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Press release: £75m investment set to revolutionise Royal Navy operations

first_img Technology is moving faster than ever, and with the defence landscape rapidly evolving, we must ensure our Armed Forces are continually pushing the boundaries at the forefront of this change. Today’s announcement will not only allow the Royal Navy to rapidly harness dynamic, cutting-edge equipment at speed, but also ensure they can outpace adversaries both on the water and the sea floor. Robots and autonomous mine-hunters are set to revolutionise Royal Navy operations after the Defence Secretary announced a £75-million injection into pioneering new technology.The funding boost will be spent on two new autonomous mine-hunter vessels with cutting-edge sonars to enable remote mine-hunting at higher range, speed and accuracy in the Gulf, as well as a new joint military and industry hi-tech accelerator, NavyX.The Royal Navy’s new autonomy and lethality accelerator will look to overhaul and turbocharge the way the Royal Navy buys the latest technology, streamlining the process and creating a brand-new facility where industry, military and academia can test, assess and purchase new equipment.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Secretary of State at QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park. Crown CopyrightBy operating autonomous mine-hunters, the Royal Navy will not only improve current capability and put sailors at less risk, but also ensure the Royal Navy can evolve to meet developing underwater threats.Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC DL, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, said: During a visit to QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park, which is building the UK Centre of Excellence for Maritime Mission Systems, the Defence Secretary saw first-hand the world-leading work being done in the field by British industry.More than fifty of the world’s state-of-the-art autonomous vehicles, vessels and drones were on display at the technology park, including hoverbikes, wave gliders and Gravity’s ‘Ironman’ flying suit.The development of NavyX, which will combine the brightest military minds, civil servants, entrepreneurs and industry specialists, comes after the Royal Navy’s involvement in Unmanned Warrior, Commando Warrior and Information Warrior, which was held at Portsdown Technology Park.It also comes after Mr Williamson announced the first of the three Royal Navy Defence Transformation Fund programmes, an accelerated Concept and Development Phase for two new Littoral Strike Ships, in February.After securing an extra £1.8-billion for defence and overseeing the Modernising Defence Programme, the Defence Secretary has dedicated millions of pounds to transforming defence, arming the British military with innovative technology through fast-tracking new projects.The Ministry of Defence is embracing transformation at an ever-faster rate and the Transformation Fund is focused on investments in truly high-tech innovation that will create the armed forces of the future. Across the generations, our willingness to embrace innovation has kept us one step ahead of our adversaries, and to assure our continued success on operations into the future it is vital that the Royal Navy continues to be equipped with the latest cutting-edge capabilities we need to address the rapidly evolving challenges that pose a threat to our national interests around the globe. From the invention of the steam catapult and aircraft carrier, to the first use of sonars and torpedoes, the Royal Navy has a strong pedigree in the development, testing and introduction of new technologies that help us keep our country safe.last_img read more

