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US Navy’s Knifefish UUV completes contractor trials

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s Knifefish UUV completes contractor trials General Dynamics Mission Systems has completed contractor trials for the US Navy’s Knifefish program, the company announced Oct. 26.The Knifefish UUV is a mine countermeasure (MCM) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) operated in multiple mine test target fields at-sea using buried, bottom and volume type mine-test targets.According to the company, the Knifefish system successfully demonstrated its ability to detect, classify and identify potential mines, at a variety of depths, each of which would pose a unique threat to naval vessels operating in a mission area.“The navy is pleased with the Knifefish performance during the recent contractor trials, as the system demonstrated its ability to reliably find mines in different environments,” stated Capt. Jonathan Rucker, PMS 406 program manager. “Knifefish provides the Navy a critical means to find and identify bottom, buried, and volume mines, providing a much-needed capability for the warfighter.”“This round of contractor testing demonstrated the continued improvement in the performance of the Knifefish UUV,” said Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager of Maritime and Strategic Systems for General Dynamics Mission Systems. “Working closely with the Navy, we look forward to Sea Acceptance Trials in 2018 and continued refinement of the Knifefish system.”Contractor trials, managed by General Dynamics Mission Systems, took place off the coast of Boston using submerged Navy mine-test targets. These trials differed from previous evaluations of the Knifefish UUV by demonstrating end-to-end performance of the Knifefish system in realistic at-sea mission scenarios over the course of hundreds of hours of at-sea operation and more than a hundred simulated missions.Knifefish is a medium-class mine countermeasure UUV intended for deployment from the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship and other Navy vessels. Knifefish will reduce risk to personnel by operating in the minefield as an off-board sensor while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries.General Dynamics Mission Systems is the prime contractor for the Knifefish program. The company designed the tactical UUV based on the General Dynamics Bluefin Robotics Bluefin-21 deep-water Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (AUV). October 27, 2017 US Navy’s Knifefish UUV completes contractor trials View post tag: MCM Share this article Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: LCS View post tag: UUV View post tag: GDMS View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Knifefishlast_img read more

Southeast Asia nations launch $1 billion green development initiative

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first_imgSoutheast Asia nations launch $1 billion green development initiative FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and major financiers on Thursday launched a facility to spur more than $1 billion in green infrastructure investments across Southeast Asia.The facility offers loans and technical assistance for sovereign projects in areas such as sustainable transport and clean energy, the ADB said during the meetings of ASEAN’s finance ministers and central bank governors.“Through the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility, ADB will support ASEAN governments in developing green and climate-friendly infrastructure projects,” ADB President Takehiko Nakao said in a statement.It will mobilize a total of $1 billion, including $75 million from the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF), $300 million from the ADB, $336 million from KfW, 150 million euros from the European Investment Bank, and 150 million euros from Agence Francaise de Developpement.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.More: Southeast Asia launches $1-billion facility for green infrastructurelast_img read more

Masters 2019: Tiger Woods 1-under midway through Round 1

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first_imgStill, despite driving the ball relatively accurately (he missed two fairways on the front), Woods missed multiple putts inside 10 feet and, at times, appeared out of sorts with his irons, too.Woods, met with a deafening roar of approval at his first-tee introduction Thursday morning, erased any jitters by opening with a perfect drive to draw an even bigger response as he began the 2019 tournament on a course where he has thrilled fans for more than two decades.Seeking his fifth Masters title, his first since 2005, Woods teed off just after 11 a.m. ET in almost perfect scoring conditions — virtually no breeze and warm temperatures — grouped with Haotong Li and Jon Rahm.The mock turtleneck is back. #TheMasters pic.twitter.com/w7YG1VexJi— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 11, 2019On the opening 445-yard par 4, Woods followed his drive with an iron to the middle of a receptive green on a hole that hasn’t been kind to him (he is 16-over par in his career on No. 1, known as “Tea Olive”).Woods two-putted from there for a tidy par and a steady start to the round that he built on to get into red numbers on the par-5 second hole. Woods missed reaching the green in regulation on the 575-yard hole, but managed to get up and down from the front right bunker to get to 1 under after two holes.But he gave the shot back three holes later when he was forced to punch out from the pines after his wayward tee shot right and then missed a 6-footer to save par.Though he appeared to grow increasingly frustrated with his putting as the rest of the front nine developed, he knocked a ball from the left rough to 5 feet at No. 9 and sank the right-to-left putt for a 3 to get back to red numbers.Playing alongside Woods, Li was a shot better, at 2 under at the turn, while Rahm also was at 1 under.Meantime, among the morning starters, Canadian Corey Conners, who made it into the year’s first major only by winning as a Monday qualifier last week at the Texas Open, made the most of his opportunity early on. He became the first player to post a score under par in Round 1, with a 2-under 70, using an eagle at the par-5 15th to leap into the early clubhouse lead despite a bogey at 18.Woods, playing in his second consecutive Masters after experiencing a litany of personal and physical problems, arrived at the year’s first major with renewed confidence born out of his victory in the Tour Championship last fall.”It proved to me that I could win again,” Woods said earlier in the week.That’s quite a difference from 2018, when his arrival at Augusta National was met with as much curiosity as fanfare in his return to the tournament coming off spinal fusion surgery. He finished tied for 30th last year at 6 under. This year? He clearly thinks his game is in shape to not only still compete with a young generation of golfers who weren’t around when he last one the Masters, but beat them, too, for a 15th major title that he has been waiting more than 10 years to get.Woods has been particularly good at Augusta National, even amid struggles elsewhere, finishing sixth in 2009, fourth in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and 17th in 2015.Woods, Li and Rahm will play together again Friday, scheduled to tee off at 1:49 p.m. before the 36-hole cut is made at the tournament’s midpoint. Tiger Woods, fighting a balky putter on Augusta National’s tricky greens, missed some opportunities early in his opening round Thursday at the Masters, but also avoided disaster, perhaps more important in Round 1 at Augusta National.Woods sandwiched birdies on the second and ninth holes around a bogey at No. 5 among the rest pars to head to Augusta National’s back nine at 1-under 35.last_img read more

