U.S. Gets One More Ballistic Missile Defense Radar

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Gets One More Ballistic Missile Defense Radar U.S. Gets One More Ballistic Missile Defense Radar View post tag: Missile March 20, 2014 The U.S. will soon have another system to defend against ballistic missiles. Raytheon Company delivered its ninth AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to the Missile Defense Agency, six months ahead of schedule. Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: Ballistic View post tag: one View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: more Equipment & technology View post tag: News by topic View post tag: gets AN/TPY-2 is an integral element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. It is a mobile X-band radar that helps protect civilians and infrastructure in the U.S., deployed warfighters, and allied nations and security partners, from the growing ballistic missile threat. U.S. public intelligence estimates indicate there are more than 6,300 ballistic missiles not controlled by the U.S., NATO, China or Russia, with that number expected to reach almost 8,000 by 2020.“Delivering this ninth radar is crucial because our nation’s enemies continue to improve and proliferate their ballistic missile technology and tactics,” said Raytheon’s Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems’ Global Integrated Sensors business area. “The AN/TPY-2 consistently demonstrates its ability to pace the evolving threat, and test after test has proven it effectively defends against every category of ballistic missile.”The radar will be integrated into the U.S. Army’s fourth Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense battery, serving as the “eyes and ears” of the system by searching, detecting, tracking and discriminating threats, and guiding the intercepting missile. Raytheon serves as one of MDA’s prime contractors for THAAD.Raytheon is currently under contract to provide three additional AN/TPY-2 radars for the MDA, and is in the process of building two radars for a U.S. ally in the Arabian Gulf.[mappress]Press Release, March 20, 2014; Image: Raytheon View post tag: radar View post tag: U.S.last_img read more

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Government announces student loan interest rate rises

first_imgStudents in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will face interest rates on their loans of up to 6.3%, up from the current 6.1% for anyone who started studying after 2012.The change is a consequence of the increase in the retail price index (RPI) for last month to 3.3%, compared to 3.1% for the same month in 2017. The government links the interest rate on student loans to the RPI reading for March each year, plus 3%.However, the hike has seen renewed criticism for the methodology behind calculating the interest rates, and the student loan system more generally.Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson, attacked the government’s use of the RPI on Twitter.Government should not link these interest rates (or anything else) to the RPI – a measure of inflation which is overstated, which has had national statistics status withdrawn, and which is so flawed that the National Statistician has advised it should not be used. https://t.co/cLJ7HSzbfA— Paul Johnson (@PJTheEconomist) April 18, 2018 Oxford SU told Cherwell: “Oxford SU is concerned about the effect that the rising interest rates will have our current, future and past students. Rising interest rates are particularly unmeritocratic as they penalise those who fail to pay off their student loans quickly, and will increase the number of graduates who cannot pay off their debt before the 30 years.“The rising interest rates are especially damaging to our current students, who will pay the higher rate of interest on their student loan whilst they study. Punitive interest rates are yet another consequence of the marketization of HE, and act as a reminder of the need to reverse the current government’s policy.”The National Union of Students (NUS) says that while the rise is small, it adds psychologically to the burden of debt for young people.NUS vice-president Amatey Doku said: “Interest rates at 6.3% represent an increase of 0.2 [percentage points], which, although a seemingly small degree, adds to the huge psychological burden that debt has on many students and graduates.“Absurdly high interest rates are only a small part of student debt problem – which already leaves students from disadvantaged backgrounds with up to £50,000 of debt, most of which is never paid off.“The current funding model continues to represent a poor deal for students, their families, and the taxpayer.”The government initiated a review of post-18 education earlier this year, which is due to conclude early next year. Ministers say the role of interest rates will be considered in the review.A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “This change in interest rate will make no impact on a borrowers’ monthly repayments and very few people are likely to be affected by the increase.“Once the loans are in repayment, only borrowers earning over £45,000 are charged the maximum rate. This ensures that they make a fair contribution to the system.”last_img read more

