Danish frigate tests DCNS’ torpedo decoy system CANTO

first_img View post tag: HDMS Iver Huitfeldt June 3, 2016 Authorities Share this article Danish Navy frigate Iver Huitfeldt has recently tested the CANTO® torpedo decoy system off the coast of North Zealand, Denmark.The frigate served as a platform for French DCNS, UK’s Chemring Countermeasures and Danish Terma to conduct joint operational trials of their torpedo defence solution.This solution integrates Terma’s C-Guard decoy launching system with DCNS’ CANTO torpedo decoy and the Chemring Launch Module.The main purpose of the trials was to confirm the live operation of the CANTO 130 mm decoy in its purpose to lure incoming torpedoes from their original target; the ship launching the decoy.Additionally, the trials aimed to prove the performance of the Chemring launch module and the Terma C-Guard ability to launch the decoy.Once the CANTO 130 mm decoy is launched and enters the water, it starts generating numerous acoustic signals which mask the noise from the ship and generate copious false targets, hence diluting/confusing the homing ability of the incoming torpedo.By deploying decoys correctly with associated evasive maneuvers, the ship is able to steer away from the torpedo target zone to safety while the torpedo, homing on the false targets presented by the decoy, eventually dissipates all its energy or fuel.According to René d’Ambrières, DCNS Underwater Weapons Business Unit Director, the trial results came out very successful: “All expectations set before the trials were fulfilled and DCNS, Chemring, and Terma are all very satisfied to confirm their capacity to develop cutting-edge anti-torpedo warfare capabilities, including the design and production of the countermeasure, sea-proven on board naval platforms, which is a real asset in the naval market worldwide.”According to Terma, C-Guard is now, as a result of the successful trial, the first and currently the only decoy launching system fully integrated with the CANTO 130 mm anti-torpedo functionality. Danish frigate Iver Huitfeldt tests DCNS’ torpedo decoy system CANTOcenter_img View post tag: DCNS View post tag: DALO Back to overview,Home naval-today Danish frigate Iver Huitfeldt tests DCNS’ torpedo decoy system CANTO View post tag: Termalast_img read more

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Britain sends patrol vessel to aid NATO’s Aegean Sea mission

first_img July 11, 2016 Britain sends patrol vessel to aid NATO’s Aegean Sea mission View post tag: HMS Mersey View post tag: Aegean Sea View post tag: Royal Navy Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Britain sends patrol vessel to aid NATO’s Aegean Sea mission Authorities View post tag: NATO Britain has announced that it would send an offshore patrol vessel to the Aegean Sea where NATO vessels are already engaged in gathering intelligence and patrol the waters between Greece and Turkey with the aim of preventing migration and smuggling. During the NATO summit in Warsaw Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the HMS Mersey would be deployed to the Aegean where the ship would meet with another British vessel, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Cardigan Bay.HMS Mersey, an Offshore Patrol Vessel, will provide the taskforce with enhanced ability to work closer to the shore line and greater agility.NATO ships are working closely with Greek and Turkish coastguards, alerting them to sightings of migrant vessels crossing the Aegean and enabling them to turn them back or prevent them attempting the dangerous crossing in the first place.HMS Mersey will deploy to the Aegean from the Caribbean where she has been on counter narcotic operations. In April she played a key role alongside the Canadian Navy and US coastguard in a £12 million drugs bust where 304kg of drugs were seized.last_img read more

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Guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations

first_imgThe controversial Agency Workers Regulations 2010 will finally come into force on 1 October 2011. To help you prepare, the government’s official guidance has just been released. So what does it include?The same basic rightsFrom 1 October 2011, any agency workers that you employ will:l be entitled to access your workplace facilities for example, canteen, car parking, crèche and information on any vacancies in your organisation from day one of an assignmentl qualify for “equal treatment” with a “direct hire in an equivalent role” in other words basic employment rights and conditions after 12 weeks in a role; this is regardless of whether they have been supplied by more than one agency for any part of that period.Agency workers aren’t being given enhanced rights to access workplace facilities. For example, if there is a waiting list for car parking, they can join it, but not jump it: they don’t get priority or any special treatment. Also, they will only qualify for the right to equal treatment if they stay in the same role with the same hirer for the entire 12-week period.Official guidance availableThe government has issued guidance, which explains how to identify basic rights and conditions and covers areas such as:l the scope of the regulationsl qualifying for equal treatmentl payl working time and holiday entitlement, andl pregnant workers.12-week qualifying periodAn area most employers want to know about is which events can break, or pause, the 12-week qualifying period (QP). The guidance says the QP:l is reset when an agency worker moves to a new hirer in other words, a different legal entity. So if you have multiple sites, moving them from one to another won’t break continuityl will be broken if there is “any substantive change” to a job with the same hirer the whole, or main, role must be different. Minor changes won’t count: they should be both genuine and significant to the role for example, a new level of responsibilityl will be paused by sickness absence, but any maternity-, paternity- or adoption-related absences keep the clock ticking.The regulations won’t apply retrospectively, so agency workers already on an assignment when they come into effect won’t get any credit towards a QP before 1 October.Unfortunately, the guidance doesn’t address some of the more challenging questions. As usual, the tribunal is left to tackle the trickier issues. It also still needs Parliamentary approval. But if you employ agency workers, or plan to do so, start looking at it now.last_img read more

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News story: Innovation in urban infrastructure: UK mission to Singapore

first_img meet peers, stakeholders, challenge-owners, and potential partners in the Singaporean urban living sector better understand the challenges and opportunities in the market explore possibilities for commercial and collaborative research and development start to build consortiums that will help them and other UK businesses to more easily access these opportunities Key Telematics, a company whose asset monitoring and tracking platform provides regular information on the performance and location of an asset or infrastructure service. Its customers operate in fleet and logistics, aviation, marine, earth moving, passenger transport, rail, agriculture, emergency services and oil and gas Virtual Power Solutions, which provides real-time data, monitoring and control of energy use to consumers, network operators and utilities Top Screen Media, which produces digital hardware and software to facilitate communication through connected and touch screen solutions in public areas such as shopping centres, transport and retail hubs. It can adapt messaging depending on gender, age or circumstance CSCM, which provides project management and delivery services to partners, associates and third party suppliers engaged in country, city or urban missions. This includes hardware, connectivity, data management and data analytics See how Innovate UK supports urban innovation. Velocity RDT focuses on technology-driven solutions for people, built environments and cities. Its products can support increased sustainability, security and value, and help companies to track, manage and use existing assets and resources To find out about future opportunities in Singapore email Niraj Saraf, Infrastructure Systems, Innovate UK at [email protected] Design for Social Change, a London-based company that specialises in real-time, collaborative systems that combine human and machine intelligence to solve urban problems and improve life in cities for everyone Nicander offers a web service and mobile application that integrates the management of incidents, events, assets, technology faults, data analysis and prediction, resources and personnel, information exchange and reporting across urban infrastructure systems AKB-Environmental, working in partnership with Stockbridge Technology Centre and Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research, provides research, design, training and consultancy services on growing and storing food to cities and countries Immense Simulations, an applied ‘software as a service’ company that offers advanced mobility solutions for urban areas. This includes a simulation platform for connected and automated vehicle systems that should optimise fleet management Next week (29 January to 2 February 2018) 14 UK-based businesses will travel to Singapore on an Innovate UK mission in urban infrastructure systems.The mission will help to identify innovation opportunities for the 2 countries to work together on urban challenges and build partnerships between participating organisations.UK businesses will: DOVU, which has pioneered a cryptocurrency you can earn by changing the way you travel, for example, by using connected cars, public transport or autonomous vehicles The organisationsSome of the UK’s most promising urban living SMEs will attend: isardSAT performs studies for scientific applications with data from Earth observation instruments. It offers services based on that data that support climate change adaptation and mitigation RHE Global, whose products include an app for citizens to report noise issues, and a cloud platform that provides information and resources on environmental health, trading standards and licensing to local and central government authorities Relational Urbanism, an office of architects, landscape architects and engineers that specialises in the design and delivery of urban projects. Its projects range from large-scale, public open spaces to master-plans and buildings Why SingaporeAs a leading smart city and a springboard into the ASEAN region, Singapore offers a huge market for UK businesses working in urban living.Significant investment is being made in this sector. In 2016 the Singapore government announced an 18% increase in research funding, totalling £9 billion over 5 years. Urban solutions and sustainability and the digital economy are among the priority themes to receive investment.The country is also one of the largest venture capital markets in Asia and has a strong eco-system for supporting start-ups.Innovate UK’s missionsThis is the third ‘urban bridges’ mission that Innovate UK has run to Singapore.Across the 3 visits we will have hosted more than 40 SMEs and helped them to start doing business with the country.We will continue to work with Singaporean government and peer organisations to explore and exploit opportunities for UK businesses. The Behaviouralist, a research-driven consultancy, which provides data analysis and product development in the areas of behavioural science, economics and data science. One product under development is to help commuters make smarter, healthier and more environmentally-friendly travel decisionslast_img read more

