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The Netherlands: Sigma Class Frigate Finishes Sea Trials

first_img View post tag: Navy The Netherlands: Sigma Class Frigate Finishes Sea Trials View post tag: trials View post tag: the Industry news View post tag: Sigma View post tag: finishes Back to overview,Home naval-today The Netherlands: Sigma Class Frigate Finishes Sea Trials The 105 mtrs long SIGMA class frigate, built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the Royal Moroccan Navy, left Vlissingen on the 6th of May for her sea acceptance trials in the North Sea, right on schedule as agreed in the contract.During the SAT, an extensive program will be carried out in which the platform as well as the sensor weapons and communications suite will be tested.The second frigate of 98 mtrs is scheduled for sea trials at the end of 2011 as the third frigate, also 98 mtrs, is still under construction at the Damen yard in Vlissingen, to be launched in September this year.SIGMAThe three SIGMA-class frigates for the Royal Moroccan Navy have been designed according to Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s revolutionary SIGMA-approach and are a further development of the SIGMA-corvettes for the Indonesian Navy. The SIGMA approach applies modularity in many areas.The Moroccan SIGMA Class frigates equipped to conduct the traditional naval tasks as well as maritime security operations. The vessels are also suited to support humanitarian aid operations.[mappress]SSource: DamenNaval, May 12, 2011. View post tag: Netherlands View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Frigate View post tag: sea Share this article May 12, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: classlast_img read more

Dell Precision is your virtual ticket to Austin City Limits Festival

first_imgWant to watch Austin City Limits (ACL) this September 16-18, 2011 in Austin but have no ticket? No problem! Dell Precision workstations are powering the YouTube livestream that will broadcast acts from the two main stages. The broadcast times have been posted on ACL’s YouTube page, so just follow this link and you’ll be all set.Just as our workstations powered live and recorded video feeds of the 20th Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August, Dell technology will once again help connect people to things that matter most to them.You can read up on how exactly the production team, C3 Presents, and their video team, Arts + Labor, are using the technology here, but here’s a brief rundown:Four different stages will be streamed live to viewers at home.There are 3 – 4 cameras per stage with one switcher that will send video feeds over HD-SDI to two express cards / Matrox MXO2 capture devices to two Dell Precision M4600 mobile workstations.There will be additional videographers around the festival capturing video of the fans, backstage interviews with musicians and other live shots. They will return the raw footage, stored on memory cards, to the “video village” and then load it onto the workstations via integrated memory card readers.The mobile workstations with AMD FirePro M5950 graphic cards will capture all of the footage that will then be stored on the Dell Precision T7500.One Dell Precision T5500 tower workstation with AMD FirePro V5900 will be used for editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects and the other T5500 will stream back to YouTube.Two Dell UltraSharp U2410 monitors will be paired with each T5500 to provide pixel perfect color and reproduction of the footage and large screen real estate to make editing easy.The new video editing workflow with Dell Precision workstations and Adobe Premiere software has enabled quicker turnaround time because there is no encoding, decoding or rendering and they can stream raw camera footage off the timeline. This saves C3 and Arts+Labor an enormous amount of time on input and output – approximately 40% time vs. working with Apple Macs and Final Cut Pro.We’re really excited to bring creative professionals the power and technology requirements they are demanding. You may remember U2 used Dell Precision to power live and recorded video on the seven-story screen used in U2’s 360 degree tour. And it’s a two way street – we listened to our customers and have introduced the first mobile workstation with over 1 TB of SATA3 SSD storage.  People are excited about that, just check out the coverage on Engadget, AnandTech, Develop, V3, and Hot Hardware, to name a few.Keep an eye out for more Dell Precision workstations in the creative field and let us know where you spot them in the comments below!last_img read more

2018 Student Government Elections Insider

first_imgLauren Weldon, Ben Padanilam and Emma Farnan | The Observer Observer Editorial: The Observer endorses McGavick-GayheartStudent body presidential candidates: Gates McGavick and Corey GayheartStudent body presidential candidates: Alex Kruszewski and Julia DunbarStudent body presidential candidates: Andrew Gannon and Mark MoranStudent body presidential candidates debate policy, initiative before electionTags: 2018 Student Government Elections Insider, endorsement, Notre Dame Student Government, student body presidential candidates, Student governmentlast_img read more

Two New COVID-19 Cases Reported Tuesday, Recoveries Continue To Increase

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) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Tuesday, as the number of recoveries continue to climb countywide.  Health officials say the new cases involve two men, one in his 60s and a another in his 80s.There is now a total of 77 confirmed cases, with 21 active.There are now two hospitalized cases of COVID-19, that number down two from Monday. Nine more patients have recovered from the virus, bringing the recovery total to 52.There are still 254 people that remain under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director and are being monitored. Officials say not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting test results, or have risk factors.last_img read more

Tuck Everlasting Sets Broadway Closing Date

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 ‘Tuck Everlasting'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Sadly this new tuner has proven the opposite of everlasting on the Great White Way. After receiving little Tony love, Tuck Everlasting, starring Broadway favorites Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Carolee Carmello, is set to shutter on May 29, 2016. At time of the closing, the production will have played just 28 previews and 39 regular performances at the Broadhurst Theatre. The show officially opened on April 26.Featuring music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, Tuck Everlasting is based on the 1975 children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt. It follows a young girl and her friendship with Jesse Tuck and his family, who become immortal after drinking from an enchanted spring. The story has twice been adapted for the screen.In addition to Keenan-Bolger and Carmello as Jesse and Ma Tuck, respectively, the Casey Nicholaw-helmed production features newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster, Robert Lenzi as Miles, Terrence Mann as Man in the Yellow Suit, Michael Park as Angus, Fred Applegate as Constable Joe, Valerie Wright as Betsy Foster and Michael Wartella as customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.center_img Tuck Everlasting View Commentslast_img read more

Model Farms.

first_imgScientists in Tifton, Ga., hope a new project will reveal economical ways to prevent water quality problems related to animal farming in Georgia.Animal production is a major industry in Georgia. And it keeps growing. But due to the concentrated amount of waste produced on confined-animal farms, maintaining water quality around these farms is a growing concern, too.Researchers with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will focus on poultry and hog farms in the Suwannee River Watershed in south central Georgia.The research and findings, though, could be used as a model for other regions, said Richard Lowrance, a USDA ecologist. A watershed is the entire land area that drains into a river. The project will study the Alapaha, Little and Withlachoochee rivers, the headwaters of the Suwannee River. This includes 2.6 million acres in all or parts of 19 Georgia counties.”With this project, we’ll be able to find out what’s going on in the watershed as far as animal production,” Lowrance said. “Then (we can) determine best-management practices farmers can use to avoid any (water quality) problems in the future.”Improperly managed animal farms can expose watersheds to fecal matter. This waste can carry disease-causing pathogens or choke streams with excess nutrients and bacteria.Map, research, spread it aroundScientists will work with area farmers to map and inventory animal farms. Then they’ll study the characteristics of the watershed and see how the two are related, or not related, Lowrance said.With more animals being raised on smaller parcels of land, farmers will have to use innovative ways to handle the waste, said Glen Harris, an agronomist with the UGA Extension Service.For example, the poultry industry keeps expanding, adding $12 billion a year to the state’s economy. Georgia is the fourth largest poultry-producing region in the world.Harris said the project will show farmers and other area stakeholders, such as landowners and recreational users, the value of management practices such as:* Setting up buffer zones around waterways.* Using chicken litter to fertilize farm crops.* Planting cover crops to prevent erosion.Further research, he said, will study the effectiveness of the better management practices.Research will also find out how much of an increase in animal production, if any, the area can safely handle in the future.A $323,000 grant will fund the project as part of Georgia’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program. This program supports the study and prevention of pollution that comes from scattered, undeterminable (nonpoint) sources.To learn more about the Animal Production & Water Quality project in the Suwannee River Watershed, call Andrea Milton at (229) 386-3377. Or e-mail her at [email protected] Photo: UGA CAEScenter_img A new animal water quality project will clean up Georgia’s Suwannee River basin. But the research can be used as a model for the state.last_img read more

3 Shirley Armed Home Invasion Suspects Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three men have been arrested for an alleged armed home invasion in Shirley in which two victims were assaulted last week, Suffolk County police said.Cyle Brown, 28, of Bellport; 30-year-old Christopher Parrish of Mastic Beach and 31-year-old Daiquan Bland, who is homeless, were each charged with first-degree burglary.Police said the trio forced their way into a Commack Road home, flashed what appeared to be a gun and stole property from two victims, who were injured shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday.The suspects fled the scene but were apprehended about an hour later. The victims were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.The trio are being held on $20,000 bail. They are due back in court Tuesday.last_img read more

Vestal restaurant offers a ‘worry free’ Easter meal

first_imgAssistant General Manager Ashley Tortora told 12 News it’s meals like this that can be comforting for people, especially right now. Outside of the traditional ham, the dinner included brown sugar carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy, and the restaurant’s homemade bread. Tortora emphasized Coppertop Tavern’s commitment to support Broome County during the COVID-19 pandemic explaining that the restaurant has been donating meals to local police departments and emergency responders. “A lot of us can’t be with our families today, and it’s hard enough to go to the grocery store and feel safe so you can come in, get your meal worry-free then go home and enjoy it,” she said.center_img VESTAL (WBNG) — The Coppertop Tavern in Vestal had Easter dinner taken care of for anyone who didn’t feel like cooking on Sunday. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

Complexity of pension fund strategies increases legal risk – consultants

first_imgThe increasing complexity of pension fund strategies and the merging of advisory and implementation roles is introducing greater risk of disputes with clients and even legal liability, according to some of Europe’s leading pension consultants.At the same time, the need for more bespoke, scheme-specific solutions is improving the competitive landscape for consulting, especially in the UK, where the market is both highly important to the pensions industry and highly concentrated in the ‘big three’ of Mercer, Towers Watson and Aon Hewitt.The opinions come from the latest annual survey of consultants conducted for the regular special report that appears in the March 2015 issue of IPE.The report looks into these questions in greater depth, and contains further comment from the survey on regulation of the industry across Europe. Not all consultants perceive there to have been an increase in disputes and misunderstandings as a result of the growing complexity of pension fund management, but even those who do not see a problem, such as Lukas Riesen, a partner at PPCmetrics, Martijn Euverman, a partner at Sprenkels & Verschuren, and Stephen McCourt, managing principal at Meketa Investment Group, recognise the importance of a “clear understanding of expectations, obligations, guidelines, goals and visions” to maintaining a “cohesive relationship”.As Euverman put it: “It is our philosophy to reduce complexity, keep it simple and be to-the-point. This also helps us in preventing misunderstandings.”Others strike a much more cautious note.“The risk of misunderstanding increases with complexity and tight timelines for decisions,” said Tim Giles, partner at Aon Hewitt.Alex Koriath, head of UK pensions practice at Cambridge Associates, agreed that “risks have increased” as pension funds have adopted more complex strategies such as LDI or investing in private markets.“Successful outcomes from these strategies require closer and clearly defined working relationships between investment consultants, lawyers, other advisers and the scheme’s trustees,” he said.“Without a clear implementation plan that is fully understood by all parties, complex strategies that look good on paper can become a nightmare in terms of additional costs and implementation errors.”Great complexity of solutions has often led to the recommendation of more delegated governance approaches such as implemented consulting and fiduciary management, and some respondents pointed to this as a potential source of dispute risk.“I do think the risks have increased, in that lots of consultants are also managing clients’ money,” said Patrick McCoy, a partner at KPMG.“This is a completely different task, and, if clients go down this route, they should be very careful how the contract is negotiated.”Pascal Duval, chief executive of EMEA at Russell Investments, said that, as the lines between advice and execution had “blurred”, investors’ expectations for how responsive their advisers could be to changeable markets increased unrealistically, not least because the change in governance approach had often been adopted precisely to cut back decision-making time.“It’s been a frustration for many that advice has not been rapidly executed, and that advisers have not taken full accountability for that,” he said.“In fact, the dominant driver of poor returns, poor outcomes and increased pension deficits has become ‘implementation leakage’. It starts from inadequate governance at investors’ level first, and goes down the food chain from advisers to managers.”The trend for fiduciary management and other delegated governance structures also came up when consultants operating in the UK were asked to comment on the state of competition in their market.Trustees should re-evaluate their current investment consultant on a regular basis and consider third-party overseers, said McCourt at Meketa, especially in the light of the “shift in focus by some large UK pension consultants to act as asset managers and develop investment products”. McCourt added that “specialisation” in advisory services would help to stimulate competition from smaller consultants – and these themes of the positive impact on competition of increasing scrutiny under fiduciary management arrangements, and the growing demand for bespoke solutions, was echoed by other respondents.“From what we see, the level of competition is healthy and growing,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, director in investment consulting at Redington.“As pension funds have moved from a generic ‘asset-only’ to a specific asset-liability context over the last decade, we have seen a greater demand for an approach that is more customised to the client’s individual situation – it’s funding objectives, its covenant, its capacity for risk. “This has led to clients seeking a consultant that is the best fit for them, rather than just one of the largest firms, leading to a level ground from a competitive perspective. The other factor is the innovation in technology, both ALM processing and the software and tools offered to clients that a number of consultancies now offer.”Nonetheless some, such as McCoy at KPMG, still think pension fund trustees “tolerate poor service and quality of advice for too long before undertaking a review”, and even some who see improvement in market competition, such as Koriath at Cambridge Associates, report trustees saying that “it is hard to get a good overview of the adviser market and the strengths and weaknesses of the different competitors”.More views from the survey, as well as in-depth analysis of both these contentious issues, can be found in the latest edition of IPElast_img read more

