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first_img View post tag: navigation View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: GLONASS Northwest to Help Maintaining Safe Navigation February 1, 2012 780-th Navigational Hardware Repair Plant started to equip light-optical devices mounted on sea buoys, coastal beacons and lighthouses with special GLONASS-based modules. Mainly, this innovation is called to improve reliability of navigational aids and maintain safety of seafaring. The project will be implemented with technical support of GLONASS Northwest.JSC 780-th Navigational Hardware Repair Plant is subordinated to Russian Defense Ministry and engaged in development, production, and service maintenance of navigational facilities providing safe seafaring.“Serviceability of navigational aids guarantees positioning accuracy to vessels, and so, safety of their movements. Use of GLONASS technology opens new possibilities for remote control and continuous monitoring over status and location of sea buoys, coastal beacons, and marine electric lanterns”, says Denis Bukhov, development director of JSC 780-th Navigational Hardware Repair Plant.Remote control system for maritime navigational aids offered by GLONASS Northwest has no analogs in Russia. Its basis is a special module (transponder), a development of the company’s engineers. Transponder is mounted on a controlled object, receives GLONASS and GPS signals, and transmits obtained information via cellular networks to control point. Distinctive feature of the equipment is ultra-low energy consumption (about 1 milliampere in standby mode). The equipment has passed a number of serial tests; its quality and reliability conform to the GOST Governmental Standards.“Obtaining information from GLONASS modules, operator will see on his electronic chart the number of serviceable navigational aids and their precise coordinates on a real-time basis. For instance, if a beacon goes out of operation or a buoy deviates from assigned area, operator will warn vessels about the failure”, points out Artyom Matyash, director of GLONASS Northwest. “Thanks to satellite synchronization of navigational lights, it becomes possible to adjust them under “treadmill” principle. Lighting up sequentially in trail, lanterns will show the way to a vessel; this will provide easy positioning and additional safety of seafaring“, he said.In prospect, GLONASS-based navigational modules may be also used for acquisition of meteorological data (temperature, humidity, pressure etc) which will make possible to forecast and timely warn vessels about weather conditions in certain water area.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 01, 2012; Image: GLONASS View post tag: Northwest Russia: GLONASS Northwest to Help Maintaining Safe Navigation Equipment & technology View post tag: GLONASS View post tag: Maintaining View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Safe View post tag: Help Share this articlelast_img read more

first_img View post tag: MARCOM September 26, 2018 NATO’s operation Sea Guardian Special Operations Command Control Element (SOCCE) achieved full operational capability last week, NATO’s Maritime Command has announced.On September 20, under Maritime Command (MARCOM) guidance and SOCCE control, an opposed live boarding exercise commenced with the participation of Turkish Navy special operations forces, OSG assigned Turkish frigate Gemlik and the Turkish oiler Akar simulating a suspicious vessel suspected to be involved in illegal activities related to terrorism.In this exercise, a special operation forces (SOF) team infiltrated and took over control of the suspicious vessel, inspected documentation, searched the cargo and localized and secured two (simulated) known active terrorists on board. The exercise tested the newly established SOCCE command control functions in full, according to MARCOM.SOCCE offered by Turkish Navy, consist of multinational staff and has the mission to conduct maritime special operations in the Mediterranean Sea in support of HQ MARCOM within the mandate of OSG. While conducting special operations, SOCCE has the capacity to take command of assigned special forces. Furthermore, SOCCE will provide MARCOM with the awareness of relevant SOF engagements with partner nations enabling it to tailor the engagements with these partners. Back to overview,Home naval-today Sea Guardian special ops unit achieves full operational capability Authorities Sea Guardian special ops unit achieves full operational capabilitycenter_img View post tag: NATO View post tag: Op Sea Guardian View post tag: SOCCE Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgScientists at Oxford have discovered how the bumblebee flies contrary to the conventional laws of aerodynamics.The study reveals that bumblebees rely on brute force to get off the ground. Fuelled by the high-energy nectar they consume, they flap their wings over 200 times a second.This is a far more inefficient method of flight than that of most insects.The team trained the insects and used smoke, a wind tunnel and high-speed cameras to observe in detail how real bumblebee wings work in free flight.last_img

