Press release: RAF Typhoon jets trial miniature missile decoy device

first_img Our ongoing partnership with Leonardo continues to drive vital research and development that leads to the kind of innovation demanded by our RAF today. The trials of BriteCloud on Typhoon demonstrates how we are constantly striving to find a technological edge and protect our service personnel. Wg Cdr Pete Ward, SO1 Typhoon said: The MOD invested £4.4-billion with industry in in the South-East in 2017/18, sustaining almost 27,000 jobs across the region. BriteCloud infographic. Crown CopyrightThe first Britecould trial with Typhoon aircraft took place in the UK in April. Thirty three BriteCloud 55 rounds were dispensed from aircraft flown by the RAF’s 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron against a range of threats designed to mirror those faced on the battlefield.Further trials are planned to ensure the decoy launches safely from the aircraft and to develop a range of operational uses for the technology on the battlefield, including adding the devices to military helicopters and C-130 Hercules aircraft. The Typhoon trials will also inform how such decoys could be used on the RAF’s Lightning stealth jets.Should the trials be succesful, the devices will be available for frontline aircrews by the end of 2019.Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said: Speaking at the Typhoon Ministerial Meeting in Germany, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced the beginning of a series of capability tests of BriteCloud, a drinks-can sized missile decoy to protect combat jets from the latest radar-guided missiles.BriteCloud uses powerful radar emissions to disrupt the targeting system within air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, drawing them away to a safe distance. The device can be fired from an aircraft flare dispenser without the need for modification to the aircraft.Designed and manufactured in Luton by Leonardo, the miniature decoy has been tested and released for the first time aboard the RAF’s fleet of Typhoon aircraft. The MOD has been working with Leonardo on the development of BriteCloud since 2012 and has so far invested £27-million in the system, with the project sustaining 50 jobs in Luton.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said:center_img The initial flight-trial of Bright-cloud from RAF Typhoon aircraft was a key milestone in moving closer towards a viable and extremely valuable capability for the warfighter; trials will now move to operational testing and validation before the initial operating capability is declared, planned at this time for later in 2019 Britecloud offers the RAF a powerful and cost-effective way to keep our pilots safer than ever on the frontline. These trials show UK industry is once again at the heart of defence innovation, providing our armed forces with state-of-the-art capabilities and creating high-tech jobs across the country.last_img read more

Warren Haynes Makes Surprise Appearance With Nigel Hall To Kick Off Jazz Fest Season [Watch]

first_imgThe Nigel Hall Experience kicked off the 2016 Jazz Fest late night season with a bang last night, playing at the New Orleans’ famed venue The Howlin’ Wolf with a strong set of funk and soul. The band got some very special guests throughout the night, including Terrence Higgins and the legendary Warren Haynes.Hall put together a special backing band of his regulars and in-town friends to help him get the party started, including Derwin “Big D” Perkins on guitar, Donnie Sundal on keys, Eric Vogel on bass, Jamison Ross on drums, Weedie Braimah on percussion, Brad Walker on sax and Eric “Benny” Bloom from Lettuce on trumpet. With that amount of firepower on his side, Hall was free to take some chances and use his powerfully soulful voice and keyboard wizardry to get the packed crowd bogeying up a storm.Mixing tracks from his recent debut solo record and a variety of other favorites, Hall and company took the time to stretch out and let each song develop into well-rounded, funky affairs. The buzz around the room was that a special guest was on the way, and a conspicuously open area onstage with a lone amp sitting unused had folks wondering if the rumors were true.  When Hall introduced his “Uncle,” Warren Haynes, the club exploded in cheers and applause.Watch exclusive video of Haynes and Higgins jamming “Chariot” from Terence Higgins’ album Rage Til Sunrise, with The Nigel Hall Experience, below:Thanks to a combination of the incredible talent that comes to town and the spirit of New Orleans itself Jazz Fest always seems to bring out the best in artists. Nigel Hall and the audience were all swept up an the inescapable wave of funk that left everyone in the room exhausted, but ready for more.  Luckily, there’s ten full days of musical mayhem to come.Setlist: Nigel Hall Band at the Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA – 4/21/16Set: Don’t Change, Gimmie A Sign, Ain’t It Funky Now, Running Away, I Can’t Stand The Rain, Before I Let Go, Too Sweet, Chariot*, Forever Always For Love, Luther, Never Gonna Let You Go, Can’t Hide Love, Back In Stride, Golden Time, Lay Away* = w/ Warren Haynes and Terrence HigginsBoukou Groove, made up of members of Nigel Hall’s backing band, opened the night up with a funky set of bluesy covers featuring some impressive guitar chops from Derwin Perkins.You never know what’s going to happen at an L4LM show! Take a look at our full Jazz Fest schedule to plan out your next late night rager! Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Luna Light Music Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

