View post tag: Defence View post tag: Joint Strike Missile View post tag: europe Kongsberg Gruppen ASA has signed a Phase III contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) to complete the development of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) and prepare it for integration on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). View post tag: Ink This contract is valued at NOK 1.1 billion, and comes on the heels of a bridge phase contract signed on 29 November 2013, bringing the total scope of JSM development Phase III to some NOK 1.5 billion.JSM development work has going on since 2008 and will be a continuous activity up until the completion of the product in 2017. Future activities in Phase III will include aircraft tests, production of a number of test missiles and integration on the F-35.JSM is a new missile that will enable the F-35 to fight well-defended targets across long distances. No other weapon existing today, or under development, can perform the same types of missions. The missile can also be integrated into other types of aircraft in addition to the F-35, meaning its market potential extends beyond the future users of the F-35.“This contract is an important milestone not only for the JSM as a product and for KONGSBERG, but also for Norway’s technology industry which, through this development project, will establish a unique, globally leading industrial knowledge base,” remarks Walter Qvam, CEO of KONGSBERG.“In future full-scale production, the JSM programme could translate into more than 450 jobs at KONGSBERG, in addition to generating a significant number of assignments for about 100 Norwegian subcontractors for several decades. The JSM has a substantial international market potential of NOK 25 billion over the next 20-30 years,” adds Harald Ånnestad, President of Kongsberg Defence Systems.[mappress]Press Release, July 02, 2014; Image: Kongsberg View post tag: NDLO View post tag: Kongsberg Back to overview,Home naval-today Kongsberg, NDLO Ink Joint Strike Missile Contract July 2, 2014 View post tag: contract Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Norway Kongsberg, NDLO Ink Joint Strike Missile Contract View post tag: Navy Share this article
At least 20 cars were broken into and robbed in the D6 parking lots Sunday night. The cars’ windows were broken and any valuable items, such as computers or Global Positioning Systems (GPS), that could be seen were stolen, said Dave Chapman, assistant director for Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP). “Basically anything of value that people can see by looking through the windows are the cars they broke into,” he said. “You can break a window and take something out of a car in about five seconds.” Chapman said the cars were broken into between around 9 p.m. Sunday night and 1 a.m. Monday morning. Although security vehicles patrol campus, they were not in the D6 north or south lots during the time of the break-ins. “We can’t be everywhere all the time, unfortunately,” he said. NDSP is processing the evidence and taking fingerprints of cars in hopes to find the suspect. They are also helping students tape up their car windows and vacuum up glass, as well as directing students to shops where their cars can be repaired. Chapman advised students not to leave valuables in the car, even if it is just a GPS base. “If the GPS has a base on it, don’t leave the base sitting on the dashboard because that tells the person there is probably a GPS sitting in the car,” he said.
As students cram for midterms in libraries, study spaces and dorm rooms, some students opened cardboard boxes and grabbed their favorite board games to play with their friends and peers. They gathered to take a break from studying and to learn and inform students about the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO).Co-chair of the Green Dot committee for BAVO, junior Meghan McNamara talked about how BAVO changed the event to fit better to what they felt the student body needed.“It was supposed to be like a human life-size Game of Life and then we were going to have facts about what BAVO does, but with midterms and everything we did not want it to be too stressful and big,” McNamara said. “We thought it would be a nice break for people to just come and play games.”Students attended for a variety of reasons, including to relax.“I’m here to de-stress and also hang out with these cool ladies,” junior and BAVO member Jordan Gilchrist said.Others hoped to inform the Saint Mary’s community about BAVO’s mission.“I am here to play board games and to de-stress, but also to take the opportunity to educate others about BAVO and what we stand for,” junior Audrina Massey and BAVO member said.BAVO offered prizes for the winners, a variety of stickers, handouts and information about what BAVO does.McNamara said that Green Dot is a subcommittee of BAVO that focuses on bystander intervention. The event highlighted some of the new initiatives this year, under the new leadership of Liz Coulston.“[Coulston] is really trying to go towards the sisterhood and do more events that are inclusive,” McNamara said. “She wants BAVO to be known on campus, and she is doing a really good job at planning events that people want to go to and are better and interesting.”This event focused less on addressing sexual assault on campus and more on building community and reestablishing BAVO’s place on campus, McNamara said, though BAVO is still involved in issues surrounding sexual assault and relationship violence.“We are trying to be inclusive and there for everyone,” McNamara said. “It does not always have to be hard topics or all the time. We are trying to be inclusive and understand the stress that students are going to be feeling and give them a place to release it in public, and still give them the opportunity to learn about BAVO.”McNamara said that BAVO’s objective of building sisterhood and support extends beyond helping victims of violence, and towards building a community between all of Saint Mary’s women.“We are giving [the students] different ways to meet new people, or to connect with people, to strive and to learn new things,” McNamara said. “This is just people being there for each other and we are giving them different ways to look out for one another.”BAVO is hosting an event at Tuesday’s soccer game to raise awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and encourages all to show up and wear purple in support of victims of domestic abuse. They are also hosting a candlelit yoga event Wednesday.Tags: BAVO, Belles Against Violence Office
