DCNS India Wins ‘Excellence in Indigenous Technology’ Award

first_img DCNS India Wins ‘Excellence in Indigenous Technology’ Award February 7, 2013 Industry news Share this article DCNS India set up a dedicated localisation programme as part of the transfer of technology (ToT) agreement with Indian naval shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) to build six DCNS-designed Scorpene submarines under the P75 contract. On February 6, DCNS India received the prestigious ‘Excellence in Indigenous Technology’ award at Aerospace and Defence Awards 2013 organised by SAP Media Worldwide in Bangalore.The award was presented by Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Director General of DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister in the presence of other senior government officials and delegates from top defence and aerospace companies.On receiving the award, Mr Bernard Buisson, Managing Director of DCNS India commented:“DCNS is deeply honoured and delighted to receive this prestigious award. We would like to thank the evaluation committee for acknowledging the genuine and deep localisation programme set up under the P75 contract. We remain committed to our localisation goals and to meeting the requirements of the Indian Navy and our partner MDL to expand our footprint in India and to participate in future programmes.”In 2005, Indian naval shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited forged a partnership with DCNS to produce six Scorpene submarines under the P75 contract, including transfer of technology (ToT) from DCNS to MDL. Since then, DCNS India’s localisation programme has consistently helped Indian partners to contribute to the P75 contract.The equipment covered by the P75 contract is highly specific due to the physical constraints under which submarines operate. As in France, local production follows DCNS’s strict quality standards to ensure optimal performance with maximum safety over the long term. All items are fully tested in India before delivery to MDL for integration, MDL being responsible for building the submarines.DCNS has delivered technical data packages to its Indian Partners and set up a 24/7 local assistance service to help Indian contractors to meet quality requirements and deliver on time. Through DCNS India and its support teams in France, DCNS:• trained over 50 Indian personnel at DCNS facilities in France for over a year (in 2012 and 2013)• is providing on-the-job training and technical support in India for a period of five years concerning manufacturing processes and quality control procedures.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 7, 2013; Image: DCNS View post tag: DCNS View post tag: wins View post tag: India View post tag: Excellencecenter_img View post tag: Indigenous Back to overview,Home naval-today DCNS India Wins ‘Excellence in Indigenous Technology’ Award View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Technology View post tag: News by topic View post tag: awardlast_img read more

Northrop Grumman Recognized for Post-Production Support Logistics

first_imgU.S. based Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Land and Maritime Supply Center recently acknowledged Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Post Production Support Center (PPSC) in St. Augustine, Fla., with a Recognition for Excellence Gold Award at a Nov. 15 ceremony.The DLA Land and Maritime Supply Center recognizes contractors and suppliers on an annual basis, with this year’s awards covering a timeframe of January 2012 to January 2013. The PPSC received its gold award for a perfect score of 100.“We were very excited to receive this award as we’re keenly focused on meeting our customers’ and the warfighters’ expectations,” said Andy Jessen, Northrop Grumman PPSC program manager. “This award reminds us how important our work is and motivates us to provide the best support for our customers.”The PPSC provides DLA and Naval Supply Systems Command with airframe spare parts and repair assets for the E-2C Hawkeye, EA-6B Prowler, A-10 Thunderbolt and C-2 Greyhound aircraft. The center submits more than 400 proposals and delivers more than 600 discrete parts annually to its customers.“This award recognizes our team as a leader in post-production support logistics,” said Jessen. “We have highly experienced and dedicated professionals who are mission focused and truly appreciate this award.”[mappress]Press Release, December 16, 2013; Image: Wikimedia Equipment & technology Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Northrop Grumman Recognized for Post-Production Support Logistics center_img Northrop Grumman Recognized for Post-Production Support Logistics December 16, 2013last_img read more