first_imgLuna Light Music & Arts Festival will be returning this fall, marking the fourth installation of the special late-season event at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland. Across its three previous years, the festival has pulled big-name bands such as Lettuce, Keller & The Keels, The Motet, Electron, The New Deal, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Papadosio, TAUK, Dopapod, Pink Talkig Fish, Particle, and the collaborative wonder that was last year’s headlining performance by Medeski, Martin, Benevento, & Russo. The festival, which offers a perfect blend of DJs and live bands from across the spectrum, has also seen the likes of Shpongle, Tipper, Michael Menert, Ott., Random Rab, Thriftworks, and other renowned DJs grace its stages since its inception in 2014.Today, Luna Light Music & Arts Festival dropped its 2017 line-up, and we’re stoked on the acts they’ve tapped thus far. The festival will fall from September 29th and 30th, with the option for early entry on Thursday, September 28th—just in time to see Emancipator, Wax Future, Face Plant, and Jizzy Fra perform during the evening before the first full day of the festival on Friday. Across Luna Light’s two full days, attendees can expect to catch performances from Cut/Copy, Shobaleader One, The Gaslamp Killer, Poolside, Com Truise, Nosaj Thing, Blockhead, Dan Deacon, Bottin, Cleopold, Tortoise, Damn Right, and many others. You can purchase general admission tickets here, get more information about the festival here, and watch Luna Light’s epic recap video from last year below.last_img read more

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Adds New Date With Phil Lesh, Sturgill Simpson, & More

first_imgWillie Nelson‘s travelling, multi-band music fest, Outlaw Music Festival, has added a new California date to the upcoming leg of their tour. On Sunday, October 21st, Nelson will be joined by Phil Lesh & Friends, Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid at the revered Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.As Willie Nelson notes in the announcement press release, “I’m excited to play the Bowl with my old pal, Phil Lesh,” says Willie Nelson. “I’m sure there will be some magical music moments for all the fans.”“From ‘Whiskey River’ to ‘Sugar Magnolia’ to ‘Breakers Roar,’ music fans are in for a real treat in hearing all the songs they know and love,” says Keith Wortman, co-creator of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour.Tickets for the Outlaw Music Festival’s new Hollywood Bowl date go on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 4th at 10 a.m. (PST) via Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, and through the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public from Wednesday, August 1st, at 10 a.m. (PST) through Friday, August 3rd, at 10 p.m. (PST). VIP packages including great seats and exclusive festival merchandise will be available. For more information on ticketing, head here.The late-summer/fall leg of the 2018 Outlaw Music Festival tour kicks off on Friday, September 7th, at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, with Willie, Lukas, Sturgill, Particle Kid, Van Morrison, Brandi Carlile, and The Commonheart. This leg of the tour will also feature appearances by Tedeschi Trucks Band, Terra Lightfoot, Greensky Bluegrass, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Neil Young, and more. For a full list of upcoming artist lineups and dates, see below. For more information, head to the Outlaw Music Festival website.Outlaw Music Festival Upcoming Tour Dates & Artist LineupsFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7BURGETTSTOWN, PA – KEYBANK PAVILIONWillie Nelson & FamilyVan MorrisonSturgill SimpsonBrandi CarlileLukas Nelson + Promise of the RealThe CommonheartParticle KidSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8HERSHEY, PA – HERSHEYPARK STADIUMWillie Nelson & FamilyVan MorrisonTedeschi Trucks BandSturgill SimpsonLukas Nelson + Promise of the RealParticle KidSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TORONTO, ON – BUDWEISER STADIUMWillie Nelson & FamilyTedeschi Trucks BandSturgill SimpsonTerra LightfootParticle KidFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14SCRANTON, PA – THE PAVILION AT MONTAGE MOUNTAINWillie Nelson & FamilyVan MorrisonTedeschi Trucks BandLukas Nelson + Promise of the RealParticle KidSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15CAMDEN, NJ – BB&T PAVILIONWillie Nelson & FamilyVan MorrisonTedeschi Trucks BandGreensky BluegrassLukas Nelson + Promise of the RealParticle KidSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16HOLMDEL, NJ – PNC BANK ARTS CENTERWillie Nelson & FamilyTedeschi Trucks BandSturgill SimpsonGreensky BluegrassLukas Nelson + Promise of the RealParticle KidFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21MANSFIELD, MA – XFINITY CENTERWillie Nelson & FamilySturgill SimpsonNathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsMargo PriceLukas Nelson + Promise of the RealParticle KidSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTERWillie Nelson & FamilyNeil Young + Promise of the RealSturgill SimpsonNathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsLukas Nelson + Promise of the RealParticle KidSUNDAY, OCTOBER 21LOS ANGELES, CA – HOLLYWOOD BOWLWillie Nelson & FamilyPhil Lesh & FriendsSturgill SimpsonMargo PriceLukas Nelson + Promise of the RealParticle KidView Tour Dates & Lineupslast_img read more