Ryan Wigglesworth Sophomore Ryan Wigglesworth collected data on whether students would be willing to buy and sell textbooks prior to launching his service.Wigglesworth realized through the launch that quite a few students were willing to sell their textbooks but don’t simply because there isn’t an efficient method to do so.“You can sell back to Amazon … or you can sell back to the bookstore,” Wigglesworth said. “But the value isn’t great for people, and they would rather see if they could sell to a friend. They feel better about it, and they get a better price.”Wigglesworth believes that the bookstore’s advantage lies in the fact that “it’s easy, and that’s what people like.” He aims to make his service even easier by making it local, with different branches on different campuses.Novitch said he would use the service again not only because it earned him a little extra money, but because he could feel good about the fate of a retired schoolbook.“I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to do with it,” he said. “I just figured somebody else would have more use for it than I did.”Tags: Hammes Bookstore, startup, textbooks Sophomore Jacob Novitch had a problem he didn’t know what to do with: his almost brand-new copy of “Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics.”“I had gotten this book last semester, and I was unable to rent it,” Novitch said. “I just kind of had it, and I didn’t need it anymore.”While the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore offers a renting option for some textbooks, many students find themselves stuck with a textbook they no longer need after the semester finishes.Novitch’s close friend and roommate, sophomore Ryan Wigglesworth, recently started a project creating an on-campus network for buying and selling textbooks. Wigglesworth said the idea was inspired by his own frustrations with buying textbooks.“Last winter break, when I was at home with my parents, we were looking for ways to save money,” he said. “They wanted me to sell my textbooks on an ND mobile service.”Wigglesworth created a survey that canvassed students across the country and received 160 responses, about half from Notre Dame and half from other schools.“I figured if I had this problem then other people probably would, too,” Wigglesworth said.Wigglesworth said his survey showed that people spend an average of around $520 a year on their textbooks. In fact, the average cost of books per year at a private four-year university is $1,240, according to research from the College Board. The University of Notre Dame factors a slightly lower $1,050 into its 2019-2020 cost of attendance.“I learned that there’s kind of a huge need for it. About half the people who responded have tried to sell textbooks, but only half of those actually succeed,” he said. “I figured I could maybe make this more efficient.”With money from the IDEA Center, Wigglesworth created a prototype version of this service, called BookSwap.“Basically, anyone can go on and post their books, and then if somebody else wants to buy it, they can buy it off the site,” he said. “It’s kind of like Craigslist for college.”Wigglesworth launched the service this past fall semester to some success.“I had about 50 postings up there, and five people were able to make sales,” he said, including Novitch, who parted ways with his theology textbook recently.
Georgia’s dry summer helped save its pecan crop, according to University of Georgia Extension horticulture specialist Lenny Wells.A wet spring and increased scab disease pressure had Wells and other pecan experts pessimistic about this year’s pecan crop. However, a lack of rain in June and July spared Georgia’s pecan farmers from worsening scab disease. The result is a pecan crop that’s expected to reach 85-90 million pounds, Wells estimated. “We had all that scab inoculum built up from last year, and then we started off wet this year, with a lot of early leaf scab in the spring. Luckily, about the time that the nuts really started to size, which is when they’re most susceptible to scab, it really dried off and let everybody catch up with fungicide protection,” Wells said. “Even where there was a lot of scab pressure, our famers did a really good job of keeping the scab to a minimum, I think.”Another encouraging factor in the early pecan season have been prices. Wells said that, for the Stuart variety, contract prices have ranged between $2.40 and $2.50 per pound, and for Desirables – Georgia’s most planted pecan variety – prices are higher at between $2.85 and $2.95. Wells expects those prices to stay high through November.Foliage conditions, the worst he’s seen in pecan trees, have been the only discouraging sign that Wells has observed. Pests like black aphids and mites have been major nuisances for pecan farmers. Black aphids have a toxin in their saliva that causes yellow spots to appear on leaves. Mites cause scorching on leaves. Early scab pressure in the spring meant higher rates of fungicides had to be applied. This resulted in bronzing of the leaves.“If a grower does have a lot of foliar damage and has leaf loss, that’s going to affect more of next year’s crop than this year’s. If they’ve lost a large percentage of leaves, particularly before October, that’s not good for next year,” Wells said. “Generally, we’d like to keep those leaves on until the first frost or as late as we can, just for the health of the tree.”Wells said that, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, last year’s Georgia crop produced between 85-90 million pounds.According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia is the country’s No. 1 producer of pecans. In 2013, Georgia’s farm gate value for pecans was $315.5 million, with Dougherty and Mitchell counties named the top pecan producers.
