USA: MDA Successfully Conducts Missile Defense Flight Test

first_img Share this article USA: MDA Successfully Conducts Missile Defense Flight Test View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted, Oct. 24.MDA, Soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC); Sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62); and Airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center conducted test, resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic missile and cruise missile targets.An integrated air and ballistic missile defense architecture used multiple sensors and missiledefense systems to engage multiple targets at the same time. All targets were successfully launched and initial indications are that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system successfully intercepted its first medium-range ballistic target in history, and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) near simultaneously destroyed a short-range ballistic missile and a low flying cruise missile target over water.The live-fire demonstration, conducted at U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site, Hickam Air Force Base, and surrounding areas in the western Pacific, stressed the performance of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), THAAD, and Patriot weapon systems.An Extended Long Range Air Launch Target (E-LRALT) missile was air-dropped over the broad ocean area north of Wake Island from a U.S. Air Force C-17aircraft, staged from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The AN/TPY-2 X-band radar, located with the THAAD system on Meck Island, tracked the E-LRALT and a THAAD interceptor successfully intercepted the medium-range ballistic missile. THAAD was operated by Soldiers from the 32nd AAMDC.Another short-range ballistic missile was launched from a mobile launch platform located in the broad ocean area northeast of Kwajalein Atoll. The Patriot system, manned by Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC, detected, tracked and successfully intercepted the target with a PAC-3 interceptor.USS Fitzgerald successfully engaged a low flying cruise missile over water. The Aegis system also tracked and launched an SM-3 Block 1A interceptor against a short-range ballistic missile. However, despite indication of a nominal flight of the SM-3 Block 1A interceptor, there was no indication of an intercept of the SRBM.FTI-01 was a combined developmental and operational test. Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen from multiple Combatant Commands operated the systems and were provided a unique opportunity to refine operational doctrine and tactics. Program officials continue to assess and evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.Ballistic Missile Defense System programs have completed 56 successful hit-to-kill intercepts in 71 flight test attempts since 2001.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 26, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: successfully Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: MDA Successfully Conducts Missile Defense Flight Test View post tag: Missile View post tag: Flightcenter_img October 26, 2012 View post tag: Naval Equipment & technology View post tag: Defense View post tag: conducts View post tag: test View post tag: MDAlast_img read more

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Indian Navy’s Ships Pay Visit to Cambodia and Thailand

first_img View post tag: ships View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Authorities The Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships, under the command of Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF), are on a two month long operational deployment to South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean.As part of the deployment, two of the Indian warships, INS Ranvir and INS Kamorta, entered Sihanoukville, Cambodia and the other two warships, INS Satpura and INS Shakti, entered Sattahip, Thailand today on a four day visit.The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries as well as fostering inter-operability between the navies of these two nations.On departure from Sihanoukville, INS Ranvir and INS Kamorta will exercise with the Cambodian Navy for enhancing interoperability in Maritime Operations including Search and Rescue. These ships have visited Singapore, Jakarta (Indonesia), Freemantle (Australia) and Kuantan (Malaysia) during deployment. During this deployment two warships also participated in the bilateral exercise SIMBEX-15 with the Royal Singapore Navy from 20-26 May 15.[mappress mapid=”16306″]Image: Indian Navy June 23, 2015 View post tag: Thailand View post tag: Indian Navycenter_img Indian Navy’s Ships Pay Visit to Cambodia and Thailand Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy’s Ships Pay Visit to Cambodia and Thailand View post tag: asia Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Cambodialast_img read more

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Students protest against Oxford investments

first_imgStudents rallied outside the Radcliffe Camera last Friday in a further attempt to limit university investment in fossil fuels.The rally has been accompanied by the passage of motions in 11 JCRs and MCRs. The campaign was backed by Oxford East MP Andrew Smith, and is a continuation of the protests against British Gas which took place in November of last year.Across the UK universities, UCL, Glasgow and Imperial College London were the target of student protests. Participants held marches, rallies and petition presentations, as part of Fossil Free Friday, intended to pressure authorities to alter their investment patterns.JCRs motions have noted findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that 60-80% of fossil fuels must be left in the ground in order to avoid “dangerous” climate change.The campaign plans to meet with the university’s Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee in 7th week. A seminar is also being held next Wednesday at St. Hilda’s where a university spokesperson will explain their stance on divestment.James Rainey, who helped organise the rally, commented, “By planning to fully exploit their reserves, fossil fuel companies are behaving in a socially irresponsible way which undermines the future of students, and hence we do not believe that the university or colleges can continue to invest their endowments with them”.He went on, “At our event on Friday we tried to raise the profile of our campaign, which is fully supported by 11 common rooms and the OUSU council. It was great that so many people turned out in spite of the miserable weather, showing how strongly students and Oxford residents feel about fossil fuel divestment”.Beth Jones, Jesus College JCR Green rep, commented, “I am pleased to see the start of progressive action to rectify the university’s current policy of investing in such damaging fuels.”She said, “There are greener investment alternatives that rallies, such as this one, draw attention to and I hope that Fossil Fuel Friday has successfully sent a message that there is a genuine desire for change among the student body.”last_img read more