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Quail Sausage

first_imgSausage is traditionally made from pork, but a University of Georgia research team recently developed a breakfast link-style sausage made from lean quail meat.The new product was created in response to a need in the Georgia food industry. “About two years ago, we were approached by a quail meat processor for help in creating a product from quality quail breast meat trimmings,” said Anand Mohan, a food scientist in the Department of Food Science and Technology in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “A lot of (quail) breast meat trimmings go to waste, and they don’t know how to use it.”Mohan turned the request into a project for then-CAES undergraduate student Carla Reed, who was eager to accept the product development challenge. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Tucker, Georgia, Reed made the decision to return to college after working in the food industry for a few months.“I wanted to open my own restaurant, so I returned to school and UGA has the only food science program in Georgia,” she said. “I wanted to learn the science behind the food and I definitely got to do that through projects like this quail sausage.”In the past, meat processors attempted adding pork and beef fat to ground quail meat, but the resulting sausage “just didn’t taste good,” Mohan said. The UGA team’s challenge was to use quail meat trimmings, without adding another meat source, to create a product that tastes good and is accepted by consumers.After six months of trial and error and a number of different recipes, Reed created a maple-flavored quail link sausage developed specifically to appeal to children.“I had never even tried chicken sausage when we began working on the quail sausage project,” she said. “But I do remember loving maple-flavored pork sausage when I was a child.” Quail meat is naturally lean, so the UGA group fortified it with plant protein. The protein flour also increased the sausage’s fiber content. “We wanted to make the sausage more juicy and tasty, as well as packed with extra nutrition for children,” Mohan said. “It has almost 21 percent protein, 0.5 percent fiber, too, and it has a lot of minerals in it.”Most sausage products are high in fat, but quail meat does not contain lot of fat, he said. “You cannot develop a sausage without fat. However, we were able to develop a tasty product that does not have any added animal fat,” he said.With just 3 percent fat, the quail sausage is leaner than most sausages on the market, but Mohan says that the UGA-created quail sausage recipe still tastes amazingly like pork sausage. “I think it tastes more similar to pork. It doesn’t taste like chicken sausage at all,” he said.The quail sausage links created at UGA are recommended for children as well as adults in U.S. markets. The small size of the link and the maple flavoring led the team to make a connection to the children’s market. “In the end, we were able to produce a maple-flavored sausage that was rated as good as a standard sausage by the UGA students and workers we used as a taste panel,” Mohan said. “And we compared our quality sausage to one of the best chicken sausage products produced in the market.” The quail sausage links received high marks for “flavor, aroma and bite” by sensory panelists during taste tests at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Russell Research Center in Athens, Georgia, Mohan said.The second phase of the quail sausage study will determine if the product would be accepted in the marketplace.Reed, now a food technologist at Albertville Quality Foods in Albertville, Alabama, hopes the quail sausage product makes it into grocery stores and eventually lands on consumers’ tables, but she knows the odds are against it. “I’ve worked on several projects that have been approved and commercialized, but the fact is that less than half of new products launched are successful,” she said. “It’s a good product for parents who are health conscious. It is a lower-fat alternative to high-fat sausage patties and links, and it would be perfect for those who are allergic to soy protein.”last_img read more

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Luckbox seeks full capacity appointing Domicilium IOM as network lead

first_img Submit Share Recapitalised Luckbox calls for a recruitment drive  June 30, 2020 Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Share Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Gearing up for its much-anticipated product launch in early 2019, esports betting incumbent Luckbox has announced that it has partnered with Isle of Man-based full-scale data centre Domicilium IOM.Entering a critical period for its operations, Luckbox has selected Domicilium to act as lead network provider, servicing its enterprise hosting, DDoS protection capacities, data transfers and recovery alongside further network provisions.Luckbox COO Quentin Martin informed that Domicilium had been selected as network lead, following a rigorous selection process, with Luckbox executives undertaking due-diligence on partners being able to service esports-betting’s unique data and transactional requirements.“Domicilium is a world-leading company, trusted by many other highly respected gambling operators” Martin detailed on selection 

The offering is compliant with the highest levels of regulatory jurisdiction, as required by the OGRA gambling licence and the service is a massively important part of our infrastructure. As with all of our third-party providers, the Luckbox team conducted an exhaustive process to select the perfect partner and we are delighted to be working with Domicilium”.Heading towards its 2019 launch, this August Luckbox announced that it had selected IOM-based Omega Systems as lead platform supplier, tasked with delivering player account management and payment provision functions.Domicilium Senior Account Manager David Artus backed Luckbox as ‘betting’s most exciting project’.“Domicilium is delighted to have been chosen by the Luckbox team. This is a massively exciting esports project, one which will bring a great deal of kudos to the Isle of Man.

