UK’s MAPLE autonomous platform project enters fourth phase


first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK’s MAPLE autonomous platform project enters fourth phase View post tag: MAPLE UK’s Maritime Autonomous Platform Exploitation (MAPLE) project is entering phase four after defense contractor Qinetiq signed a £4.5m contract to lead this phase of development.The project is being developed for the defense ministry’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and focuses on development of autonomous maritime systems.In MAPLE phase three, QinetiQ, BAE Systems, SeeByte and Thales developed a technology demonstrator called Autonomous Control Exploitation Realisation (ACER), a deployable prototype which is based on Dstl’s Open Architecture Combat System (OACS).ACER provides the means by which the output of MAPLE work can be demonstrated in a variety of situations. Phase four will continue to evolve this design, validate its architecture and extend it to include communications. Advances in capability will be demonstrated through a series of synthetic experiments at QinetiQ’s Portsdown site and a number of live exercises.The company said the project will build on the success of Unmanned Warrior 2016, which saw the successful integration of data sourced from 25 unmanned air, surface and underwater vehicles from 12 organisations through ACER.Stuart Hider, QinetiQ’s Director Maritime Programmes, said: “Through effective collaboration we are building on the ACER system’s success at Unmanned Warrior. MAPLE is a key project in unlocking the huge potential of unmanned vehicles and autonomous systems in safeguarding sovereign interests.” View post tag: UK UK’s MAPLE autonomous platform project enters fourth phase Authorities August 17, 2017 View post tag: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

CUs: Comment now on FOM proposal, added flexibility


first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU is seeking comment from member credit unions on the NCUA’s proposed changes to its field of membership (FOM) rule. The changes aim to make it consistent with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s decision in the lawsuit brought against the agency by the American Bankers Association.In a Regulatory Alert, NAFCU highlights that the proposal:would re-adopt a provision to allow an applicant to designate a Combined Statistical Area (CSA), or an individual, contiguous portion of CSA, as a well-defined local community (WDLC), provided that the chosen area has a population of 2.5 million or less;further explain the elimination of the requirement to serve the Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) in the NCUA’s 2016 FOM final rule; andcenter_img NCUA headquarterslast_img read more

Proper handwashing to avoid back-to-school illnesses


first_imgStatewide—Summer has come to an end and families across the country are trading in beach balls and bicycles for backpacks and notebooks. But back-to-school time is also followed by cold and flu season. Having the whole family follow some simple healthy behaviors can help them avoid all kinds of illnesses this time of year, including the topic: foodborne illness. Proper handwashing is the best thing you can do to stop the spread of germs and avoid getting your little ones sick.“USDA research in collaboration with RTI International and NC State University has found that consumers are failing to properly wash their hands 97 percent of the time,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, Deputy Under Secretary Food Safety. “Washing hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent illness, including foodborne illness.”Be sure that everyone follows these steps:Wet hands with clean, warm running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.Lather hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of hands, between your fingers, and under nails.Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds.Rinse hands well under clean, warm running water.Dry hands using a clean towel or paper towel Parents and caregivers who are tasked with preparing lunch for themselves and their children should be a good role model by showing children how to properly wash their hands. Wash your hands and cooking surfaces before and after handling food. It is not only important to have clean hands, but also make sure lunch boxes and coolers are clean before packing.Lunch Packing TipsIf the lunch contains perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese or yogurt, make sure to pack it with at least two cold sources, such as freezer packs. Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly so perishable food transported without a cold source won’t stay safe long.Frozen juice boxes or water can also be used as freezer packs. Freeze these items overnight and use with at least one other freezer pack. By lunchtime, the liquids should be thawed and ready to drink.If packing a hot lunch, like soup, chili or stew, use an insulated container to keep it hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Tell children to keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime to keep the food at 140°F or above.If packing a child’s lunch the night before, parents should leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The meal will stay cold longer because everything will be refrigerator temperature when it is placed in the lunchbox.last_img read more

WSOC : Former SU field hockey player Williams reunites with old teammate after switching sports


