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QinetiQ Tests Dstl’s Defence Sensor System

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first_img View post tag: Defence QinetiQ Tests Dstl’s Defence Sensor System Authorities View post tag: QinetiQ QinetiQ has been awarded a contract by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to carry out additional research into generating quality situational awareness to enable the coordination of the defence of a vessel against the surface threat posed by small boats. Back to overview,Home naval-today QinetiQ Tests Dstl’s Defence Sensor System View post tag: News by topic View post tag: europe View post tag: Naval View post tag: system View post tag: Dstl Dstl has a developed a proof of concept sensor system for the detection of small boat threat. Under this contract, QinetiQ Command Information Systems Services will now develop a containerised experiment facility for Dstl, incorporating some of its own technology, to enable a demonstration of the system and its capabilities at sea. The demonstrator will integrate all relevant on-board sensors and show how information can be most effectively presented to command to allow them to make informed decisions and coordinate a response to an identified threat.This work builds on research already delivered by QinetiQ on co-ordinating defence against the small boat threat and will increase the technology readiness level of the proof of principle concepts previously funded by Dstl through the Centre for Defence Enterprise.“This work is aimed at understanding how data can be most effectively presented to the operator to aid situation awareness and combat the small boat threat. We selected QinetiQ because they are able to bring together knowledge of sensor technology, experience in the discipline of human factors and a systems engineering approach,” said Philip Smith, Affordable Maritime Presence Programme Manager at Dstl.“This is the second contract we have been awarded by Dstl which focuses on the threat posed by small boats to large vessels. This contract plays very much to our strengths in that we will be combining our extensive system, sensor and technical capabilities with our knowledge and understanding of human factors,” said Sarah Kenny, Managing Director for the Maritime business at QinetiQ.[mappress]Press Release, September 02, 2014; Image: QinetiQ View post tag: Sensor View post tag: Navy September 2, 2014 View post tag: Tests Share this articlelast_img read more

Privacy Row Rages On

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first_imgThe civil liberties organisation, Big Brother Watch, has re-issued its calls for Oxford City Council to scrap its plan to introduce CCTV audio-enabled cameras into taxicabs in the city.The plans were due to be implemented by April 2015, but there has been fresh opposition to them in light of a recent court ruling. A judge at Southampton Crown Court stated that, “it was not reasonably necessary to install audio cameras on a permanent basis in all taxis in Southampton.” Paragraph 71 of the ruling in the case of Southampton City Council versus Kevin May stated, “The condition does not correspond to a pressing social need, is not proportionate to the legitimate aim pursued and is not necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country.”Following this judgment, the Director of Big Brother Watch, Nick Pickles, wrote to Oxford City Council, urging them to “abandon this invasive and unlawful policy without delay.” He commented, “I have written highlighting this ruling because the policy it lays out is very clear – such plans are unlawful, disproportionate and a clear violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”He went on to add that it would be “reckless for the Council to pursue such a policy, when it would clearly leave them open to legal challenges, as has been the case in Southampton. In times of spending constraints, this would needlessly put taxpayers’ money at risk.”Oxford City Council claimed when the proposals were first made that they were concerned solely with the safety of both taxi drivers and passengers, following alleged assaults, mainly arising from arguments about fares in the city.The Council’s plans have provoked mixed reactions amongst the student population in Oxford. One second year Geography student reflected, “Although they are run by private firms, taxis are, to a certain extent, a public entity – so if the installation of CCTV cameras increases safety, I can’t see that it’s a bad thing. What are people trying to hide?”However, a second year Law student disagreed, saying, “It seems to me that there is little evidence to support the council’s plans; and now that this ruling has taken place in Southampton, it could set a precedent for similar cases, which might leave Oxford City Council in a tricky situation.’A spokesman for Oxford City Council said that, in light of the developments, “We need to take the time to consider the ruling before we can make any decision regarding plans to introduce CCTV in taxis.”last_img read more

