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DARPA, US Navy to Set Up Fab Lab at MARMC

first_img View post tag: Fab Lab Authorities Share this article February 13, 2015 DARPA, US Navy to Set Up Fab Lab at MARMC View post tag: News by topic DARPA and the US Navy recently agreed to locate a fabrication laboratory, or Fab Lab, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) in Norfolk, Virginia, under DARPA’s Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach Two (MENTOR2) program.The goal of MENTOR2 is to reduce logistics supply chain costs and boost defense readiness by improving training and tools for operating, maintaining and adapting complex military equipment in low-tech environments—for example, repairing unmanned aerial vehicles in austere locations or fixing ship systems at sea. Some machine shops and fabrication capabilities exist aboard ships and in deployed areas, but these facilities provide only a fraction of the components needed for deployed operations—largely due to limited access to the adaptive manufacturing technology and comprehensive design expertise needed for in-theater fabrication. MENTOR2 aims to provide troops advanced tools and training, so they can rapidly design and fabricate needed components on the spot.Fab Labs are design and fabrication shops outfitted with modern digital tools and equipment—such as laser cutters, routers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters for flexible circuit boards and digital design tools that use open-source software. DARPA is establishing the Navy’s customized Fab Lab through the Fab Foundation.Navy leaders at MARMC said they foresee significant benefits from having modern training and tools on hand for ship maintenance and repair.The Fab Lab installation and initial operation is expected in April.[mappress mapid=”15122″]Image: BAE Norfolk Systems Ship Repair View post tag: MARMC View post tag: Set Up View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: DARPA Back to overview,Home naval-today DARPA, US Navy to Set Up Fab Lab at MARMC View post tag: US Navy View post tag: americaslast_img read more

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Turfgrass Field Day

first_imgThe University of Georgia Turfgrass Research Field Day is set for Thursday, Aug. 9, on the UGA Griffin campus.UGA Cooperative Extension specialists and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences scientists will provide updates on their latest research about the diseases, insects and weeds that affect Georgia turfgrasses. Most presentations will take place on the plots where the research is being conducted.Registration will start at 8 a.m. The program will begin at 8:50 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. The morning session, from 9:15-11:30 a.m., will also be offered in Spanish.Displays and demonstrations of the latest turfgrass industry equipment will also be on site from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Afternoon self-guided tours will begin at 1:15 p.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m., after a catered barbecue lunch.Georgia Pesticide License Credit hours will be available for categories 10, 21, 24, 27 and 32. Pesticide recertification credits will also be available for Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.The registration fee — $65 before July 17 and $80 after — covers the day’s presentations, a detailed program booklet and a barbecue lunch. Four or more people who register as a group qualify for a 10-percent discount, and students can attend for $25 ($30 after July 17).Register by:Calling the UGA-Griffin Office of Continuing Education at 770-229-3477.Mailing the fee to the Office of Continuing Education, University of Georgia Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, Georgia 30223.Going online to www.GeorgiaTurf.com.Faxing the form to 770-233-6180.Visiting the UGA-Griffin continuing education campus.last_img read more

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Pope marks ‘Easter of solitude’ in virus lockdown