Earthwatch comes to Allston

first_imgOn a recent rainy afternoon in March, a dozen people gathered in Allston, bearing a plan to turn a warren of offices into the new world headquarters of Earthwatch Institute.As early as April 26, more than 50 staffers from the nonprofit environmental group will occupy 15,000 square feet of a Harvard-owned building at 114 Western Ave. The move from suburban Maynard, Mass., opens new possibilities for Earthwatch, one of the world’s leading citizen science organizations.The move will mean lectures, open houses, and other outreach to the Allston and Cambridge communities. To kick-start that involvement, Earthwatch will offer fellowships for three Allston teachers to participate in one of its 100 international expeditions.The move also will mean re-energized collaborations with Harvard faculty, expanding a research relationship that goes back almost to the group’s founding in 1971. (The original Earthwatch headquarters were in Watertown, Mass.)“We certainly want to have a public face,” said Earthwatch CEO Ed Wilson, a British-trained geographer and former military officer. The group’s research projects on climate change, oceans, ecosystems, endangered species, and other issues could translate into a public lecture series, he said, and could prompt environmental education programs benefiting schools in Allston, Brighton, and Cambridge.The lease agreement between Harvard and Earthwatch highlights the University’s continuing stewardship of its Allston properties and active engagement with the Allston community. Last year, President Drew Faust pledged “aggressive and effective leasing of vacant or partially vacant Harvard properties,” and other measures to improve community vitality.While its main mission spans the globe, Earthwatch already is involved in Greater Boston. Scores of Boston Public School teachers and students have participated in its expeditions in the past several years to promote science literacy and global citizenship. Bringing experiential science opportunities to students and teachers can help to reverse science literacy shortcomings that are endemic in the United States, said Wilson, and even “change the way magic happens in the classroom.”During his 12 years with Earthwatch, he has sampled some of that magic firsthand, digging for mammoth bones in the Gobi Desert, for instance, and catching snakes in the Tian Shan Mountains of Central Asia.As for Harvard, Wilson said that Earthwatch’s new Allston address will mean greater access for the University to a worldwide network of 1,000 scientists and to new opportunities for collaborative research, funding, and student involvement.Wilson, CEO for the last five years, wants to reach out to the Harvard Business School to discuss ways in which the nonprofit sector can engage its corporate counterpart in solving environmental problems. “The changes we want to see in the world,” said Wilson, “are not going to come from government.”Earthwatch depends on volunteers, philanthropists, and foundation and corporate partners to fulfill its mission. Noted as a top charity by the U.N. Global Compact for engaging the corporate sector, Earthwatch delivers unique programs, together with leading multinationals such as HSBC, Cadbury Schweppes, Starbucks, and Ernst & Young.He also hopes that Earthwatch’s “very effective experiential teaching model” will be of interest to the Harvard Graduate School of Education.The group, which has about 150 employees worldwide and an annual operating budget of more than $25 million, creates opportunities for 4,000 global volunteers a year who become short-term (one to three weeks) research assistants on scientific expeditions in more than 50 countries. Earthwatch also has offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan, as well as field offices in China, India, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Kenya.Since 1971, Earthwatch has sponsored about 3,000 expeditions, distributed about $80 million in research funding, and has attracted more than 100,000 citizen scientists.“You need hands, and eyes, and ears, people who can take photographs and take measurements,” said Earthwatch founder Brian A. Rosborough, who joined the tour of 114 Western Ave.These international volunteers represent about half the number of Peace Corps volunteers deployed each year. “Not big numbers,” said Rosborough, but numbers big enough to prompt “ripple effects” that change minds and change policy. “Problems owned are problems solved.”He mentioned a hypothetical trip to Greenland, where global warming could be causing drastic changes, and how witnesses returning home could testify to the severity of the problem.Wilson called the volunteer model a powerful engine for change. “You can have all the science in the world. You can have journals stacked up to the ceiling,” he said. “But if you’re not getting people involved, it’s not going to take hold.”Rosborough said his group’s “strong relationships” with Harvard go back to the 1970s. The group’s first four test projects in 1971 involved Smithsonian Institution geologists. But Harvard researchers soon signed on too, including the late Roger Revelle, the first scientist to study global warming and an early inspiration for Harvard graduate and former Vice President Al Gore, a leading advocate of climate protection.The first formal Earthwatch-Harvard collaboration came in 1973, involving Harvard astronomer Donald Menzel, who studied a total eclipse of the sun from Mauritania in western Africa.After the move to Allston, said Rosborough, “Our presumption is that Earthwatch will develop close alliances to the academic community.”At the center of these new Earthwatch-Harvard-community opportunities is 114 Western Ave., a modern and modest three-story building that once housed the offices of public broadcasting station WGBH.During the two-month renovation, tiny offices and gridlike corridors will be replaced by workspaces without walls. The second-floor layout will be similar to Earthwatch’s present headquarters in Maynard, said Wilson. “This kind of open structure helps create a sense of community.”Reconstruction will be minimal, as walls and old carpets are removed, said architect Jeffrey W. Brown to the visitors, since “a lot of this project is demolition.”A conference room lined with windows will open onto a dining area that, despite its compact size, was once a cafeteria that fed 600 WGBH employees daily.Skylights, in place already, will brighten the atrium. “We were keen to get as much daylight in here as possible,” said Brown, whose offices are in Watertown. “We’re trying to make the place look way open.”Rosborough peered into a small break room, and thought of the Earthwatch staff.“It’ll be fun,” he said of the new Allston space, alive with possibilities for collaborations with Harvard and its neighbors. “It’s a big move for us.”last_img read more