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Go USA! Five All-American Shows to See on the Fourth

first_img Rocky If there’s anyone who fought from the heart, it’s the Founding Fathers of the United States. That’s why if these guys were all hanging out in New York City and decided to see a musical together, we’re pretty sure they’d choose Rocky. It’s also got gorgeous sets, and plenty of muscley, shirtless dudes hitting each other. And besides, there’s only one song more emotionally stirring than “The Star Spangled Banner,” and that’s “Eye of the Tiger.” The Book of Mormon Hello! The boys from The Book of Mormon are as American as apple pie, so why not head to Utah (followed immediately by a thrilling missionary trip to Uganda) to hang out with Elder Price, Elder Cunningham and the rest of their pals this Fourth of July weekend? It’s a great opportunity to catch a usually-sold-out fan favorite while the rest of the East Coast is trying to claim a square of sand at the Jersey shore. Newsies Last we checked, America is the land of the free and the home of the brave—and nobody on Broadway exercises their first-amendment rights quite like the boys of Newsies. Based on the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899, the Disney hit is only running on Broadway through August 24, so it’s time to get your hunks-doing-pirouettes fix now, before it’s too late. Grab your sparklers and your American flags, because it’s time to celebrate the only holiday that makes it socially acceptable to sport these bad boys all weekend. After chowing down on delicious barbecued treats and watching fireworks (accompanied by the song stylings of If/Then star Idina Menzel) on the Fourth of July, here’s some great news—you’ve got the whole rest of the weekend to catch a Broadway show! Check out our picks for the best shows to see on Independence Day weekend. View Comments Jersey Boys Wait, did someone say Jersey? After seeing the Four Seasons bring their signature tunes to the silver screen in the new Jersey Boys movie, we’ve been dying to go back to catch Frankie Valli and the boys live on Broadway. Featuring Four Seasons hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “December 1963,” Jersey Boys is a must-see for the whole family. Motown the Musical Instead of sitting in traffic on the BQE, take a trip to Hitsville, U.S.A.! Where else can you relax inside an air-conditioned theater and hear 40 Motown songs performed live by a cast of stellar triple threats? Featuring a book by legendary record producer Berry Gordy, this jukebox musical might even teach you something about the history of American music. (No, not Frances Scott Key—Stevie Wonder!)last_img read more

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5 powerful ways to visualize your data’s story

