US Navy, CS Simpson (SS 21) hone submarine rescue skills

first_img Authorities August 16, 2018 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy, CS Simpson (SS 21) hone submarine rescue skills during CHILEMAR View post tag: Chilean Navy View post tag: Chilemar US Navy personnel from the Undersea Rescue Command joined the Chilean Navy diesel-electric submarine CS Simpson (SS 21) for submarine rescue drills as part of exercise CHILEMAR VIII.US Navy sailors searched for the Chilean submarine using the Sibitzky remotely operated vehicle and conducted a personnel transfer on the ocean floor utilizing URC’s pressurized rescue module.As part of the exercise, the pressurized rescue module mated with Simpson on the ocean floor. After the module’s transfer skirt was dewatered, Captain Chris Cavanaugh, Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, and CS Simpson’s commander Cmdr. Federico Karl Saelzer Concha, among others, climbed from the hatch of the submarine up to the pressurized rescue module.The transfer skirt hatch of the pressurized rescue module (PRM) of Undersea Rescue Command (URC) opens after mating with CS Simpson (SS 21). Photo: US Navy View post tag: CS Simpson US Navy, CS Simpson (SS 21) hone submarine rescue skills during CHILEMAR CHILEMAR VIII is a bilateral exercise designed to demonstrate interoperability between the US submarine rescue systems and Chilean submarines.The exercise is part of a wider Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) program under which Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 (CSS-11), is hosting CS Simpson and its crew in San Diego for a period of three months.DESI was established by US Fleet Forces Command in 2001 with the aim of enhancing the US Navy’s capability to operate with diesel-electric submarines by partnering with South American navies.“Each year, Submarine Squadron 11 has the privilege of hosting a South American submarine in our local waters,” said Lt. Alexander Papadakos, the CSS-11 liaison officer for Simpson. “During these visits, we are able to simulate a variety of wartime scenarios against diesel submarines which adds an additional degree of difficulty and reality to fleet ASW, as diesel submarines have proven to be quiet and elusive.”CS Simpson arrived at Naval Base Point Loma on June 26. Share this article View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

Fight for student accommodation giant IQ begins

first_imgThe world’s two largest property investors, Blackstone and Brookfield have joined bidders for IQ, a UK student accommodation company. Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust, the current owners ofIQ, are preparing an “initial public offering” of the business. IQSA (IQ Student Accommodation) owns and operates 67 studentaccommodation sites in the UK, from Dundee to Plymouth, with over 80 per centof its business in Russell Group universities. Goldman Sachs, which owns 70 per cent of IQ, joined forces with the Wellcome Trust, a medical research charity, in 2016. Greystar, a US property company, Mapletree, a Singapore realestate investor, and Patrizia, a German real estate firm, are the other companieswhich are considering bidding for IQ.center_img As reported by the Financial Times, five potential bidders are considering purchasing the London-based company, expected to be sold for around £4 billion. IQ’s Oxford Accommodation offers students private rooms in Alice House, located just over Magdalen Bridge in Cowley. The pair, an American and Canadian business respectively, have long sought student accommodation as a revenue stream, and are preparing bids for a pre-Christmas deadline. Sources close to the deal suspect the cost to reach £4 billion. last_img read more

Mayor Jay Gillian: ‘Comprehensive Approach’ for Flooding Between 29th and 34th Streets on the…

first_imgDear Friends:At next week’s City Council meeting, the administration will recommend the Council adopt the Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan, as well as introduce a funding ordinance.The plan aggressively addresses needed improvements to our infrastructure with total capital spending of approximately $79.6 million over the next five years, including $28.7 million in road and drainage improvements.Based on input from the City Council, the plan has been modified only slightly from what was presented earlier this year.One modification provides for a comprehensive approach to the drainage and roadway problems in the neighborhood from 29th to 34th Streets between West Avenue and Bay Avenue. The Council’s agenda will also include a professional services contract with Baker Engineering to examine this area and present flood mitigation concepts for the neighborhood. This report and other issues will be reviewed at a neighborhood meeting this spring.In addition to road and drainage improvements, other components of the Capital Plan include:$10 million for bay and lagoon dredging including a recently approved contract to empty a portion of our Confined Disposal Facility known as site 83.Over $12.5 million to complete the boardwalk replacement project to 12th Street by 2018, including new pavilions.Over $6 million dollars for streetscape improvements in the downtown.Recreational facility improvements including the resurfacing of tennis courts, playground upgrades, construction of a bocce ball court and construction of a restroom at the North Street Playground.Have a great weekend!Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayor_____Sign up for free breaking news updates from Ocean City.Get Ocean City updates in your Facebook news feed. “Like” us._____ Barricades block access to Simpson and Haven avenues at 32nd Street in Ocean City — a common precaution in many storms each year.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, March 6. It addresses his administration’s five-year plan for capital spending in Ocean City, and a modification for one of the island’s most flood-prone neighborhoods.last_img read more