Flanders Hotel Swings into Spring

first_imgBy Tim KellyWith its restaurants, guest rooms, shops, spa, and a wide array of special events humming along, the Flanders Hotel, at 719 11th Street, sometimes resembles its own city.It’s especially evident this time of year.“That’s a good way of putting it,” said Director of Operations Peter Voudouris of the 95-year-old landmark. “We’re all that and more. We’re a full-service resort hotel with a 20,000-square-foot banquet hall. That’s what we are.”After a winter season of hosting holiday events, business meetings, weddings, award banquets and the like, the Flanders wasted no time hitting the warmer months running.“Easter was an absolute grand slam,” Voudouris said, referring to a high occupancy rate and a huge business in holiday meal functions. “We wound up serving 915 meals.Mother’s Day on May 12 is expected to be another big day, with a goal of serving 750 meals.However, mom’s special day also means a big uptick in business at the Shoppes at the Flanders, which offers clothing, accessories and jewelry, and visits to Divine Images Salon and Spa.“We expect to be very busy again, (on Mother’s Day) and it is going to be truly special,” Voudouris promised.If the Flanders is a small city within a city, Peter Voudouris, director of operations, is its mayor.On Saturday, May 11, there will be a special “pre-Mother’s Day” High Tea at 1 p.m. that will include special menu choices and desserts, and a gift for every mom in attendance.Mother’s Day will feature a brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A buffet will include an omelet station and wide range of other breakfast items and pastries. There will also be choices of hot and cold soups and a variety of salads.A carving station will be serving up roasted turkey and roasted strip loin of beef. As for entrees, how does a choice of seared chicken breast, seared salmon and Lobster Sacchetti sound?There can’t be mothers without the kids, and the small ones are not forgotten with their own children’s menu.Attendees are advised to save room for the pie a la mode and dessert station.For more information and reservations, visit www.theflandershotel.com or call 609-399-1000.Once Voudouris and his staff make it through Mother’s Day, they will be gearing up for the traditional Memorial Day arrival of the bulk of Ocean City’s seasonal visitors.“We’re doing something different at Emily’s Ocean Room this season,” he said. “Each night will have its own specialty night for dinner.”Voudouris said every Sunday, Monday and Thursday night will offer all-you-can-eat crab legs. Tuesday is Prime Rib Night, Wednesday is Family Night, with kids eating for free, and Friday and Saturday will be Steak and Seafood Night.One of the Flanders’ luxury suites.Many visitors also book rooms at the hotel for Mother’s Day and make the Flanders a one-stop destination to celebrate the holiday. Even locals sometimes choose this option, allowing the Flanders professionals to ensure a perfect event for mom.Those who do stay also enjoy such amenities as a gym-fitness center, business center, coffee shop and more.Of course, the Flanders lobby is an attraction in its own right, with dozens of historic works of art and pieces of authentic Ocean City memorabilia.Voudouris will be the first to admit to a bit of prejudicial thinking on this topic, and who can blame him?“It’s a great place,” he said, “to fulfill all your vacation and holiday plans and to build great memories.” The iconic Flanders Hotel set to open its new “Supper Club 1923.” (Photos courtesy Flanders Hotel)last_img read more

Packaging watch

first_imgThe Village Bakery in Melmerby, Cumbria, has announced that it will package its bread range in biodegradable and compostable bags.Lindsay Williams, Village Bakery marketing manager, said: “Our entire range is organic and we are working hard to make all our cardboard packaging recycled and recyclable, so we are delighted to now have compostable bread bags.”It is a big step forward and will have a positive environmental effect,” she added.According to the organic bakery, the new bread packaging is made from Mater-bi film that will break down to carbon dioxide, water and organic humus with no toxic residue.All of the Village Bakery packaging is currently being revamped. The new bread packaging communicates to customers that the bread bags are compostable while giving the range a fresh new look.”The new bags will have greater on-shelf presence and will bring the bread bags in line with the rest of the new look,” Williams added.Two new breads will also be added to the company’s range: Honey and Sunflower Bread and Spelt Bread.The Village Bakery in Melmerby produces a range of cakes, biscuits and breads. Products are baked using renewable energy and all cardboard packaging is recycled and recyclable.According to the company, the boxes it uses are printed on 95% recycled board and the remaining 5% is made up of virgin fibres, which are sourced from a mill that supports responsible forest management.last_img read more