first_imgCornwall-based pasty-maker Warrens is looking for crimpers and bakery assistants in preparation for the busy summer season.Warrens’ St Just facility is recruiting for assistant bakers, production assistants and pasty crimpers, all on either a full- or part-time basis, to assist with its Cornish pasty production in the build-up to summer.It said: “Due to increased seasonal demand, we are now looking to recruit temporary bakery assistants for our production unit at St Just to assist with the production of our award-winning products, including savouries, scones, breads, cakes, sweet treats and regional speciality biscuits.”Applicants must be available to work Monday to Friday, and Saturday when required.The application deadline for the pasty crimper and production assistant roles is 25 May, and bakery assistants must apply by 5 June.last_img read more

first_imgBeloved Southern jam rockers Widespread Panic have announced more tour dates for their 2016 schedule! The new dates will see the band travel through the majority of September, hitting stops up and down the East Coast. The band has also revealed plans for a three-night run at the Ryman Auditorium and Bridgestone Arena from December 29th through 31st, so Nashville area fans will get a chance to spend New Year’s with the band.The tour dates come on the heels of recent announcements about the band’s future touring plans. According to various members of the crew, 2017 will be something of a down year for Panic. While they aren’t going on hiatus and still plan to hit the big spots, like Red Rocks and Jazz Fest, the band has promised to spend less time on the road and more time with their families.The announced tour dates include stops in some of the major Northeast cities, like Washington DC, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Baltimore, before the group heads down South for shows in Tuscaloosa, Asheville, Pensacola, and St. Augustine. These dates also come a few weeks after the band’s planned summer tour schedule, which you can see here.The band has also promised to reveal October tour dates in the near future, so don’t fret if the tour doesn’t hit your hometown. It just might come there next! You can see the full schedule below.Widespread Panic September & NYE Tour DatesSep. 6 2016 Washington, DC WARNER THEATRE Sep. 7 2016 Washington, DC WARNER THEATRE Sep. 9 2016 Brooklyn, New York THE AMPHITHEATER AT CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK Sep. 10 2016 Brooklyn, New York THE AMPHITHEATER AT CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK Sep. 11 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania THE MANN CENTER Sep. 13 2016 Baltimore, Maryland HIPPODROME THEATRE Sep. 15 2016 Tuscaloosa, Alabama TUSCALOOSA AMPHITHEATER Sep. 16 2016 Alpharetta, Georgia VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE AT ENCORE PARK Sep. 17 2016 Asheville, North Carolina U.S. CELLULAR CENTER Sep. 20 2016 Pensacola, Florida SAENGER THEATRE Sep. 21 2016 Pensacola, Florida SAENGER THEATRE Sep. 23 2016 St. Augustine, Florida ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE Sep. 24 2016 St. Augustine, Florida ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATREDec. 29 2016 Nashville, Tennessee RYMAN AUDITORIUM Dec. 30 2016 Nashville, Tennessee BRIDGESTONE ARENA Dec. 31 2016 Nashville, Tennessee BRIDGESTONE ARENAlast_img read more

first_imgEvery day is Earth Day at Harvard. That’s why during the month of April the Harvard Office for Sustainability will be featuring a Green Tip every day, not just on Earth Day (April 22). Every Monday in April we’ll post the coming week’s five green tips for the Harvard community and beyond. Read them, enjoy them, and help us make green the new crimson!Monday, April 11: Print Less. You can reduce waste by setting your printer defaults to double-side, challenging your office to print less or widening your margins. Click here to learn how. Thursday, April 14: What’s Your Water Footprint? How much water is consumed based on what we’re eating, drinking buying or based on where we live? Two Harvard Graduate School of Design students, Joseph Bergen and Nickie Huang, set out to show the world in a creative online data visualization. Wednesday, April 13: Green Your Lawn. Harvard’s Campus Services department manages more than 30 acres through organic landscaping, eliminating harmful chemicals, and improving soil health. Check out their web page to learn about how you can green your lawn. Friday, April 15: Roadmap to Greener Buildings. Interested in pursuing LEED certification for your building project? Visit the Green Building Resource website to view guidelines for achieving each LEED credit, including a roadmap outlining recommended processes for each design phase. The Green Building Services team in Campus Services is available to help Harvard Schools and departments with their LEED certification.Don’t forget to visit our Earth Month web page at, where we’re compiling a list of environmental events across campus that will educate and inspire you. We also have links to tools and resources that will help get you started. Tuesday, April 12: Go Zero Waste. Harvard hosts thousands of events a year and many of them are going green by going zero waste. Click here (PDF) to download our zero waste event guide to get started or click here to read about how one department turned their annual potluck into a zero waste event!last_img read more

