RADAR: the Cassini Titan radar mapper

first_imgThe Cassini RADAR instrument is a multimode 13.8 GHz multiple-beam sensor that can operate as a synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) imager, altimeter, scatterometer, and radiometer. The principal objective of the RADAR is to map the surface of Titan. This will be done in the imaging, scatterometer, and radiometer modes. The RADAR altimeter data will provide information on relative elevations in selected areas. Surfaces of the Saturn’s icy satellites will be explored utilizing the RADAR radiometer and scatterometer modes. Saturn’s atmosphere and rings will be probed in the radiometer mode only. The instrument is a joint development by JPL/NASA and ASI. The RADAR design features significant autonomy and data compression capabilities. It is expected that the instrument will detect surfaces with backscatter coefficient as low as -40 dB.last_img read more

USS Gettysburg Increases Versatility with NEO Exercise

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Gettysburg Increases Versatility with NEO Exercise View post tag: Naval Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) took part in a simulated non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) off the coast of Scotland, Oct. 8.The exercise included evacuating 11 Royal Navy midshipmen posing as citizens in simulated danger from Mallaig, Scotland to Gettysburg on two rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIB).The exercise was planned by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) as part of Exercise Joint Warrior, a coalition exercise designed and led by JTEPS in the United Kingdom that lasts two weeks and takes place twice a year.“This is not a normal mission for a cruiser or destroyer platform to go do,” said Capt. Bob Hein, commanding officer of Gettysburg. “But what made it interesting is that sometimes, you’re the only asset that is available.”Normally a NEO operation is assigned to larger vessels such as aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships so those ships complete NEO training instead of cruisers. Having a cruiser practice a NEO is an opportunity to expand the capabilities of the platform.“It’s just another tool in their toolbox,” said Hein. “The strength of the Sailors onboard this ship is that they can figure out how to do it. So even for a non-standard mission for a cruiser, like a NEO, they figured it out and they did a great job. It proves the versatility of the modern day Sailor.”The NEO training operation went smoothly, the entire exercise taking just over an hour to complete.“It was kind of cool to plan,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Lautar, the operations officer for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26. “Being a DESRON, normally it would be a strike group that planned it. For us as a small staff to create a plan and give it out and then see it executed, I thought it was kind of cool and it went well.”During the exercise, Gettysburg hosted the 11 midshipmen overnight in the wardroom with food, games and karaoke. The following day the group was sent ashore via two RHIBs to Campbeltown, Scotland.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 12, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: increases View post tag: USS Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Share this article USS Gettysburg Increases Versatility with NEO Exercise October 12, 2012 View post tag: NEO View post tag: Gettysburg View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Versatilitylast_img read more

COVID-19: US Navy to deploy large expeditionary medical unit

first_imgSome 5,600 Northcom personnel are currently involved in the response in a wide variety of ways, O’Shaughnessy said, adding that many more are ready to aid in the effort in support of state and local authorities.Richardson noted that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is taking the lead on where medical assets are placed, and the Defense Department is fully integrated with the agency’s efforts and response.Also on April 1, the hospital ship USNS Comfort treated its first patients in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.While in New York, the ship is serving as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, providing a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults. This allows local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their Intensive Care Units and ventilators for those patients.Comfort is a seagoing medical treatment facility that currently has more than 1,100 personnel embarked for the New York mission, including US Navy medical and support staff assembled from 22 commands, as well as over 70 civil service mariners.Last week, another hospital ship, USNS Mercy arrived in Los Angeles with more than 800 medical professionals and over 70 civil service mariners onboard. The ship is also serving as a floating hospital for patients not infected with coronavirus that are currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. Share this article Authorities April 2, 2020, by COVID-19 response: US Navy to deploy large expeditionary medical unit from Florida Apart from the two hospital ships sent to New York and Los Angeles, the US Navy is also deploying a large expeditionary medical unit from Jacksonville, Florida to fight the spread of COVID-19.The unit will be split between Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and New Orleans to expand medical capability.They will receive and treat non-COVID-19 patients, Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy informed at a briefing on April 1.Three large Army field hospitals will be mobilized and deployed to support non-COVID-19 medical efforts in the Seattle area, and two in the New Jersey-New York City area, he said. Back to overview,Home naval-today COVID-19 response: US Navy to deploy large expeditionary medical unit from Florida View post tag: coronavirus View post tag: US DoD navaltoday View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

