpac, with the kits supplied as flat packs with stacked lids.Linpac Packaging has also developed a new range of recyclable PET trays to prevent damage to delicate bakery.last_img read more

Speech: Why China’s Belt and Road offers the UK huge opportunities

first_imgThis week I will be in Xi’an, in China’s Northwest Shaanxi province to attend the Silk Road Expo. The Expo is a significant, rapidly growing trade event which will see companies across the world attending in an attempt to seize the growing commercial opportunities offered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), for those unaware, is at the heart of China’s drive to continue its rapid development. BRI could turn out to be the largest ever infrastructure project since the Marshall Plan with close to a trillion dollars being invested across the globe. It involves investing in infrastructure projects throughout Asia, and central and eastern Europe, which are expected to be significant drivers of global growth and economic development across Asia and beyond for generations to come.For the UK, BRI offers enormous commercial opportunities, because our country has a strong track record of delivering excellent infrastructure that supports economic growth and development; increasing connectivity and trade, reducing costs, and improving access to public services like education and health. These principles lie at the heart of China’s plans.We can also offer value in a range of other sectors vital to make the Belt and Road Initiative a success. Through our leading financial institutions, we can add real value in a way few, if any, countries can match. For example, the UK exported £63.7 billion worth of financial services in 2015 – the largest exporter of financial services in the world.That’s why we intend to position London as the premier global centre for funding and facilitating BRI projects. Year after year our financial and professional services sector have been judged to have the most impressive infrastructure, the best skills, and the top overall reputation. We want our financial services sector to use its emerging markets expertise to ensure projects along the Belt and Road routes are bankable, legal and sustainable.It is not just the Belt and Road Initiative which lies behind our optimism for future UK-China trade ties. Today, technological advancements are creating a new more seamless world with global supply chains meaning that simple labels such as ‘Made in China’ or ‘Made in in the UK’ are becoming redundant. We need to re-think our concepts of global trade and take advantage of the opportunities created by this change.Both the UK and China recognise the value of globalisation as already reflected in the record levels of UK-China trade ties – currently worth more than £59 billion, with UK exports to China growing by over 25% last year alone.And there is no sign of that growth stopping; China’s middle class is expected to number 600 million by 2020 – greater than the current entire population of the EU.This too offers fantastic potential for UK businesses looking to sell their goods and services in China, as illustrated by the £9.8 billion worth of trade deals signed by the International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox’s visit to China and the Prime Minister earlier this year. These deals covered a range of sectors, including energy, education and financial services, and included major new investments into the UK.Securing these deals was a great way to kick start 2018, but they are just a taste of the feast of trade opportunities in the years ahead, as a result of technological advancements opening up an ever-more connected world.This, of course, presents opportunities for UK businesses in markets that wants our goods and services. In March I helped lead a delegation of hundreds of UK businesses to the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong. Entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes came together for a festival that was a shop window for the best of British creativity and innovation, and a golden opportunity for British companies to create new business relationships with China.As China rebalances and reforms its economy, with the Belt and Road Initiative as its flagship initiative, UK companies, technology and services can support its development and help it achieve its ambitions.In Xi’an today, it is abundantly clear to see the array of global opportunities which are on offer for UK companies, in a whole range of sectors. I am determined to make sure the Department for International Trade is supporting efforts to help businesses export and trade more, in doing so securing jobs and growth back home.last_img read more