“Luckbox is an extremely technical organisation, using cutting-edge technology to achieve its global ambitions and in this regard, Domicilium and Luckbox have the same technical ethos.“We have a strong mutual respect, and we are confident the partnership will grow from strength to strength.” Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

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PBSO: Woman charged with stealing from elderly veteran

first_imgThe Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office says a woman is facing multiple charges after stealing from an elderly veteran.Vida Larosa, 52, was arrested Wednesday on charges of exploitation of an elderly and petit theft.According to an arrest report, an 84-year-old man called deputies to report that his cleaning lady had stolen his wallet.He told deputies his wallet had several bank cards, his veteran ID, and around $300 in cash.The victim told deputies Larosa stopped by his house on Friday, Nov. 15, to take out the trash, but did not clean.The following night, he was woken up by Larosa, who was “frantically banging on his front glass sliding door.”Larosa told the victim she had lost her necklace in his house and asked to come inside to look for it.He initially did not let Larosa into his house, but she was “persistent,” and he eventually let her inside.Larosa went straight to the victim’s bedroom, where she was for “less than two minutes” and left immediately without saying whether she found it or not.After Larosa left his home, the victim checked the pockets in a pair of pants he had worn that day and noticed his wallet was missing, according to the arrest report.He then went over to Larosa’s house, which was in the same neighborhood as him, and confronted her.The victim told deputies she denied taking the wallet and even offered to help him look for it.When he warned Larosa he would call the police, she told him no one saw her take it and he could not prove she did.The victim called the sheriff’s office and reported the stolen wallet, which prompted an investigation, according to the arrest report.PBSO said the suspect changed her story several times and was inconsistent with the information the victim had given deputies.She was later arrested and charged.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

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Active Shooter in New Jersey, Officer Down

first_imgSWAT is on the scene of an active shooting that began at a cemetery in Jersey City, New Jersey and then spilled into a bodega one Jersey City police officer has been shot in the shoulder. Another officer has also been hit in what officers are calling an ambush. There is fear that there is some sort of device or bomb. The shooters are wearing all black and SWAT teams have surrounded their location.There’s at least one shooter reportedly with a long gun barricaded in the bodega. Officers need a bearcat to get to the injured officer. This is a breaking story.last_img

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Florida man becomes trapped in store after trying to steal a Pepsi

first_imgA Polk County man is now behind bars after he attempted to steal a Pepsi from a convenience store and became trapped inside the establishment by the clerk.The incident occurred last week at a convenience store in Mulberry, Florida.According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect 49-year-old Gabriel Tillman, walked into the store, grabbed a the drink and attempted to leave without purchasing it. A quick acting clerk, however, remotely locked the doors of the store and prevented Tillman from leaving.Instead of admitting defeat, surveillance video shows Tillman hip checking and bull rushing the door repeatedly in an attempt to get out before picking up a fire extinguisher and trying to use that to break down the door. Eventually the clerk released the doors and Tillman fled the scene.Authorities were able to locate Tillman two blocks away drinking the stolen Pepsi. He was then arrested and taken to the Polk County jail on theft charges.last_img read more

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Florida boy brought 2 guns, 4 knives to middle school

first_imgA 13-year-old student was arrested Tuesday after he brought two guns and four knives to Jenkins Middle School in Palatka.Sheriff Deputies responded to a call from the middle school after the school’s resource officer and administrators received a tip about the weapons.Police say the they discovered the weapons in his backpack, and they don’t know why he was carrying them.The teen faces multiple felony charges of possession of a weapon on school grounds, the Florida Times-Union reported.During a news conference Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach said that weapons get on school campuses far too often.  He said it’s the second time this year that a middle school student has brought weapons to school.last_img

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