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STOCK IN TRADE by Jim Redwine

first_img Gavel Gamut By Jim Redwine(Week of 18 July 2016)STOCK IN TRADEAbraham Lincoln who was a storekeeper before he was a lawyer is credited with the statement:“A lawyer’s time and advice is his stock in trade.”But if an attorney becomes a judge what is her/his stock in trade? For what do we pay our judges? It is not their time; judges receive salaries. It is not their advice; judges are not supposed to give advice, only decisions based on the evidence and the law.And why do we need somebody whose job it is to not give advice, i.e. to keep their personal opinions to themselves and decide cases objectively?Society has plenty of people whose role it is to suggest and execute policy. County commissioners and council people, mayors, governors and presidents come to mind.We also have lots of people whose job it is to pass legislation and fund it. State legislatures and Congress have those duties.Such executive and legislative bodies have not only the right but also the obligation to express opinions and advocate for their positions. We elect these people for those very purposes. We may agree or disagree with our Executive and Legislative bodies as we choose.But where do we look for objective decisions on important matters? What gives us confidence that issues wrangled over by individuals or such public servants as presidents and senators will be resolved fairly and impartially by that third branch of government, the Judiciary?Judges have no armies or militia. Judges cannot impose taxes or pass legislation. Why do we even listen to much less comply with a judge’s decision, especially one we disagree with?When I have taught judges from other countries such as Palestine or Ukraine or Russia they invariably ask me how I get citizens to accept my court judgments and follow them. In many other countries the concept of the Judiciary as a separate, equal and independent branch of government is impossible for the judges themselves to grasp. They are so used to court decisions being based on the political leanings and connections of judges nobody expects an unbiased judgment. America is supposed to be different.Of course, we are all partisan. If a sitting judge voices a political opinion we agree with, we not only may not mind, we might applaud. Yeah for our side! However, should a judge portray prejudice against persons or positions we support we lose confidence in our legal system. And that is the only stock in trade judges have, i.e., confidence the judge is impartial.The momentary elation we experience when some judge violates her/his duty and publicly rails for or against a particular person, party or position fades rapidly when we realize the judge is acting from prejudice. This is so because we know that we may have to face a judge who decides cases on whim not law.There are many reasons America remains the land of the free but one of the most vital reasons is our independent judiciary. Are America’s judges human? Yes. Are they prejudiced? Yes. Is the perception they are going to decide cases without allowing their prejudices to control their view of the evidence important. You know it!FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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VISIT POSEY COUNTY, INC. ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

first_imgVISIT POSEY COUNTY, INC. ANNOUNCESEXECUTIVE DIRECTORIn September 2016, the not-for-profit corporation Visit Posey County, Inc. was formed to increase the number of visitors to Posey County each year by promoting programs and services to attract tourists, visitors, corporate events, and group tours. Since its inception, the Board focused on hiring a full-time Executive Director with the goal of launching the county’s first regional marketing campaign during 2017.The VPC, Inc. Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kari Mobley has accepted the Executive Director position and will assume her new role on March 1, 2017.With a BA in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Southern Indiana, Kari has held positions with Deaconess Foundation as Publications and Events Coordinator, and Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana as Program Manager.VPC, Inc. Board President, Jim Spann commented, “Tourism is already a vital part of the Posey County economy and yet we have really just scratched the surface of its potential. We are confident Kari is the right person to lead the sustained promotion of Posey County’s numerous attractions with the focus of consistently increasing the number of overnight guests at our Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, and Campgrounds. The benefits of Kari’s work and these promotional activities will ultimately be felt county-wide as tourism produces new businesses, new jobs, and new residents.”Go to visitposeycounty.com and learn more about Posey County and its many offerings.ABOUT VISIT POSEY COUNTY, INC.Visit Posey County, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation funded through an Innkeepers Tax enacted in 2014. Visit Posey County, Inc. strives to bring regional attention to the abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation, family adventure, and immersion in remarkable culture and history to Southwest Indiana.The mission of Visit Posey County, Inc. is to consistently grow the county’s reputation as an overnight and vacation destination. Accomplishing this mission will lead to new resident attraction that will boost the county population and stimulate new businesses that will provide new jobs and careers for county residents.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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COVID-19 same-day test lab set to open at U.P. Mall