OUSU pronoun policy story revealed to be fake

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first_imgThe Sunday Times yesterday claimed that Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) had released a leaflet that “told” students to use ‘ze’ as a gender neutral pronoun in place of ‘he’ and ‘she’, however OUSU deny that any such leaflet was ever released.OUSU assert that they would never insist on students using the term and that their policy has only ever been to encourage students to declare their chosen pronoun when they speak at OUSU meetings.In a statement, OUSU said, “As far as we’re aware, the information which has been published is incorrect. We have not produced a leaflet implying that all students must use ‘ze’ pronouns to refer to others, or indeed to themselves.“We would also like to clearly state that we would never tell anyone to use ‘ze’ pronouns instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’ if ‘he’ or ‘she’ is the pronoun someone wishes to use. That would be misgendering and would likely have the biggest impact on individuals (ie, some trans students) who may already be struggling to get people to use ‘he’ or ‘she’ for them. It would be totally counterproductive.”Sunday Times Education Editor Sian Griffiths told Cherwell that the main source was an OUSU policy document published in June of 2016, which merely states that in OUSU meetings one should identify one’s preferred pronoun. The document makes no reference to ‘ze’ at any point.The story was soon picked up by range of national and international media organisations including The Daily Mail, Russia Today, The Huffington Post, and The Times of India, who themselves provided no sources for the story. The articles provoked a storm of angry comments bemoaning “special snowflake” students and “PC gone mad”. One commentator on The Times article wrote of OUSU, “They are a bunch of teenage lefties whom no-one has ever taken seriously,  and that they should be given such publicity for their usual infantilism is bizarre.”Another on the MailOnline declared, “The lunatics are taking over the asylum.”This follows weeks of debate about the rise of so called ‘fake news’, stories that are either exaggerated or totally made up in order to attract greater clicks and a corresponding increase in advertising revenue. Media commentators have expressed their worry that fake news will play into the prejudices of those on both sides of the political spectrum, contributing to polarisation and damaging rational dialogue.The Sunday Times has been contacted for comment, as well as The Daily Mail, Russia Today, The Huffington Post, and The Times of India.last_img read more

Press release: UK Government response to recent loss of life in Yemen

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first_imgA UK government spokesperson said: The government expresses serious concern at the tragic loss of life in Yemen over the last month. In the first two weeks of August alone, over 400 Yemenis lost their lives, including young children, and many more continue to face egregious violations of their basic human rights. We are also deeply concerned by the tragic incidents of 2 August, 9 August, and 23 August in which so many Yemenis were killed. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims. We welcome the speed of the investigation into the incident of 9 August, and the Coalition’s announcement of regret and action to address the recommendations of that investigation. We are reviewing the investigation’s conclusions. We welcome the Coalition’s announcement of an investigation into the incident of 23 August and encourage the publication of the outcomes of this investigation as soon as possible. We also call for clarification of the circumstances around the incident of 2 August. The government condemns the attacks against Red Sea shipping, and regular missile attacks against Saudi Arabia which have been launched by the Houthis with Iranian support. These attacks have targeted residential areas and shown no regard for civilian life. Coalition countries have a legitimate right to defend their own territory. The UK urges all parties to the conflict to do everything possible to protect innocent civilians and to demonstrate their commitment to International Humanitarian Law. This conflict began following a seizure of power in some parts of Yemen by the Houthis, forcing out the legitimate government from these areas. The urgency now is for everyone to enable and support the UN-sponsored political process beginning with talks in Geneva on 6 September. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Email [email protected] Media enquiriescenter_img Further information Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists last_img read more

River Cottage Deli earns permanent premises at ExCeL

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first_imgHugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Deli has opened a permanent site at London’s ExCeL, following a successful pop-up earlier this year.The deli opened up at the start of the month and is part of ExCeL’s £15m investment to deliver a modern vision of venues.The menu, which has been designed in partnership with the River Cottage team and is prepared by the ExCeL Hospitality chefs, includes fresh sandwiches and a hot counter offering homemade focaccia and baps filled with merguez meatballs, treacle-cured beef and beetroot pakoras. Steven Lamb from River Cottage said: “Sharing our passion for sustainable food integrity and the consumption of local, seasonal organic produce is what underpins the River Cottage experience.“We are delighted to open the new Deli at ExCeL London and create and share our values with visitors while giving them a little taste of the original River Cottage.”Kevin Watson, director of catering at ExCeL London Hospitality, commented: “River Cottage combines our knowledge and expertise of creating bespoke organic and sustainable food concepts to create truly special experiences.”River Cottage Deli gives ExCeL visitors an opportunity to enjoy homemade, sustainable and organic dishes, made using local, seasonal produce for which the influential Devon-based restaurant is renowned.last_img read more

Watch 13-Year-Old Brandon ‘Taz’ Neiderauer Shred Like Hendrix On ‘Star Spangled Banner’

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first_imgGuitar prodigy Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer is the busiest 13-year-old you know. Along with a constant stream of sit-ins with the likes of Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, George Clinton, Gary Clark Jr., The Neville Brothers, The Nth Power, Twiddle and more, TAZ currently plays Zach in the Tony-nominated Broadway production School of Rock: The Musical, impressively covering lead acting and guitar playing duties.In celebration of Independence Day, School of Rock has posted a video of TAZ (rocking a red white and blue bandana) shredding a solo rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix’s iconic sunrise performance of the national anthem at Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969.Check out the video of Brandon’s “Star Spangled Banner,” as well as Jimi’s version, below: Happy Fourth of July!last_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Announce 2018 “New Year’s stEve” Theme