first_imgPlottingFor data that is easily plotted on a chart, D3-js fee software that can manipulate the data in many beautiful ways. D3-js a JavaScript library for creating data-driven documents. It is exceptional at to help visualize data using HTML, SVG, and CSS. Heat mapsOne of the cleanest ways to show behavior is via heat maps. These maps convert data points into color densities where red is the most dense aka “Hot“ and blue being the lest dense aka ”Cold”. These are widely used in retail to identify the traffic patterns and in website to see where visitors frequent the most. Below is a web page from the Guardian website (www.guardian.com)        5.  Infographics The most commonly used tool to tell a data’s story is via an infographic. When creating successful infographics keep in mind three things. 1. Make it visually attractive. Use complementary colors, graphics and icons. 2. Present useful content. Illustrate time frames, stats and references. 3. Share the story/findings of the data. Display relationships, facts, findings and deductions.Data storytelling is increasingly important, as businesses become more and more data rich. Finding the best way to share the insights from data is equally as important as findings from the data. Word cloudsWord clouds are a fantastic way to illustrate sentiment or weighted opinion that is gathered from surveys, social media or texts. Being able to clearly see what this data tells you is incredibly insightful. For example, the word cloud below is of the most commonly used passwords as gathered from a recent security breech data. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: https://www.anneleggthrive.com Details Data is all around us. Some of it is big and some of it small, regardless the size, the biggest challenge is not necessarily analyzing it, but sharing our findings. With 65% of the population identified as visual learners, it makes sense to display the data’s findings or story in a visual way. To help identify the best way to accomplish this, are following 5 powerful ways to share your data’s story visually.Visual MappingVisual mapping is an excellent method to display complex data sets. The visual map below visualizes the density of crime in Oakland, California. (www.polymaps.org) A suggested use for credit unions is visually mapping physical branch locations layered with member data with census data. Mapping this data can show branch usage by current and prospective member in terms of proximity, usage, demographic and income.last_img read more

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Compliance Corner: When doing the right thing is also the easiest thing

first_img continue reading » “Doing the right thing” has become synonymous with “doing the hard thing.” After all, eating healthy, saving money and exercising regularly are all things that most people would agree are the “right” thing to do—but they’re often not so easy. For banks and credit unions, doing the right thing—following compliance regulations to a “T”—can often seem like a time-consuming burden; however, it’s actually much easier than the alternative.Don’t believe me? Imagine the hassle and costs that could come from increased compliance scrutiny and lawsuits related to a non-compliant overdraft program, not to mention the bad public relations and loss of accounts that could occur. Wouldn’t it have just been easier to make sure you were “doing the right thing” from the beginning?“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.When I talk to banks and credit unions about why they’re not using a third-party expert to manage their overdraft program, I usually get one of two responses. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Viber community as an informative crisis tourism headquarters for foreign tourists

first_imgAs additional support to the whole initiative, Mediacor has made 13 special Viber stickers / stickers that are targeted at foreign tourists and performed in English. Croatia Last Minute Deals As a kind of crisis information headquarters for tourism with all the epidemiological information in Croatia, where from day to day they answer all foreign tourists to inquiries about entering Croatia. Currently, there are over 5.000 members in the Viber group, who post 300 to 500 messages / queries per day, and each query is answered on the same day. “Internally, the agency has created a simple and fun package of 13 stickers that are content-oriented towards foreign tourists and performed in English. So we have a sticker with glasses in the reflection of which you can see the beach Zlatni rat, the most famous Adriatic heart – the island of Galešnjak, and sailing as a Croatian state of mind. This sticker package was designed and made in just a few days.”They point out from Mediacor and add that user-generated sticker packages will become more and more popular because they are easy to make and – anyone who has Viber installed on Android can launch them, and they will soon be available on IOS. After that, the idea was born, that after helping tourists with useful information, to help our tourist accommodation facilities, through the new Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals , which publishes last minute offers both hotel and private accommodation. Croatia also got its Viber stickers As the entire public tourism sector failed and was late in communication, especially outside of Lijepa naša with key information towards tourists, Paul Bradbury and Krešimir Macan, our leading PR expert with the help of several volunteers, first launched the Viber community Total Croatia Travel INFO, which transmitted all relevant epidemiological information on a daily basis, and answers all inquiries from tourists. center_img You can agree with him or not, but Paul Bradbury is one of the people who makes an extremely large contribution to our tourism, both before and now during the covida pandemic19 when communication is extremely important, if not crucial. Good job Paul & Krešimir. Join the Viber community Total Croatia Travel INFO i Croatia Last Minute Deals. “Another great community started by the same users and promoted by Total Croatia Travel INFO is Croatia Last Minute Deals – community, with just over 3.000 members and currently with 40.000 views. In it, foreign tourists can find holiday offers offered directly – by the users themselves.”Conclude Mediacor. The group is a kind of SOS to save this year’s “crown of the tourist season” because it is an opportunity for renters and tourist entities to advertise their accommodation for free and fill holes in terms of even a few days, and for tourists this group is an opportunity to spend a great year and find the best price for a dream vacation. Definitely a win / win situation for everyone.  “The Total Croatia Travel INFO community has over 5.000 members who have either found the community organically or added an acquaintance to it, and currently has over 150.000 views on a monthly basis with a high growth trend. The value of the community is that these are people who really plan to visit Croatia and are informed about the procedure in a simple and fast way. Community managers do a really intensive job because they need to regularly follow the latest news and recommendations to stay informed and provide accurate information to community members. Depending on the day, between 300 and 500 messages change on a daily basis in the community”Point out Mediacor, Viber’s business development agency for Croatia.last_img read more