Storm blankets Midwest with heavy snow, travel disruptions

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A major winter storm blanketed parts of the middle of the country with snow that was forecast to continue into late Tuesday in some areas, disrupting traffic and closing some coronavirus testing sites. The National Weather Service said at least 4 inches of snow fell across most of an area stretching from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan. The weather service forecast the light snowfall that began around sunset Monday in northern Illinois was expected to get heavier overnight, accumulation totaling about three to six inches by early Tuesday. Snowfall in the area could total up to eight inches or more before it ends Tuesday evening.last_img

Students benefit from new bike-sharing program

first_imgThis year, LimeBike — a bike-sharing program introduced to campus by the administration and student government — will sweeten the ride at Notre Dame. The program, which operates in several different places across the country, aims to give students an affordable and sustainable mode of transport.The bikes are currently available in South Bend and on Notre Dame’s campus, and are coming soon to Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross. Patrons gain access to a bike by scanning a QR code on the bike with an app available to download to a smartphone. After doing so, students may ride the bikes anywhere in the given area — either South Bend or Notre Dame’s campus. Once they have reached their destination, a student would simply lock the bike and leave it wherever he or she is. After that, the bike is available for anyone to use.This easy accessibility and convenience is perfect for Notre Dame students, junior Caitlin Murphy, co-director of student life, said.“Student government is so excited to bring the LimeBikes to Notre Dame’s campus this year,” she said in an email. “I think they are perfect for our students as they are easily accessible, affordable and useful. I have been thrilled every time I’ve seen them being used around campus over the past week.”Junior Prathm Juneja, the student government chief of staff, said South Bend contacted the University as the city worked to implement LimeBikes.“I stayed in South Bend this summer working for the mayor’s office,” he said. “They were implementing LimeBike. I contacted the University, they said LimeBikes had contacted them and they handled it. They asked me about price and I negotiated a student discount.”The timing was fortuitous, as a student government committee had been crafting a bike-sharing proposal when LimeBike contacted the school, Juneja said. He noted that “a lot of credit” goes to administrative offices in the Main Building for the work they did to bring the program to campus. Juneja said the program has been off to a positive start.“In general, it has been a great start,” he said. “Students can take them wherever, and LimeBike handles maintenance, as well as picking up and dropping off bikes to even them out. All we had to do [was] give them the land.”However, Juneja also discussed several problems that are being looked at. He noted that some students don’t have smartphones, which makes it impossible for them to use the bikes. Given the expensiveness of smartphones, the requirement to own one to use the bikes defeats the affordability appeal. Proposed solutions include an alternative payment method or a voucher system. There are also security and abuse concerns, as there have been some reports that bikes have been thrown into the St. Joseph River and at least one was put into a tree on campus, Juneja said. However, stealing them is difficult because a security alert and alarm goes off on the bike if someone tries riding it without scanning it, and if unlocked bikes go missing, the company can see who the last user was. Regarding this issue, Juneja said Student Government hopes students “will do the right thing and treat the bikes well.”But, Juneja said, the future looks bright.“LimeBike seems to like us,” he said. “We’re really happy with the amount of people that are using it. We hope it continues and expands.”Tags: LimeBike, Student government, transportationlast_img read more