Press release: National Parks review launched

first_imgSir Arthur Hobhouse’s landmark report in 1947 paved the way for the creation of England’s network of designated landscapes, with the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act passed in 1949.The Act, described at the time as a “recreational gift to Britain’s returning Second World War service men and women”, set out to recognise, conserve and enhance access to landscapes deemed to be “of national importance and quality”.These days the rugged mountains, unspoilt coastlines and vast moorlands of the nation’s 34 AONBs and 10 National Parks attract more than 260 million visitors a year from at home and abroad.Julian Glover, who will lead the review, said: The creation of National Parks almost 70 years ago changed the way we view our precious landscapes – helping us all access and enjoy our natural world. Amid a growing population, changes in technology, and a decline in certain habitats, the time is right for us to look afresh at these landscapes. We want to make sure they are not only conserved, but enhanced for the next generation. National Parks are iconic and inspirational cultural landscapes. The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan refers to their establishment as among the outstanding environmental achievements of the past 100 years. We very much welcome the announcement of the review and intend to play a full part. Our National Parks offer so much to the country. And as we approach the 70th anniversary of the founding legislation we look forward to a future where their beauty is enhanced; they are loved and accessible for everyone; and they continue to support thriving communities in these working landscapes. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has today committed to conserve and enhance England’s most cherished landscapes as a new review launches into the nation’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).Nearly 70 years after the country’s National Parks were first established, opening up the countryside and allowing more people to connect with nature, an independent panel will look at how these iconic landscapes meet our needs in the 21st century – including whether there is scope for the current network of 34 AONBs and 10 National Parks to expand.The review, led by writer Julian Glover, will also explore how access to these beloved landscapes can be improved, how those who live and work in them can be better supported, and their role in growing the rural economy.Weakening or undermining their existing protections or geographic scope will not be part of the review, which will instead focus on how designated areas can boost wildlife, support the recovery of natural habitats and connect more people with nature.Undertaking a review is one of the key commitments of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, which outlines our vision for improving the environment over a generation by connecting people with nature and helping wildlife to thrive.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: Our protected landscapes are England’s finest gems and we owe a huge debt to past generations who had the wisdom to preserve them. The system they created has been a strength, but it faces challenges too. It is an honour to be asked to find ways to secure them for the future. I can’t wait to get started and learn from everyone who shares an interest in making England’s landscapes beautiful, diverse and successful. Chair of the National Association of AONBs, Philip Hygate, said: AONBs and National Parks are some of our most cherished sites, spanning from the Lake District, which was recently announced as a UNESCO World Heritage site, to the picturesque Cornwall AONB.They cover a quarter of England’s land and are home to over 2.3 million people – with more than 66 per cent of us living within half an hour of a National Park or AONB. They also generate over £20 billion for the rural economy, and support 75,000 jobs.BackgroundJulian GloverAssociate editor at the London Evening Standard and author of the biography Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain. He has worked as leader writer and columnist at the Guardian and as a Special Adviser in Number 10 and the Department for Transport.He will be supported by an advisory panel bringing a vast breadth of experience in landscape, biodiversity, heritage, farming and rural issues.The panel will be comprised of:Lord Cameron of DillingtonCross-bench peer, farmer and landowner. As the former Chair of the Countryside Agency, he is a strong advocate for rural affairs. He is currently the chair of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 Committee and the Advisory Council for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. He is also on the Steering Board of the Government’s Global Food Security Programme.Jim DixonChief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority for 12 years, before stepping down in 2014. He is currently a writer on countryside issues, including for the Times, and a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.Sarah MukherjeeFormer BBC environment and rural affairs correspondent and previous Director of Environment at Water UK. She is currently Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association. She is a trustee and advisory group member for several charities, supporting both environmental stewardship and education in farming.Dame Fiona ReynoldsFormerly the Director-General of the National Trust and current Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Chair of the Green Alliance. She is the author of The Fight for Beauty (2016), a history of thought and public policy on landscapes and environment in Britain.Jake FiennesEstate Manager of the Raveningham Estate for the last 24 years, promoting nature conservation alongside arable farming. He will be joining the 25,000 acre Holkham Estate in autumn 2018 as their General Manager for Conservation. He is also a trustee and advisory group member of several organisations including the National Farmers’ Union’s Environmental Forum and the Norfolk Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.Read the full terms of reference. Chair of National Parks England, Margaret Paren, said: The world has changed significantly since the designation of Gower, the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but our fundamental requirement for beautiful, inspiring places in which to live, work, and relax is probably greater now than ever before. The National Association for AONBs is delighted to support this exciting review and will work closely with Julian Glover and the review panel to help ensure that all of England’s special landscapes are equally recognised for the value they provide to the nation, and their fundamental importance to future generations.last_img read more

Press release: Back to school to inspire engineers of the future

first_img Highways England is very focused on inspiring young people to consider engineering as a rewarding career. It should be a fun experience for the youngsters, and we’re really looking forward to taking our branch of engineering into the classroom. Ongoing and planned engagement with schools and colleges in Wiltshire, Somerset and Cornwall is helping to highlight numerous engineering opportunities within the highways industry and inspire young people to consider engineering as a rewarding career.Next week the company will be involved in a bridge-building exercise with pupils from a Somerset school.The team behind the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester dualling scheme will visit Countess Gytha Primary School in Queen Camel on 23 November, helping Year 6 pupils to design and build K’Nex bridges as well as giving the youngsters an insight into the design of the route and what animals have been found during survey work.Hannah Sanderson, Project Manager for the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester scheme, said: Responsible for improving, managing and maintaining England’s motorways and major A roads, the company is working with schools and colleges across the country as part of the Year of Engineering campaign.By bringing young people face to face with engineering experiences and role models, the campaign aims to showcase the creativity and innovation of engineering careers and widen the pool of young people from all backgrounds who are willing to consider the profession.As part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Insights programme, Highways England also took part in a recent initiative with Wiltshire schools.Maria Madeley, a primary teacher and science co-ordinator at Minety School, spent a week with the company earlier in the year, gaining an understanding of the engineering and geotechnical work around structures and roads across the strategic network.This enabled Maria to build a curriculum around road building for her Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. And after Highways England spent a day teaching the children about smart motorways, bridge building and the geology of rocks, it culminated in a British Science Association-funded How Real Stuff Works event at Malmesbury School.Elsewhere, the team behind the A417 Missing Link project engaged three Gloucestershire schools in chocolate-based STEM projects recently, while earlier this year the A303 Stonehenge project team met with Amesbury Primary School pupils, educating the children about the company’s environmental and archaeological work, as well as safety and engineering aspects of the proposed scheme.Esther Gordon-Smith, the team’s legacy and benefits lead, also took part in Wiltshire Council’s Science and Engineering Fair last month, delivering a ‘STEM serves society’ presentation to teachers and school leaders.The A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross team are also seeking to build relationships with schools and communities alongside the route in Cornwall, and have just launched a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) initiative.The schools’ outreach programme is designed to engage children from four to 18 in fun, hands-on activities.Any schools interested in receiving a STEAM visit, can email: [email protected] more information visit the Year of Engineering website.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Welcomes Billy Strings, Del McCoury, & More At DelFest [Watch]

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On Friday, The String Cheese Incident headlined the first full day of music at DelFest with two guest-filled sets. Ahead of The String Cheese Incident’s two sets on Friday, bluegrass favorites like Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, and The Del McCoury Band warmed up the Grandstand main stage with sets of their own.SCI got the whole DelFest family involved on their first set, welcoming a string of bluegrass heavyweights including Joe Craven (on “Manga”), Del McCoury Band members Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, and Jason Carter (who stuck around for several songs including “Colorado Bluebird Sky”, the SCI debut of Hank Williams‘ “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”, “Boo Boo’s Pik-A-Nik”, Steve Miller Band‘s “Take The Money and Run” > “Salt Creek” > “Take The Money and Run”, and “Big Mon”), and Cody Kilby, Alan Bartram and Del McCoury himself (on a cover of Leon Jackson‘s “Love Please Come Home”).The band’s second slot began without the barrage of guests from the first set, as SCI worked through “Hi Ho No Show”, “Way Back Home”, and “Rollover” with their core lineup. However, they had been hinting at a collaboration with Billy Strings on social media (“We hear Billy Strings is nearby). That sit-in came to fruition when Billy Strings frontman William Apostol joined the band on guitar and vocals for a quick-pickin’ showdown between Billy Strings and Billy Nershi on a rendition of “Black Clouds”.You can watch crowd-shot video of The String Cheese Incident and Billy Strings’ William Apostol performing “Black Clouds” at DelFest below:The String Cheese Incident w/ Billy Strings – “Black Cloud”[Video: Michael Beyer]You can also watch fan-shot footage of the full second set below:The String Cheese Incident – DelFest – Set Two – 5/24/19 DelFest continues today with sets by Larry Keel Experience, The Gibson Brothers & The Mockingbird Band, I’m With Her featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, Keller Williams’ PettyGrass, Tyler Childers, The Travelin’ McCourys, Railroad Earth, and more. For a full schedule, head here.From here, The String Cheese Incident will head to Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre for a three-night run of shows. For a ticketing info and a full list of their upcoming dates, head to the band website.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | DelFest | Cumberland, MD | 5/25/19Set One: Got What He Wanted > Cant Stop Now, Manga1, Betray The Dark, The Road Home, Colorado Bluebird Sky2, Long Gone Lonesome Blues23, Boo Boo’s Pik-A-Nik2 > Take The Money And Run2 > Salt Creek2 > Take The Money And Run2 > Big Mon2 > Boo Boo’s Pik-A-Nik, Love Please Come Home4, I Saw The Light5Set Two: Hi Ho No Show > Way Back Home > Rollover, Black Clouds6, Illegal > Close Your EyesEncore: I WishNotes: 1 with Joe Craven on Talking Drum, 2 with Ronnie McCoury on Mandolin, Robbie McCoury on Banjo, Jason Carter on Fiddle, 3 Hank Williams Tune (First Time Played),4 Leon Jackson tune with Del McCoury, 5 Hank Williams tune with Del McCoury & Alan Bartram on Bass, Cody Kilby on Acoustic Guitar, 6 with Billy Strings on Acoustic Guitar & Vocalslast_img read more

A look inside: Currier House

first_img Behold! Shaped like an E with sloping, green courtyards between the arms, Currier House was the first Harvard undergraduate dorm to house faculty members, and even had a child-care center. Famed dames Each pavilion at Currier House is named for a prominent woman. The House that Currier built Words preserved Lines from a speech by Audrey Currier’s brother are saved at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard. He spoke at a dedication of the building in 1971. Coed Women and men residents of Currier House in yearbooks from the early 1970s. In 1972, full coeducational dormitories were instituted at Harvard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Entry court A photograph of the entry court at Currier House was published in this booklet, which was distributed at the Currier House dedication in 1971. Dig it A Radcliffe newspaper from 1968 shows the excavation for Currier House. The newspaper is preserved at the Schlesinger Library. Let’s hear it for the girls Currier House housemates Rachel Bervell (from left), Nadia Farjood, Jeanette Schnierle, Jordan Ashwood, Sarah Mumanachit, Karina Herrera, and Melissa Naidoo cheer on their House, the only housing facility named in honor of a woman. Blueprints Currier House architects, Harrison and Abramovitz, surveyed students about their desires for housing, and so pioneered small clusters of dorm units, each with upstairs bedrooms and a downstairs living room. Unlike the other undergraduate residences at Harvard, Currier House on the Radcliffe Quadrangle is named solely for a woman.Audrey Bruce Currier House opened in 1970, named after a Radcliffe alumna who had died in a plane crash. The architects, Harrison and Abramovitz, surveyed students about their desires for housing, and so pioneered small clusters of dorm units, each with upstairs bedrooms and a downstairs living room. Currier also was planned to include freshmen, to benefit from a mix of ages.Shaped like an E with sloping, green courtyards between the arms, it was the first Harvard undergraduate dorm to house faculty members, and even had a child-care center. Other unusual features included sewing rooms and a laundry in the solarium, a photography studio, a music-dance facility, and a skating court. It now houses men as well as women.But all of Currier’s four pavilions are named for women graduates. Resident Nadia Farjood ’13 said, “It is inspiring walking through the doors of Currier and seeing the faces of five women, all distinguished alumnae of Radcliffe College, to my left. Most wall space at Harvard is devoted to images of men, and I am proud to live in the only House named after a female.” Farjood is a director of the Athena Program, a gender-empowerment program associated with Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association.Inside Currier, common spaces have offbeat names such as “the Fishbowl,” “the Treehouse,” and “the Mousehole.” Four groups of 10 single bedrooms surround the largest in-suite common rooms at the College. These suites, less aptly named at Currier, are known as “the Ten Men.” Flashback A photograph of the House master’s living room at Currier House displays enviable mod furnishings — look at those chairs! Audrey Bruce Currier Currier House’s namesake, alumna Audrey Bruce Currier, died in a plane crash — depicted here in this New York Times article. last_img read more

Mind Brain Behavior Graduation Ceremony

first_imgThe Mind Brain Behavior graduates of the Class of 2017 were recognized at a ceremony held on Class Day at the Harvard Faculty Club. The event included remarks by MBB Standing Committee co-chair Florian Engert (Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, FAS), MBB Initiative Co-Director Alfonso Caramazza (Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology, FAS), MBB faculty member Edward Kravitz (George Packer Berry Professor of Neurobiology, HMS), and graduating senior Layla Stahr ’17.Graduates, who have fulfilled a set of interdisciplinary requirements to complete an MBB track or secondary field, include Taiga Abe (Neurobiology), Niya Courtney Avery (Secondary), Nicasia Beebe-Wang (Computer Science), Enchi Kristina Chang (Neurobiology), Angelica Clayton (Secondary), Katie Olivia Cohen (History and Science), Stephanie Deccy (Secondary), Micah Sivitz Gellman (Neurobiology), Caroline Florence Gentile (Neurobiology), Marwa Harp (Secondary), Meghan Patricia Hind (Neurobiology), Eric Hollenberg (Secondary), Ailsa Morison Jeffries (Secondary), Angela Jiang (Secondary), Eleni Kovatsis (Neurobiology), Priscilla Lee (Secondary), Hannah Ruth Leverson (Human Evolutionary Biology), Julia Lord (Neurobiology), Deirbhile Martin (Secondary), Adriana Sofía Méndez Leal (Neurobiology), Cynthia Masako Okamoto (Neurobiology), Udodiri Rosemary Okwandu (History and Science), Halie Ann Olson (Neurobiology), Shivangi Parmar (Human Evolutionary Biology), Justin Sanchez (Neurobiology), Emma Claire Satterthwaite Muresianu (Neurobiology), Layla Badri Stahr (Neurobiology), Georgia Stirtz (Neurobiology), Julia Thomas (Secondary), Julia Lynne Versel (Secondary), and Yi Zhang (Neurobiology). Read Full Storylast_img read more

Vidalia Onion Crop

first_imgHeavy rainfall and high winds contributed to Georgia farmers growing fewer Vidalia onions this year, but demand for the popular vegetable and low yields for Texas onions helped keep prices steady.According to Cliff Riner, coordinator of the University of Georgia Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center, Georgia’s onion crop was limited this year due to an accumulation of inclement weather. “We had temperatures as low as 15 degrees (Fahrenheit), hail storms, 40- to 50-mile-per-hour winds and really heavy rain,” Riner said. Weather conditions added to a crop that was already short this year. “We were already planting 400 to 600 acres fewer than what we have been planting. There weren’t many growers that increased their acreage planted after last year. We just harvested an average crop, with some major losses to fields that weren’t even brought in,” he said.Riner said the biggest hit came on the second maturity group of onions, what is referred to as the “early main season.” Two major storms brought hail and winds through southeast Georgia just as fields were starting to mature. “This group of onions makes up our largest acreage. Some fields weren’t harvested because of the hail damage, and where there was just strong wind, we just didn’t get the size we needed. When the wind lays the tops down and knocks the leaves off, the onion won’t increase in size as it would normally. Some growers suffered losses worse than others, but the weather brought some challenges (to all growers) this year,” Riner said.Vidalia onions are harvested in only 20 state-sanctioned Georgia counties from mid-April through May.Though production was lacking this season, farmers that did produce a good crop were rewarded with strong prices. Riner said the price could continue to rise through the summer, as demand is still strong and shipping is at full capacity.A crop shortage in Texas this year also led to a robust market for Georgia producers, according to Riner.“Back in January and February, the national price situation on onions was pretty low. However, all of that changed because the Texas crop was poor this year. They were only able to sell about 20 percent of their onions. That 80 percent loss really changed Vidalia’s outlook,” Riner said. “We could have had a very bad year price-wise, but it really turned out to be positive by the time our onions were ready. UGA onion fertility trialsTim Coolong hopes to help boost Georgia farmers’ onion crop in the near future. The UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist is working with Riner to study fertility treatments of Vidalia onions with the goal of boosting the industry, which had a farm gate value of $163 million in 2012. This year, Coolong is studying 14 different fertilizer treatments and programs in search of one that best improves overall yield quality while reducing risks.One potential risk is “bolting,” when an onion plant flowers prematurely. “With our fertility trials, some varieties bolted very heavily. In some varieties, up to 30 percent bolted. Other varieties weren’t nearly that bad. Some were down around 5 to 10 percent,” Coolong said. “When they flower like that, you can’t sell them.”Coolong is also studying fertilizer’s impact on onion flavor and storage life.“Our goal at the end of this is to develop a common program that we can make available to growers to say, in most years, that this fertility program will manage their risk effectively,” Coolong said. “There may be an odd year where heavy rains require a more nitrogen-intense program to maintain high yields, but, on average, what we’re hoping to do is to take out some of that variability.”last_img read more

Applied Research Associates gets $10.6 million US Army contract

first_imgVertek,During a visit today to Applied Research Associates Vertek Division in Randolph, US Sen. Patrick Leahy announced the firm has been awarded two separate contracts totaling $10.6 million from the U.S. Army to continue developing demining vehicles and to manufacture a next generation ground sensor.Leahy told a group of gathered ARA employees that he had secured a $4.72 million contract for ARA to continue work with the U.S. Army on a landmine and unexploded ordnance detection platform called the Nemesis SCOUT. The platform, developed for the Army and mounted on a trailer, uses technology ARA developed with the help of previous Leahy-secured contracts to produce a remote-controlled tractor capable of locating and deactivating unexploded ordnance.ARA Vertek Division Manager David Timian explained that unexploded ordnance, including landmines, pose major hazards in war-torn countries and on military test ranges. Leahy said the new Nemesis SCOUT will help reduce the number of accidental injuries and deaths from soldier and civilian encounters with unexploded ordnance.Leahy and Timian also told employees that the firm has won a $5.9 million Army contract to produce urgently needed next generation ground sensors. The wireless sensors, known as Expendable Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS), are long-lasting, compact disposable devices that are placed underground and provide surveillance data. Timian explained that ARA has produced a sensor that has a longer battery life, a larger transmission area and a low jamming probability.‘ARA’s Vertek Division in Randolph is providing the leading technology to identify and remove deadly landmines that threaten the lives of our soldiers and countless civilians,’ said Leahy. ‘At the same time, the firm is producing a separate smart technology to be placed in the ground ‘ a non-lethal smart sensor that will give vital information to our troops.’Including Thursday’s announcement, Leahy has helped secure more than $30 million since 2003 in contracts for ARA to develop the demining vehicles and other spinoff technologies. During Thursday’s visit, Timian and other ARA leadership showed off several products including small radio controlled ground and air unmanned surveillance vehicles.Timian said: ‘ARA is excited about the technology developments that are going to be made with the funding support Senator Leahy has secured. Our employees are dedicated to working with technology to make the world a safer place. With this support ARA’s engineers, scientists and technicians are able to design and produce landmine and UXO detection products that are meeting one of the world’s top needs. ARA is working hard to create and grow quality, high technology jobs in Vermont. Through the support of projects like landmine detection and UGS production we have successfully recruited and hired over a dozen master’s and Ph.D. level engineers and scientists since last spring. These projects help us showcase that Vermont has a lot to offer in the high technology arena and is a great place to live.’For two decades Leahy has been the leading U.S. officeholder in the movement to ban the worldwide use of antipersonnel landmines. Leahy has also led efforts to support the U.S. military in developing new techniques and tools to remove landmines from former conflict zones. Leahy has authored several laws toward that goal and played a key role in advancing a new international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines, which the United States has not yet signed. In May, Leahy led a group of more than two thirds of the United States Senate in commending President Obama’s comprehensive review of the United States’ antipersonnel landmine policy which Leahy hopes may identify a path to signing the landmine treaty.Applied Research Associates, an employee owned company headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, solves national problems with the latest knowledge of science and technology. The company’s Vertek division in Randolph, Vermont holds special expertise in robotics, sensors, and manufacturing.Source: Leahy’s office. 8.12.2010last_img read more