first_imgPope Francis offered a prayer for coronavirus victims in an unprecedented livestream Easter Sunday message delivered from a hauntingly empty Vatican to a world under lockdown.The 83-year-old pontiff spoke softly at a solemn ceremony attended by just a handful of priests and a small choir that was spaced out across the expansive marble floor of Saint Peter’s Basilica.The pandemic raging outsides the Vatican’s locked gates has killed more than 109,000 people and left billions confined to their homes. The pope’s message was livestreamed for the first time — a bow to technology in the face of a new illness that has changed the shape of society and altered the way religion is observed.”For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,” he said. A handful of priests and a few faithful also gathered at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City — locked down like the Vatican — to say prayers at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected on Easter.The majority of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics were in forced confinement as the pope spoke and almost all of the world’s churches were shut on Christianity’ holiest day. ‘Not a time for division’The pope pleaded with the world’s leaders to put aside their political differences and call back their armies during a global health emergency of a magnitude not seen in 100 years.”This is not a time for division,” Francis said.”May Christ enlighten all who have responsibility in conflicts, that they may have the courage to support the appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.”He said health considerations required world powers to ease crippling economic sanctions imposed against their adversaries — a possible reference to those weighing over pandemic-hit Iran.”In light of the present circumstances, may international sanctions be relaxed, since these make it difficult for countries on which they have been imposed to provide adequate support to their citizens,” Francis said.He called for a “reduction, if not the forgiveness, of the debt burdening the balance sheets of the poorest nations” and for European nations to show the same “solidarity” they did in the wake of World War II.”After the Second World War, this beloved continent was able to rise again,” he said.”The European Union is presently facing an epochal challenge, on which will depend not only its future but that of the whole world.”And he offered a prayer for those killed and those mourning the victims of a disease that spread from China to Europe in February and has now encircled the world.”Today my thoughts turn in the first place to the many who have been directly affected by the coronavirus: the sick, those who have died and family members who mourn the loss of their loved ones, to whom, in some cases, they were unable even to bid a final farewell,” he said.Religious improvisationThe pope’s virtual Easter Sunday message was the most vivid example of religious improvisation in the age of social distancing and confinement.The faithful have already followed his advice and found creative solutions.The archbishop of Panama took to the air and blessed his tiny Central American nation from a helicopter.The faithful in Spain blasted religious music from their balconies during Holy Week.Easter Sunday itself saw some faithful leave wreaths of flowers outside of the locked doors of churches from where festive processions had departed in previous years in the southwestern Spanish city of Seville.A parish near the Philippines’ capital Manila pasted the empty pews with family photos that the faithful had emailed to the priest. The Orthodox Church in Greece is planning to hold mass behind closed doors for its Easter on April 19.Jews across the world did their best by using Zoom or other video-conferencing apps to “seder-in-place” when the eight-day Passover holiday started on Wednesday evening.State television in Lebanon broadcast mass under lockdown from an empty church north of Beirut.Catholics in neighbouring Syria — where celebrations had continued in Christian quarters of Damascus despite years of agonising war — stayed home this time because of the virus, but many watched a Facebook Live celebration by the country’s patriarch.Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told a live mass broadcast that the southeast Asian country’s Roman Catholic Church had forgiven suicide bombers behind attacks that killed at least 279 people last Easter.”We offered love to the enemies who tried to destroy us,” he said.Westminster Abbey in London is following the trend by releasing Easter podcasts for the faithful of the Anglican Church.And priests at France’s Roman Catholic shrine in the southwestern town of Lourdes were relaying nine consecutive days of prayers on Sunday by Facebook Live and YouTube.’Saints next door’The lockdown forced the pope to improvise throughout Holy Week.In previous years he had observed Holy Thursday service marking Christ’s last supper by washing the feet of 12 inmates on the outskirts of Rome.The virus made that impossible this year.Francis instead said a prayer for the dozens of priests and health workers who have died across Italy while attending to the sick.”They are the saints next door, the priests who gave their lives by serving,” Francis said.He invited five nurses and doctors to accompany him for the Good Friday processions in order to highlight their profession’s sacrifices over the past month.Francis himself has reportedly been tested twice for COVID-19 since coming down with a cold at the end of February.Topics :last_img read more

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German pension liabilities jump by 7% in wake of Brexit, study shows

first_imgFunding across German corporate pension plans has declined significantly over the second quarter, as Willis Towers Watson (WTW) blamed the impact of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) policies and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.According to the consultancy’s German Pension Finance Watch estimates, pension assets across Germany’s DAX and MDAX stock markets remained broadly stable over the second quarter, standing at €237bn at the end of June across all DAX companies.However, liabilities rose by 7% as a result of a 42-basis-point drop in the actuarial discount rate, to 1.7%, since March – meaning the discount rate has fallen 0.7 percentage points since December last year.Thomas Jasper, the consultancy’s head of retirement for Western Europe, said: “This decline can be traced, for one, to the interest rate policies implemented by the European Central Bank and the US Federal Reserve but also to the increasing interest in safe haven assets. “The widening of the ECB’s quantitative easing and the market turbulence triggered in the wake of Brexit has seen interest in AA bonds, crucial for determining interest rates, increase further.”Despite the market turbulence outlined by Jasper, the consultancy estimated assets within DAX occupational schemes rose to €237bn at the end of June, an increase of 0.7%, while the pension assets of MDAX companies remained stable at €27.8bn.As a result of the 7% increase in liabilities, WTW further estimated funding across DAX occupational schemes now stood at 55.3% – down by 3.5 percentage points compared with March, while MAX companies saw funding decline by 2.7 percentage points.The fall in funding levels comes only a few months after the German government amended the discount rate, or Rechnungszins, dictated within the HGB, the country’s accounting law, to allow for rates to be smoothed over a 10-year period to offer the occupational pensions sector some relief in light of ever-lower interest rates.last_img read more