Holiday Inn Will Release a Cast Recording

first_imgCorbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer & Bryce Pinkham in ‘Holiday Inn'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments Star Files Related Shows Lora Lee Gayer Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musicalcenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Corbin Bleu This album will be easy to dance to! Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical will release a cast recording. Featuring the vocals of stars Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer and Bryce Pinkham, the Ghostlight Records album will be available on a spring 2017 date to be announced.Based off of the Oscar-winning 1942 film that starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, the Gordon Greenberg-helmed tuner is scheduled to run at Studio 54 through January 15.Pinkham takes on Crosby’s role as Jim, who, upon leaving the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut, quickly discovers life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. His luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda (Gayer); together, they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Christmas to the Fourth of July. Bleu follows in Astaire’s fancy footsteps as Ted, Jim’s best friend who tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood.In addition to Bleu, Gayer and Pinkham, the cast features Megan Lawrence, Megan Sikora and Danny Rutigliano. Bryce Pinkhamlast_img read more

Draft a strong social media policy: five core tenets

first_imgAccept the reality of social media and establish ground rules to outline proper employee use.The surging popularity of social media has made it imperative for credit union management to set expectations with employees on the permissibility of its use.Careless comments, shares, likes, or incorrect information can quickly and severely damage a credit union’s business and reputation. Potentially worse are ramifications from sharing members’ personal information on social media.While some missteps may be unavoidable, manage these risks by establishing a strong social media policy.Even if your credit union has no social media presence, your employees do. Banning employees from using social media is neither wise nor feasible—and with smartphone use exploding, traditional monitoring or blocking methods have become obsolete.You could end up limiting your ability to recruit and retain top talent. Plus, you’ll lose countless opportunities for employees to be your biggest advocate. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Fraud alert – Forged paystubs

first_imgWhile forging paystubs to obtain credit is not a new concept, I have a number of credit unions that have advised me of an alarming increase in the use of these phony documents to support employment and corresponding income. Historically, forged paystubs were more common for indirect automobile loans obtained via dealerships and assigned to the credit union. More recently, I am hearing more about forged paystubs being used to obtain credit card and unsecured loans as well.The best way to avoid falling victim to these scams is being aware that the use of these forged documents is commonplace as part of the loan application process. Being mindful of this type of fraud during the underwriting process will help you spot a fake paystub. Do all of the digits and decimal points line up? If not, you’re probably looking at a forged document. Programs like QuickBooks and Excel typically align in neat columns. Also, take a minute to do the math. If the numbers don’t add up, it is most certainly a fake.In cases where you suspect a forgery, of course, be certain to verify employment by calling the employer. Better yet, in cases where you are reviewing an applicant’s paystub, adopt a policy to do an employment verification across the board. Do not rely on the phone number provided on the paystub; attempt to get the business’ phone number from a third party source. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more