USA: General Dynamics Electric Boat Scores USD 33.5 Million Submarine Technologies Contract

first_img General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $33,500,000 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2109) for engineering and technical design services to support research and development of advanced submarine technologies for current and future submarine platforms.Advanced submarine research and development includes studies to support the manufacturability, maintainability, producibility, reliability, manning, survivability, hull integrity, performance, structural, weight/margin, stability, arrangements, machinery systems, acoustics, hydrodynamics, ship control, logistics, human factors, materials, weapons handling and stowage, submarine safety, and affordability.Work will also include development and design of advanced submarine research and development technologies include integration/incorporation of technologies for tests/deployment of onboard advanced development models and engineering test platforms on designated research and development test platform(s) and current and future submarine platforms; fabrication of advanced engineering development models and prototypes required to demonstrate proof-of-concepts; and engineering design, technical assessment, systems integration, and configuration management and control services to support large scale vehicle test platforms.The program also supports near term insertion of Virginia-class technology; identification of Ohio-class replacement technology options; future submarine concepts; and core technologies.  Work will be performed in Groton, Conn., and is expected to be completed by October 2011.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: Defense, May 18, 2011; View post tag: Boat View post tag: Electric May 18, 2011 View post tag: contract View post tag: million View post tag: News by topic View post tag: DYNAMICS View post tag: General View post tag: 33.5 View post tag: usacenter_img USA: General Dynamics Electric Boat Scores USD 33.5 Million Submarine Technologies Contract Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: General Dynamics Electric Boat Scores USD 33.5 Million Submarine Technologies Contract View post tag: Navy View post tag: USD View post tag: technologies View post tag: submarine Share this article View post tag: wins View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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Oxford study finds belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories leads to reduced compliance with lockdown measures

first_imgOxford study finds belief in COVID-19 Conspiracy theories leads to reduced compliance with lockdown measures The study finds that those who believe in conspiracy theories are less likely to follow official guidelines of staying home, not meeting with people outside their household, or complying with social distancing when outside. They also tend to state that they would be more likely to dissuade family and friends from having a COVID-19 vaccination.  Almost half of respondents believe at least “a little” that the “Coronavirus is a bioweapon developed by China to destroy the West”. One in five respondents believes to some extent that “Jews have created the virus to collapse the economy for financial gain”. One in five also believes that “Muslims are spreading the virus as an attack on Western values”.  CW: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism Adam Bernstein, President of the Oxford Jewish Society, told Cherwell: “We are disappointed to hear reports of antisemitism and other prejudices linked to Corona. Oxford J-Soc remains determined to stand up to antisemitism and we stress the importance of combating conspiracy theories through education”.  The Oxford Coronavirus Explanations, Attitudes, and Narratives Survey (OCEANS), published in the Psychological Medicine journal, indicates that 60% of English adults believe that the government is misleading the public about the cause of the virus.  Speaking to Cherwell, Professor Daniel Freeman, Professor of Clinical Psychology and study lead said: “The coronavirus pandemic has created almost perfect conditions for conspiracy beliefs to flourish. An invisible threat has visibly altered the world. There is sustained physical, psychological, and financial threat. Governments and key institutions have had to develop and implement decisive responses to the danger posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Everyday life has changed dramatically, with top-down imposition of explanations and required responses enforceable by law […] Conspiracy beliefs will arise from the heady brew of inescapable threat, enforced change, uncertainty, isolation, and social media.” The Oxford University Islamic Society and the Oxford University Chinese Society have been contacted for comment. Chengkai Xie, Brasenose College student and producer of the podcast Leicester Square Tales, which aims to capture the voices of the British Chinese diaspora community, said: “It was sickening to hear Chinese businesses and families in the UK experiencing vandalism and racist remarks when racial hate incidents are surging across the nation. People who suffer from discrimination, especially those in the BAME community, should exercise their legal rights to protect themselves. Public figures should play a decisive role in guiding the public away from ignorance and bigotry”. A study from the University of Oxford published on Friday shows that half of the English population hold Coronavirus conspiracy beliefs. These include the belief that the virus is a Chinese bioweapon, was created by Jews or is being spread by Muslims as an attack on Western values. Those who hold such beliefs are less likely to comply with social distancing, the study shows.  Cover Image by Ellie Wilkinslast_img read more