FSA pushes major chains on health

first_imgMajor sandwich shops and coffee chains have announced commitments to produce ’healthier’ products as part of a wider project by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) targeting food outlets.Caffè Nero, Greggs, Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Eat, Pret A Manger and BB’s Coffee & Muffins have published commitments, ranging from reducing the level of salt and fat in their products, to providing additional nutritional information.The FSA has specifically looked at targeting the larger sandwich and coffee chains, as they have a wide consumer reach, but is encouraging other businesses selling baked goods and sandwiches to work with them, said an FSA spokesperson.Starbucks has said it has already identified 10 products on which it believes it could further reduce the level of saturated fat, calories or salt, and recipe reformulation is under way. Caffè Nero is to look at the saturated fat in its wedge sandwiches, as well as the portion size of its more indulgent items such as cakes, while Pret has said it will look at the performance of its smaller portion sizes to see if it can be rolled out to additional lines.last_img read more

Susan Tedeschi Joins John Prine For Powerhouse ‘Color Of The Blues’ Performance [Watch]

first_imgLegendary country music artist John Prine has just announced a new album! Titled For Better, Or Worse, the new release will see Prine team up with a number of extraordinary female musicians for a series of rockin’ duets. Due out on September 30th, the artists who are featured on the album include Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Iris DeMent, Holly Williams, Morgane Stapleton, Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss, Amanda Shires and his wife, Fiona Prine.The only woman left off of that list is Susan Tedeschi, who is not only featured on the album but on the leading single as well. Tedeschi joins Prine for a reworking of George Jones’ “Color Of The Blues,” which you can stream in full while watching the album preview video below.For more information about the new album, you can head here. Check out the tracklisting below.For Better, Or Worse Tracklisting1. Who’s Gonna Take the Garbage Out (feat. Iris Dement)2. Storms Never Last (feat. Lee Ann Womack)3. Falling in Love Again (feat. Allison Krauss)4. Color of the Blues (feat. Susan Tedeschi)5. I’m Tellin’ You (feat. Holly Williams)6. Remember Me (When Candlelights Are Gleaming) [feat. Kathy Mattea]7. Look at Us (feat. Morgane Stapleton)8. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Loud, Loud Music (feat. Amanda Shires)9. Fifteen Years Ago (feat. Lee Ann Womack)10. Cold, Cold Heart (feat. Miranda Lambert)11. Dreaming My Dreams with You (feat. Kathy Mattea)12. Mental Cruelty (feat. Kacey Musgraves)13. Mr. & Mrs. Used to Be (feat. Iris Dement)14. My Happiness (feat. Fiona Prine)15. Just Waitin’last_img read more

Person Killed, Run Over By Bulldozer At Chautauqua County Landfill

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),RIP. So sad.,So sad. He was a great man. Prayers lifted to his family. ELLERY – The Monday afternoon death of a Westfield man dumping garbage at the Chautauqua County Landfill has been ruled an accident.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Scott Deming was standing behind a large pile of garbage and debris he had just dumped from his truck around 1:30 p.m. before he was killed.Deputies say a bulldozer at the landfill did not know Deming was standing behind the pile when they started to push it into a derby pit.Investigators say Deming was struck by the bulldozer and later pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel. The Sheriff’s Office says Deming worked for an independent commercial business that was using the county’s facilities.Deputies say their investigation continues; however, they are not expected to press charges on the bulldozer driver.The Chautauqua County Emergency Services Office, Sinclairville Fire Department and County Coroner’s Office assisted deputies at the scene.last_img read more