first_imgThe Sustainability Expo, organized by faculty and staff, will take place Monday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to engage students in informational, research and job opportunities in sustainability, energy and environmental areas both on and off-campus. The expo concludes Notre Dame’s Energy Week. Rachel Novick, director of the Sustainability minor and co-organizer of the event, said the expo is an event for all types of students. “Sustainability is a multidisciplinary field,” Novick said. “Students come from a lot of different perspectives, so the expo is really designed to address a variety of different interests and means.”Participants include research groups on campus, Notre Dame centers and academic disciplines, as well as local and national companies working in the sustainability and environmental areas. Barbara Villarosa, co-organizer of the expo, said it was originally started to help students find opportunities for research on campus but has grown since then. Since 2010, students have had a growing interest in sustainability and environmental studies, so the event has expanded to include other types of opportunities, such as internships or even full-time jobs, Villarosa explained. “We had to broaden the program, and we thought it was a great opportunity to team up with Career Development and include employers who might already be on campus for the career fair to come to our program, so students in a smaller environment have a greater opportunity to chat with them and discuss potential internships and even job opportunities,” Villarosa said. Novick also highlighted opportunity for attendees to connect with  companies and organizations that are hiring in the field of sustainability at the expo.“I think that’s one of the things that our students are most excited about — the opportunity to explore how sustainability can be integrated into a career,” Novick said. “It’s not a traditional discipline but it is a really fast-growing field.” Marathon Capital, which specializes in investing in renewable energy, is one of the companies which will be present at the expo.Novick said an alumnus of the sustainability minor who works at the company was hired by Marathon Capital because of his combined background in finance and sustainability. “It’s a great example of a job in which he’s been able to put his sustainability education to work right away, so he’s excited to come back and share that with our students,” Novick said. Inovateus Solar, a national solar builder and developer with headquarters located in South Bend, will also have an exhibit at the expo. “They have an excellent partnership with Notre Dame. They have been here multiple times to give talks and be a part of several of our events, especially during Energy Week. We’re delighted to have them join us,” Villarosa said. “They have internship programs. I’m sure there will be job opportunities as well.”In years past, the Sustainability Expo was held in the winter in tandem with the winter career fair. However, Novick said organizers are expecting the biggest turnout at the event yet, as it hopefully serves as a more timely resource for students in the fall rather than during the winter.Tags: Energy Week, sustainability, Sustainability Expolast_img read more

first_img“Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast,” a workshop designed for gardeners who want to learn more about creating environmentally friendly gardens, is set for Sept. 8 at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia.The full-day workshop will begin Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. The event is open to gardeners of all skill levels and includes presentations by Georgia experts.The Rev. Francis Michael, the monastery’s land manager and former abbot, will share information about the sustainable initiatives in place at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Ted Wynne will teach participants how to produce homegrown vegetables using sustainable practices. Wynne, the Agricultural and Natural Resources agent in Newton County, will cover a wide array of topics including site selection, soil conditioning, selecting vegetables for your region, transplanting, cultivation, fertilization and harvesting.Susan Varlamoff, retired director of environmental sciences in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, will discuss the best gardening practices to restore and enhance local ecosystems while creating beautiful landscapes. Varlamoff is the author of “Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast” and co-author of the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s “Laudato Si’ Action Plan,” which was based on the environmental encyclical released by Pope Francis.Ellen Honeycutt, an active member of the Georgia Native Plant Society and the Georgia Botanical Society, will present information on gardening for birds. She will explain how to use native plants to attract and support native birds. Honeycutt has been gardening with native plants for 18 years in north metro Atlanta.Mario Cambardella, the city of Atlanta’s first urban agriculture director, will talk about planning urban and community gardens. He will also discuss city-sponsored policies, projects, and programs like the Resilient Atlanta strategy. A licensed landscape architect and planner, Cambardella holds master’s degrees in landscape architecture and environmental planning from UGA. In addition to the educational sessions, participants will enjoy a lunch of locally grown produce and organically sourced meat. Biscotti and fruit cake and fudges made at the monastery will also be available.The registration fee for the workshop is $60 and $50 for UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. To register, visit For more information, email [email protected] or call 678-964-2237.last_img read more