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first_imgBaltimore-based jam quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has announced the theme for their upcoming 2018-2019 New Year’s Eve celebration. On December 31st, the band’s show at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA is billed as a special “New Year’s stEve” performance, with the art indicating a full-on tribute to the incredible Stevie Wonder. The show will follow three nights on the road to close out a successful 2018.On December 27th and 28th, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will begin their New Years 2018 run in Nashville, Tennessee at The Basement East. Midnight North will serve as support on the first night in Nashville, while Magic Beans will join the party on night two. PPPP and Magic Beans will stick together through the remainder of the run, hitting the Madison Theatre in Covington, Kentucky before heading to Pittsburgh, PA to close out the year. Unlike the band’s Halloween run, during which they maintained their “Red Hot Sgt. Peppers” theme throughout the run, the “New Year’s stEve” theme is reserved for those who choose to ring in 2019 with the band on 12/31. Tickets are still available for purchase here.Find a full list of upcoming Pigeons Playing Ping Pong dates below, including the recently announced May 3rd and 4th, 2019 performances with The String Cheese Incident at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.For more information on Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website here.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Tour Dates:11/23 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live %11/24 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live <11/29 – 12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club @11/30 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club < 12/1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club>12/12 – 12/16 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Holidaze12/27 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East &12/28 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East **12/29 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater **12/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE **1/24 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony *1/25 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony *1/26 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre1/30 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater ^1/31 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa2/1 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel ^2/2 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre ^2/5 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House ^2/6 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall2/7 – Orlando, FL – The Social ^2/8 – Tampa Bay, FL – The Orpheum2/9 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room2/13 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House *2/14 – Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird *2/15 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall2/16 – Grand Rapids, MI – he Intersection *5/2 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre !5/3 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras World Ballroom #5/4 – New Orleans, LA – Mardi Gras World Ballroom #% w/ lespecial< w/ Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers > w/ [email protected] w/ Goose** w/ The Magic Beans& w/ Midnight North* w/ Mungion^ w/ The Fritz! w/ Twiddle & Kitchen Dwellers# w/ The String Cheese IncidentView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Marvin Kalb warns against military strategy that inconsistently seeks approval of Congress

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first_img Read Full Story The founding director of the Shorenstein Center and Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Marvin Kalb spoke to the Shorenstein Center about the war powers of U.S. presidents and how the lack of congressional support has impacted military policy.Drawing on the example of Vietnam, Kalb argued that “the word ‘commitment,’ when uttered by a president of the United States, almost becomes policy.” President Truman’s attitude toward Vietnam “changed dramatically” during his term, said Kalb. At first he didn’t see Vietnam as a threat, but by the end of his presidency, Vietnam was “within the national security interests of the United States.” Regarding Korea, Truman, who years before said that “if he ever had to send American troops anywhere in the world, it would only be with the approval of the U.S. Congress,” bypassed Congress and instead sought approval from the U.N. for war with Korea. The threat of communism advancing into the free world was such a direct threat, Kalb pointed out, that action was needed immediately.This pattern of keeping Congress out of the approval process on military action continued through the presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, up to present day, Kalb said. But the pattern was disrupted with the recent development in Syria, he said, when after making statements about a U.S. strike, Obama instead went to Congress to seek approval.Listen to the audio on SoundCloudlast_img read more

Fashion and Technology at the Crossroads

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first_imgDesigning things as a reflection of our personality is by far nothing new in the fashion industry. Here’s a unique combination: traditional Bavarian outfits with colorful African print fabrics. The first Dirndl à l’Africaine that my sister Marie Darouiche designed was the starting point for our label NOH NEE, which is Swahili for “gift of god.” We base our ideas on the classic style of the dirndl of the 1950s, while our fabrics feature wax prints from Ghana and reflect the unique colors of Africa. It is how we envision combining these colors. I don’t think that it’s only our collections that tie together two vastly different cultures in an exciting way. Fashion and technology can also be an unbeatable team. Basically, my sole tool here in Munich is my Dell XPS 13 notebook. It’s the ideal portable computer for me: When we discuss a collection, the displayed images radiate the colors of our fabrics as vividly and colorfully as they would in nature. I can communicate via conference call with my team, some of whom work in other parts of the world while maintaining absolute flexibility over where I work. The XPS 13 is extremely practical and easy to carry anywhere. The borderless display maximizes the screen size. It’s something you wouldn’t expect from a notebook of this size. I definitely don’t need an additional monitor.Dell Technologies provided us with a second XPS 13 for our Project Justine. Every year we travel to Africa to find new fabrics for our creations. Nevertheless, we also wanted to make a difference locally and contribute to a fair and transparent production chain and better working conditions. With further support, we have created an educational and meeting place in Benin, West Africa, according to the “train the trainer” principle. Young people will be trained and educated there, and they can then pass on what they have learned to others. Justine, the project’s namesake, has earned a degree in tailoring and completed her master craftswoman training with us during several stays in Munich. The project started with training as a tailor, with further disciplines to follow. We make it possible for the tailors to secure a livelihood through the sale of the products in Germany.I am just as proud of a project that we are currently planning with the support of the non-profit organization Engagement Global, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. If everything goes according to plan, we want to organize a youth exchange program next year and invite young people from Benin to Germany so they can pursue an internship or attend training, thus granting them prospects for the future.It is important for us to empower women and young people, in particular, with NOH NEE and to enable them to lead a more self-determined life. These two notebooks from Dell Technologies are a great help for us.last_img read more

