Subaru Rally Team USA unveiled its new 2011 Impreza WRX STI rally cars to journalists in dramatic fashion at the Pala Raceway in Pala, California. The team, including Vermont SportsCar of Colchester, Vermont, provided full speed ride-alongs to journalists during practice for the ESPN Summer X Games 16. Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra and new teammate, European Rallycross Champion Sverre Isachsen, demonstrated that they were ready for the SuperRally X Game competitions, being held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday, July 31st. “The team has worked very hard to get these vehicles ready for the X Games,” said Pastrana. “The competition is going to be tough but I am confident that our STIs will be the cars to beat.” The team’s technical partner, Vermont SportsCar, first began with a stock 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI right off the showroom floor. The car’s interior was then stripped bare and the shell lightened then fully seam welded for added strength. A multipoint roll cage, manufactured from T45 steel, was then welded into place.Major differences from the stock STI include the addition of a competition fuel cell — which keeps race fuel contained within a flexible Kevlar bag tank — and lightweight carbon/Kevlar RECARO SPA ProRacer competition seats (w/HANS- Head and Neck Restraint System). Other interior additions include a custom STI dashboard, carbon fiber door panels, a Coralba C-Giant Rally Odometer, and an onboard Fire Suppression System.The stock dampers are swapped out for heavy-duty rally dampers made by EXE-TC competition suspension. The rally dampers are fully adjustable and are built to take the abuse that off-road gravel rallying entails. Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled STI engine running VP Racing fuel and producing in excess of 500 horsepower and 560 lb/ft of torque (running with 45mm restrictor for X Games). The clutch is a high performance-racing clutch provided by EXedy. Launch control, a turbo anti-lag system and a hydraulic handbrake are just a few of the features at the driver’s disposal.A 5-speed, close-ratio dog-engagement gearbox is used, which allows Subaru Rally Team USA drivers to shift without depressing the clutch. The DCCD (Driver Controlled Center Differential) is similar to the system in a stock STI street car, but with a competition ECU for the differential, which allows for greater control of the torque delivery between all four wheels.The exterior of the car remains close to stock, with the simple addition of mud flaps and a 1/4-inch aluminum skid plate. A roof-mounted carbon fiber air scoop aids in cooling the cockpit and the stock rear wing is replaced with a larger vertically slotted wing, which greatly improves down force to the rear of the car, even as it slides sideways. Lastly, auxiliary HID driving lights, made by Vision-X and housed in carbon fiber light pod, are fitted for night rallying. “Learning a new car can be a challenge,” Isachsen said, “but having seen the result of the Subaru team’s preparations and practiced in my STI, I am very much looking forward to driving in the X Games SuperRally. Though the ERC (European Rally Championship) is somewhat different from SuperRally, I think my experience will place me in a competitive position for this event.”The SRT USA will again compete in the Rally Car competition, which they have won 9 out of the 13 possible medals in the past 4 years. The event features two rally cars at a time running on a stadium based parallel course. New for this year X Games will debut SuperRally, which is based on the European Rallycross. SuperRally features direct head-to-head competition with four cars at a time on a tight dirt course within the massive LA Coliseum, in downtown Los Angeles. The new format should prove especially exciting for America fans as the rally cars will bump, jump and slide together in a furious sprint of just a few short laps.Subaru.com/Rally will post daily updates on the progress of Subaru Rally Team USA throughout X Games weekend.About Subaru of America, Inc.Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com(link is external).Source: CHERRY HILL, N.J., July 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —
By Dialogo September 16, 2011 The U.S. Army is evaluating a cutting-edge force-protection system which combines radar, surveillance cameras, unmanned sensors, gunshot detection and remote-controlled weapons. The sensors and weapons are combined into a single, integrated system that can scan surrounding terrain for threats, alert soldiers of potential imminent danger and provide them fires to respond, service officials said. The Combat Outpost Surveillance and Force Protection System (COSFPS), nicknamed “Kraken” after the mythological sea creature with many heads, was evaluated in July as part of the U.S. Army’s 3,800-soldier-strong Network Integration Evaluation (NIE). The exercise was designed to assess and integrate a host of technologies. The individual technologies assembled for the Kraken are integrated through a government-owned, scalable and open architecture software called Joint Force Protection Advanced Security System (JFPASS). “While the sensor and device payload is impressive and probably offers the most force protection per cubic foot compared to any other system, the key is the integration standard, fusion and automation which reduces troop to task and provides increased situational awareness – thus resulting in more reaction time for the warfighter,” said Tom O’Neill, Integrated Base Defense Product director, Joint Project Manager Guardian. The JFPASS software enables data from all of Kraken’s system components to be integrated via a standard protocol, fused and conditionally automated. The information is displayed on screens showing a Common Operating Picture (COP). “We’ve been able to positively identify targets before they got in range with weapons on our COP. They have tried to raid us multiple times, but we have been able to positively identify them and engage them before they got close. This is great for tracking the people coming in and out of your area AO [Area of Operation],” said Pvt. James Benham, a forward observer who has been evaluating Kraken/COSFPS in a series of mock-combat exercises at a White Sands Missile Range “Mountain Village” outpost in New Mexico. “Kraken’s six-kilometer continuous sweep can detect anything the size of a head – including rabbits, deer or birds,” Benham said. “The system also has an option where you can emplace sensor overlays. If I get a hit on a sensor, I am able to instantly slew my cameras to that location.” Powered by a 10-kilowatt Tactical Quiet Generator, Kraken’s two remote weapons stations can accommodate an M249 Semi-Automatic Weapon or an M240 machine gun, Benham said. “The remote weapon’s stations have night capabilities with a thermal digital zoom,” he added. Kraken – which is described as an instantiation of the JFPASS software – was begun as part of a US$ 30-million Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, O’Neill explained. Initial fielding of the Kraken is planned for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, O’Neill added.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 33-year-old Rockville Centre woman was killed when he crashed his car on the Southern State Parkway in North Bay Shore early Monday morning.New York State police said Johanna Taveras was driving her Hyundai Sonata westbound east of 5th Avenue when she drove off the roadway and struck a tree on the right shoulder at 4:22 a.m.Taveras was pronounced dead at the scene.Troopers ask any witnesses to call them at 631-756-3000.
In our recent post, “5 Steps To Build Your Credit Union Cloud” we outlined a very deliberate and strategic path to move your credit union to the cloud. We explained how managed services are giving credit unions a new competitive advantage over those struggling to meet the increasing demands of operating complex IT infrastructures. The 5 steps were:• Move to Managed Telecom• Move to Managed Security (integrated locally and offsite)• Move to Managed Disaster Recovery (offsite)• Move to Hosted Servers• Move to Service Bureau (core)In today’s post we will take a close look at the options involved in moving to a “managed security” environment. And just as we shared in our managed telecom guide, you will want to gather as much information as you can regarding your contracts, expiration dates, terms and services so you will have a baseline from which to start your service/costs comparisons. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Pablo Aabir Das Pablo is a strategy advisor for Reggora, the modern appraisal technology platform that mortgage lenders and appraisal vendors both love. Reggora uses the latest technology, integrations, and automation to streamline … Web: www.reggora.com Details Covid-19 has again shed light on how indispensable credit unions are to communities across the country. An influx of financial transactions over the past six months ranging from small businesses applying for loans to prospective homebuyers taking advantage of low rates and submitting mortgage applications has reemphasized how nimble and versatile many credit unions can be in the face of high demand for their services.However, while some credit unions have quickly adapted to new challenges and demands, others have found it more difficult to keep up. Part of the reason for this is that many credit unions – especially smaller ones – are limited by their operational capabilities and manual workflows. When there is high demand across a number of financial services, these inefficiencies become especially apparent.One of the ways that you can ensure that you can meet your members’ expectations and remain competitive regardless of the economic environment