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North End Drainage Plan: Every Drop From 30 Blocks Headed to 1 Spot

first_imgTHE PROJECTOcean City Finance Director Frank Donato said the project started with a grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after the November 2009 nor’easter that caused flood levels Ocean City had not seen since 1992.A slide shows the type of pump that would be installed (along with five others) on public property at Sixth Street and Bay Avenue.Ocean City ultimately was awarded $4.984 million, the largest grant Ocean City has ever received. With the city contributing another $2.7 million in capital funding, the city set to work on the project. City Council approved a $118,400 contract with PS&S for design services.Plans call for six pumps to be installed underground near a soccer field on the city-owned recreation property at the corner of Sixth Street and Bay Avenue. The machinery would be covered and the area resodded with only traditional manholes showing.Electrical panels and backup generators would be stored in a new building constructed two feet higher than base flood elevation adjacent to an existing restroom facility.Storm pipelines throughout the project area would be replaced and redirected to the pump station. Manufactured Treatment Devices (MTDs) would be installed at intervals to intercept solids and silts (with the intent of improving water quality). Applegate said the MTDs would have to be routinely cleaned in order to be effective, and he acknowledged that some silt and other material can travel through the MTDs.The reconfiguration to eliminate outfall pipes would effectively end the possibility that tide water could travel backwards through the storm drain system to flood streets, as it often does. Three new adjacent outfalls at Sixth Street would be 54 inches in diameter. They would include new flap and flex valves to prevent back flow of water, according to Applegate. They would land in a “stilling basin” to mitigate the effects of a massive volume of water pouring into the bay at a high rate.When tide levels are high enough to flow freely over bulkheads and onto streets, sensors would shut the pumps down as they would serve no purpose at that point. As in Merion Park, where pump stations were recently installed, tidal flooding cannot be prevented. But the pumps can help drain water much more quickly when the tide recedes.The city is currently seeking permits for the work, and solicitations for bids likely would go out in late 2016, Applegate said. The project is expected to take a year to a year and a half. Ocean City residents heard an engineer on Saturday morning explain how a new hydraulic pump station will help drain water from a 30-square-block area in one of Ocean City’s most flood-prone neighborhoods.A pump station would be located underground at the soccer field at the corner of Sixth Street and Bay Avenue.Likely starting sometime in early 2017, work will begin on an $8.7 million project to overhaul the drainage system between First Street and Seventh Street, Asbury Avenue and the bay.Dave Applegate of of the engineering firm Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor (PS&S) made a presentation on plans for the project during a town hall meeting Saturday (Nov. 14) at the Ocean City Free Public Library. More than 100 people attended the meeting.Applegate shared plans to redirect stormwater from six or seven different outfall pipes leading to the bay to a single pump station on public property at the corner of Sixth Street and Bay Avenue. From there, six pumps would add muscle to the drainage flow of floodwaters from the streets. The pumps would then push water to a single point on the bay at Sixth Street at a rate as fast as 370 cubic feet per second, according to Applegate.But with all drainage from the entire area directed to a single point, neighbors at Sixth and Bay had plenty of questions about the impact of the outfall — and many went unanswered. THE QUESTIONSBill Stuempfig, a resident of the 300 block of Simpson Avenue and former Environmental Commission member, asked at what exact tide level would the pumps be shut down.More than 100 attended the town hall meeting on north end pump station plans on Nov. 14 at the Ocean City Free Public Library.Most residents are familiar with how various tides affect their properties (see our chart of historic and recent flood levels in Ocean City), and he was asking when the pumps would work.Applegate said the sensors can be variable, but he did not know at what level they’d be set.Most of the questions were from neighbors in the area of Sixth Street and the bay.If the new MTDs collected 50 percent more sediment and contaminant than the existing storm drain system, as Applegate stated, would the other 50 percent from six or seven redirected outfall pipes now be concentrated and dumped in the bay at Sixth Street?Has the city budgeted for routine maintenance of the MTDs?Will the single outflow clog the area with sediment? Or will the rapid flow erode support around pilings?Will the rush of water create waves that would affect boats docked nearby? Will swimming still be safe? Crabbing?The presenter offered few answers or assurances to satisfy the property owners.Many asked if the city would consider locating the outfall pipes at the publicly owned Bayside Center on the 500 block of Bay Avenue, just a half-block away from the proposed outfall site.Donato said it would be possible for the city to revise permit applications and consider the possibility.center_img The single outfall point for drainage from a 30-block area would be on the bay at the end of Sixth Street under a plan shared Saturday at a town hall meeting in Ocean City.last_img read more