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook February 06, 2020 Bigfoot, a 53-foot, self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) traveled full speed on the Eastern Pacific waters. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast interdicted it off the west coast of Costa Rica in November 2006 and found 4.1 tons of cocaine. The Costa Rican Coast Guard towed the vessel into port and later transported it to the U.S. as evidence. Two Colombians, one Guatemalan, and one Sri Lankan were also taken into custody and sent to the U.S. to face prosecution.Bigfoot is now a symbol of the mission’s success docked outside of the headquarters of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South), the multi-agency and international coalition that made its apprehension possible. The SPSS is one of more than 45 vessels JIATF South’s partners interdicted since November 2006, demonstrating that with intelligence, information sharing, real-time communications, and combined tactical operations, countering illicit trafficking in the Western Hemisphere is possible.JIATF South, located at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, comprises U.S. military, federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and international partner nations. They work side-by-side to detect and monitor illicit trafficking operations in the air and maritime domains, predominantly throughout U.S. Southern Command’s area of operations.“JIATF South is built upon the strength of our relationships. We bring a trusted and established organization that works together to address global threat networks. We have 20 countries that are stakeholders in JIATF South [from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and several European countries], and we work with 16 U.S. agencies,” said U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Pat DeQuattro, JIATF South director. “Our interagency efforts promote security in the Western Hemisphere because we are targeting threat networks responsible for violence, criminal activity, corruption, and the breakdown of the rule of law.”JIATF South was known as Joint Task Force Four in 1989 and renamed Joint Interagency Task Force East in 1994. It received its current name in 2003. Its objective, since its inception, is to support U.S. and partner nations’ law enforcement in the fight against the illegal drug trade.“Trust is the bedrock of how we operate. We have evolved over 30 years and our strength is that we bring together a unique organization of U.S. agencies and partner countries with their respected authorities, jurisdictions, and knowledge of the threat network we are addressing,” Rear Adm. DeQuattro said. “As a U.S. Department of Defense organization, we are in charge of supporting law enforcement by our U.S. and partner nations that use their authorities to interdict, disrupt, and defeat the networks responsible for the flow of illicit narcotics in the region.”U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Pat DeQuattro (center), JIATF South director, with foreign liaison officers at the organization’s headquarters. (Photo: Geraldine Cook / Diálogo)Strong partnershipPartner nation foreign liaison officers (FLO) and U.S. agencies play an invaluable role in JIATF South’s efforts. As of August 2019, the interagency organization supported law enforcement operations that confiscated 246 tons of cocaine and made 684 arrests of suspected members of drug trafficking organizations.“The ability of our FLOs and U.S. agencies — embedded here every day, providing and sharing information — is what makes us better aware of the threat that is happening,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Ajamian, chief of the Strategic Initiatives Group at JIATF South. “FLOs are critical for our organization. They provide the flow of information about criminal activity that is impacting not only the U.S., but their countries as well.”According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, 22 countries worldwide are major illicit drug producing and/or drug-transit countries; of those, 16 are in Latin America and the Caribbean. The drug trafficking market generates high profits, violence, corruption, and causes national and regional instability. To confront the security threat, countries and agencies recognize they must work together.