The Fortress of Solitude’s Adam Chanler-Berat & Kyle Beltran Nerd Out

first_imgUp, up and away! In the musical adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel The Fortress of Solitude, best friends Dylan and Mingus create a superhero fantasy world to escape the harsh realities of growing up in 1970s Brooklyn. Just like their onstage counterparts, Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal) and Kyle Beltran (In the Heights), who originated the roles of the nerdy besties in early readings, have become close while working on the new tuner by Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses at the Public Theater. Broadway.com spent the afternoon hanging out with the dynamic duo to find out why Fortress could bring the power of musical theater to a whole new generation and what these stars geek out about when the curtain goes down.Q: Do you remember the day you guys first met?KYLE BELTRAN: I remember so well. I had just graduated from Carnegie Mellon and when I got cast in the reading of The Fortress of Solitude, my mind was so blown because all these Broadway people were in it. Adam was doing Next to Normal, so I actually went to see him and scope him out before we did the reading.Q: Adam, did you know he did that?ADAM CHANLER-BERAT: I don’t think so!BELTRAN: We met maybe a week later at the first read-through, and I remember we had such an instant, really intense connection, and had our first lunch break just the two of us at Cosi on 48th Street.CHANLER-BERAT: I was really intimidated by you after the first read-through.BELTRAN: That’s so weird!Q: Why were you intimidated?CHANLER-BERAT: We had this instant palpable chemistry that’s already intimidating, and he’s a talent that I’ve never really seen before. He can do everything and do it all better than anyone I know.BELTRAN: That’s really sweet, thank you. [Pretends to throw up.]CHANLER-BERAT: I know, it’s sort of annoying. But I really respect and admire you.BELTRAN: We have such a mutual respect for one another.CHANLER-BERAT: Ugh, this interview is just gonna be us kissing each other’s asses!Q: OK, we get it, you love each other, next question! What’s the coolest thing about this new musical?CHANLER-BERAT: It’s full of huge musical moments, and then it has this way of suddenly stripping everything away and having a long scene. As a musical theater actor, you get a really satisfying musical…BELTRAN: And also the elements of a play.CHANLER-BERAT: Yeah, it satisfies you in both ways, which is everything you want and work for as a musical theater performer.BELTRAN: And because it spans a huge period of time, it acts like a history of music. You have all of these different musical influences, like the birth of hip-hop, doo wop, Motown sound, David Byrne… This mash-up of all of these amazing musical influences that make you feel like you’re living 20 years with these characters in a really exciting way.Q: The characters you play are nerds and they love comics. What do you guys nerd out over?BELTRAN: What don’t we nerd out over?CHANLER-BERAT: Like, a lot. [Laughs.] I love cooking, I love food.BELTRAN: He’s a big-time foodie.CHANLER-BERAT: I love podcasts.BELTRAN: We both love podcasts. I’m really into this new thing that This American Life is starting, Serial podcasts, a long story told an hour a week.CHANLER-BERAT: It’s unbelievable, it’s so good.BELTRAN: And we tend to influence each other. Very much like the characters, we’ve started to copy each other in real life. The things that I’m into, Adam starts to do and vice versa.Q: What else, besides podcasts?BELTRAN: I’m a big-time music junkie, so I’m always playing Adam new stuff.CHANLER-BERAT: We just watched that Beyonce and Jay-Z concert on HBO together!Q: What do you hope audiences will love about The Fortress of Solitude?BELTRAN: The best thing about this show is I can’t compare it to anything else. It’s such a singular experience. It operates on such a tiny personal level and then on a huge socioeconomic American political level, and it’s full of unbelievable music. It’s so rich and so personal and it’s ambitious in a way that I really think all musical theater has to be to survive into the next generation.CHANLER-BERAT: Yep, you said it perfectly.See The Fortress of Solitude at the Public Theater through November 2. The Fortress of Solitude View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 16, 2014last_img read more

Local Printer Cited by International Franchise

first_imgTom Brassard, Paw Print & Mail, South Burlington, was honored for his companys performance and growth for the past y ear by Certified Printers International (CPrint”) during the bi-annual board meetings in Charleston, WV. CPrint” honors printers who have had exceptional sales growth in the past year. Paw Print & Mail not only was honored for its continued sales growth, but Brassard was cited for his management skills.According to Tom Crouser, CPrint” president, Paw Print & Mail continues to perform to rank among the best printing companies in North America. Paw Print & Mail has achieved sales growth, profitability and economic stability that that few commercial printers ever attain and the company continues to do so year after year, said Crouser. Paw Print & Mails focus on customer services, quality, employee training, and maintaining the highest business standards has made it the best choice for Vermont businesses printing needs. Brassard also is a mentor to other printers in CPrint” and is helping other printers reach success.CPrint” is a franchise of independently owned family-based businesses that strive for the highest level of professionalism and performance among small business. Companies from throughout North America participate in the program. The CPrint” designation is available only to printers who demonstrate exceptional quality and service by maintaining standards in operations, training, equipment and software as well as worker benefits and working conditions. This program requires annual onsite recertification as well as participation in continuing educational programs.Paw Print & Mail is located at 12 Gregory Drive in South Burlington. For more information about the company, call 802-865-2872 or visit the companys website at www.paw-prints.com(link is external).-30-last_img read more

