May 4, 2017 The Turkish-built SMASH 30mm naval gun was introduced to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s first-of-class New Generation Patrol Craft, according to gun manufacturer Aselsan.Aselsan said the weapon was inducted on April 20, 2017, after completing trials.The company further noted this was the very first delivery of this system to the South East Asia Region.In the scope of the agreement, each of the six Malaysian New Generation Patrol Craft will be integrated with the 30mm SMASH systems.SMASH is a multipurpose remote controlled weapon system fitted with a 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster-II canon. According to the manufacturer, the system is capable of firing 200 rounds per minute with its dual feed 30mm automatic cannon. Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Malaysian Coast Guard’s first NGPC receives SMASH naval gun View post tag: SMASH Malaysian Coast Guard’s first NGPC receives SMASH naval gun View post tag: Aselsan Share this article View post tag: MMEA View post tag: NGPC
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDSFIRST RESPONDERS TURN THIER BACKS ON MAYOR AND HIS WIFE AT PARADEWe were just informed that a large group (around 100 people) of Evansville “First Responders” and members of their families turned their backs on Mayor Winnecke and his wife Carol McClintock in a peaceful protest during the Westside Nut Club Fall Festival parade this afternoon.We are told the reason why members of Evansville Police and Fire departments and members of their families turned their backs on the Mayor during the parade was because they feel that he turned his back on them concerning the proposed 2017 City Employee Healthcare program adjustments during the current budget hearings.Members of the Police and Fire Departments also told us they aren’t going to allow Financial Chairman and 1st Ward Councilman Dan McGinn (R) and 2nd Ward Council President Missy Mosby (D) to stop them from speaking at this coming City Council meeting on Monday.They predict that Mondays nights Council meeting will be jam packed disgruntled Police and Fire members and supporters demanding that City Council leadership allow them to speak their minds concerning the problems of the proposed 2017 City Employee Healthcare program adjustmentsThis is a developing story.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Check on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts. April 1, 2016Dear Friends,I want to thank everybody who attended Wednesday’s Town Hall Meeting about the drainage project between 26th Street and 34th Street. Representatives of Michael Baker International presented a plan to use four pump stations and a network of new drainage pipes to move floodwater off the streets. While it won’t be able to prevent every flood, the plan offers the best option to provide the most relief and the most immediate relief. With everything in place, work should begin in the fall and be complete by the summer of 2017.Anybody who was unable to attend can see video of the full meeting and a copy of the presentation at ocnj.us/projects.I also want to encourage everybody again to vote for Ocean City in the Best Beach in America 2016 contest. We’re in a close race with Huntington Beach, Calif., in the national championship round. And we need to get the vote out. Click here to cast your ballot and share the link with everybody you know. Our success in this contest is a true testament to how many families throughout the country know and love Ocean City.Ocean City will be host to two new events on April 9 and 10. Girls Weekend will bring guests to downtown Asbury Avenue for dining offers, shopping discounts and an array of projects, demonstrations and activities. Look for a full schedule and a list of participating businesses at oceancityvacation.com. OC-Con is a comic book and arts festival on the Ocean City Music Pier. A schedule and more information is available at oceancitylibrary.org .Both events represent collaborative efforts of the city and different groups in town to attract new visitors to Ocean City. I’ve been told that hotel reservations in town are up for this early-season weekend, and that’s a good sign. All of those involved in planning these events deserve our thanks.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor
The 90 staff of A&G Precision designed machine components for the fuselage, horizontal and vertical tails of the F-35.Last year the Ministry of Defence invested over £2.5-billion into small and medium businesses as part of its commitment to make it easier for them to win contracts. In addition, hundreds of small businesses have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging their support for the military community.The Ministry of Defence has also launched a range of initiatives, including a new Defence Supplier portal which brings together useful information and opportunities for suppliers in one place; a dedicated Twitter feed to highlight new opportunities for SMEs, @defenceproc; and new, short-form contracts for less-complex procurements. Small businesses across the UK are a vital cog in the defence supply chain, from fitting warship galleys in Newcastle to building circuit boards in the South West. They bring innovation, unique expertise and a competitive edge to Defence industry. And with startups run by former service personnel and manufacturers making the most of our veterans’ unique knowledge, our nation’s economy as a whole is feeling the benefit of our armed forces’ expertise and training. I would like to thank every small business in the country who has invested hundreds of hours of their time, their considerable skills and expertise in support of our armed forces. Small companies from every part of the UK have played a pivotal role in recent defence projects, including building the UK’s game-changing F-35 fighter jets and delivering the Royal Navy’s largest ever warships, the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: The 107 employees of Exception PCB, from Gloucestershire, manufactured the circuit boards that control many of the F-35’s core capabilities, including its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems.Despite the huge scale of the 65,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, even some of Britain’s smallest businesses have played a key role in their construction. Caterform, a family-owned business with fewer than 12 employees, worked on the galleys and servery areas of the carriers that will feed a crew of 700. This Tyneside company has fitted kitchen equipment on the galleys of Royal Navy ships for over 30 years.And over 100 British small businesses helped build the new F-35 fighter jets, who this September had their historic first landing on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Manchester-based EDM Ltd provide world-leading training simulators to help the Royal Air Force train its personnel to load weapons and fit ejection seats to its latest fighter, without ever going near a real aircraft.The 107 employees of Exception PCB, from Gloucestershire, manufactured the circuit boards that control many of the F-35’s core capabilities, including its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems. Overall, the F-35 programme is expected to boost the UK economy by around £35-billion and create around 25,000 British jobs. Boosting the nation’s economyTaking place on the first Saturday of December, Small Business Saturday celebrates the huge contribution that small businesses make to the British economy and their local communities.