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Two face drug charges after missing person probe

first_imgLaurel, In. — A missing person investigation resulted in the arrest of two people and the seizure of eight ounces of marijuana.On August 20 the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department began looking for Brandi Wall, 49, of Laurel, who had been missing for more than a day. The investigation led police to the home of Daryl Murrell, 54, in the 200 block of Commerce Street in Laurel where Wall was located. When Murrell became combative with officers they requested, and were granted a search warrant.During the search police found eight ounces of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.Murrell has been charged with dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, disorderly conduct, battery on a police officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia with a prior conviction. Wall has been charged with dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, visiting a common nuisance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Both were taken to the Franklin County Security Center.last_img read more

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Victor Moses reveals most important manager of his career

first_imgFormer Super Eagles forward Victor Moses has praised the influence of Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte on his career. Victor Moses has praised the influence of Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte on his career The pair first worked together at Chelsea in 2016 where Moses played a key role in the Blues’ title-winning campaign during the Italian coach’s debut Premier League season. While Conte was sacked by the west London club in 2018 following a fifth-placed finish in the English top-flight, the Italian was hired as Inter Milan’s new coach at the start of this season and opted to bring in Moses to Serie A on loan in January. Conte and Moses also worked together at Chelsea where they won the Premier League in 2017 Speaking about reuniting with Conte once again, Moses said: ‘It’s an honour to link up once again with an important figure in my career. ‘He is my mentor and friend. I have played under a lot of managers and I’ve loved every single one of them. The most important one was Antonio Conte. ‘At Chelsea he just came in and changed everything. He is an amazing man; he totally changed my game to be honest.’ When Conte arrived at Stamford Bridge nearly four years ago, Moses’ career was stagnating following three uninspiring loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham. After a difficult start to the 2016-17 league season, Conte switched Chelsea’s set-up to a 3-4-3 formation, bring in Moses as a first-choice wing-back option on the right-hand side. The Blues ended up lifting the Premier League at the end of the season, largely helped by a run of 13 consecutive league wins – a Premier League record at the time. Moses would remain a key player for the Blues in the wing-back role until Conte’s sacking and the Nigerian is forever grateful for that much needed confidence boost back in 2016. Moses was a key figure in Chelsea’s title-winning side in an unorthodox wing-back role Moses added: ‘He gave me that fighting spirit to believe in myself and to enjoy my football same time. ‘It was an amazing [first] season for me under Antonio Conte and I’ll always respect him for that, he’s an amazing man. Loading… ‘I’ve never played that [wing-back] position before. When the manager came in, he talked me through it and then put me there. ‘It was good to have the manager’s support, and he backed me and gave me the confidence to go out there and express myself. The Nigerian praised the way Conte changed Chelsea’s style of play at Stamford Bridge ‘So I just wanted to go out there to play for him, the fans and the football club. I didn’t let him down.’ Despite fellow Italian coach Maurizio Sarri coming in as Conte’s replacement, Moses did not fit into the new coach’s philosophy and was loaned out to Fenerbache last season. And following limited game-time under Sarri’s replacement Frank Lampard, Moses was reunited with Conte at Inter Milan earlier this year. Now at Inter Milan, Conte signed Moses on loan in January, much to the wing-back’s delight When Serie A gets back underway once coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been eased further in Italy, Conte and Moses will be looking for another league title together, with Inter currently in the Scudetto title race this year. While the 29-year-old wing-back has only played a handful of games in the Serie A so far, he is already making positive steps under Conte again. Moses added: ‘I’ve come to realise that you play better under a coach that believes in you and that is what Conte has done for me. I’ve played three matches and it’s been wonderful. Moses is grateful to be back with Conte despite only playing a few games for Inter this term. Read Also: Video: Awoniyi nets first goal for Mainz in Bundesliga clash ‘I feel better already. Before the lock down I’ve played three games. I started the match away to Udinese and we won 2-0. ‘It is good for the team. We are playing for the good of the team.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really Are7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseGreatest Movies In History Since 1982Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

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Notorious drug trafficker arrested in Nairobi

first_imgThe three suspects are in custody awaiting arraignment on Monday.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve Parliament A notorious drug trafficker who has been operating with impunity in Nairobi has been arrested.The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) says the suspect was arrested Sunday by a combined team of detectives from Transnational Organised Crime Unit (TOCU), Special Services Unit (SSU) and Anti Narcotics Unit(ANU) from his hideout in Utawala.Also Read  Noordin Haji reorganizes ODPP in renewed war on graftThe suspect Tom Ouma Aero is also believed to sponsor gangs in Korogocho, Huruma and Dandora to protect his business of drug trafficking.Also Read  KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopening Nabbed also during the Sunday morning operation were two of his associates namely Paul Ochieng Otieno and Stephen Wandera Barasa.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