Two-thirds of Dutch pensions still at risk of cuts

first_imgUnderfunded schemes included the €396bn civil service scheme ABP and the €189bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, which reported a policy funding of 99.3% and 96.7%, respectively, at the end of the third quarter.At the time, the €68bn metal scheme PMT and its €46bn sister metal pension fund PME said their coverage ratios stood at 98.9% and 98.4%, respectively.Pension funds that have had a funding shortfall for five consecutive years can no longer postpone rights cuts. For most schemes with continued underfunding, discounts will be inevitable in 2020 or 2021.Since a significant drop in coverage ratios last year – largely due to falling interest rates – funding of Dutch pension funds has gradually increased, due to a combination of rising interest rates and improving stock markets.Earlier this week, pension consultants Mercer and Aon Hewitt said that pension funds’ policy funding had increased to 105% on average during the course of October.In other news, DNB said it would also start publishing pension funds’ allocations to equities, property, hedge funds and commodities, as well as how much interest rate risk they have hedged.It said it would also report the level of “contribution coverage” for each pension fund, which indicates whether the premiums are sufficient to cover new pensions accrual.DNB already publishes a range of data relating to pension funds, including: assets; costs of administration; asset management costs; transaction charges; nominal, real and required coverage; and quarterly returns. Two-thirds of Dutch workers and pensioners are still at risk of future rights cuts despite steadily improving coverage ratios, newly released figures from supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) show.The regulator said that during the last quarter the schemes’ “policy funding” ratio – the average coverage over the past 12 months, and the main criterion for rights discounts and indexation – had risen 2.6 percentage points to 104.5%.The legally required minimum funding is approximately 104.2% for most pension funds.However, the watchdog also noted that 63 pension funds – with 3.7m active participants and 2.1m pensioners – were still short of the required minimum. This amounted to 29% of all schemes, but 68% of active members and 65% of pensioners.last_img read more