Saint Mary’s senior Megan Uekert traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska, to attend a Define American Immigration Conference this past weekend. [Editor’s Note: Uekert is a former News Writer for The Observer.]Define American is a new organization on campus designed to engage the College community about pertinent issues in America today. In an email, Uekert said her decision to attend this conference was because she wanted a way to connect with leaders from other campuses. “I decided to attend in order to connect with other chapter leaders from across the nation to share ideas and learn about strategies that have worked well on other campuses,” she said.Uekert said this weekend impacted her greatly and she was able to learn more and engage in discussions about what it really means to be American. “It was also open to anyone who wanted to learn more about the organization and even just the questions ‘What does it mean to be American?’ and ‘How do you define it?’” she said. “The conference had a big emphasis on understanding immigration as an intersectional issue as well as American identity.”Throughout the conference, Uekert also helped collaborate on a mission pledge for the organization. She said it was inspiring to be a part of, and the pledge statement highlights that being American is about togetherness, not separateness. “The mission reads, ‘Together, we stand united against bigotry, hatred and exploitation. Together, we are building a nation guided by equity, compassion and justice. Together, we all Define American,’” she said.Uekert stressed the importance of why this issue is applicable to everyone in this community. “We are all American. Papers or no papers, we are Belles, we are students and we are all American,” she said. “Immigration has not affected me personally as I was born in the United States, as were my parents and even their grandparents, but just because an issue doesn’t affect you directly doesn’t mean it’s not important,” Uekert said. She said in order to understand others and the facts of immigration, it is essential to listen and be open to hearing the stories of others. “It is also so important to listen and share stories because we all have different ones. Sharing stories creates empathy,” she said. “Stories turn the facts and statistics into real people that you can relate to. The issues then become less robotic and more serious and human.”Uekert said it is important to make your voice heard and creating a supportive community on campus. “At the end of the day, we cannot be Saint Mary’s if we do not support and respect each other,” Uekert said. “If we exclude our undocumented Belles and make them feel unwelcome, then we are not Saint Mary’s.”Tags: conference, immigrants, Immigration
A sustainable farm is in its preparation stages for the Saint Mary’s community by a campus group known as the Going Green Committee, which has been working on the project with numerous opportunities for the community to get involved.“The Going Green Committee … engage[s] in consciousness-raising on sustainability initiatives, assist[s] in implementing green initiatives and identifying sustainability needs for strategic planning,” Judith Fean, the College’s vice president for mission and chair of the Going Green Committee, said in an email. ”We also address matters of environmental concerns.”The two acres of land set aside for the farm were acquired through a land purchase of 40 acres from the Sisters of the Holy Cross three years ago with approval and designation for the farm use over that period of time. The land is now in the final stages of preparation to begin growing crops.“We started remediating the soil, but it had all been in field crops for decades … so that tends to lead to the soil deteriorating in certain respects … there’s a loss of organic matter, and there’s a loss of certain micronutrients, especially calcium tends to get leached out of the soil,” Chris Cobb, an English and environmental studies professor and member of the committee, said.The ‘farm group’ of the Going Green Committee, which includes Cobb, has been working to take the soil to a more fruitful state.“We had the soil limed to restore the calcium levels, and then we’ve been planting cover crops in the fall and the spring, and then … mowing them and plowing them as a way of increasing the organic matter in the soil to make it suitable for growing high-quality food crops,” Cobb said.Students and faculty have also been aiding the process with the composting program in the College dining hall, as it has been built up and ready for use as the crops will be planted. As of right now, there is a working plan in place for how the farm will be organized and tended.“The farm will be operated by a local sustainable grower who is going to be leasing the land from the College,” Cobb said. ”What the grower is going to do with the food that is grown on the farm is going to be up to her or him in terms of what makes sense … to earn their living.”There will also be a term of their lease that will promote educational resources for students to interact with the farm.“The sustainable farm, not only will it be caring for the earth, but also provide a wonderful learning opportunity for the students and professors,” Fean said.The Going Green Committee already has ideas of how students might be able to interact with the food grown on the sustainable farm.