Full Audio Of Pink Talking Fish’s Tribute To David Bowie & Prince Has Emerged

first_imgThis past Saturday night, Pink Talking Fish played a hometown gig at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club with a confirmed “PTF Is Bowie” theme. With a packed house awaiting the set in anticipation after a rocking set from opener Indobox, who played a full set tribute to LCD Soundsystem, the band began their first set with a tease of Phish‘s “David Bowie”. Instead of heading full blast into the song, after the drum intro the band took a left turn into Prince‘s “1999”, a nod to the icon who had passed away just two days prior. As PTF went into their proper setlist with “Fame”, the energy level never dipped throughout the rest of the night. The “Slippery People > Run Like Hell > Let’s Dance > Slippery People” was a particular highlight of the first set, along with the set-closing “Burning Down the House” with special guest vocalist Hayley Jane, who put on quite the performance with the Magnaterrestrial Dancers, whom she brought on stage with her.Second set was much of the same high energy that was on display during the first set, with a powerful “Heroes” with keyboardist Richard James taking the lead on vocals. PTF wasn’t done with the special guests, as they brought out Indobox’s Stephen Learson on both “Tweezer” and “Lazarus”. A mashup of “Wish You Were Here/Space Oddity” made things interesting as the band meandered back and forth between the Pink Floyd and Bowie tracks. “David Bowie” ended the second set, fittingly.For the “All The Young Dudes” and “Tweezer Reprise” encore, Eric Gould and his Pink Talking Fish bandmates brought out some extended PTF family, as members of the Indobox, the Magnaterrestrial Dancers, and several other joined in on the chorus to bring the night to a proper close.Check out full audio from the show below, as taped by Andy Murray:Setlist: Pink Talking Fish at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA – 4/23/16Set One:01. crowd set 102. David Bowie intro * >03. 1999 >04. Fame >05. Moma Dance06. Slippery People >07. Run Like Hell >08. Let’s Dance >09. Slippery People10. Gotta Jibboo >11. Golden Years >12. Gotta Jibboo13. Time >14. Maze **15. Under Pressure %16. Burning Down The House **%^Set Two:01. crowd set 202. Another Brick In The Wall >03. Runaway Jim >04. Heroes >05. Runaway Jim >06. Psycho Killer >07. Runaway Jim08. Mother09. Tweezer %%10. Lazarus %% >11. Another Brick In The Wall12. Life On Mars %13. Once In A Lifetime **14. Wish You Were Here/Space Oddity Mashup >15. David Bowie16. encore break17. All The Young Dudes %^^ >18. Tweezer Reprise %^^* space intro and lead in only. Fakeout to 1999** w/ David Bowie intro tease% w/ Hayley Jane on vocals%%w/ Stephen Learson on vocals^ w/ The Interstellar Dancers^^w/ The Interstellar Dancers,Indobox members & many other PTFamily members onstage joining in with the audience chorus singalonglast_img read more

Charles Bradley Transfixes Over Two Nights In San Francisco [Review/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires returned to The Chapel in San Francisco, CA, playing two consecutive sold out shows to kick off the Labor Day holiday weekend.After a legendary list of life events, the 67 year old former James Brown impersonator has nothing but genuine unconditional love for the city whose streets he slept on for 17 years before returning home to his mother in Brooklyn. It was there, at age of 62, that Bradley was discovered by Daptone Records.His third album, Changes, named after the Black Sabbath song Bradley covers on the album, was released this April and finds Bradley at his most powerful. Of the many stories he does tell on stage and in passing, the weight of a thousand more are always on his mind and when he opens up to sing, he lets every one of them out.On Friday, Bradley’s band took to the stage and took the crowd on a jam, loosening up the legs and getting people moving with some high caliber funk rhythms before Bradley’s groovy introduction as a man known “from nation to nation.”Jumping right into it, the emotion was exploding off of Bradley’s face and he only intensified as he moved through selections from each of his albums for a total of 13 songs in just under 75 minutes. He got the show started with “Nobody But You” off of Changes and moved quickly into the title track from his 2011 debut album, No Time For Dreaming.Another exciting aspect to Bradley’s unapologetic take on the soul-funk fusion brand is how everything he does he does with his entire spirit- whether he is delivering an original composition or a cover makes no difference to him. “Love Zone”, the 1986 hit by Billy Ocean, definitely flew under the radar for most of the crowd, but thanks to Bradley’s delivery, everybody enjoyed it’s placement in the middle of the set.Throughout the exhilarating performance, Bradley touched on dreams and opportunities, both crushed and realized, as well as an unyielding hope for the good in the future. This was most fervently acknowledged between the tracks “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” from the first record and “Ain’t It A Sin.” A live staple over the last few years, “Sin” is another of the new tracks that made its way to The Chapel.The set ended with “Changes”, the Black Sabbath song Bradley fell in love with at first listen to the lyrics.“I’m gonna give you this song the best way I know how,” said Bradley. “The way I do things best is putting it into my soul. I lost the best friend I ever had.”During the song, Bradley took a momentary break from his high kicks, spin moves and microphone stand shenanigans to get down on the stage, close to the edge and identify with the front rail. A crew member suddenly appeared and handed Bradley a bouquet of multi colored roses.He was handing them up front and throwing them into the middle. Unable to get off the stage and join the crowd, he addressed the crowd with a single rose left in his hands.“I held onto a rose for the back of the room, I tried to get back to you, know that I love you,” he said. “From my heart and soul I gave you all the spiritual roses.”Supporting Bradley Friday and Saturday was San Diego based jazz duo Mattson 2. On Friday, they warmed the crowd up proper, ensuring maximum loose grooves across a 50 minute six song set. Brothers Jonathon and Jared Mattson comprise the duo, with Jonathon manning the drumkit and Jared providing layers of oceanic bass and jazz guitar melodies. They are definitely a West Coast group worth keeping an eye on!Check out a full gallery of images from the show below!last_img read more

