LCS ASW mission package reaches two testing milestones

first_imgThe anti-submarine warfare mission package for the littoral combat ships has met two testing milestones, the US Navy’s Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) has announced.The first was a ten-day Dockside-1 test event on the dual-mode array transmitter (DART) mission system towed body and associated launch-and-recovery assembly components in Fort Pierce, Florida.The second was a full-power, in-water test of the active array at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Seneca Lake Detachment’s test facility in Dresden, New York.“The Seneca Lake Test was a huge step forward for the DART System and the ASW Mission Package as a whole. This revolutionary technology is critical to countering the rising submarine threats worldwide,” said LCS Mission Module Program Manager Capt. Ted Zobel.The array previously was tested at Raytheon’s shallow-water facilities in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. This test on Seneca Lake was the first opportunity for the new technology to be demonstrated in an open-water test environment, which allows better understanding of how the system will perform when deployed on an LCS. The successful completion of this test event provided navy officials and industry partners valuable information on performance specifications and options for future modifications.DART development includes incremental testing of the individual system components followed by progressively more inclusive integration and testing until the full ASW mission package has been tested.The Dockside-1 test a week prior to the Seneca Lake event had LCS sailors overseeing and actively engaging in the operation of the DART mission system at the Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s waterside product integration, assembly and test complex.Dockside-2 testing, planned for autumn 2018, will expand the scope of DART system integration to add three additional Raytheon mission modules to complete the system. The navy will take delivery of the DART Mission System from Raytheon later this year and plans to take the system to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center early next year for additional testing. Photo: US Navy file photo of littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) View post tag: LCS View post tag: US Navycenter_img View post tag: DART mission system Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford club in zebra furore

first_imgOrganisers of Carbon club night ‘Zoo’ have cancelled controversial plans to showcase a “real life zebra” at their Mayday party following pressure from animal rights groups and local people.A statement on their Facebook page yesterday announced, “Due to problems with…Animal Rights opposition we are no longer allowed the Zebra for the evening. Please note that it was never in our intentions to cause any distress to the Zebra, it was to be enclosed in a large pen OUTSIDE of the smoking area.”Following the cancellation, PETA, The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation, commented, “We’re delighted to hear that the club has decided against having a zebra at its venue after receiving complaints from local people.“We commend the club for turning its back on this ill-conceived plan and are very grateful to the people of Oxford who have expressed their objection – it’s a wonderful example of the power that individuals have to make a positive difference in their community.”Upon learning of the intended plan prior to its cancellation, RSPCA Oxfordshire commented, “The idea is appalling.” They added, “Organizers of this event should be reported to the RSPCA and the venue should be boycotted by all those concerned for animal welfare. The only thing that could be done to ensure that no distress is caused to the animal would be for the idea to be quashed.”When initially contacted for comment earlier this week, PETA told Cherwell, “With high-tech animatronics and video deejays, there can be no justification for subjecting animals to the stress of travel, confinement, confusing conditions, bright lights and loud and scary noise. We hope Oxford students will see this stunt for what it is – a shameless ploy to sell tickets to an event on a competitive party night – and choose to support other local clubs that don’t exploit animals.” Carbon nightclub declined to respond to such criticisms.The national RSPCA stated that it is “not against the use of animals for any form of entertainment unless distress or suffering is likely to be caused.” In this case, however, the RSPCA stated it was “concerned that the safety and welfare of the zebra, or any other animal they may use, may be unnecessarily compromised for the purpose of entertainment,” and advised that the organisers sought expert advice about the welfare of animals used for entertainment. Several students have expressed their disbelief at the scheme, with one third year student commenting, “I think this a ridiculous and insane idea.”The Facebook group for the event advertised the night as “Guaranteed to be the biggest Mayday party in Oxford” with “something the Oxford clubbing scene has never seen before – a REAL LIFE ZEBRA!!”On the Facebook event page, the news that a live zebra was coming to Carbon was greeted by 27 likes, with one attendee commenting “genius!” and another stating it was going to be “epic.” Not everyone was so positive, however, with another posting, “Genius? I don’t think so. What a step backward for animal rights. How disappointing. A zebra will be transported, kept in a confined space and exposed to massive stress, how on earth is being responsible for animal cruelty something to be proud of?”Another posted, “This is absolutely abhorrent. How can these people use any animal in the name of entertainment? Have you got no respect or compassion for a creature that will be utterly stressed out of its mind. WHY? Is this poor Zebra really going to add to the nights ‘entertainment’? PLEASE think again – I don’t think having a zebra or any creature is going to add to the night out.”The organisers initially responded to the post by stating that it would be “outside” and “in its own pen” with “plenty of space.”The decision to withdraw plans for a zebra prompted mixed reactions. Second year Jane Northfield commented, “This has ruined my Mayday. I was really looking forward to seeing the zebra, and in fact, it was the main reason I chose to go. It really would have been special. It’s now going to be like Itchy Feet without the music.”However, Brookes student Eddy Allison stated, “Don’t worry ladies, the animal issue is sorted, I’ll be bringing a snake with me.”last_img read more