Heaping contradiction upon contradiction

first_imgThe government is being urged to move away from the ’nudge’ approach of encouraging the population to change their eating habits (see News), to the traditional ’kick up the backside’ of days of yore i.e. regulation and wrist-slapping.In light of this, Stop the Week offers a timely reminder that when it comes to questions of public health, nobody really has a clue. While The Daily Mail (unintentionally, of course) highlights the daily contradictions in nutrition science far better than we could hope to emulate, here are some examples from the last two weeks.Too much salt will kill youFrom The Archives of Internal Medicine comes a new report that suggests people with a high-sodium, low-potassium diet are 50% more likely to suffer death from any cause, and are almost twice as at risk from heart disease. The study, which warns against high sodium foods like breads and pastries, adds that consumption of high potassium foods like potatoes and citrus fruits may offset heart risks.”This study provides further evidence to support current public health recommendations to reduce sodium levels in processed foods,” said Elena Kuklina, a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and Harvard University. An alternative interpretation is ’eat more chips’.Not enough salt will kill youIn the same week, the American Journal of Hypertension claimed that moderate reduction in salt intake does not reduce the risk of heart problems or premature death. The University of Exeter reviewed seven scientific studies on the subject, covering adults with high blood pressure who had reduced salt intake in their diets.No clear link was found between cutting salt and reducing the chances of premature death from heart disease or other ailments. One study actually pointed to a much higher incidence of death from a reduced sodium diet.Lack of sleep causes obesityNot getting enough sleep can lead to a higher risk of obesity, ran the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The New York Obesity Research Center’s researchers found that people who survived on just four hours’ sleep would eat 300 more calories in a day, after four days of deprived sleep, especially from sat fats.Sleeping in causes obesityThe International Journal of Obesity reported that those of us skipping breakfast are more at risk of obesity. The University of Hong Kong found that the body mass index (BMI) among Chinese children who skipped was higher than brekkie munchers.Aaargh, who to believe???last_img read more

More than 250,000 Hoosiers may need help paying rent

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Google+ Facebook By Photos public domain [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons INDIANAPOLIS — Affordable housing has become a major concern for many families during the pandemic.Governor Holcomb signed an order Thursday extending Indiana’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to June 30. However, according to the Hoosier Housing Coalition, the extension is only delaying an inevitable struggle, reports WTHI.The group issued recommendations for housing security response, including halting evictions until July 25.An estimated 258,782 Indiana renters will need assistance from May through September, according to figures from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.This means more than 186,000 Hoosiers will still need rental assistance in June 2021. More than 250,000 Hoosiers may need help paying rent By Network Indiana – May 27, 2020 1 520 Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleState of Michigan expands COVID-19 testingNext articleIndiana Dunes crowds described as “overwhelming” during holiday weekend Network Indianalast_img read more

Bassnectar, MGMT, SZA Highlight New Orleans’ Buku Music + Art Project [Photos]

first_imgNew Orleans’ Buku Music + Art Project didn’t go as smoothly as its organizers would have liked, which is a shame because most of the issues weren’t their fault. After all, there’s not much you can do when three of the acts you booked—including rising young rapper Lil Uzi Vert—simply refuse to show up. There’s also not much you can do when your Friday night headliner (in this case, Atlanta rap superstars Migos) takes the stage half an hour late and delivers an underwhelming 25-minute set.No, all you can really do is dwell on the things that didn’t go wrong, and also maybe think twice about booking disrespectful young mumble rappers next time around. Fortunately for Buku, plenty of things went exactly as they were supposed to, and most fans left the growing EDM and hip-hop festival in good spirits despite the few setbacks.One set that went over very well was that of Saturday night’s big headliner, Bassnectar. Buku marked the pioneering DJ and producer’s first performance in the Big Easy since 2015, when he last held down the top-billing at the very same festival. Bassnectar’s combination of wobbly, almost psychedelic bass textures and skittish “drum and bass” breakdowns drew what was undoubtedly the largest crowd of the weekend to Buku’s newly-expanded main stage area, sending thousands of fans into a frenzy every time the music changed course. Decibally speaking, the show took things to a pretty high level, garnering noise complaints from exasperated New Orleanians on the other side of the Mississippi River.Other acts on the bill at Buku included alternative R&B artist SZA, who delivered one of the weekend’s more interesting displays of pop music until she was forced to cut her set a few minutes short due to an ankle injury, and psych-rockers MGMT, who offered up a solid mix of new material and old favorites from their 2007 breakthrough album Oracular Spectacular. Of course, Buku lived up to its reputation by featuring some of the most popular acts in electronic music, with well-attended sets from Rezz, Borgore, Alison Wonderland, Ganja White Night/Boogie T, Mura Masa, and Porter Robinson, who appeared under his new Virtual Self moniker. Hip-hop and indie-pop also got their due, as Isaiah Rashad, Noname, Sylvan Esso, and Little Dragon brought their sounds to the fest.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Marissa Altazan.Buku Music + Art Project | Mardi Gras World | New Orleans, LA | 3/9-10/18 | Photos: Marissa Altazan Photo: Marissa Altazan Load remaining imageslast_img read more