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Pruvé offers easy way to a Genoese

first_imgNew ready-prepared Genoese sheets from Pruvé can be used straight from the box.The 580mm x 375mm x 7mm sheets have applications in a variety of products including occasion cakes, tiramisu or anything needing instant layered Genoese.The sheets which have a six-month ambient shelf life are available in plain or chocolate varieties, and can be filled with jam, fruit or cream. They can even be cut into triangles, like savoury sandwiches, for an unusual twist on a teatime treat.last_img

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In the Rearview: Making up points in Pocono

first_imgLabonte-less Michigan? No driver has swept the season’s races at Michigan, the next stop on the Sprint Cup circuit, since Bobby Labonte all the way back in 1995. After 702 consecutive starts — the second-longest active streak and third all-time in NASCAR history — Labonte will be replaced in JTG/Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 Toyota with AJ Allmendinger next Sunday at Michigan. CHASE WATCH …Johnson now holds the largest championship lead he’s had all season. Amazingly, his 51-point advantage means he could essentially sit out a race and still maintain the lead.As for other movers, Sunday’s third-place finisherDale Earnhardt Jr. and three-time race winner Matt Kenseth swapped places in the standings. Earnhardt is now ranked fourth and Kenseth is sixth.Last week’s winner, Tony Stewart, continued a blazing run up the standings. His fourth-place effort moved him up another three positions, and he is now ranked 13th, only 17 points out of a guaranteed Chase berth in the top-10. Two races ago, he was winless and ranked 20th, more than 40 points out of the top-10.Conversely, a tire problem on the very last lap Sunday dropped one of the season’s quiet achievers, Paul Menard, three positions in the standings — from a promising ninth place to 12th.THEY SAID IT. …“I’m not a dad, but I feel very much like a proud dad today.”— Tony Stewart on his Stewart-Haas Racing team’s first double top-5 finish of the season. Stewart and teammate Ryan Newman were fourth and fifth, and it comes on the heels of Stewart’s victory last week.“They are 43-wide going into Turn One.’’–TNT analyst and former racer Kyle Petty joking about a late-race restart during the television broadcast.“He was gone from the first practice yesterday. It was his race to lose all weekend.”— Matt Kenseth talking about winner Jimmie Johnson’s dominant win.COMING UP. …Next up, the first test of the Gen-6 car in race conditions during the Quicken Loans 400 at the super-fast, super-smooth Michigan International Speedway two-mile oval.Nine different drivers have won the last 11 races there. Defending race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2008 and 2012) and Denny Hamlin (2010 and 2011) are the only multiple winners in that span.Biffle has three wins at Michigan, most recently in August, the last time the series raced there. IN THE REARVIEW. …Greg Biffle’s runner-up effort Sunday in the No. 16 3M Ford was only his second top-five on the season and his first top-10 since April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway.The good news for Biffle, however, is that with all the movement among the Chase contenders this week, it put him right back into the thick of things — a three-position improvement to 10th in the championship standings, the final guaranteed spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.“We’re not quite there yet,’’ Biffle said. “Clearly we’re not celebrating that we finished second today quite yet. …but definitely, this is a step in the right direction.  We certainly ran better here than we have all season, and certainly that’s a positive for us going into next week, hopefully continue to build on that.”TEAR DOWN …Learning curve: There has been plenty of intrigue and expectation for this year’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year class. Despite all of the credentials two-time Nationwide Series champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and former open-wheel star Danica Patrick bring to the rookie competition — plus the added interest of the two being in a romantic relationship — it’s been a tough year as far as the actual on-track results.It was no Party in the Poconos for Stenhouse or Patrick. He had the toughest points day of them all — his 26th-place finish in the race dropped him five positions to 20th. It was his second worst finish of the year (he was 40th at Texas in April). After a 29th-place finish at Pocono, Patrick is ranked 28th with only one top-10.Stenhouse has been the top-finishing rookie in 11 of the 14 races, including Sunday’s 26th-place effort at Pocono, although Patrick made international headlines winning the Coors Light Pole Award and finishing eighth in the season-opening Daytona 500. The standings continue to fluctuate every week and Pocono was no exceptioncenter_img FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos INSIDE THE NUMBERS. …1 — Number of cautions through the first 125 laps of the Party in the Poconos 400. 5 — Number of cautions in the final 28 laps.4 — Top-five finishes in the first four races of the season for Brad Keselowski. The reigning Sprint Cup champ has had only one (Dover) since. 11 — Drivers ranked in the top-12 after this Pocono race last year who qualified for the Chase.  128 — Laps Jimmie Johnson led Sunday, the most ever in his 23 Pocono starts.last_img read more