International students adjust to life at Notre Dame

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first_imgFor most Notre Dame students, leaving home for college means adjusting to independent living, a Midwestern twang and colder weather. For about 900 international students, however, the transition is far more abrupt. Freshman Rena Multaputri said the close-knit community at Notre Dame made leaving Indonesia more manageable. “I went to a Mass in the Basilica on my first day here at Notre Dame and I saw people hugging each other during mass and singing the Alma Mater proudly at the end of it,” Multaputri said. “It opened my eyes to the tight community that the University has to offer, and I am grateful to be a part of it.” Multaputri said she had always had a desire to study away from home. “I had always known I was going to pursue my education somewhere else outside Indonesia because my family had always put importance on education for both me and my sister,” Multaputri said. “After I got my acceptance letter, I tried to find more information about Notre Dame and the other schools that I got accepted into … the more that I knew about Notre Dame, the stronger my desire to come here.” Though she plans on working in the U.S. immediately after graduation, Multaputri said she plans on eventually ending up back in Indonesia. “I have never put much thought on what I am going to do after I graduate, but most probably I will stay for a few years to find some working experience and then go back to Indonesia after that,” Multaputri said. Sophomore Pedro Suarez, originally from Brazil, said his greatest challenge was adjusting to American food. “It’s a cultural thing. We’d sit down for long dinners and long lunches,” he said. “I eat really slowly because at home I’m used to meals being events that bring people together, but here it’s so different: people just eat fast, whenever it’s convenient.” Suarez said though he loves the community at Notre Dame, he misses his close-knit family in Brazil. “People in Brazil are very attached to their families … My friends are all living with their families as they’re going to college and to them it’s a very alien notion to think of living on their own, doing their own laundry and getting their own food,” Suarez said. “I think it’s hard for a lot of Brazilians to study abroad because of their attachments to their families, regardless of what opportunities may have presented themselves.” Although American life is vastly different from what he was accustomed to, Suarez said the move was not too difficult. “I’ve always grown up in a fairly American environment, I even went to an American school,” Suarez said. “It was still weird to transition from primarily talking in Portuguese to talking in only English, but I got used to it pretty quickly.” Junior Jonathan Faubert said the language change was a formidable adjustment, but one he was well prepared for. “I’ve been to so many different countries that I don’t really get culture shock anymore,” Faubert said. “I’m used to living in different places, and meeting different people in different environments … so for me the differences between Mexico and Notre Dame were not a huge shock.” Faubert said the Notre Dame fascination with football seemed alien to him at first. “[On the Hesburgh Scholars Weekend] they gave us private tours of all the facilities on campus … we actually saw Brian Kelly’s first practice,” Faubert said. “We all thought, ‘This is fun,’ but we didn’t understand why it was such a big deal … now I get it.” Junior Nathalia Conte Silvestre said she immediately adopted the football obsession. “The football culture is so awesome … to a degree it’s the same as soccer back home,” Conte Silvestre said. Other elements of the Notre Dame experience also made her feel at home, Conte Silvestre said. “The religious appeal and how very accepting of faith in the students are is very appealing to me,” Conte Silvestre said. Conte Silvestre said she chose Notre Dame because it afforded her the greatest degree of academic flexibility. “I chose Notre Dame – and going to college in the States in general – because there is no liberal arts higher education in Brazil, and because I had a good idea of what I wanted to do with my life but wasn’t totally sure,” Conte Silvestre said. “The possibility of coming here as one major but still being able to explore other fields attracted me to Notre Dame … I was an [architecture student] first semester and then fell in love with design here.” The sense of community on campus was equally important, Conte Silvestre said. “I’m so attached to my family, and if I had gone to a school that didn’t have such a community feel like Notre Dame I wouldn’t have been able to survive,” Conte Silvestre said.last_img read more