Harvard Votes Challenge prepares for elections

first_imgThe 2020 election season is underway and the Harvard Votes Challenge — a nonpartisan, University-wide effort to encourage voter participation — is making sure the Harvard University community is ready. Today, the Challenge unveiled new, easy-to-use resources, including guides for students, faculty, and staff organizers across campus.Experts predict the November 2020 elections will result in unprecedented turnout, particularly among younger Americans. At Harvard, the Challenge will help students, faculty, and staff at all 12 degree-granting Schools as they mobilize, register, and vote. To do this, the new resources from the Challenge contain not only voter registration and election information, including important deadlines, but advice specific to organizing and creating a culture of civic engagement on campus.“Voting should be easy,” says Teresa Acuña, associate director for democratic governance programs at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. “The new Harvard Votes Challenge website aims to lower the barriers to voting and give our community access to resources that can help them vote in and organize for every election.”Launched in 2018 by Harvard’s Institute of Politics and the Ash Center, the Harvard Votes Challenge rallied students across campus to participate in the midterm elections. Across the University, the voter participation rate among the eligible citizen enrolled student population more than doubled to 48.6 percent from just 23.6 percent in 2014 – surpassing the national average of 40.3 percent.The ability to organize and foster a sense of civic community at Harvard is what makes the Harvard Votes Challenge so effective. “Peer-to-peer community organizing was a key reason for HVC’s success in 2018,” says Amanda Powers, Harvard College ’22. “The website provides resources so that all everyone across the University can access the tools they need to become leaders and mobilize their communities to vote in 2020.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Music video draws mixed reactions

first_imgA video project for the Athletics Department featuring the Notre Dame pom squad, footage from football and basketball games and Ohio-based funk band Freekbass has created a stir among students — resulting in a Facebook group protesting the video with almost 4,000 members. The “We are ND” video features Freekbass singing the chorus “We are ND. We are Notre Dame” throughout campus, in the Notre Dame Stadium, the Joyce Athletic Center and under the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign.But Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) Professor Ted Mandell, producer of the video and writer of the “We are ND” song, said the video is not meant to be an official promotional video for the University. Mandell said he produced the video for Athletics Department’s end of the year awards show, the O.S.C.A.R.S, which highlights the achievement of student athletes.“The idea was to make a fun, laugh at yourself, cheer for the Irish, dance in the parking lots, celebration song that would fit well with the tone of the O.S.C.A.R.S show,” he said. “It’s intended to be a goofy, carefree dance song you sing when you’re partying in the parking lot after beating Michigan. Something that fans can chant, and jump up and down to.”Yet some students say the video, which features Freekbass in large sunglasses and funky outfits, does not fit Notre Dame.“We want to tell the Boston College and USC fans that will make fun of us that we didn’t give the okay,” sophomore Kyle Blanco said. “It’s only a small portion of the Notre Dame population behind it.”Freshman Christopher Grunewald, one of the students who started the Facebook group “Protest ‘We are ND’ Video,” said the creators of the group felt Freekbass was not representative of Notre Dame.“My first impression was, ‘why is a guy wearing freak attire singing 70s funk on our basketball court and under our Play Like a Champion Today sign, singing, We are ND?’” Grunewald said. Junior Michael Burke, a production assistant for the video and FTT student, said he thinks the students criticizing the video are taking it out of context. “The video really had no purpose. [Mandell] wasn’t trying to reinvent school spirit,” Burke said. “I could have guessed some people wouldn’t like it, but I didn’t think people would be so outspoken. I think it’s ridiculous that people are taking it so seriously.”Burke said the video cost nothing and was not sanctioned in an official capacity by the University. “I think it was apparent to everyone song was corny, Burke said. “It just wasn’t meant to be as serious as people are taking it. It’s supposed to be light-hearted and just funny.”Despite the reaction from students, Burke said producing the video was a fun experience. “It was really awesome working with equipment and helping professors do something on more professional level rather than as a student,” he said. Senior Stephanie Jensen, a member of the Notre Dame Marching Band, plays the falto during a scene filmed at Legends in the video. “I think the video was really well put together, but I’m not  a really big fan of the song itself,” she said. Jensen said her scene was filmed in about five or six takes, which took about half an hour. Burke said the whole video was filmed in one day.“It’s always fun being with band kids,” Jensen said of the experience filming the video. “It was kind of weird. I can’t really verbalize it. It wouldn’t be something Notre Dame would usually do. I guess it was just atypical.”Grunewald said he was surprised at how fast the Facebook group protesting the video grew.“It was actually funny. I started it and within about 20 minutes, there were already over 100 people, and it grew exponentially from there,” Grunewald said.But Mandell said he has heard positive feedback on the video as well. “I think being posted on the University YouTube Channel set up certain expectations for the viewer. No one expected to see a video from the O.S.C.A.R.S. No one expected to see a guy like Freekbass. No one expected to hear a funky little fan song,” he said “I think some viewers applied their expectations of what they thought it would be, to what it really was, and that produces negative opinion.“I’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback from fellow faculty and administrators who see it for what it is — fun and goofy. Freekbass certainly doesn’t take himself seriously. He makes fun of himself.”last_img read more