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How college rocked my world

first_imgWith their poems, essays, videos, and photographs, students helped launch the Transcript Project this year, reflecting on their academic paths with submissions that matched the variety of their experiences.Audrey Pettner ’21 of Fort Collins, Colo., focused on a first-semester seminar called “Money Matters,” which crossed disciplines in its examination of coins, while Amanda Flores ’18, an anthropology concentrator, submitted a poem with five stanzas, each written in a different language.“It was a good reminder about what it means to be in college,” said Pettner. “These next four years are going to be influential, but there is more to be gained from this time than what it says on my grades.”Pettner’s perspective reflects exactly why Robin Kelsey, Arts and Humanities dean and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, launched the project, inviting students to submit entries across three categories: read, hear, and see.“Harvard is already very good at recognizing students who receive top grades,” Kelsey said. “But we should do more to recognize the curiosity-driven intellectual journey that college is meant to be. The Transcript Project is a way for our undergraduates to affirm whatever adventurous spirit informed their time here.”Paul Lewis ’18 took a multimedia approach with his submission, sharing an essay, photos, and a video about the impact that global health courses, in particular “Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives,” had on his extracurricular life.“It was taught by Paul Farmer, Arthur Kleinman, Anne Becker, and Salmaan Keshavjee,” said Lewis, a neurobiology concentrator. “It was an inspiration, and I got to work with Professor Kleinman to restructure an organization I had started here to make sure the work I was doing was really centered and making an impact. The following year, I hosted our first Global Health Conference.”The Eliot House resident said the course led him to more global health courses, which, in turn, prompted him to plan a gap year in Japan upon graduation.,“I’m going to study end-of-life care,” he said. “All of the passion for understanding different cultures also stemmed from those classes. Knowledge for the purpose of knowledge can be nice, but it can have added benefits when it’s paired with out-of-classroom experience.”Kelsey convened a jury made up of Jonathan Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Memorial Church; Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value; Sarah Lewis, assistant professor of history of art and architecture and African and African American Studies; and Karthik Pandian, assistant professor of Visual and Environmental Studies.Pandian, who is completing his first year teaching at Harvard, said that submissions for the project brought to light “more narratives that might not necessarily otherwise receive attention.”“As a visual artist myself, the form of the submission seemed to be the most interesting lens through which to review the entries,” he said. “I was moved by Sarah Perlmutter ’19, who sent in photographs. Our lives are saturated with images, and it can be a difficult terrain to make something that distinguishes your vision in that field. She was really honoring what photography can achieve on its own terms.”In broader terms, he commended the students for honoring what the study of studio art calls “double movement,” or the process itself and the reflection.“Students feel they can take informed risks, but they also step back and can articulate what they and their peers are doing,” he said. “It’s in that double movement that a lot of learning happens. I think the students are entering a world where there is so much crossover. It’s great to see the faculty and our institution can embrace that cross-disciplinary interaction or exchange.”Flores, Lewis, Perlmutter, and Pettner were recognized along with the two other winners in the inaugural Transcript Project, Alana Davitt ’19 and Michelle Ko ’19, in a ceremony Tuesday in the Thompson Room.last_img read more