Electric Beethoven Jams With Eric Krasno At The Brooklyn Bowl [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images The classical dance music of Electric Beethoven was on full display at the Brooklyn Bowl last night, February 17th, as the project made its return to Brooklyn for the first time since their appearance at Brooklyn Comes Alive festival. The brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis, Electric Beethoven has been winning over new fans with their totally unique musical approach. You can learn more about the band’s origin and debut album here.For their show in Brooklyn, the band welcomed out guitarist Eric Krasno for some quality jam time together. Krasno, Mathis, and Todd Stoops all recently performed with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann in Hawaii, creating a one-off group dubbed Rooster Conspiracy for the occasion. Krasno’s Rooster reunion made for a great night of music, as Electric Beethoven continues to spread their improvisationally-fueled takes on the work of Ludwig van Beethoven.You can check out photos from the show below, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography. Photo: Andrew Scott Blacksteinlast_img read more

Ozzy Osbourne Announces Worldwide Farewell Tour Stretching Into 2020

first_imgComing off another successful Ozzfest this past weekend, Ozzy Osbourne has issued a big announcement: After more than 2500 shows as a solo artist and with Black Sabbath–nearly five decades of biting heads off of bats, pioneering reality TV and the art of the “bleep” as we know it with The Osbournes back in the early 00’s, and generally scaring concerned parents worldwide–the Prince of Darkness is officially hanging it up.(Photo credit: Mark Weiss)According to an announcement from his camp today, Ozzy will embark on an extensive world tour in 2018 which will mark the final outing of his career. But don’t worry, he’s giving you plenty of notice to get out and say “farewell”–The Ozzman’s final tour reportedly includes dates as far into the future as 2020. For these dates, Ozzy will be joined by longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (Guitar), Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards). As the announcement clarifies, This tour will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows.“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” Ozzy says. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.” The tour will kick off in 2018 with a show in Mexico, before heading to South America for Ozzy solo shows in three countries. Next up is a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that’s set to launch Friday, June 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia The beloved rock icon will subsequently headline a North American concert tour produced by Live Nation, details of which will be revealed in 2018.See below for a full list of announced tour dates. For more information, or to keep up with the most recent news, announcements and more concerning Ozzy Osbourne, head to his website.Upcoming 2018 Ozzy Osbourne Farewell Tour Dates Sat, 5/5, Mexico, TBATue, 5/8, Santiago, Chile, TBAFri, 5/11, Buenos Aires, Argentina TBASun, 5/13, São Paulo, Brazil, TBAWed, 5/16, Curitiba, Brazil, TBAFri, 5/18, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, TBASun, 5/20, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, TBAFri, 6/1, Moscow, Russia, OlympiiskySun, 6/3, St. Petersburg, Russia, Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)Wed, 6/6, Finland, TBAFri, 6/8, Solvesborg, Sweden*, Sweden Rock FestivalSun, 6/10, Donington, UK*, Download FestivalWed, 6/13, Prague, Czech Republic*, Airport LetnanyFri, 6/15, Paris, France*, Download FestivalSun, 6/17, Italy*, TBAWed, 6/20, Halden, Norway*, Tons of Rock FestivalFri, 6/22, Copenhagen, Denmark*, Copenhell FestivalSun, 6/24, Dessel, Belgium*, Graspop Metal MeetingTue, 6/26, Krakow, Poland*, Impact FestivalThu, 6/28, Oberhausen, Germany*, König-Pilsnet ArenaFri, 6/30, Madrid, Spain*, Download FestivalMon, 7/2, Lisbon, Portugal, Meo Arena*Produced by Live Nationlast_img read more