Consumer Alert from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General

first_img The Consumer Protection Division (CPD) of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General on Feb. 10 was notified of an attempted W-2 phishing scam that targeted a central Indiana school corporation.A complainant notified the CPD that a staff member at a central Indiana school corporation received an email that appeared to be from the corporation’s superintendent requesting copies of employee W-2 records – a telltale sign of a recent scam that is targeting businesses, schools, hospitals and nonprofits across the country. The complainant told the CPD that the staff member checked with the superintendent and confirmed that the email was fraudulent.Cybercriminals, or scammers, will make their personal emails appear as if they are sent from a high-ranking employee at the targeted business or other entity. The email, which requests names of each employee and their Form W-2, is sent to someone in a business, organization or corporation’s human resources or accounting department. If successful, the scammer is able to collect sensitive personal information of each employee.If you work for a company that has been compromised by such a scam, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General encourages you to sign up for a credit freeze to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. Hoosiers can visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division for more information. You can also fill out an Identity Theft Complaint Form. Contact us at 1-800-382-5516 to speak to a consumer staff member who can help you in obtaining an Identity Theft Affidavit Form 14039, which can be submitted to the IRS if you are a victim of tax fraud. You can also call the Do Not Call Hotline at 1-888-834-9969 for number registration and to file complaints.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_img75, passed away at the New Jersey Veterans’ Memorial Home, Menlo Park, on June 3, 2018. He was born in Bayonne to the late Rita (nee: Wilson) and Walter Kenny. He was a licensed blue seal boiler engineer throughout his career. Tom served the nation as a member of the United States Air Force. Tom is survived by his daughter, Lori Salmon, and her husband, Toby; his grandchildren, Andie, Emmie and Avery Salmon; and his aunt, Marguerite Wilson. He is also survived by his family members, Mary Kenny (nee: Yevchak), Karen and Paul Connolly, Barbara Mentesana, Sue Linder, Karen Rutkowski, Mark Connolly and Michael Connolly; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral arrangements by BAYONNE MEMORIAL HOME, 854 Avenue C.last_img read more

Is Ocean City Battling “The Bots” for The Best Beach in America?

first_imgSeveral readers of the were kind enough to reach out to me and point out that Huntington Beach, CA, whom Ocean City is battling for the Best Beach in America, has an abnormally high amount of votes that have come from France, Germany and the Ukraine while the overwhelming amount of the votes from Ocean City are all from within the United States. Seeing this information would lead one to believe that the voting is being influenced by voting likely done by “bots” that are set to just continually set to “vote” for Huntington Beach, CA. This is something you see frequently online and servers in countries such as Germany and the Ukraine are primary locations for this sort of activity.Looking deeper in to previous voting results, The Indiana Dunes, which was the last beach to lose to Huntington Beach, also lost by what appears to be a very high volume of votes from outside the United States.Inquiries to Coastal Living magazine, which sponsored and promoted the contest, have gone unanswered.Regardless of the outcome of the contest, I think Ocean City should be very proud of the fact such a large amount of actual votes were placed on their behalf. There is still time to vote…so please, if you haven’t voted already, take the time to vote!The URL for voting is: read more

Social Distancing Firefighters on Scene to Snuff Out Fire at Tabernacle

first_imgBy TIM KELLY and MADDY VITALESocial distancing played a role in the fast response and prevention of a potentially serious fire at the Ocean City Tabernacle early Thursday morning.In the pre-dawn hours, the ballast of a fluorescent lamp apparently overheated and ignited a small fire, according to Tabernacle Pastor Jay Reimer.The incident occurred in a storage area near the gymnasium at approximately 4:40 a.m., Ocean City Fire Department Chief Jim Smith said.The mechanism of the light fell to the ground, causing a nearby box of basketballs and other sports equipment to begin smoldering and ignite a small fire.This in turn set off the smoke detector, as well as the fire alarm at the Tabernacle, located at 550 Wesley Avenue.“We were very fortunate,” Reimer said. “As you may know, we had some firefighters staying with us, and they took care of it before (the situation escalated).”In the “old normal” pre-coronavirus pandemic days, a crew of eight firefighters would have been living in close quarters at the Fire Department Headquarters building across Asbury Avenue from the Tabernacle grounds.Because of social distancing concerns during the pandemic, however, the bunk room beds have been spread out, and three members of the eight-man crew were staying overnight at the Tabernacle, as they have since March 27.“We’re very thankful to the Tabernacle to open its doors to us,” said Smith. “It’s probably a blessing in disguise they were there. As usual, our guys did a great job.”Smith said the OCFD members “found smoke and fire” when they arrived at the storage area and that the Tabernacle’s sprinkler system had “held the fire in check” up to that point. The firefighters connected a hose and quickly extinguished the small fire, Smith said.“They had to stretch the hose out and put the fire out,” he said. “There was minimum damage from the water.”Had the firefighters not been on site, the outcome could have been entirely different, he added.“It was fortunate our guys were there to address the fire before (they left for the night) and came back from across the street,” Smith said.Three members of the Ocean City Fire Department who would normally have been stationed overnight at their headquarters were staying at the Tabernacle at the time of the fire. (Photo credit: Ocean City Fire Department) Ocean City Tabernaclelast_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Announce Two-Night Run In Worcester

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits have announced a two-night run at the Worcester Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 19th and 20th, 2018. As bassist Marc Brownstein wrote in a Facebook post, “Worcester has always played a huge part in the band’s development and continues to be an important hub for the band and our fans.”While they don’t have any Halloween night shows in place, The Disco Biscuits will head to Sin City the following day for a three-night stint at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Then, to ring in the New Year, the band will celebrate with four nights at The Fillmore Philadelphia on December 28th–31st.For a chance to get a discounted two-day pass for The Disco Biscuits’ Worcester run in the BiscoTix pre-sale lottery, enter now through Wednesday at 5 p.m. (ET) here. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday at 10 a.m. (ET). For more information on upcoming shows, head to the band’s official website.Watch the Biscuits jam on the Stranger Things theme song at the Worcester Palladium during their Halloween run last year below:The Disco Biscuits – “Stranger Things” Jam[Video: The Disco Biscuits]last_img read more

Watch The Trailer For Martin Scorsese’s New Bob Dylan ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ Documentary

first_imgThe new Martin Scorsese documentary about Bob Dylan‘s legendary Rollin Thunder Revue tour is set to arrive on Netflix on June 12th. Ahead of the film’s release, Netflix has shared the first official trailer for the documentary.As Netflix notes in a statement about the upcoming film, “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975, and the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed that fall. Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese creates a one-of-a-kind movie experience: part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream. Featuring Joan Baez, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan giving his first on-camera interview in over a decade. The film goes beyond mere reclamation of Dylan’s extraordinary music—it’s a roadmap into the wild country of artistic self-reinvention.”In the trailer, we see the tour begin to come together. As unnamed commentators describe, “Summer 1975, rumor came around that the inspired Dylan was back, gathering all his forces. … The idea was to put a tour up. … You should be playing 20,000-seaters, but instead, he wanted only small venues.”The results of that plan were a “catastrophe”—or, as Dylan notes in the trailer, “It wasn’t a success…not if you measure success in terms of profit.” As the trailer’s tagline conveys, “Between the myth and the truth is a journey like no other.”The clip goes on to show various other highlights and mishaps from “the most rebellious tour ever.” You can watch the official trailer for the new documentary below:Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese – Official Trailer[Video: Netflix UK & Ireland]The “Rolling Thunder Review Tour” was more of a traveling musical caravan they a well-structured concert run. It began back in October 1975 and continued until March 1976, with 57 total shows performed over two legs. Dylan’s Desire LP would also be released in January of 1976 between the two parts of the lengthy tour, which was initially chronicled in a 1978 film titled, Renaldo and Clara. The tour was titled in tribute to a Native American shaman by the same name, although some have claimed the tour name was a reference to the aerial bombardment campaign by the U.S. which took place during the late 1960s a part of the Vietnam War.You can watch footage of the tour’s May 23rd, 1976 performance from Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado below.Bob Dylan & “Rolling Thunder Revue Tour” – Hughes Stadium – 5/23/1976[Video: Steven Price]You can watch Rolling Thunder Revue on Netflix here when it comes out on June 12th.last_img read more