We have a real Thanksgiving treat for you this holiday week — a guest post from Aite Group’s Ron Shevlin (via our friends at CU Water Water Cooler) on “The Future of Credit Unions.” This post is actually a recording of Ron’s presentation at the 2014 CU Water Cooler Symposium, which took place in Austin, TX, a couple months ago.I saw Ron’s presentation live and I tell you it is well worth the review. So sit back this week and give it a watch and let it soak in as 2015 is almost upon us. And, again, many thanks to CU Water Cooler for letting us post this recording of Ron Shevlin’s “The Future of Credit Unions.” Enjoy!Ron’s original post on CU Water Cooler…Editor’s note: While we were able to capture Ron’s audio from his talk, we had a technical issue with the video footage. However, we feel that being able to view the slides and hear Ron is still very useful and informative. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Apr 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The spread of avian flu to the United States probably would not have the same impact it has had in less developed countries, according to the US government’s top infectious-disease official.”The surveillance is going to be so intense that it is very unlikely that there is going to be the type of situation we see everywhere from Nigeria to Indonesia,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as quoted in an Associated Press (AP) story today.American poultry farmers keep birds isolated, reducing the potential for them to have contact with wild birds, Fauci said. In addition, Americans generally have less contact with poultry or their droppings. Backyard poultry is far less common in the United States than in many of the countries battling avian flu, such as Indonesia.Fauci likened the US poultry system’s security to that in Europe. In Western Europe, H5N1-positive wild birds have been found in multiple countries over several months, but the virus has struck only a couple of poultry farms—one in France and one Germany.In the United States, Fauci told the AP, “It won’t be what you see in countries in which there is no regulation, in which there is no incentive to compensate farmers, in which the people, who are so poor, when they see their chickens are getting infected they immediately sell them or they don’t tell anybody because they don’t want them culled.”American authorities recently unveiled a surveillance plan that includes systematic monitoring of wild birds. They expect to collect 75,000 to 100,000 samples for testing this year, mostly on the West Coast and in Alaska.Fauci also said the avian flu virus is not likely to change very quickly into a form that it can spread quickly from person to person, potentially sparking a pandemic, according to the AP. Acquiring this ability will require a series of genetic changes, which could make the virus less virulent, he said.”It is entirely conceivable that this virus is inherently programmed that it will never be able to go efficiently from human to human,” Fauci was quoted as saying. “Hopefully the epidemic (in birds) will burn itself out, which epidemics do, before the virus evolves the capability of being more efficient in going from human to human.”Nevertheless, Fauci advocated personal preparedness, suggesting that people stock up on canned food and water, as they would for a hurricane or other storm, the AP reported.See also: Mar 20 CIDRAP News story on US surveillance plans
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Healthcare, Press Release, Public Health There are more than 19,000 COVID-19 cases in the state as of midnight today with numbers expected to continue increasing, highlighting an even greater need to ensure that Pennsylvania’s hospitals are equipped to care for patients and workers. To assist, Governor Tom Wolf today announced a new loan program – the Hospital Emergency Loan Program, or HELP – that will provide short-term financial relief to Pennsylvania’s hospitals as they prepare for the growing surge of individuals infected with COVID-19 and the economic fallout of the nationwide pandemic.“The combination of increased costs and reduced revenue has hurt many hospitals financially,” Gov. Wolf said. “We must support our hospitals through this unprecedented time. When this pandemic finally ends, we’re going to need hospitals to care for our regular medical needs, like heart attacks and broken bones. This new loan program will provide immediate relief to our hospitals, which are on the frontlines of this pandemic.”The $450 million loan package will be available to the commonwealth’s hospitals to provide immediate financial support for working capital to ensure that these facilities have sufficient personnel, equipment, and personal protective equipment.The funding was dispersed by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) and will be administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development through the Pennsylvania First Program (PA First). It was approved by Treasurer Joe Torsella, who played a crucial role in the expedited release of this emergency funding.“Hospitals across Pennsylvania should be focused on saving lives, not worrying about how to make ends meet until federal relief funds arrive months from now,” said Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella, whose office must approve any investments made by the PENNVEST board. “I am proud to approve this prudent investment that will provide immediate, low-cost, and direct financing to enable hospitals to sufficiently staff their floors, purchase treatment supplies and protective equipment, and successfully prepare for the surge of COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks. I commend the PENNVEST board for taking this step, and Governor Wolf for his leadership and continued commitment to protecting Pennsylvanians throughout this crisis.”Pennsylvania health care facilities licensed as hospitals by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the Health Care Facilities Act of 1979 that are eligible to receive federal grant funding through the CARES Act are eligible for HELP. The maximum loan size is $10 million per hospital at an interest rate of 0.5 percent.Applications will be available on DCED’s website starting at 10:00 AM April 13 through April 20. The costs must be incurred between March 1 and Sept. 1.HELP will allow hospitals to take responsive action now until funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, is dispersed completely, with the goal of easing the financial strain of the pandemic and smoothing the transition back into regular health care operation.Permitted expenses under HELP will mirror those under the CARES Act, allowing hospitals to close out their loan with CARES funding once it is received.View this information in Spanish. Gov. Wolf Announces $450 Million Loan Program for Financially Strained Hospitals April 10, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter