USA: Lockheed Martin Wins USD 53.39 Million VH-71 Contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Lockheed Martin Wins USD 53.39 Million VH-71 Contract View post tag: Lockheed View post tag: VH-71 View post tag: Naval View post tag: wins View post tag: Martin View post tag: million Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $53,396,891 modification to the previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee VH-71 system development and demonstration contract (N00019-05-C-0030), which was terminated for the convenience of the government. This modification provides funding for post-termination related expenses, including, but not limited to:  the physical inventory of contractor acquired property; proposal preparation; security; disposition of contract inventory; subcontractor settlement costs; and termination management activities.  Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y. (36 percent), and at various subcontractor facilities located within the United States and in the United Kingdom and Italy (64 percent), and is expected to be completed no later than September 2012.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: Defense, June 3, 2011; USA: Lockheed Martin Wins USD 53.39 Million VH-71 Contract June 3, 2011 Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 53.39 Equipment & technology View post tag: USD View post tag: contractlast_img read more

Balliol students set up new refugee scholarship

first_imgBalliol College has announced that it will offer a scholarship for a student with refugee status or a pending claim to asylum, starting in October 2017. It was established by the JCR and MCR, after they unanimously passed motions to raise an opt-out levy of £4.00 per term to raise money for it, and their funding was matched by alumni, the College and the University. The scholarship covers full tuition and College fees, full living costs, and one return flight per year for students with primary residence outside the UK.The JCR President, Annie Williamson, said, “Education is a fundamental tool to empowerment, but higher education opportunities are snatched away from refugees, who face great uncertainty about whether they can ever return to study – even the most able students. There are currently over 20 million refugees worldwide, and Balliol JCR and MCR have responded to this crisis in the small way that we can, by establishing the Balliol Student Scholarship.”JCR Secretary Steven Rose added, “That both the JCR and the MCR unanimously passed motions to make this possible, and that it’s been made possible through alumni and the College to achieve this real and tangible good has made me as proud of Balliol as a community as I expect is possible.”Balliol commented, “Balliol has a proud history of being open to all on merit, supporting students in need and welcoming refugees, notably in the case of Jewish refugees prior to and during the Second World War. It is delighted that another chapter has been added to that history through this initiative, led by students but involving the whole Balliol community.”Throughout this process, Balliol students have been advised by Stacy Toupouzova, an Oxford DPhil student in Refugee Law and co-founder of the Sofia Refugee Centre in Bulgaria.This new scholarship comes after, earlier this summer, the Oxford Students Refugee Campaign raised almost £250,000 to fund eight refugee scholarships.last_img read more

Patricia Rooney, wife of late Steelers chairman, dead at 88

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Patricia Rooney, the wife of late Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, has died. She was 88. The Steelers said in a statement that Patricia Rooney died peacefully at her home on Saturday. A cause of death was not given. Patricia Rooney’s husband served as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009-12.last_img

Vermont receives grant to aid veterans with transit needs

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin has announced that the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) received a $352,900 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to develop software and Internet services that will help US veterans and their families access public transportation services that are specific to their needs. The money will be used for several purposes, including development of a website that provides veterans specific information about their eligibility for a host of transit services. Those include on-demand rides, the purchase and instillation of software that will allow the Disabled American Veterans’ and the Veterans Administration’s independent transportation system be incorporated into the same dispatch system used by all public transit providers in Vermont, and installing GPS location devices in various public transit vehicles ‘ such as vans operated by Disabled American Veterans ‘ so that more efficient dispatch decisions can be made. ‘This grant will make life a little easier for our soldiers and their families by improving access to transportation services that they need to travel to work, health care appointments and other places,’ Shumlin said. In a joint statement, Vermont’s congressional delegation ‘ Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch — said, “This is great news for veterans in Vermont, who often cite finding a ride to and from their medical visits as a major barrier in getting the care they need in the VA health care system.  With this investment, veterans throughout Vermont will be able to go online to learn about transportation options and to request rides.  For many it will save long commutes, overnight stays, or headaches worrying about how they will get the medical health they need and deserve.” VTrans Secretary Brian Searles agreed, adding, ‘These funds enable us to create a technology-based infrastructure that will allow not only us but all Vermont-based transit providers to better link veterans and their families up with transit services. The goal is to make it easier for them to access the many services that they need.’ US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said this grant is part of $34.6 million for 55 projects in 32 states and Guam to enhance access to local, affordable transportation services for military families and spouses, and wounded warriors.‘Military families and veterans must be able to take full advantage of the transportation resources in their communities,’ said Peter Rogoff, Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which manages the grants through its discretionary Bus and Bus Facilities Program, in a statement. ‘Every service member who returns home or a spouse who relocates to a new community deserves the best possible chance to earn a reliable paycheck and that means having access to reliable transportation choices.’The new website will allow the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to educate vets about their eligibility for rides, make requests electronically and direct them to other resources when they do not qualify for DAV rides. The website also will provide links that connects the viewer to the appropriate service, as well as allow DAV to coordinate rides on a statewide basis using updated technology which will allow DAV to better utilize its scarce resources. The grant also provides funds to develop software that will enable both the DAV and Veteran Administration to incorporate information about their transportation systems into the same dispatch and tracking system used by all public transit providers in Vermont. The grant includes money for both software installation and training. Grant funds will also be used to install GPS tracking devises in public transit vehicles and DAV vans so dispatchers can monitor bus and van locations to make more efficient dispatch decisions. Once up and running, the State of Vermont plans to study use of the new transit systems and learn from the experiences of  Vermont veterans and their families to create a similar transit model that can be used to aid other groups like seniors, disaster victims and the disabled with transportation needs. One of the goals is to develop a step-by-step manual for transportation providers, groups needing rides, and volunteer groups to engage each other on the path to enhancing available rides through coordination and education.  Governor’s office. 11.9.2011last_img read more

Lending Perspectives: 5 lessons for credit unions from apple card’s early missteps

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr None other than Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, questioned whether the algorithms used to automatically decision applications discriminated against his wife based on sex. David Hansson, another well-known tech executive, made the same claims on Twitter after his wife also received a much lower limit on her Apple card even though her FICO score is supposedly higher than his. Is this controversy just a short-lived social media mess or is this part of a slowly growing mistrust of artificial intelligence?Because Goldman Sachs does not seem to have encountered any real challenges in approving billions in new credit lines, perhaps the more important question to ask is, “What can credit unions learn from this initial backlash towards the Apple card?”1. Machine learning or artificial intelligence is a two-edged sword.While many credit unions are sort of mired in a slump, making automated decisions on only 20-30% of their consumer loan applications, Goldman Sachs is likely providing an automatic, immediate decision on virtually 100% of these applications; I don’t think Apple would stand for anything less from a customer experience standpoint. There are serious limitations to the traditional decision engines most credit unions use as part of our loan origination systems, the most prevalent being the fact that utilizing even just 20 pieces of data seems to be the limitation for most. Artificial intelligence has no such limitations. If you have access to 10,000 pieces of data, you can factor all of them into the loan decision. Yet how do you manage that process? And how you can ensure that the algorithms in artificial intelligence systems aren’t learning to discriminate based on prohibited or perhaps uncomfortable reasons? It seems that credit unions venturing into machine learning and artificial intelligence need to focus on vendors that understand lending and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.last_img read more

Breathless: A Vestal woman’s untested journey with coronavirus

first_imgOriginally believing her shortness of breath symptoms to be related to asthma or her allergies, Arnold-Adeimy began to wonder if it could be something more serious after speaking with her friends who are healthcare workers in New York City, which was starting to see an explosion of COVID-19 cases. She says she was on a nebulizer for four days and struggled to breathe for most of them. VESTAL (WBNG) — Once Vanessa Arnold-Adeimy began feeling sick, even in early March, it didn’t take long for her mind to wander to the possibilities. She says she did a telehealth checkup with a Lourdes Hospital physician on March 15. Right away, the physician advised her to seek help, so Arnold-Adeimy says she went to the Lourdes walk-in clinic where she was officially diagnosed with acute bronchitis. “At that point, there was no test available; they had all been taken to the hospitals,” Arnold-Adeimy told 12 News Thursday. Even though acute bronchitis is often caused by a virus, she says she was never officially tested for the novel coronavirus.center_img She says she was told by Lourdes the tests were being reserved for more serious cases where people needed to be hospitalized. Arnold-Adeimy says Lourdes was incredibly helpful in developing a plan to bring her to the hospital if her symptoms worsened and by checking up on her; she says emotionally it was frustrating not to be tested but on an intellectual level she understood why the limited tests were being saved for more severe cases. Through it all, she says she was most concerned that she had possibly infected others without knowing it and advises people to take social distancing seriously as it save lives. On March 27, a little under two weeks later, Lourdes, UHS and the Broome County Health Department released a joint statement saying there was inadequate testing supplies to test everyone for COVID-19.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Feb. 4

first_imgWrestlers need less input from sideline On the evening of Jan. 25, I attended my 10-year-old son’s youth wrestling match. Now in fifth grade, he has been wrestling with the same coaches and teammates since second grade. That night’s match was against a powerhouse rival team and my alma mater. My son’s team had prepared for the challenge, and I was both excited and nervous to observe.What I witnessed, unfortunately, was a deafening bout with the opposing team’s three coaches and wrestlers’ families shouting repeated instructions to the elementary school-aged wrestlers, while our two coaches and team family members observed with relatively quiet reservation.The yelling and screaming from the opposing team’s sideline forced me to leave the gym during the match. I liken wrestling to a more physical version of chess. Two worthy opponents meet head to head in a duel and only one will emerge the victor. Both sports require concentration, intensity, strategy and execution. Chess is a game played in silence, an environment conducive to the above requirements to succeed. I feel wrestling should be performed in a similar environment, with the two challengers facing off without explicit sideline instruction or coercion.Coaches and parents should trust these young athletes to develop their own strategies and formulate their own sequences of moves. Otherwise these wrestlers are mere puppets, with the coaches and parents pulling the strings. The sidelines should keep quiet and observe with reverence, as is customary at a chess match, and allow the youth wrestlers to compete on their own.Carolyn EatonRexford Now Cuomo is about to allow illegal immigrants to have access to state financial aid and scholarships for higher education.The assumption is that being better educated, the illegal immigrants will be able to get better-paying jobs and pay more in taxes. Well, how about the students who are here legally who will lose out on the aid and scholarships because it went to an illegal immigrant? Wouldn’t they also benefit from a better education and also pay more taxes?Nobody asked me if I wanted to aid criminals. My answer would obviously be no. Where is Cuomo’s sense of justice?James SeverinoScotia Investigate impact of PILOT agreementsThe Gazette often prints as “local news” press releases provided by some local government or quasi-government entity with no independent assessment for accuracy and completeness. When this is the only source for a local news story, the reader is short-changed.Many of the problems with this are found in the 1/11/19 story, “Metroplex generated $15.4 M locally in 2018”.This Metroplex release claims to be reporting the reduced taxes paid in 2018 by the businesses to which it awarded PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes). PILOTs allow selected business to pay reduced property and other taxes for up to 10 years. We aren’t told how much each business’s 2018 taxes would have been without the PILOT,  nor if businesses are expected to create additional jobs or do anything beyond being selected for their PILOT by the Metroplex Board, chaired by Ray Gillen. Cuomo can’t be both pro-choice, CatholicIt never is a wise thing to say we are something we are not. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not a practicing Catholic and he should know that. A practicing Catholic can never be pro-choice or believe in abortion. He could choose to be, but hasn’t.He is a public figure and should not be claiming faithfulness to the Catholic Church. We hope his heart will be changed and he may reap the benefits of the faith.After the living is done, it is all about the ending, when Jesus will say “Come Faithful Servant, enter into the Kingdom I have created for you.” Nothing else will matter.Lorraine ConnellySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Just imagine how many mouths could be fed; how many children could be educated; how many roads and bridges could be fixed. Just imagine!Mary SiegelSchenectady  Blame Republicans, Trump for shutdownIt’s evident by the opinion letters in The Gazette that Republicans have short memories. Several opinion writers have blamed Nancy Pelosi and the newly elected Democratic majority in the House for the “shutdown that started Dec. 22.” The facts differ, as Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats were not in the majority party on the date the “shutdown” started. It was Senate Republicans that wouldn’t compromise, not Democrats. Our president enjoyed a House and Senate majority, as Republicans ruled all three branches of our government for two years. It was his Republican House and Senate that denied him the $5.7 billion he demanded for the wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for. Republicans should be upset with those of their own party and stop blaming others for their shortfalls.Mitch O’Connell couldn’t get those in his own party to give in to Trump’s hissy fit and threat to close the government, which ultimately cost more than double the $5.7 billion he wanted. This president is a disgrace to the office, and Mitch O’Connell isn’t far behind.  And readers can’t easily tell if certain businesses are favored to receive PILOTs. Are local developers who contribute more generously to the dominant political party favored with generous PILOTs? In addition to Metroplex, both the city and county Industrial Development Agency (IDA) awards PILOTS.  When I asked IDA staff about PILOTs they awarded in 2018, I was told they were included in the Metroplex press release claiming to be reporting on “Metroplex  PILOTs” in 2018. The Schenectady League of Women Voters 2019 plan of activities includes a more detailed look at Metroplex. We should encourage this work by the League and encourage it to also look at the two IDAs.Elmer BertschNiskayuna No education aid for illegal residentsIn 2015 Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to give college educations to criminals. Now it’s the “Dream Act.”What don’t politicians understand about illegal? Not only are they allowing illegal immigrants to stay in this country when they know that they are here illegally, they give them a license to drive and they reduce maximum jail sentences for misdemeanors that could otherwise lead to them being deported.Why wouldn’t we want to deport someone who ignores the laws of this country by coming here illegally then goes on to commit another crime? It’s obvious that that person has no respect for the law. I would suggest those writing opinions be truthful and put the blame for this fiasco where it belongs. God bless America and long live our Republic.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdam Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMoney for wall could do good elsewhere$5.7 billion.last_img read more

Bali revises COVID-19 report: Three cases, not four

first_imgThe Bali administration has corrected its report of confirmed COVID-19 cases in its jurisdiction: There are three, not four. The fourth confirmed case left the island for another province in the country.The Bali administration’s regional secretary, Dewa Made Indra, said the fourth person had visited Bali for a work-related trip, but the individual later reported to authorities in another undisclosed province.“Therefore, we have corrected our data, from four confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday to three as of today,” said Dewa during a press conference in Denpasar, Bali on Saturday. He added that two of the three confirmed patients had died and they were both foreign nationals.Read also: French national found dead on Bali sidewalk tests positive for COVID-19One of the deceased had been cremated while another remained in a mortuary at a hospital, he said.“We are still in coordination with the general consulate of the country from which the deceased originated, on how to treat the body post mortem. That’s the reason why we still keep it at the mortuary.”As of Saturday, the administration had also performed contact tracing of the 217 people who had been in close contact with all confirmed cases in the province and asked them to self-isolate at home. He also said the administration was closely observing 95 others suspected to have the disease.“On the other hand, we can also confirm that 71 suspected patients have undergone COVID-19 tests, with 68 of them having been declared negative and hospitals have allowed them to go home. We are still waiting for the [test results of the] rest,” he said. (glh)Topics :last_img read more

Endangered leatherback turtle found dead near Maluku village

first_imgHe said the turtle was likely swept away by strong currents and may have been killed after colliding with hard objects, such as coral heads.“We are investigating the cause of death further,” Iwan said, adding that Maluku Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) personnel buried the turtle near the BKSDA residential complex in Passo village, Baguala district, Ambon.Leatherback sea turtles, known locally as penyu belimbing, are the world’s biggest turtles and the fourth-biggest reptiles after three species of crocodile.In Indonesia, leatherback turtles are a protected marine species. They are considered endangered as their population has continued to decline over the years.Last December, a 2.13-meter-long leatherback turtle weighing 213 kilograms was reportedly caught and killed by a resident of Sosorgadong district, Central Tanapuli regency, North Sumatra, as it was coming ashore to lay eggs. (rfa)Topics : A leatherback sea turtle was found dead off the coast of Asilulu village in Central Maluku regency, Maluku, on Saturday morning.Iwan Asikin, the head of the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry’s maritime management division in Maluku, said the turtle was found dead by local fishermen.“Fishermen Amin Mamang and Abu Nurlily found the 180-centimeter-long, 140-cm-wide turtle. But it had died before they found it. They then moved the carcass to shore,” Iwan said on Saturday.last_img read more

Chinese death row inmate reportedly digs tunnel, escapes from Tangerang prison

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Riot breaks out in North Sulawesi prison amid virus fearsThe convict, who also goes by the name Cai Changpan, was declared guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to death in 2017. He had been transferred to the penitentiary from the Pemuda prison in Tangerang.The warden said the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General had taken over the case and opened an investigation.“The Corrections Directorate General, Inspectorate General and the ministry’s regional office in Banten are investigating the case,” directorate general spokesperson Rika Aprianti said. (mfp)Topics : A Chinese national on death row who was detained at the Tangerang penitentiary in Banten has reportedly escaped from the facility through a self-dug tunnel.Tangerang prison warden Jumadi confirmed the jailbreak, explaining that the Chinese national, Cai Ji Fan, left the penitentiary on Monday at around 2:30 a.m. through a sewer connected to the tunnel he had dug.“We have conducted a search since the day he escaped. We believe he dug a tunnel [on the prison grounds] that goes through one of the prison walls and escaped,” he told on Friday.last_img read more