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Arsenal offered Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz in bargain deal

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal offered Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz in bargain deal Comment Diaz scored four goals for Real Madrid last season (Picture: UEFA via Getty Images)Diaz first made his Real Madrid debut in 2016, in Zidane’s first spell in charge, but was sold to Lyon a year later for around £7m.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Dominican Republic international impressed in France, scoring 18 goals in 37 Ligue 1 appearances and was re-signed by Real last August for around £20m (a fee reduced due to a deal Real had originally done over Diaz’s rights).However, the 25-year-old made just 19 appearances in all competitions for Real last year, scoring just four goals in the process.He now appears to be surplus to requirements and Zidane is happy to move him on for less than the club paid for him a year ago.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhether Arsenal will make a bid for the player or not is yet to be seen as they have other transfer targets and a limited budget of around £45m to spend this summer.Emery has already submitted a bid of around £30m for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez, but could be tempted to take the cheaper option of Diaz to boost his forward line.The Gunners remain in talks for a number of players, including Wilfried Zaha, Kieran Tierney, William Saliba and Malcom.MORE: Why Arsene Wenger blocked move for Arsenal transfer target Mario LeminaMORE: Why new Technical Director Edu will be the most important signing Arsenal make this summer Mariano Diaz is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz for just £18m this summer as the Spanish side look to balance the books.Real have already spent over £270m during the transfer window on Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo and a deal for Paul Pogba is still being chased.Zinedine Zidane is trying to recoup whatever transfer funds he can, with the likes of Gareth Bale and Isco being put up for sale at the Santiago Bernabeu.Diaz is another that the club have made available, and the forward has been offered to the Gunners for just £18m.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Jul 2019 7:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more

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Buyers are going bonkers for big family homes on big blocks

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoHigh ceilings adorn the home at 36 Kensington Way, Sunnybank Hills.There’s also an inground pool.The property was sold by Ben Leong of LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills.According to CoreLogic, more homes are taken to auction in Sunnybank Hills than anywhere else in Brisbane.The suburb, which is 14km from Brisbane’s CBD, has a median house price of $665,000. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This palace of a home at 36 Kensington Way, Sunnybank Hills, has sold.HIGH-END buyers are still flocking to Sunnybank Hills for big family homes on big blocks as the recent sale of a private manor house in the suburb proves.A palatial five-bedroom, three-bathroom house at 36 Kensington Way has sold for $1.67 million, in one of the top sales of the past week according to property analytics company CoreLogic. The pool around the home at 36 Kensington Way, Sunnybank Hills.Records show the property last sold for $1.15 million a decade ago.The grand home is perched on a 1078 sqm corner block and features wrought-iron gates and manicured gardens.Inside, the spacious house has an opulent formal reception room, a formal dining room, an alfresco entertainment space, a huge study and a media room.center_img The open plan kitchen and living area at 36 Kensington Way, Sunnybank Hills.Another big family home on a quarter acre block in Brisbane has just sold for $1.5 million.The five-bedroom, two-bathroom property on 1555 sqm at 259 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket has undergone a full scale renovation and features a large, children’s retreat, wine cellar swimming pool and fire pit.It sold through Brisbane Real Estate Indooroopilly. 30 BIDDERS WANTED THIS HOUSE AGEING HOMES DRIVE RENO BOOM HOUSE THAT HUNT BUILT UP FOR AUCTIONlast_img read more

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