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Local health experts weigh in on cigarette single-use filter ban proposal

first_img(WBNG) — New York lawmakers are pushing to ban single-use filters found in most cigarettes with the “Tobacco Product Waste Reduction Act.” “The Surgeon General report actually suggested that single-use filters have actually caused more damage to cigarette users because these filters give the user the ability to breathe more heavily in, and internally, they’re getting those toxins deeper into their lungs,” said Kelly. Kelly says, depending on the environment, cigarette butts can take 18 months to 10 years to decompose and it does more harm to people’s lungs than how it was marketed toward smokers. While New York State waits to see what happens with this proposal, the Broome County Health Department says it offers free signage for Broome or Tioga County municipalities and businesses to make it a tobacco-free zone. The Broome County Health Department says the single-use filters in cigarettes and e-cigarettes has been causing more harm than good when it comes to your personal health and the environment. If the act were to be passed, it would prohibit the sale of cigarettes and e-cigarettes with the single-use filters. “Cigarette butts are the number one form of litter in the world,” said Broome County Public Health Educator, Laura Kelly. “The more they stay in our environment, the more they are leaching toxic chemicals into our waterways and our air.”last_img read more

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Gold Coast apartment makes the most of its ocean views

first_img5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.IMAGINE waking up to the sound of waves washing up onto the beach.This beachfront apartment on Albatross Ave promises a luxury lifestyle with five-star views.Spread over three levels with a north-east aspect, it has plenty of indoor and outdoor living spaces.On one floor, there is an open kitchen, dining and living area that flows out onto an east facing undercover balcony overlooking the ocean. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 It has an entertainment area with pool overlooking the ocean as well as a kitchenette.The property, which is owned by Rob Mathieson, is also a stone’s throw from Mermaid Beach’s popular cafes and restaurants.Mr Malan expected the apartment to draw a big crowd when it goes to auction next week.“We’ve got lots of interest in it,” he said. 5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.A bedroom, bathroom and second living area is at the other end of the apartment.Upstairs, there are three extra bedrooms, the main of which has a spa ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and balcony.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE: The ultimate tree house But it’s the top floor that marketing agent Conner Malan, of Ray White Broadbeach/Broadbeach Waters/Mermaid Waters, believed was the property’s best feature.“They’ve got that full rooftop terrace,” he said. Agent: Conner Malan and Rachael Coffey, Ray White Broadbeach/Broadbeach Waters, Mermaid Waters Features: Pool, rooftop entertainment terrace, multiple balconies, Caesarstone kitchen benchtops, travertine flooring, ducted airconditioning Area: 407sq m Auction: November 8, 5.30pm, onsite Inspections: By appointmentcenter_img 5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach. ON THE MARKET 5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach 5/79 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach.last_img read more

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Beach plans to drill exploration well in Otway

first_imgAn environment plan by Beach Energy’s subsidiary for drilling the Artisan exploration well in the Otway Basin offshore Australia is now under assessment with Australian regulator NOPSEMA. Ocean Onyx rig; Source: Diamond OffshoreLattice Energy, a subsidiary of Beach Energy, proposes to drill a single exploration well – with the option to suspend and develop pending reservoir analysis – in Commonwealth waters of the Otway Basin approximately 32 km off Victoria’s south-west coast.The Artisan-1 well is proposed to be drilled by a semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU). The 2013-built Ocean Onyx is currently proposed to undertake this drilling activity. The Ocean Onyx is a conventionally moored, non-self-propelled, column-stabilized semi-submersible MODU owned and operated by the Diamond Offshore.The proposed Artisan-1 well location is at a water depth of approximately 71 m. The operational area for the drilling program has been defined as a 2 km radius around the well whilst the MODU is moored on location. The 2 km radius encompasses both the outer extent of mooring equipment on the seabed, and the 500 m rig safety exclusion zone (RSEZ).The drilling activity is planned to start in 4Q 2019 or 1Q 2020 with drilling expected to take approximately 35 to 55 days, depending on the final work program and potential operational delays.VIC/P43The Artisan-1 well may be suspended for future production if commercial quantities of hydrocarbons are discovered. Any potential future production drilling of Artisan-1 well will be addressed under a separate Environment Plan (EP). Drilling and support operations will be conducted on a 24-hour basis for the duration of the program.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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