first_imgFaith PeppersUniversity of Georgia As families tighten their economic belts and search for ways to cut household budgets, one of the expenses some are choosing to cut is landscape service. Keeping a home landscape healthy and vibrant isn’t easy, but it is vital to maintaining home values.Fear not. Help is available, and it’s free. “All Georgiana have access to free information on home landscape management, lawn care and better management of household funds through their local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office,” said Tony Tyson, director of county operations for UGA Extension. “We have offices in 157 of Georgia’s 159 counties, but we offer services and free advice to everyone.”Online, information is available at The site offers publications on a vast array of topics related to home landscaping. By calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1, Georgians can reach their county UGA Extension agent for advice, workshops, soil testing, water testing and a variety of other services. “One of the most valuable tools most counties have is our digital distance diagnostics service,” Tyson said. “You can take in a bug or a diseased plant sample and in short order the county agent can send digital images of it to specialists who can help diagnose the problem and suggest ways to treat it.”UGA Extension offers Master Gardener classes for those who really want to learn the ins and outs of home gardening. You can find out when the next class is available in your area by calling the county UGA Extension office. UGA Extension is the outreach division of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. They offer educational programs and materials related to agriculture, horticulture, families and consumer-related issues. They also offer education on youth development through the Georgia 4-H program. “Our mission is to take the educational information generated through research at the university and deliver it to the people of Georgia who need it most,” Tyson said. “We aim to help Georgians live healthier, wealthier, more productive lives.”last_img read more

Quality Management Support opens offices in Cornwal

first_imgQuality Management Support, Inc, a full service quality and business management consulting firm, announces that it has opened offices in Cornwall, Vermont. The newly established Vermont office will allow QMS to expand its services in the Northeast. The company will maintain its existing offices in Metairie, LA.QMS, in its consultation with clients, specifically addresses the ISO 9000, ISO 14000, ISO 17025, API Q1, TS 16949 and AS9100 Q quality system standards, the Food Industry Standards: HACCP, AIB and NSF Cook & Thurber, Lean Manufacturing and Best Business Practices. QMS provides integrated web-based management systems which support best business practices. Additionally, Quality Management Support offers a multitude of quality system training programs.Source: QMS. Cornwall, VT ‘ December 8, 2010 – is external)last_img read more

Credit union know-how: Make time for time off

first_imgWhen was the last time you took a vacation? Not just a few days off to get things done around your house or to run errands, but a real break away from work?I just booked a week-long family vacation, and my family is counting down the days. I love my work, so if I don’t purposefully schedule vacations, I can get caught up in scheduling clients and programs and not create space in my calendar for time off. When I take a real break from my normal routine and work, I always return feeling renewed and re-energized, and with more clarity to handle the daily demands.Back in the 1970s, researchers predicted that technology would increase efficiency and reduce our workloads so we could take more time for rest and leisure. Yet more professionals are now taking their smartphones and tablets on vacation to keep up with the constant demands of work. The result is a society of leaders who are in constant overdrive, on the verge of burnout, and disconnected from their personal lives.Compared to 1970, American managers work an additional month per year. We take the least amount of vacation of all developed countries around the world. Yet time away from the demands of work may be the best productivity booster for your organization. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Covid-19 in the US: Is this coronavirus wave the worst yet?

first_imgThe pandemic has quietly been getting worst across the US, with record numbers of cases in recent days.- Advertisement –last_img