Suspended sentence, probation for Mason City woman who let infant roll of bed while she was drunk

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first_imgMASON CITY — It’s a suspended prison sentence and probation for a Mason City woman who pleaded guilty to child endangerment after allowing an infant to roll off a bed while she was intoxicated. Mason City police and paramedics at about 4 o’clock on the morning of January 5th responded to a medical call at a residence in the 1700 block of South Delaware involving a two-month-old. Police said 36-year-old Lakesa Mitchell became intoxicated to the point where she wasn’t able to safely care for the child. They say the child rolled off the bed, onto the floor and was later found on the floor by the child’s mother. The child was transported to the hospital by ambulance for evaluation. Police say a preliminary breath test showed Mitchell had a blood alcohol content of .214, over two-and-a-half times the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. Mitchell pleaded guilty to the charge back in May and was sentenced on Tuesday by Judge Karen Salic to a two-year prison sentence, which was suspended, and was placed on two years probation. Mitchell must also complete all recommended substance abuse and mental health treatment as part of the sentence.last_img read more

Old school

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first_imgUnlike most of the new Pirate band “Waggoner’s,” including a significant number of the media, in April 2012 just hours before opening day I wrote, “the day is coming.” I have been accused of being, rabid, crazed and delusional in regards to my annual so-called rose colored predictions regarding the soon to be successful Pittsburgh Pirates. When I was in my early 20s I attended a church service featuring a prominent “prophet” and faith healer. After the service concluded, my father who was a devout Christian and a man of God for his entire life asked me a question, “Peanut, what did you think of the service?” I replied that, “I thought it was great but one thing puzzled me. The ‘prophet’ promised every sick person there that they were healed. How could he promise that?” Dad said, “If he bats one percent everyone wins.” That leads me to say, Pittsburgh has heard all of the lofty promises before but if the Pirates top .500 or get a wild card playoff slot in 2012, we all win. The Pirates 2012 squad is not smoke and mirrors. These boys are for real.Prince used to say that some of the Pirates pitchers of the past were throwing so hard that the baseball looked as tiny as “aspirin tablets.” To compliment the pierogis we have to get some more “babushka power” onto the heads of women that fill the seats at PNC Park. If that doesn’t work I am positive that there are a few “Green Weenies’” in the Pirates museum waiting to be dusted off with a curse still strong enough to be unleashed on the Pirates unsuspecting opponents.The Pirates had great players but what really caused people to want to come to the ballpark every day and listen to the game on the radio every night was Bob Prince. Prince was the Daniel Webster of a new vocabulary that can only be described as, “Piratesspeak.”If the Pirates perform the exact same way that they did before the All-Star break they will be 22 games over .500 and a lock to win a NL wildcard spot and “by a gnats eyelash” may win the National League Central Division crown. They might even start to raise live, “chickens on the hill” if and when the Bucs win another World Series.Prince used to say that the law of “hidden vigorish” was on a player’s side if that player was in a slump or just wasn’t performing too well. In the Pirates case they have over seventeen years of “hidden vigorish” working in their favor.“How sweet it is” is not a reference to one of the Motown legends Jr. Walker and the All-Stars greatest hits. It was Prince savoring every victory of the Pirates. Prince also used to say that “the bases are F.O.B.” (full of Bucs).“Kiss it goodbye” was not Mr. Prince heading to divorce court. It was him bidding adieu to one of the many homeruns launched by the Pirates out of Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium.“We had ’em all the way.” That’s what all the fly by nighters will be saying when the Pirates begin breaking out the champagne. Now it is time to get serious. Since the Pirates last won a division, I have battled and overcome cancer. I have buried my mother and three brothers and a sister. I have seen many of my friends go on to join the ancestors. I become saddened that a few folks are no longer on the planet just to feel the vibe now soaking Pittsburgh sports fans. One of the things that makes my blood boil is people now coming up to me asking, no almost pleading with me to get them some Pirate tickets. Yet only three, yes three short years ago, Chaz Kellum from the Pirates gave me a block of five hundred tickets for Jackie Robinson week. Only 60 some odd people choose to redeem them.The Pirates needed folks to cheer them on when they were playing atrociously and even feeling worse than that. There were Wednesday and Thursday nights at PNC Park that if 8,000 fans showed up that was considered a blessing.It is true that some of the past management of the Pirates went south, but you know what? The fans went to Brazil with them. The players gave up, the fans gave up. The fans gave up, the players gave up. Which came first? The chicken or the egg. Who knows because an entire city gave up on the spirit of baseball. The Pirates are going to win. They are going to shake a stick and the “Green Weenie” at their not so recent past of mediocrity. The Bucs gonna beat em all the way. Beat em Bucs.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) I feel like reminiscing on this night, boys and girls. First I want to hit the rewind button to transport us back to the land of the late legendary Pirates broadcaster Bob “The Gunner” Prince, but before we put the cart before the donkey, I have a bottle of crow feather removal solvent for anyone who needs it in regards to the “new found” success of the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are truly a few “bugs loose on the rug” as the “Gunner” would proclaim in his gravely sometimes “Jack Daniels” laced voice. last_img read more