is by analyzing and assessing your needs through a tech-oriented lens. In other words, all credit unions have inefficiencies that can be streamlined, and outside technology solutions can often offer ways to address these problems.For some credit unions, a partnership with a fintech is not an issue of desire, but instead of cost and capacity. Many fintechs are pricey and require a number of your internal resources in order to be effectively deployed. However, these issues are often the case for major software overhauls – CRMs, LOSs, and accounting systems, for example. With the right strategy, many fintechs can offer easily implementable, effective solutions to redundancies and inefficiencies that will streamline your credit union’s workflows.Here are three ways to get started. Focus on Hidden Issues First When it comes to fintech solutions, bigger is not always better. The most glaring issues are often the hardest ones to solve – even with technology partners.Instead, try to identify some of your institution’s “hidden” pain points. The appraisal serves as a good example of a challenge that most credit unions grapple with, but choose not to initially invest in. The appraisal process is costly, time consuming, and often delays the mortgage lending process – a key service that many credit unions provide. Prudent investments in modern appraisal technology could immediately streamline the appraisal process to reduce turn-times and lower costs. More importantly, appraisal software is a prime example of easy-to-implement technology that yields immediate returns.Vet Fintechs For More Than Compliance When partnering with fintechs, credit unions will often be most concerned with compliance issues. Understandably, a fintech’s compliance with industry regulations, privacy, and more are key aspects of the vetting process. However, in order to invest in successful fintech partnerships, your credit union should dig even deeper than compliance issues.Fintechs are well versed in marketing and branding, but in order to truly ensure the success of your fintech partnership, you should ask the fintech for references, speak to their existing clients, and even ask for a free trial period to test the software out firsthand. Above all, it is key to understand the fintech’s customer success process. This will guarantee that the fintech will remain responsive to your needs as your partnership evolves, and also assuage any concerns revolving around adaptability or implementation. Remember the Member Experience Every investment that you make into financial technology should in some way benefit your members. Credit unions enjoy member loyalty unlike any other financial institution, and as a result, you should search for fintech partners that help boost your members’ experience. Examples of this include investments in mobile applications, automated software, and transparency. If you are able to successfully invest in fintechs that serve your members’ needs, this will not only improve their experience, but also attract a new client base and keep you competitive.
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ILOILO City – So no one would go hungry during theenhanced community quarantine in Guimaras Island, its provincial governmentpurchased 53,000 sacks of rice from the National Food Authority (NFA). Therice turned over to Jordan, Buenavista and Nueva Valenciawere just partial allocations. “Magahatag ang probinsiya sang isa ka sako nga bugas sa kada pamilya sa Guimaras agud makabuligsa mga pumuluyo naton nga apektado sang COVID-19quarantine. Kuntani ini makabulig sa aton mga pumuluyo agud mapahagan-hagan ang epekto sang sini nga krisis,” Gumarin said. The provincialgovernment t handed over 2,998 sacks of rice and 495 boxes of canned goods toBuenavista, received by Mayor Eugenio Reyes. Sibunag’s Mayor Anabelle Samaniego received5,647 sacks of rice and 495 boxes of canned goods. More stockspurchased by the provincial government t from NFA are due to arrive nextweek. Asof this writing, Guimaras remained the only province inWestern Visayas with no confirmed case of COVID-19. Eachfamily in the province will receive one sack of rice, according to Gov. SamuelGumarin. Theprovincial government turned over 4,484 sacks of rice and 495 boxes of cannedgoods to Nueva Valencia and these were received by MayorEmmanuel Galila. Themunicipalities were entrusted to distribute the goods to theirconstituents to ease the sufferings ofthe Guimarasnons affected by the measures put in place to combatthe coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Gumarin appealedto Guimarasnons to do their share in keeping the island COVID-free. MayorRuben Corpuz of Jordan received 4,507 sacks of rice and 495 boxes ofcanned goods. Gumarinpersonally delivered a total of 24,451 sacks of rice to the municipalities. Theprovincial government turned over relief items, including rice, to everymunicipality as the province started observing an enhanced community quarantineeffective April 15. Fourhundred ninety-five boxes of canned goods and 6,815 sacks of rice werehanded to Mayor Ninfa Gajo of San Lorenzo. “Nagapangayo gid ako sang kooperasyon sang tanan. Bululigan natonnga maprotektahan aton probinsiya. Magsunod langsa mga guidelines nga ginapatuman,” said Gumarin./PN