“That may well involve … a farm stand on campus, it may involve some food going into the dining hall,” Cobb said. ”But we hope that things will develop in a way that will lead to the farm being brought entirely inside the educational mission down the road.”Along with the benefits for students, the environment will remain the core of the project, as the College can partake in an environmentally conscious process of obtaining and consuming food.“We want Saint Mary’s students to be able to see … a closed and coherently managed food cycle, seeing the food grown, going from field to table, from table to compost, from compost back into the soil … this site could … develop and strengthen and promote agricultural practices that that sequester carbon that are carbon negative,” Cobb said.The farm is set to begin in the 2020 growing season, and next month leasing negotiations will begin. Options for how the farm will be put to use might evolve as students are encouraged to get involved and share their ideas. The ability for students to combine their interests with sustainable activities on campus will be easily accessible, Cobb said.Fean said the farm offers an opportunity for a variety of students to get involved.“I hope that students continue to learn more about what sustainability is in its various forms and how, regardless of their major, [they] can be partners in making Saint Mary’s a more green community,” Fean said.Tags: going green committee, SMC sustainable farm, sustainability
View Comments Into the Woods star and Tony winner James Corden stopped by the Colbert Report to talk to the fellow Sondheim alum about his latest film, “our Shakespeare” Stephen Sondheim and going back-to-back this Spring as CBS’ new late-night team. Corden refers to the Into the Woods composer as “the greatest living composer and lyricist in the world,” and Colbert reminds the Brit that “He’s our Shakespeare. He’s an American. Your Shakespeare has been dead for a long time.” After more gushing, the duo signs off with a Christmas song, complete with impromptu and impeccable harmonies. Check it out below!
By Dialogo June 14, 2010 The Paraguayan Chamber of Deputies approved an anti-terrorism law establishing prison terms of between 5 and 30 years for violators, strongly opposed by elements of the left, parliamentary sources reported. The bill was approved by the Senate a month ago and must be signed by President Fernando Lugo in order to take full effect. The law punishes acts of terrorism, terrorist association, and financing of terrorism. Leftist organizations with ties to the administration opposed the text’s approval and have called for a veto by President Fernando Lugo. The critics warn that the law could be a double-edged sword, used to repress civil-society groups. A draft of the proposed law had been withdrawn by the head of state at the end of 2009, but he resubmitted it this year, due to pressure from international bodies.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What would Pete Townsend say? By a one vote margin, Kathy Kraninger was confirmed to be the next head of the CFPB. She takes the reigns from her former boss Mick Mulvaney. For what it’s worth, her selection means that the first two permanent directors of the bureau will be from Ohio.She is now one of the most powerful people in America. She has a self-generating budget and, with no board to contend with, she can quickly and decisively move to both prosecute a wide range of businesses and shape the regulations they must abide by.So what do we know about her at this point? Surprisingly little. To democrats she is an inexperienced bureaucrat who at the same time played a role in everything bad the Trump Administration has ever done. To republicans, she is a long time public servant whose experience as a congressional staffer and a high-ranking OMB official where she helped oversee funding for several agencies gives her the type of experience you need to run an agency in Washington. In addition, as a member of the Peace Corps her experience teaching in Russia taught her the dangers of over-regulated markets. The truth is no one knows for sure what to expect but a good place to start might be with her own words based on her written testimony before the Senate Bank Committee. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Six masked suspects tied up two men at gunpoint during a home invasion in Roosevelt on Wednesday night, Nassau County police said.A 22-year-old man was in the shed outside his Beechwood Avenue home when a gunman demanded he go inside the house, where five more suspects were holding the victim’s 51-year-old father at gunpoint at 8:30 p.m., police said.The gunmen ordered the victims to the ground and demanded money before forcing them into the basement, where they were tied up and put in a closet, police said. The victims later freed themselves and returned upstairs to find the home ransacked, authorities said.The suspects fled with an iPhone and a debit card. The victims were not injured.The suspects were described as black men about 22 to 26 years old, 5-feet to 5-feet, 11-inches tall, wearing black clothing, black ski masks and black gloves. Three had black handguns and two had silver handguns.First Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.