Emily Skeggs on Making Her Broadway Debut (in Tighty-Whities) in Fun Home

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Related Shows View Comments Age: “I’m 35. No, actually I’m 12.”Hometown: New York, NYCurrent Role: A heartfelt and hilarious Broadway debut as Medium Alison, a college student exploring her sexual identity and navigating her relationship with her father in the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home.“I grew up seeing Broadway shows with my parents. When I was four, we saw Guys and Dolls and then I went around the house singing ‘Take Back Your Mink.’ My parents were like, ‘What have we done to her?!’”“My parents used to call me the Wolf Child, because I was a really rambunctious kid. I would get into these horrible temper tantrums where I would snarl and bite people. I was just crazy. My mom would say, ‘Emily, don’t bite.’ And I’d say, ‘I might bite…’”“I admire Jeff Bridges and Frances McDormand because they have a lot of cross-disciplinary careers. He’s an accomplished guitarist and visual artist, and when she won her Emmy, she plugged her show at the Wooster Group. I love that so much.”“Getting cast in Fun Home off-Broadway was really abrupt. I got a call on Monday, I went in the next day for the audition, got the role Wednesday morning and started working that night. The stars aligned!”“It’s definitely awkward being onstage in my underwear—in boys’ tighty-whities. There are some days I forget, and I suddenly realize, oh my god, I’m in front of a bunch of people and I don’t have my pants on! I spent the last couple of months doing a lot of squats.”“Playing a real person going through this very big moment, there’s a little bit of pressure. I want Alison Bechdel to feel that she’s properly represented. But I do get to ask her directly, “How do you feel?” And she gets to say to me, ‘I feel great,’ which is so amazing.” Fun Homelast_img read more

Agroforestry & Wildlife Field Day

first_imgControlling coyotes and clearing trees will top the list of popular topics at the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the University of Georgia’s Westbrook Research Farm in Griffin, Georgia.Held every three years, the field day is a joint effort of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (DNR – WRD), U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.“We deal with a lot of people who grow agricultural products, and some manage their stands and some don’t. Field days like this get people in contact with the experts that can answer their questions. I don’t know of another event that has this amount of experts in one spot with this size of a knowledge base,” said Jeff Sibley, GFC Chattahoochee district manager and member of the event’s planning committee. “These presenters are all top industry people and are prepared for you to pick their brains.”Experts from across the state will discuss more than 30 topics at the field day, set to begin at 9:15 a.m. and to conclude at 4:15 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Trams will take participants through the forest to each speaker’s site, but participants must select their most desired topics. “There are so many topics that, unfortunately, it’s impossible for one person to get to every stop in a day’s time,” said George Granade, chairman of the planning committee and director of field research services on the UGA Griffin Campus.The committee began planning the event 18 months ago by considering participant surveys from the previous field day and making suggested changes, including removal and addition of topics. “We’ve added five new topics this year: managing coyotes, small engine maintenance and repair, the wildland and urban interface (urban sprawl), how to select land for purchase and a demonstration of new vegetation cleaning equipment (mulchers),” Granade said. The urban sprawl topic will include information on making the home “fire wise,” according to Sibley. “We have lots of single houses next to large pieces of property, and these homeowners need to know how to protect themselves in case of wildfires,” he said.The coyote management topic was prompted by the increased interest in the coyote population in Georgia over the past 10 years, said Charlie Killmaster of DNR – WRD. “We’ve had coyotes for 50 years or more in Georgia and in every county for the past 30 years. In the early to mid-2000s, we realized coyotes were having an impact on the fawn recruitment rate,” he said. The field day discussion on coyote management will cover how landowners can monitor their property and the most effective means to mitigate or remove coyotes.“UGA is doing a collaborative three-state study using monitored collars on coyotes. They’ve seen that some travel in excess of 100 miles,” Killmaster said. “They aren’t native to Georgia, but became established here primarily through a natural eastward expansion of their range.”He said the impact of coyotes on deer is highly variable across the landscape and may also change from year to year.Landowners can easily determine whether they have coyotes. “They (coyotes) typically use roads as their corridors, and there will be plenty of scat and tracks. At night they are particularly vocal. You will hear them yipping,” he said. In the area of forestry, Sibley said the most popular topics at the field day continue to be those on thinning and prescribed burning. “We’ll discuss why, when and how to thin pines and, to some extent, hardwoods. Many people are afraid to thin their pines because they are thinking economically. You have to think long term and not just about the price you will get,” he said.Thinning can also benefit forestry and wildlife. “I just read (UGA Warnell School) research that shows tick populations can be reduced through prescribed burning,” Sibley said.Other forestry-related topics include management of invasive species like privet, cost share programs through GFC and USDA NRCS, timber harvesting and streamside management.The entire list of topics can be found on the field day website at The topics are grouped in subcategories to further help participants organize their day. “It would really benefit potential participants to plan their day ahead of time, so they can be sure to hit the topics they want to see,” Granade said. Organizers anticipate 400 to 500 participants at the field day. Registration is $30 and includes a field day cap and a barbecue lunch. To register, go to or call (770) 229-3477.last_img read more