Venus De Milo may now be campaigned for the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on September 15. O’Brien snr said: “It’s lovely to come here – the track is in super order. It was an important race for her to win. It wasn’t ideal to be at the front like that, but these races can often get messy. She’s a lovely big filly and may have a rest now. We might then bring her back for the Prix Vermeille in France.” David Wachman introduced a potentially useful juvenile in 120,000gns purchase Come To Heel (7-1), who displayed a decent turn of foot to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden under Billy Lee. The experienced pair Candy Apples and Treadstone dominated the market and the race, trading blows all the way until they were collared deep inside the final furlong by Come To Heel, who won cosily by half a length. The trainer said: “She’s a nice filly. Billy was very cool and gave her a nice introduction. Billy liked her and she was ready to start, and he’s a pretty good judge. She won a shade snugly and will step up to stakes company now.” Aidan O’Brien’s filly landed her first two starts with authority and performed with great credit when a half-length second to Chicquita after being supplemented into the Irish Oaks, so it was no surprise that the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade was sent off the 1-4 favourite this time as she dropped into Group Three company. Joseph O’Brien was not hanging about, leading all the way, and when he asked for a bit more in the final furlong as the pack threatened to close, she picked up superbly well and stormed clear to beat Bunairgead by three and a half lengths. Venus De Milo added further gloss to an already attractive profile by winning the feature Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork. Press Association
Press Association The Belgian hitman has been out since April with an Achilles injury and the Villans have badly missed his presence up front. The 23-year-old only returned to training recently but Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed he may be ready in time to face the champions a week on Saturday. “He’s getting closer,” said the Scot. “Next week we will see how he is for the Man City game. “I’m not saying he’ll start, or anything, but he’s certainly getting close.” Villa will certainly welcome the Belgian’s return. They boast the second best defence in the Barclays Premier League so far – behind only Southampton – but are finding goals hard to come by at the other end. That defensive record stands despite conceding three in a 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal last weekend when Lambert’s squad was hit hard by a virus within the camp. The manager revealed they were still suffering from it earlier this week but hopes for a clean bill of health for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea. “We closed the training ground down on Monday and some of the lads still came back feeling a bit groggy on Tuesday,” he said. “Today they feel a lot better so hopefully it’s out of their system. Everybody’s trained and hopefully we’ll get a clean bill of health for Saturday.” He added: “We don’t know where it came from. Lads were just going down all the time. I’ve never known it where lads are throwing up on the morning of a game. “Ashley Westwood was sick in the warm-up, Nathan Baker, Darren Bent and Andi Weimann were at half-time, we were really struggling. It’s not an excuse but it’s a fact. We could have been better defensively but we weren’t at 100 per cent.” Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke could make his long-awaited return from injury in his side’s upcoming clash with Manchester City.
NEW DELHI: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has postponed the compulsory shooting national camp for Olympic-bound shooters that was scheduled to start on August 1 at the Karni Singh Shooting Range in the national capital. The development comes a day after the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said that a coach posted at the range has tested positive for coronavirus. “The camp is not happening tomorrow, we are looking at a new date. We will make an announcement next week,” NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia told IANS on Friday. Shooters and coaches had expressed displeasure at the camp being compulsory. When asked if this tag will be taken away from the postponed camp, Bhatia said: “All of that we will discuss when we decide upon when the camp will be held.” IANS Also Watch: #LetsTalk: Of Perception & Understanding