CVPS completes restoration of power

first_imgCVPS completed restoration efforts late Sunday night in the aftermath of last week’s two-pronged snow and wind storm that knocked out power to more than 1 million electric utility customers across the Northeast, finishing one day ahead of initial estimates.“This was certainly one of the most trying yet productive work weeks in our company’s history, and it revealed the tremendous spirit of our employees and the people we serve,” President Bob Young said. “But this storm is not over for many in the New England. This morning we sent six crews to help Public Service of New Hampshire in their restoration efforts, which are ongoing.”More than 91,000 CVPS customer outages occurred over the course of the storm, making it the largest in company history. CVPS staged an unparalleled restoration effort, which included more than 90 CVPS linemen, more than 90 two-person contract line crews, more than 20 two-person tree crews and hundreds of support staff. Employees from departments across the company – finance, human resources and strategic planning, information technology and the like – took up other assignments, helping customer care advocates handle tens of thousands of calls; deliver meals to workers in the field and stage buffet breakfasts and dinners for crews across the state; plot restoration efforts; and deliver materials and supplies to job sites.  Line crews came from all across New England, and as far away as Ontario, and state regulatory and emergency management officials worked closely with CVPS to hasten recovery.“This storm wreaked a tremendous amount of damage statewide to our transmission and distribution lines,” Young said.  “Good planning, hard work and collaboration were critical to the recovery.”Here’s an updated look at the storm by the numbers.Customers outages:       more than 91,000Repairs required:           1,700-plusCustomer calls:              54,000Distribution circuits knocked off-line:            19Transmission circuits knocked off-line:            4Total broken poles:        34Total CVPS line crews: 42Outside line crews:        90-plusTree crews:                  24Estimated cost:              $4 million (A final number will not be available until June, when all the bills have been received.)One of the many unique aspects of this storm is that it did damage to every one of CVPS’s 10 districts across the state. Below is a list of our districts, and the percentage of customers affected by the storm in each district:Middlebury: More than 40 percent of the district’s 15,800 customersRoyalton: Nearly 70 percent of the district’s 18,600 customersRutland: More than 30 percent of the district’s 25,000 customersPoultney: Nearly 65 percent of the district’s 9,000 customersSpringfield: Nearly 50 percent of the district’s 19,000 customersBradford: Nearly 35 percent of the district’s 4,700 customersSunderland: More than 40 percent of the district’s 23,300 customersBrattleboro: Nearly 50 percent of the district’s 14,700 customersSt. Johnsbury: About 15 percent of the district’s 7,500 customersSt. Albans: Nearly 20 percent of the district’s 20,800 customers Source: CVPS 3.1.2010last_img read more

Christmas comes early with rates on hold for the rest of summer

first_imgRBA Governor Philip Lowe won’t be cowed into moving rates. Picture: Hollie Adams/The AustralianMortgage broker network 1300HomeLoan managing director John Kolenda said official interest rates have been at the record low of 1.5 per cent since August last year.“The RBA hasn’t lifted its cash rate for more than seven years and a generation of mortgage holders hasn’t experienced a hike in official interest rates,” he said.“While it has come under recent pressure to begin increasing the cash rate from none other than the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD), the RBA’s interest rate strategy since the Global Financial Crisis should be commended.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoMr Lowe acknowledged there was some change in international market conditions: “In a number of economies there has been some withdrawal of monetary stimulus, although financial conditions remain quite expansionary.”But Australia has its own set of circumstances to deal with, chief of which for mortgage holders was the fact that “growth in housing debt has been outpacing the slow growth in household income for some time”, according to Mr Lowe. The Reserve Bank of Australia board room where monetary policy decisions are made. Picture: RBA/Supplied“To address the medium-term risks associated with high and rising household indebtedness, APRA has introduced a number of supervisory measures. Credit standards have been tightened in a way that has reduced the risk profile of borrowers.”He said nationwide measures of housing prices were little changed over the past six months, with conditions easing in Sydney. “In the eastern capital cities, a considerable additional supply of apartments is scheduled to come on stream over the next couple of years. Rent increases remain low in most cities.”Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett said 2018 would begin with “very low” rates.“Australia will kick off 2018 with ultra-low interest rates following this afternoon’s decision from the RBA … The current interest rate environment is remarkable in that borrowing costs are very low.”He said RBA had to keep rates low at this time.“There is little basis for expecting interest rate rises over the short term. Price inflation is weak, wages growth is close to a 20-year low and the pace of economic expansion is sub-par.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX A family looks at properties for sale as Australia’s central bank left interest rates at a record low, sparing the country a rude shock ahead of Christmas. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PETER PARKSTHE Reserve Bank is under growing international pressure to move on interest rates after Tuesday’s record hold position — but it decided to give Aussies an early Christmas present instead.The RBA won’t be cowed into moving on rates too soon, with Governor Philip Lowe confirming “the board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent” after its December monetary policy meeting.“The low level of interest rates is continuing to support the Australian economy,” he said. “The Board judged that holding the stance of monetary policy unchanged at this meeting would be consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and achieving the inflation target over time.”The decision means rates will be on hold for the rest of summer with the next RBA board meeting not scheduled until February next year — a mirror image of the previous longest stint that RBA sat on the sidelines between August 2013 and February 2015.last_img read more