Property developers, banks rush to woo millennial homebuyers

first_img His criteria for a house is also typical of young and productive millennials, according to the recent Property Outlook 2020 discussion forum organized by online property marketplace Millennials want a house that is affordable, with easy access to the city center or within Greater Jakarta with close proximity to highways or commuter line stations.Property developers and lenders are reshaping their business strategies to cater to millennials, born between 1980 and 2000, who constitute 24 percent of the country’s population of 268 million, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data from 2019 shows. Millennials are also likely to account for 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025, according to the Deloitte Millennial (Generation Y) Survey.“The millennial market is growing rapidly because the demographic is very big. Even though some do not have the capital to buy properties with high rates yet, in three to five years [their purchasing power] is going to be great,” said CEO of AKR Land Development Thomas Go on Thursday. AKR Land, a sister company of publicly listed fuel distributor PT AKR Corporindo, has developed the Grand Estate Marina (GEM) City in Gresik, East Java, targeted at millennials with houses starting from Rp 300 million. Thomas said in Gresik, millennials accounted for half of his company’s buyers. Millennials, who make up nearly a quarter of Indonesia’s population, are becoming an increasingly hot market for property developers and mortgage lenders.Naufal Adam, 23, is a prime example. The corporate bank analyst has Rp 500 million (US$36,500) to put down as a deposit and plans to take out a five-year mortgage.“I feel that renting an apartment or a boarding house is only a short-term solution. The value for money diminishes overtime, in comparison to buying a house, which could potentially increase in value,” said Naufal, who now lives with his parents in Bekasi, West Java, 25 kilometers from his office in Menteng, Central Jakarta. In Jakarta, where AKR Land developed the AKR Gallery West office tower and residences in Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, 25 percent of AKR Land’s property buyers are millennials.Other property giants from Ciputra Group to Sinarmas Land are also chasing the millennial market. At Ciputra’s Citra Maja Raya development in Lebak, Banten, landed houses are available starting from Rp 180 million, while at its Citra Sentul Raya housing complex in Sentul, West Java, prices start at Rp 660 million. Sinarmas is also building hundreds of 48 square meter houses in BSD City, with prices starting at Rp 800 million.“No one wants to buy properties listed above Rp 2 billion,” said Arman Nukman from the Real Estate Indonesia (REI), during a panel discussion at Property Outlook 2020 on Thursday, adding that prices had to be below Rp 750 million to attract millennial buyers. Banks are also actively targeting the demographic by marketing their “millennial mortgage loan” products, which offer lower down payment rates and longer payment tenures, making the monthly installments less burdensome.  State-owned lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN), for one, has channeled Rp 9.3 trillion in mortgage loans for over 27,500 housing units since October 2018. Its mortgage product KPR Gaess, a youthful  wordplay on “mortgage, guys”, is designed specifically for 21 to 35 year olds and offers a free admin fee, single digit interest rate, a 50 percent of provision discount and a 30-year loan tenure. Private lender CIMB Niaga also has its KPR Xtra Bisa. With down payments starting from 5 percent, a three-year fixed rate of 5.5 percent and a tenure of up to 25 years, the lender is looking to grow its customer base through the product. However, millennials are not only price-sensitive, they are also cautious about debt, according to a 2016 Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research report. The report also stated that millennials have a preference for experiences over material possession, an analysis that the country manager of, Maria Herawati Manik, brought up during the panel discussion. “The challenge is to convince them. Because their lifestyle is very experiential, this is a challenge to answer to their demands,” said Maria, adding that the generation was more interested in simple yet convertible living spaces — caring more for design than the amount of space. And with millennials being digital natives, convincing them requires a strong online presence and engagement, said Maria, encouraging businesses to step up their digital marketing game. She explained that as of 2019, online searches for housing had surged 27 percent on her site, dominated by people aged between 25 and 35. According to a consumer survey, there is an unmet appetite for affordable housing. For apartments, 44.3 percent of the demand is for apartments priced below Rp 300 million, yet only 30.4 percent of the supply caters to that demand. For houses, 16.5 percent of overall demand is for options below Rp 300 million but only 8.8 percent of the supply meets that criterion.As proximity to public transportation also matters, transit-oriented developments, in which properties are clustered near highways, bus shelters or commuter line stations, will flourish in the years to come, property developers said. (ydp)Topics :last_img read more

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