first_img By Jon Zimney – November 7, 2020 1 739 Pinterest COVID-19 same-day test lab set to open at U.P. Mall IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/QuestCap) A COVID-19 lab providing same-day testing results is set to open at University Park Mall.The lab site can handle up to 150 tests per day and will charge between $59 and $179 for antibody and antigen tests.Tests take no more than ten minutes to administer and provide results within 24 hours via text or email.The lab is operated by QuestCap.The following information was sent to 95.3 MNC:Mishawaka, Indiana- QuestCap is excited to announce the opening of a COVID-19 testing lab to help provide same day testing results in the fight against COVID-19 in Indiana.What:           COVID-19 TestingWhen/Where: For hours of operation and the location on property, please visit: www.testbeforeyougo.comWhy:            The key to flattening the curve is to increase testing.Misc Info:      The lab sites are designed to have capacity for up to 150 tests per day, per site and will charge between $59 and $179 USD for antibody and antigen tests. Tests take no more than ten minutes to administer and provide results within 24 hours. Test results can be communicated via text or email and can be accompanied with a certificate of good health via a HIPAA-compliant smartphone application. Appointments and payments will be handled through an online portal www.testbeforeyougo.com. Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleTwo men arrested, suspected of church fire in LaGrange CountyNext articleArt Decio, longtime community leader, philanthropist, champion of Elkhart, has passed away Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApplast_img read more

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News story: Government agrees final proposal for Heathrow expansion

first_img Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Expansion at Heathrow presents a unique opportunity to deliver a multi-billion pound boost to our economy, strengthen our global links and maintain our position as a world leader in aviation. As we leave the EU, the UK must remain one of the world’s best-connected and outward-looking countries and a third runway at Heathrow is the best option to deliver this. We have listened to views through our consultations and will ensure a world-class package of measures to help any local communities affected by the expansion. The benefits of expanding Heathrow will be felt across the country as there will be more flights around the UK, better connecting Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North and the South West to new global markets via London.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: The NPS takes into account public and industry feedback and recommendations made by the Transport Committee to ensure that airport expansion in the south-east will be delivered in a way that is cost-efficient, sustainable and in passengers’ best interests.This includes a world-class package of compensation and mitigation measures to support those affected by the expansion, with up to £2.6 billion for compensation, noise insulation and community amenities, which could include improvements to parks and leisure facilities.These are reinforced by plans for a 6.5 hour scheduled night flight ban and noise restrictions which will be legally enforceable. Today (5 June 2018) ministers have set out final proposals to back Heathrow expansion – moving Britain a significant step closer to more flights, more jobs and greater economic growth.Marking an important milestone in building a global Britain, the government has published the proposed Airports National Policy Statement (NPS), backing Heathrow expansion through developing a new north-west runway.Airports National Policy Statement on a proposed a new runway at HeathrowUnder the proposal, expansion will be delivered in a cost-efficient and sustainable way, with a comprehensive package of measures to support affected communities and protect the environment.Heathrow will be privately financed and costs will not fall on the taxpayer. To make sure expansion is delivered with consumers’ interests at heart, the government has asked the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure the scheme remains affordable while meeting the needs of passengers. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 The government has also today committed to supporting all airports beyond Heathrow making best use of their existing runways, including those in the south-east, as long as they address economic and environmental planning issues. Aviation, Europe and technology media enquiries The government has also announced the creation of a new Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise, which will be an independent expert voice on noise issues, acting as a link between airport operators, airlines and local communities.To protect the environment, development consent would only be granted on the basis that the new runway is delivered within existing air quality obligations.Over the next few weeks Parliament will have the opportunity to debate and vote on the NPS. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 A new runway at Heathrow would provide benefits of up to £74 billion to passengers and the wider economy and create tens of thousands of local jobs. It will better connect the UK to the rest of world with an extra 16 million long-haul seats available by 2040.Heathrow is already the UK’s biggest airport for passengers and freight and the north-west runway will almost double the airport’s capacity for goods, allowing businesses across the country to increase their exports and take advantage of new global customers.last_img read more

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Vermont Employers Find Benefit in Planned Daylight Savings Time Shift