Students evacuated from Cairo begin classes three weeks late in London and South Bend

first_imgOne year ago, junior Chris Luboja began preparing to spend the spring 2011 semester studying abroad in Cairo. This week, he moved into Stanford Hall, enrolled in classes on campus and met with professors and advisors to make sure he could catch up after beginning classes three weeks late. Luboja is one of 12 Notre Dame students who were evacuated from Cairo on Jan. 31 due to ongoing protests in Egypt. The students arrived in Cairo Jan. 20, planning to spend a semester at the American University in Cairo (AUC). After their evacuation, they chose between returning to Notre Dame’s campus in South Bend and entering Notre Dame’s London Program. “It is disappointing,” Luboja said. “Obviously you get to see a bit of history, which is really amazing, but at the same time all of us were ready to be there for four months and experience that area and travel around that region.” As one of five students who returned to South Bend, Luboja said he based his decision on his personal comfort level. “I had spent the last year kind of mentally preparing myself for Cairo, so I don’t think I was really in the mindset to jump on board with London,” he said. Luboja said he was able to enroll in courses that will allow him to continue working toward his majors in finance and Arabic. “The University pretty much left all the doors open for us,” he said. “They were really accommodating because they want to make sure we graduate on time and get the classes we need.” Junior Alex Huth, who was in Cairo with Luboja, decided to enter Notre Dame’s London Program. “I wanted to go to London because I had already decided I wanted to study abroad,” he said. Mike Huth, Alex’s father, said he encouraged Alex to go to London. “I think all of them were really unhappy with the way things turned out and really disappointed,” Mike said. “We were kind of encouraging them to go to London, … stay the course on this overseas semester.” Alex arrived in London with six other Notre Dame students last week. He said the process of being evacuated from Egypt to Turkey, deciding whether to go to London or return to South Bend and scheduling courses for the semester was more stressful than the days he spent in Cairo without access to Internet or mobile phone connections. The University was helpful, Alex said, but the process was “a nightmare.” While Alex has not determined whether he will continue his major in Arabic in addition to his finance major, he said Notre Dame’s London Program is working to arrange an Arabic course for the students who left Cairo. “In my opinion, Notre Dame did a really good job being accommodating to us,” he said. Alex said he and the six other students who were originally in Cairo live in a dormitory building in Chelsea, an area of the city that is a 45 minute walk from Notre Dame’s campus in Trafalgar Square. The other Notre Dame undergraduates studying in London live more than an hour walking distance from Chelsea. Junior Henry Hodes also chose to go to London after leaving Cairo. Despite the disappointment of leaving Cairo, he said he is happy to still have a study abroad experience. “I’ve not regretted it since we got here,” Hodes said. “Again, it’s not Cairo, it’s not what we originally intended,” he said. “We’re having to be a little flexible when it comes to where we’re living, for example.” Mike Huth said while it was scary to be out of touch with his son while he was in Cairo, he was impressed by Notre Dame’s communication with parents. “There was about a two-day period where we really didn’t have much contact at all with [Alex] and … we were glued to CNN pretty much from the time we got up from the time we went to bed,” Mike said. “[Notre Dame] did a great job of staying in touch by e-mail and the American University in Cairo also did a great job.” Luboja said he and the other 11 students continue to follow media coverage of the events in Egypt. “Now it’s a little personal having been there,” he said. He also had the opportunity to meet Egyptian students and has kept in touch with them since he left Cairo. “Every time I talk to them they say, ‘You have to come back’ because I think they kind of feel bad that they weren’t able to see everything,” Luboja said. “I definitely plan on going back once everything stabilizes.”last_img read more

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