John Mayer Pens Heartfelt Tribute To Jerry Garcia Ahead Of Tonight’s Dead & Company Tour Opener

first_imgDead & Company, the retooled continuation of the Grateful Dead featuring original members Bob Weir, Billy Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart and new additions John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti, is preparing to open its summer tour tonight. Entering its fourth year as an ensemble after coming together in fall 2015, the group seems to have truly settled into its lineup, opening up, taking more risks, and getting looser in its improvisations.Late last night, ahead of tonight’s tour opener at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, John Mayer posted a heartfelt note to his Instagram account, expressing his love for the Grateful Dead and his respect for its founding fathers. “I wish I was going to a Grateful Dead concert tomorrow. I wish I was dancing with my friends while we listened to Jerry and the band play,” he wrote. “But it’s the honor of a lifetime to convert my love for this music into the further telling of this beautiful, timeless story with some of its brilliant authors.” Read the full note, followed by lyrics from “Lady With A Fan”, the opening segment of Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter-penned opus, “Terrapin Station”, which Mayer typically sings with Dead & Co:The night before a new Dead&Co tour is always deeply felt. I wish I was going to a Grateful Dead concert tomorrow. I wish I was dancing with my friends while we listened to Jerry and the band play. But it’s the honor of a lifetime to convert my love for this music into the further telling of this beautiful, timeless story with some of its brilliant authors. I’m like anyone else who was ever moved by this music, who was discovered by it, and not the other way around. My love for the Grateful Dead is immense, but not extraordinary. I am in that crowd, just represented from the stage. And I think of Jerry Garcia and his intentions with every song we play. I’m only there so that on my best of nights, you might get to him.———“The storyteller makes no choicesoon you will not hear his voicehis job is to shed lightand not to master”♥Tonight, Dead & Company will kick off its highly anticipated summer tour with a performance at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, before hitting a two-night stand at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey, on June 1st and 2nd. From there, the group will begin their summer tour in earnest, with an extensive listing of dates that span through July 13th and 14th, when the band will hit Folsom Field for their annual two-night run in Boulder, Colorado. Additionally, each ticket bought for an upcoming Dead & Company show this tour will unlock an audio recording of the show.In celebration of the beginning of Dead & Company’s annual summer tour, nugs.tv will broadcast the entirety of the group’s Xfinity Center show on tonight, May 30th, for free. The free webcast begins at 7 p.m. ET. Tune in this tonight, May 30th, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the start of Dead & Company’s summer tour, and we’ll see you out there!And if you haven’t already, check out John Mayer’s latest music video for “New Light” here.last_img read more

‘Stay engaged’ to aid global health

first_imgThe U.S. needs to remain an active leader in addressing global health problems, both for its own sake and for that of populations around the world, according to speakers at a Harvard symposium Thursday, who also urged new strategies to boost those broad-based efforts.“We need to stay engaged,” said Michael H. Merson, the Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health and Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Affairs at Duke University, the keynote speaker at a forum at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health held as part of Worldwide Week at Harvard.“The health and well-being of other countries affects the health, safety, and economic security of Americans,” said Merson, summarizing one conclusion of a new national report he helped create on the nation’s role in global health. “Taking a more proactive and systematic approach will make the U.S. government’s global health enterprise more efficient and cost-effective.”The forum was cosponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School’s Department of Global Health and Population, the Harvard Global Health Institute, and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.In welcoming remarks, Wafaie Fawzi, chair of the Department of Global Health and Population, noted the progress that has been made in addressing international health, including the rise in life expectancy attributable to such factors as investments in new vaccines and drugs.“But there are also many notable threats that face us today,” he said, “from the unfinished agenda addressing undernutrition and maternal child deaths, particularly in Africa, to the rising tide [of noncommunicable diseases] globally and the challenges associated with urbanization, population increases, and climate change.”The panel included Ashish Jha (from left) and Paul Farmer. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerMerson, who served on a committee that wrote the global health report for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, was introduced by Mark Elliott, vice provost of international affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History. Merson said the report lists four priority issues: achieving global health security, addressing threats from communicable diseases, saving and improving the lives of women and children, and promoting cardiovascular health and preventing cancer.Outbreaks of communicable diseases such as Ebola and cholera in the last decade constitute a key global health security issue, the report found.“What the committee was most concerned about … was an influenza outbreak, a new mutant strain to which there is absolutely no antibody in the world. I don’t know what’s going to happen. This is just to tell you that we’re sure there’s going to be a ‘next,’” said Merson, whose committee said the U.S. needs “a new international response framework for public health emergencies.”Regarding communicable diseases, Merson said that progress has been made against AIDS and malaria, but that tuberculosis has been “essentially neglected.” Along with continued AIDS funding, his group recommends “that a global assessment be made and that a new plan be developed if we are going to get serious about TB,” Merson said.The committee urged continued investment in programs to enhance the health of women and children, and a new approach that seeks to ensure that people not only survive but thrive through better nutrition, education, and other supportive efforts, Merson said.To combat noncommunicable ailments such as cardiovascular disease, the group called for prioritizing “what’s doable now at a reasonable cost, and that can be done globally, and the obvious one for us was high blood pressure.” He said the group believes that focusing on behavioral factors such as smoking and alcohol use is also key.Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, said that addressing global health completely requires dealing with such larger issues as poverty, inequality, and the “fraying of society” that is reflected in the violence and mass migration occurring in so many nations.Berkman said one path to solutions is to have governments incorporate public health into all their policies, from labor to transportation to education. “We need to think about what’s going to lift people at the bottom, not just lifting people at the top,” she said.Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard, said today’s health planners need to avoid the mistakes of colonial medicine, which emphasized prevention and control over clinical care.He said the U.S. global anti-AIDS program has succeeded because it integrates “prevention and care aggressively in a transnational way.”Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said the U.S. investment in global technologies has been a significant contributor to international health, but that the U.S. also needs to share its expertise in systems thinking and institutional capacity.With issues such as climate change emerging as key public health concerns as well, he said that global health needs to be addressed now in a more multidisciplinary way. “We have to have a much broader and a much bigger tent in terms of who we invite into the global health community,” Jha said.last_img read more

Introducing the VUG – The VCE User Group

first_imgToday, communication is instant and information is ubiquitous, making it both easy and challenging for IT professionals to stay on top of the best business practices for converged infrastructure. How does an IT professional efficiently filter through the noise to discover the key informational nuggets without getting overwhelmed?  How does an IT department with only one or two people gain the same experience and knowledge as a large organization? A thriving user group can provide that essential value.I’m excited to introduce the new VCE User Group (VUG), a fully independent entity of VCE customers and partners strategically aligned to increase the value of the VCE Experience.  A thriving user group is vital for helping customers and partners build relationships with their peers, exchange knowledge and challenge conventions with productive and creative ideas. Establishing an independent VCE User Group is an important milestone for VCE, further validating customer demand for converged infrastructure with the need for an independent forum of VCE practitioners that can actively influence industry direction.“Independent user groups as a concept have been around for many years, but their importance has increased alongside the pace of technology.  For customers, user groups are an essential mechanism for gaining access to proven, successful strategies that help ensure maximum efficiency and optimal return from their IT deployments.  Active user communities act as an invaluable collective customer voice—giving them a competitive advantage on customer needs and emerging trends” – Victor Bohnert, Executive Director of VUG and Executive Director of the VMware User Group, a $10M organization with more than 100,000 members globally.ShareThe VCE User Group has existed in some form since 2011, when a group of Vblock System owners and operators sat down to discuss their successful deployments as well as how VCE and its users could work together to drive more transformational IT value. Over the past year the VCE User Group has accelerated its growth and momentum to become a truly independent – for users, by users – organization dedicated to maximizing the benefits of VCE products and solutions for its members.The focus of the VUG is to add value to members by facilitating meetings where experts can share best practices for deploying and operating VCE products and solutions.  Experts can explore new ideas, and newcomers can build their knowledge base and professional network.  With this strong community of people discussing and sharing ideas, best practices can bubble up for everyone’s benefit.  We know that VCE products and solutions help customers get the most out of their converged infrastructures, and now the VUG can help VCE customers and partners get even more out of their Vblock System investments.For the first time, the VUG will meet as its own independent entity at VMworld on Monday, Aug. 25 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. PT. The event will feature a moderated customer panel discussion, titled: “Automation, How Much?” then the VCE Vision Intelligent Operations team will explain how VCE Vision helps enable Vblock Systems automation.“To join the VCE User Group (VUG) or learn more, please visit: www.vceusergroup.comSharelast_img read more