first_img Published on October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Rosina Callisto thought her days of playing side by side with Ellen Williams on the soccer pitch were finished when the two were in 10th grade.Callisto, who went to Rye Neck (N.Y.) High School, decided to stick with soccer back in high school, while Williams, her club teammate at the time, made the move to focus solely on field hockey at Mamaroneck (N.Y.) High School.Callisto ended up going to Syracuse to play for the women’s soccer team. Coincidentally, Williams came to SU to play field hockey. But during the summer and following some persuasion from Callisto, Williams decided to switch from Division-I field hockey to Division-I soccer.‘There were a few girls on our club team who had left to go play field hockey, and I knew she was really enjoying it, and I knew she was a really good field hockey player, so I didn’t think anything of it until this summer really,’ Callisto said.And although Williams has yet to see action in a game, the junior midfielder has continued to show growth after making the transition. She’s especially enjoyed playing alongside her old teammate Callisto, a junior midfielder, even if it’s just been on the practice field. Syracuse (6-5-3, 5-3 Big East) plays its final two home matches of the regular season this weekend, squaring off against South Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. and Marquette on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Orange is one win away from clinching a Big East tournament berth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first time Callisto and Williams played on the same soccer field was back in middle school — but as rivals. After Callisto’s team thrashed Williams’ team in a few matches, Williams thought it would be better to join the winning side.Fast-forward four years and the two played together again this summer with a club team, the Westchester Flames. Callisto was impressed with what Williams brought to the table.As a result, Callisto badgered her to switch from field hockey to soccer. Although it took some time, Williams decided a move had to be made.‘She just made it seem like a realistic thing for me to do, and she just kept pushing me,’ Williams said. ‘(Callisto said) ‘Hey, have you filled out the registration forms?’ and kept pushing me until I finally just agreed to it. I’m really glad that I did.’Callisto notified SU head coach Phil Wheddon before the season started that Williams could be a solid addition to the Orange. So far, Wheddon has liked what Williams has offered, even if she hasn’t done it in a game.And that doesn’t surprise Callisto’s dad, Michael Callisto. He coached his daughter and Williams almost all their lives, including this summer. Although Williams had to shake some rust at the start of the summer, he was amazed at what the defender was capable of near the tail end of the season.‘Game by game, practice after practice, I mean she had a very good season. Toward the end, she was very strong. In the back, she was very dominant,’ Callisto said. ‘And considering within two months she did very well, especially for someone who didn’t play in a very long time.’In fact, Callisto has no doubt that if Williams stuck with soccer throughout high school, playing for any Division-I soccer program was easily within reach. Callisto said Williams was able to stop other future Division-I players and showed she belonged among the best in her area.He said Williams was a great one-on-one defender who knew how to use her height and athleticism to her ability. That’s also why he said he was upset to see her focus on field hockey back in high school.Now Williams is back where she belongs, but Williams said playing field hockey gave her mental toughness and helped her develop as a person. Williams is still best friends with many players on the team.For now, though, Williams is just focused on getting better. She said the coaching staff has been patient and Wheddon has treated her like any other player.Wheddon said whenever Williams makes it onto the field, just like everyone else, she will have earned it.‘I don’t think you can make a jump to a Big East sport without having competed for a season, so just like everyone else she has to earn the right to travel and get on the field,’ Wheddon said.Although it’s unlikely Williams will earn the right this weekend against either South Florida or Marquette, both she and Callisto can’t wait for when they can take the field together again.It will be like their days on the Larchmont Panthers, coached by Callisto’s dad.‘It’s going to be really fun,’ Williams said. ‘It won’t feel weird, that’s for sure. It’ll feel normal, and I’m really looking forward to it actually.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Nate Silver speaks to students and faculty about data’s significance in life


first_imgFamed statistician Nate Silver spoke to students and faculty in Bovard Auditorium on Friday morning in a presentation titled “Baseball and Politics are Data Driven.”Numbers game · Writer and statistician Nate Silver speaks to students about the process of predicting outcomes on Friday at Bovard Auditorium. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanSilver’s presentation was the first in a yearlong series of events made possible by the Dennis F. and Brooks Holt Distinguished Lecture, a speaker’s series. The event, put on by the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Price School of Public Policy, drew students, faculty and members of the public for an hour-long lecture and Q & A with Silver.Known for his extremely accurate predictions of election results over the last few years, Silver sold his original election prediction blog “538” to The New York Times, and later sold to ESPN.He first gained national attention in 2008 when he correctly predicted both the primary election results and the presidential winner in 49 out of 50 states. In 2012, Silver topped his previous record and perfectly predicted the electoral map. Now, he’s taking the 538 blog to ESPN to bring his statistical knowledge to baseball.Silver said his success stems from his ability to not only accurately interpret statistics, but also his ability to communicate this knowledge to others.“As a statistician, you have to understand that however interesting your finding might be based on the statistical evidence, it won’t persuade anyone unless you have a wider audience,” he said. “I’m definitely far from the best statistician in the world, and I’m far from the best writer, but the overlap of those skills is what characterizes what I’ve tried to do.”Silver began the presentation by describing the role technologies such as the printing press and the Internet have played in society. He discussed the importance of finding data that shows causation, not just correlation, the subject of his most recent book, The Signal and The Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t.He concluded with a series of suggestions to help students navigate the data minefield and be aware of misleading information. Using a combination of graphs, jokes and well-timed Notre Dame jabs, Silver presented a lecture many students found entertaining.Jack Knott, dean of the Price School, says making his expertise accessible is what sets Silver apart.“Nate would be a great teacher. He is able to make statistics relevant to not just focusing on political elections, but because of his expertise in things like baseball and poker, he has a very special ability not only to do high level statistical analysis but to also communicate it in a way to a much broader audience,” Knott said.Christian Patterson, a junior majoring in political science, said Silver’s unique style made the lecture engaging and fun.“I thought that he was a very talented speaker,” he said. “His presentation made a very strong case for using statistics as a means of predicting election results.”Knott also says that Silver’s outlook is the same view the Price School tries to instill in its students.“Evidence-based public policy decision making is hugely important for our country — it’s not based just on ideology, or one partisan way of looking at something,” he said. “We offer courses that teach students to think in a probabilistic, statistical way about policy issues and about the role of information and the news media in information and decision making.”Cat Duffy, a first year doctoral student in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, agreed.“With the explosion of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, individuals are bombarded with information that is unfortunately presented as definitive fact, even when it lacks evidentiary proof,” Duffy said. “It’s important for students to recognize that being skeptical can be a virtue and recognizing that ‘not all information is created equal’ to ensure they make better and more informed decisions about the world around them.”For Silver, statistics is not just about data, but also the perspective it can provide on how humans interact with their environment.“To me, statistics do not just mean numbers,” he said. “It means an empirical way of looking at the world.”Follow Nathaniel on Twitter @haas4prez2036last_img read more