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Governor Holcomb Declares September 22-28, 2019 Rail Safety Week

first_imgStatewide—Governor Eric Holcomb has declared September 22-28, 2019 as Indiana Rail Safety Week in conjunction with the U.S. and Canada Rail Safety Week that will take place in all 50 states and Canadian provinces. Our goal is to increase rail safety awareness by working collaboratively on national rail safety week. Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), local law enforcement agencies and railroad companies have partnered together to raise awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossing laws and trespassing on railroad property.“Every three hours, a vehicle or person are hit by a train in the United States,” states Jessica Feder, Executive Director, Indiana Operation Lifesaver.  “Indiana law enforcement agencies and railroad special agents will be out monitoring railroad crossings and checking for trespassers during rail safety week. We want the public to know how important it is to pay attention at railroad crossings and that trespassing on railroad tracks and property is dangerous and illegal.” Indiana Operation Lifesaver has scheduled numerous enforcement blitzes throughout the state involving law enforcement agencies and an event with Amtrak called Operation Clear Track. There will be public safety announcements throughout the state, safety information distributed at college campuses, booths at statewide festivals and events, social media campaigns, messages on the INDOT dynamic highway signs, first responder training, and Operation Lifesaver signs at crossings where multiple train versus vehicle collisions have occurred. Indiana Operation Lifesaver is taking a proactive lead in the elimination of crossing collisions and trespasser fatalities.In 2018, there were 150 railroad crossing collisions resulting in 54 people injured and 17 fatalities in the state of Indiana. Indiana is currently ranked 3rd nationally for railroad crossing collisions. The Hoosier State had 12 trespasser deaths last year as well as seven injuries.  “Our goal is to keep Hoosiers safe at crossings and near train tracks,” said Jessica Feder. “We encourage everyone to make safe decisions and pay attention at all railroad crossings and near railroad property. It could save your life!”Indiana Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating collisions, deaths, and injuries at highway-rail grade intersections and on railroad rights-of-way through public education, engineering, and enforcement.  To learn more about Indiana Operation Lifesaver, visit online at www.oli.org or call 812-528-4327last_img read more

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Irvine given no cause to be nasty

first_img James McArthur and Scott Dann are both expected to miss Crystal Palace’s trip. McArthur and Dann are struggling with hip and knee injuries respectively while Damien Delaney is serving a one-match suspension after being sent off against Chelsea last weekend. Delaney’s absence could see Martin Kelly or Adrian Mariappa play in central defence as Palace look to avoid a third consecutive defeat. Crystal Palace defender Brede Hangeland remains happy at Selhurst Park despite struggling to make the first team under Neil Warnock. Hangeland was brought to the Eagles by former boss Tony Pulis in the summer but has found himself out of favour under the new regime and has started only three of the eight Barclays Premier League matches so far. The 33-year-old was picked for the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea last weekend and he may play again against West Brom on Saturday. “I haven’t played as much as I’m used to but I’m at an age now in my career that personal ambitions are not as high as they used to be, I just want to be a part of a good club and play when called upon, but if not I’ll support the lads from the sidelines,” Hangeland told the club’s official website. “It’s a different experience for me, I’ve been used to playing all of the games all of the time but now it’s about being realistic. “I played around 50 games a year for 10 years running and my hips seem to know so. “For me now it’s about the team getting results and winning games.” However, a solid start to the Barclays Premier League season – particularly their away win over Tottenham and Monday’s draw with Manchester United – has seen his stock rise already. The former Everton assistant manager’s likeable personality has played a part in that but he promises he can turn ‘bad cop’ if necessary. “The players have seen a nasty side from me,” he said ahead of Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace. “I’m from Glasgow – we usually have a nasty side! “But there hasn’t been the need, they are extremely professional. I have very little reason not to be happy.” England goalkeeper Ben Foster is set to return to West Brom’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace. Foster missed Monday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United due to a calf injury but Irvine revealed he is back in training and “fine” ahead of the Eagles’ visit. Winger Silvestre Varela is still out after groin surgery while midfielder Claudio Yacob is in his native Argentina due to family illness. Defender Jonas Olsson is struggling with a niggling Achilles injury. The Scot is quickly winning over his doubters after an impressive start to life as a top-flight head coach. His appointment was met with derision by many Albion fans when chairman Jeremy Peace brought him in to replace Pepe Mel in the summer, with supporters unhappy with his lack of managerial pedigree. Affable West Brom boss Alan Irvine claims he does have a Glaswegian “nasty side” but is thankful his in-form players have hardly caused him to bare his teeth yet. Press Associationlast_img read more