first_imgEarlier this month President Bush signed the 1,745-page federal energy bill into law. One part of the law extends daylight savings time by a month. Starting in 2007, Americans will turn the clocks ahead three weeks earlier in the spring (around the end of the first week in March), and we will turn the clocks back one week later in the fall (around the end of the first week in November).The Vermont Chamber of Commerce surveyed member businesses for a seven-day period in mid-August to gauge Vermont business reaction to this anticipated change. The survey captured nearly 200 responses from businesses engaged in many different sectors. The majority (51%) of respondents are engaged in the travel and tourism industry, while another quarter represents the services/professional sector.A full 43% of Vermonts employers felt that their businesses will use less energy because of the extension of daylight savings time, although several bed & breakfast owners noted that they will likely use more energy because they will be preparing breakfast in springs darker early daytime hours. However, only 24% thought that having more daylight will save their businesses money in terms of employee productivity and other factors. Aside from ski areas and other recreation facilities, the great majority (94%) of the total respondents did not believe that they will change the hours that they are open for business. The majority of businesses were in favor of the shift. Comments from supporters of extended daylight savings highlighted a number of interesting perceptions, some of which include: skiers and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts will have an extra hour of daylight for most of March; it will be beneficial to have drivers making sales calls in longer daylight hours as well as make for a safer commute home; and an extra hour of daylight at the close of the day, at the tail end of winter, will have a positive physical and psychological impact on individuals. One bed & breakfast owner stated that their guests will experience a true sunrise over the mountains, and one farm noted that they can extend the hours of their carriage rides. In general, several businesses mentioned that longer daylight hours may provide an incentive for more travelers to visit the state during the traditionally low-traffic shoulder seasons.Employers who did not support the extension of daylight savings time were in the minority. A radio station reported that during the portion of the year that is under daylight savings time they are not able to use their enhanced wattage, which will negatively impact both their business revenue and listeners. Others believed that the change would have little or no impact, and that federal efforts to this end were not a productive use of time in light of more pressing national and global issues.###last_img read more

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“Inspiring hope for a global community” as our international movement grows

first_imgAs we prepare to celebrate International Credit Union Day for the 72nd consecutive year on Thursday, October 15—it is important to recognize that this might indeed be the most important ICU Day celebration ever.While our movement has never been stronger, credit union members in every corner of the globe have also never needed our support and inspiration more than they do right now.World Council of Credit Unions’ 2019 Statistical Report shows our movement began 2020 with more than 291 million credit union members worldwide. That number represents a 59% growth in credit union membership over the past decade (2010-19). At World Council, our mission is to improve lives through credit unions and other financial cooperatives. And we know that growth is rooted in the credit union belief that all people should have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable financial services. But improving lives has taken on new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of focusing solely on tools and products that can spread financial inclusion and wellbeing, credit unions had to start providing tools to protect their members—not just financially, but physically as well.Protecting membersWe’ve seen examples from six continents of how credit unions have stepped up to the challenge. They’ve ensured their branch lobbies were safe and hygienic by limiting hours of service, reducing the number of members that can be inside at one time, installing plexiglass guards between employees and members, and providing hand sanitizer stations.Plexiglass separates employees from members at Zygmunta Chmielewskiego Credit Union in In Szczecin, Poland.Credit union members social distance at a Rogue Credit Union branch in Oregon.Nearly all financial cooperatives either extended interest-free emergency loans or provided loan payment moratoriums to members who lost their sources of income. Many credit unions moved to ensure greater safety and convenience by boosting their level of digital services—allowing members to access their accounts and make payments right from their laptop or mobile device.And still more went the extra mile—distributing personal protective equipment to frontline healthcare workers, money to local non-profit organizations and even food to the needy. One credit union in Guatemala even went so far as to disinfect parts of their community’s public spaces to stop the spread of the virus.Micoope Colua’s Social Responsibility Unit disinfects public areas in Solula, Guatemala.Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives’ employees donate food to disabled women.Here at World Council, we’ve been amazed by such generosity of spirit—and were inspired to do our part. We’ve provided educational webinars for our members’ credit unions, advocated on their behalf for relief measures from international standard setting bodies, and even distributed masks, gloves and hand sanitizer generously donated by the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions and the National Credit Union Federation of Korea.Members of the Worldwide Foundation staff with boxes containing 40,000 masks donated by the National Credit Union Federation of Korea that went to CUs in 30 countries.One of the 23 credit unions in Ukraine that received hand sanitizer and PPE made possible through a Worldwide Foundation grant.Tell your story on October 15Why do I bring all this up? Because there are people outside of our movement who still haven’t heard these stories. They haven’t heard about how we have been saying thank you to the members who have grown our movement by giving back to them during the COVID-19 crisis.That is why we are asking all of you to share those stories on International Credit Union Day 2020. Record a short video this week explaining how your credit union or organization is “inspiring hope for a global community” during this pandemic by helping employees, members or your local communities. Then, post it on Thursday to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn—and tag it with #ICUDay and #CUDifference. We have joined forces with the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, CUNA, the National Credit Union Foundation and PSCU to be on the lookout for those videos throughout the day on October 15. When we spot them, we’ll share them to flood social media with stories about how our credit unions continue to stand apart from other institutions in the financial services industry by always putting member wellbeing first—even in the most challenging times.The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions and the National Credit Union Foundation are also spearheading an initiative for credit unions to share their impact and make an impact through giving. We hope you will consider supporting their collaborative effort to improve the financial lives of credit union members across the globe. 71SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Neumann Greg Neumann is Corporate Communications Manager for World Council of Credit Unions. He directs the tactical and strategic management of World Council’s communication efforts, and works to build WOCCU’… Web: www.woccu.org Detailslast_img read more

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