Wind likely to top coal as Kansas’ leading electricity supplier this year

first_imgWind likely to top coal as Kansas’ leading electricity supplier this year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享KCUR:Wind is beginning to challenge coal’s status as the primary energy source for electricity produced in Kansas.The shift has accelerated almost exponentially since 2010. As the cost to develop major wind projects has decreased, the cost to operate and maintain aging coal plants has gone up. The simple economics of the equation means utility companies are closing coal plants at the same time the number of new wind projects is exploding. And there’s still more wind potential to be tapped.Exactly how fast utilities turn from coal to wind will depend largely on what tools state lawmakers and regulators give companies as they try to recuperate their investment in coal facilities. But even with government inaction, market forces mean wind will continue to grow, just maybe not as quickly as it could.While Jeffrey Energy Center is — and will likely continue to be — the largest producer in the state, the charts hint at the fact that our mix of electricity generation is changing. Only one relatively small wind facility made the top 10 in 2010, while three of the top generators in 2017 were wind.Beyond looking at the top 10 generators, which only shows how big a facility is, the total amount of electricity generated per year also shows how quickly the energy landscape is changing.In 2010, coal made up 68 percent of the total electricity generated in the state. Wind generated only 7 percent.Fast forward to 2017, and coal provides only 38 percent of the electricity generated in the state, while wind has increased to 37 percent. It’s likely that once totals for 2018 or 2019 are posted wind will overtake coal as the largest source of electricity produced in Kansas.More: This is what Kansas’ top 10 energy producers reveal about the future of electricitylast_img read more

Profits soar at U.K.’s Solarcentury

first_imgProfits soar at U.K.’s Solarcentury FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A UK solar power pioneer has grown its profits eight-fold by investing in subsidy-free solar farms, a portion of which will help connect homes in Africa to small-scale solar-powered lighting systems.Solarcentury, one of the UK’s fastest growing renewable energy companies, will report profits of £14.4m for the year ending in March, compared with £1.5m the year before.A 5% share of the record profits will be channeled into SolarAid, a charity that has helped connect 2m homes in Africa to reliable electricity since it was founded by Solarcentury in 2006.The rapidly rising profits follow a four-year growth strategy in which the company has invested heavily in building and running subsidy-free solar projects in southern Europe, Latin America and Africa. In the year ahead the UK will emerge as a key focus for subsidy-free projects, owing to falling technology costs that have made solar power more economical in more overcast countries.The better than expected results are likely to stoke investor interest in the company, which was put up for sale this year and could fetch £250m for its current owners. But the sale could spell the end of the donations to SolarAid as the new owners will not be held to the same agreement.Solarcentury hands a share of its net profit to the charity every year to fund a not-for-profit home-solar company that sells mini solar panels to homes in Uganda, Malawi and Zambia on a pay-as-you-go basis. The company’s record profits mean SolarAid will receive more than £500,000 from Solarcentury, which could fund 125,000 new home-solar installations.More: U.K. solar power pioneer Solarcentury profit grows 860% in a yearlast_img read more