“Our Joint Operations Center [JOC] has the ability to talk directly to partner nation JOCs, whether digitally, by looking at the same common operating picture, coordinating an operation in conjunction with each other, or in support of each other,” said Lt. Col. Ajamian. “We work together, passing the information quickly, to enable interdiction operations, whether in the air or maritime domain.”Interagency teamworkJIATF South works around the clock. On its JOC’s watch floor, every minute counts, day or night. The staff keep eyes on their monitors to find illicit drug routes. Carefully, they examine a daily average of 1,000 targets and select specific ones based on matrix tools. Their priority is to stop the flow of drugs before they reach land. This information is then passed along to maritime patrol aircraft that detect and monitor the suspect smugglers.International partners also recognize the threat caused by the illicit traffickers, and have increasingly shown their commitment in the shared fight. FLOs communicate with their respective commands, which will use their assets to track down the go-fast boat, or semi-submersible vessel. Then, military and law enforcement personnel from their respective jurisdictions step in to carry out the interdictions and arrests.Ecuadorean Navy Captain Pedro Costales Cabezas, a JIATF South’s FLO, joined the interdiction mission team in May 2019. He understood immediately that the interagency model works through cooperation.“The resources provided by the U.S, through JIATF South, enlighten our operations. They give us intelligence, they are the eyes of the mission for all the countries that participate here, which help us perform interdictions and stop the people involved in illicit activities,” said Capt. Costales. “We, FLOs, are a link in the chain to coordinate as quickly as possible with our countries the means necessary to find drug traffickers at sea. We have a relationship of trust and a network of interaction, information, and intelligence.”Jamaican Defence Force Major Elon Clarke. He is the first FLO representing his country at JIATF South. He knows firsthand the interagency work necessary to counter illicit activities, particularly in the Caribbean.“It takes a network to defeat a network. Building strong positive networks is something JIATF South does extremely well,” said Maj. Clarke. “Jamaica views JIATF South as a critical partner. Our efforts must be shouldered jointly if we are to successfully address the supply and demand for narcotics, the associated cash transfers, and the flow of weapons fueling the violent attacks leaving hundreds of people dead in our countries.”“By sharing information and experiences, JIATF South integrates and multiplies the countries’ regional efforts in their fight against drug trafficking,” said Guatemalan Navy Captain Oscar Gómez, a JIATF South FLO. “JIATF South provides the setting to share information and coordination to carry out combined, joint, or parallel operations with neighboring countries, ensuring the information is timely, reliable, and at the same time, respecting intelligence property rights of the agency or institution that generates it.”For Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Kele-Ann Bourne, a JIATF South’s FLO, drugs and human trafficking, illegal arms trade, terrorist attacks, and corruption must be defeated. Coordination, synchronization, and exchange of best practices help in the fight against traffickers.“We are challenged by common transnational threats. Joint efforts to counter trafficking tend to strengthen bonds through deepening partnerships between my country and the U.S., for both military and civilian components. We coordinate bilateral responses on strategic, operational, and tactical levels,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bourne.Rear Adm. DeQuattro shared Lt. Cmdr. Bourne’s opinion on the importance of multi-agency coordination. During its three decades of operation, JIATF South has embraced an inclusive, intergovernmental, cooperation approach.“JIATF South is a 30-year old organization built as an interagency task force within an incredibly diverse organization,” said Rear Adm. DeQuattro. “We need to bring in new partner countries or agencies that can assist and work collaboratively, because we are more effective (as a collective team) at countering threats and building hemispheric security.”last_img read more

first_imgI’m writing this article from my walk-in closet during the second week of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now it’s the quietest place in my house as we navigate this new normal. My regular office is being used by one of my three kids—who are being “homeschooled” while my husband and I balance running two businesses virtually. I’m not sure how much learning is happening right now, but we are doing our best to manage this challenging situation. This is real life. It’s messy and it’s difficult.Each of your employees has their own challenges during this unprecedented time. Some may have elderly parents who are at higher risk, some find themselves teaching their children while they juggle work and others may have a spouse who is self-employed or was recently laid off. Each situation is different, yet many of us are experiencing the same emotions of fear, uncertainty and frustration.Many of my credit union clients have been working overtime to get their employees set up remotely so they can continue to serve their members as effectively as possible. Some are strategizing how to handle the uncertain economic outlook. These are all important and urgent responsibilities that credit union leaders need to navigate. But leadership is not just about solving problems. There is another important responsibility that we should not forget while we work to ensure our operations run as smoothly as possible: caretaking the culture. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more